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.
The pandemic has ravaged the travel industry; with travel decimated globally overnight. The industry’s ability to successfully recover will be rooted in the industry’s ability to adapt to new circumstances and adopt new technologies. Reposite, is an all-in-one-workspace tool for travel industry professionals, that’s hoping to accelerate the rebound. At its core, it’s a collaboration tool and marketplace that connects travel agents and event planners to suppliers and centralizes all their interactions from discovery to transactions. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder Jaime Getto to learn more about how the founding team’s experience at Vettery led to the formation of Reposite, the company’s experience helping a segment reliant on offline interactions transition into digital, and the company’s latest funding round led by Liberty City Ventures.
After an intense workout, downing a bottle of Gatorade may feel refreshing but it’s not doing your body any favors – a 20 oz bottle of Gatorade has 34g of sugar; effectively negating your workout. As wellness continues to gain popularity and influence fitness, dietary habits, and metabolic health, people are increasingly conscious about healthy alternatives to combat hydration and replenish electrolytes. Cure Hydration is the organic, plant-based hydration powder mix that has 4x the electrolytes of popular sