According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, there’s been a 10% increase in demand for cosmetic surgery. Cosmetics procedures like Botox are and fillers are also up 54% and 75%. This increase has been driven largely by the self-view associated with video conferencing. Ever/Body is a tech-enabled provider of cosmetic dermatology services and beauty treatments at three state-of-the-art Manhattan locations (Soho, Flatiron, UES). All of Ever/Body’s minimally invasive services are administered by expert providers that have undergone rigorous hands-on training of 300-500 hours for every service they perform. By leveraging technology in its operations and by taking a consultative, holistic approach to a patient’s beauty goals, the company is able to offer its services for 20-30% less than the cost of comparable services at a doctor’s office. The company also offers a full line of skin care products through its site that includes serums, suncare, moisturizers, and cleansers. Despite the pandemic, the company has been able to successfully expand to its third location with imminent plans to open its first Brooklyn location in Williamsburg and expand outside of the city with new locations in Washington DC. AlleyWatch caught up with Ever/Body CEO Amy Shecter to learn more about the business, the company’s strategic plans, latest round of funding, which brings the total funding raised to $110.5M, and much, much more…
COVID has transformed how consumers view credit card rewards. Travel-based card owners have had to adjust the way they earn and spend rewards. To address this change in consumer behavior, an increasing number of card providers have enhanced their offerings to provide more lifestyle benefits. The pandemic also introduced a shift in spending behavior that placed an emphasis on personal health. Ness is a new digital credit card and rewards platform that’s focused on integrating wellcare into the credit card industry by incentivizing cardholders to be healthy. The company’s first product is the Ness Rewards platform that allows users to earn rewards for everyday healthy behaviors like going to the doctor, maintaining sound sleep habits, or going to the gym. Accrued rewards can be used with a number of popular health and wellness-focused brands like Sweetgreen, Noom, and One Medical as well as with a network of over 4000 health coaches, nutritionists, and other specialists. Ness is also launching its own suite of credit cards to provide more enhanced benefits by increasing a cardholder’s ability to accumulate rewards for everyday behaviors. All of this serves as a foundation for the company’s plan to expand to offer integrated health insurance benefits. By fostering healthy habits through incentivization, Ness seeks to make wellcare more accessible and affordable, creating a new paradigm for an emphasized and integrated approach to preventative healthcare. AlleyWatch caught up with Ness CEO, Cofounder, and serial entrepreneur Derek Flanzraich (Greatist acquired by Healthline) to learn more about the business, the company’s strategic plans, latest round of funding, and much, much more…
One in six students experiences a mental health disorder each year. Not only do undiagnosed, untreated, or inadequately treated mental health issues reduce a student’s ability to learn but these factors also lead to high incidences of future dropout, substance abuse, arrest, incarceration, and unemployment. Robin is a social and emotional learning platform that connects students and teachers to mental health coaches and curriculum designed to improve their mental wellbeing. With the average school counselor-to-student ratio at 461:1, the platform leverage technology to make much-needed support from world-class mental health coaches widely available to school districts. In addition to supporting the needs of students, Robin is also a resource for the educators who are working on a day-to-day basis with their students. Robin tailors curriculums to build skills for students to increase self-esteem, manage anxiety, and build connection. AlleyWatch caught up with Robin CEO and Cofounder Sonny Thadani to learn more about the critical increased accessibility Robin brings to mental health treatment, destigmatizing mental health in schools, the company’s strategic plans, and recent round of funding from investors that include Eagle Proprietary Investments, Limitless Ventures, and Deborah Quazzo.
The pandemic has changed the way that most organizations approach their businesses with a rapid acceleration in digital adoption across most industries. Beauty and wellness businesses are no different. Customer engagement aided by technology is absolutely necessary as is a streamlined workflow. Gloss Genius is an all-in-one platform for beauty and wellness business owners to launch, operate, and maintain their businesses. The platform offers a suite of services that handle common tasks such as scheduling, payments, client engagement, and analytics. Users of the SaaS platform have a holistic view of the entire business through the centralized solution replacing the paper and pencil paradigm that many in the industry have been reliant upon. Understanding this, GlossGenius offers a white glove onboarding service to get its customers up and running and comfortable using the software, which ultimately provides them the flexibility to work on growing the business without getting caught up in the day-to-day minutiae. AlleyWatch caught up with GlossGenius CEO and Cofounder Danielle Cohen-Shohet to learn more about the genesis of the business, the company’s future plans, and latest round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners.
The importance of the platform economy has surged as the pandemic accelerated rapid digital adoption across many verticals and the concept of work shifted to more flexible offerings in the face of uncertainty. With lockdowns shutting down in-person fitness centers, fitness professionals were forced to swiftly embrace the creator economy or expand their existing offerings to focus on digital. Talent Hack is an end-to-end software platform that enables fitness and wellness creators to manage their business online whether it’s offering streaming live classes, providing on-demand content, selling bundled classes, or even networking with peers to learn best practices. Traditionally, those in the fitness industry have been largely dependent on the gyms or studios they worked for and perhaps social media for distribution and discovery. With Talent Hack, they are able to build their own platform-oriented business, developing more meaningful relationships with their audience/customers, while collecting incredibly valuable data along the way. AlleyWatch caught up with Talent Hack CEO and Founder Alexandra Bonetti to learn more about how her experience as a fitness studio owner inspired the business, the company’s future plans, latest round of funding, from Emergence Capital and Global Founders Capital.
Many of us tend to look at health in terms of the absence of disease or sickness. But overall health, both mental and physical, is determined by a combination of wellness factors that include sleep, nutrition, exercise, social connections, and mindfulness. Heuro Health is a wellness management platform that integrates personal health information, habits and routines, wellness data, providers, and insurance information to provide the guidance and tools to improve overall health. The platform takes a holistic approach, providing unlimited access to telehealth options with physicians, a personalized health assessment and scoring system, health coaching, analytics-powered personal guidance, and more. The app is free for members of employer-sponsored healthcare plans, helping employees improve their wellbeing while lowering overall costs for employers. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Founder Jesse Kessler to learn more about building a true healthcare ecosystem that brings continuity in patient care across the spectrum, the company’s strategic expansion plans, and much, much more…
The uncertainty of the pandemic has been difficult for many from a mental and emotional standpoint. Spiritual guidance has prospered in the face of this uncertainty as we flock towards ways to quell anxiety, loneliness, and fear about the future to the point where NYC psychic Betsy LeFae is able to charge $997 for an hour-long virtual reading for those seeking clarity. Sanctuary is a mobile-first platform that makes spiritual guidance more accessible. The app offers a free daily horoscope and premium options for real-time one-on-one text-based readings with astrologers, tarot card readers, and psychics. As the world scrambled to virtual, Sanctuary experienced a 500% increase in users that booked a live reading during the pandemic. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Ross Clark to learn more about the company’s mission to modernize spiritual guidance, traction, strategic plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include BITKRAFT Ventures, KEC Ventures, Greycroft, Azure Capital Partners, Advancit Capital, Gaingels, and Uncommon Denominator.
80% of the human body consists of water and every organ, cell, and tissue found in the body is reliant on water to function properly. Yet, 75% of Americans suffer from dehydration. Hydrant is a consumer wellness brand that offers single-use powder packages to maintain optimal hydration levels, free of artificial ingredients. The company’s hydration mix provides up to 3x the electrolytes of sports drinks with 70% less sugar. Hydrant is available direct-to-consumer online and through a number of retail presences. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder John Sherwin to learn more about the company’s expansion into brick-and-mortar locations, expanding product line, and latest round of funding from investors that include Lance Bass, Ashley Greene, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, Jonathan Stewart, Darren Sproles, Michael Bisping, Sloane Stephens, and Ron Everline.
The benefits of clean eating are plentiful and include improved heart and brain health, weight control, stronger immune system, and increased energy levels just to name a few. But with our busy schedules, it’s often difficult to actually eat clean. This NYC startup makes it easier. Sakara Life provides a plant-based, completely organic nutrition service that’s ready-to-eat. Rather than building a simple meal delivery service, the company takes a holistic approach to nutrition by integrating modern science, ancient healing practices, and natural remedies into its offering, viewing “food as medicine”. Sakara also provides a growing set of functional snacks, supplements, and educational content to support the end-to-end customer journey focused on achieving full nutritional wellness. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounders and Co-CEOs Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle to learn more about the inspiration for the business, the company’s expanding product offering, building a CPG brand beyond meal kits, the company’s latest funding from investors that include One Better Ventures, Silas Capital, and Annox Capital.
There is mounting evidence that social networks are greatly affecting our mental health with higher reports of depression for those who spent more time on the various platforms. There is also a growing body of research that shows the transformative benefits of embracing gratitude that include better sleep, lower stress, minimizing health risks, improving generosity, and decreasing materialism. Happyfeed is a self-care app that enables you to seamlessly establish a ritual of daily gratitude journaling with its private journaling platform available for iOS, Android, and the Web. The app prompts you daily to reflect on three things that are currently bringing you joy and gives you the ability to share with private groups of friends and loved ones. The practice of reflecting on joyous moments is said to train your brain to focus on the bright side and over time will increase overall happiness. AlleyWatch caught up with Founder and CEO Matt Kandler to learn more about the inspiration for the app, how the practice of positive psychology improves mental well-being, and the company’s future plans.
The experience of COVID has brought wellness top of mind along with maintaining both physical and mental health during these trying times. Hydra Studios, an operator of wellness spaces in the city launched by two Goldman alums, is looking to serve this market through its network of spaces for people to relax, workout, and recharge at convenient locations throughout the city as we began pondering life post-COVID. The company’s first studio launched in 2019 within a Convene location in Midtown and now Hydra is ready to launch its flagship space in FiDi in the new year. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounders Marie Kloor (CEO) and Dan Nielsen (COO) to learn more about the company’s vision, the experience of building a space in the middle of a pandemic, and the company’s recent funding round from investors that include Slow Ventures, CityRock Ventures, Courtside Ventures, Fifth Wall, and Outbound Ventures.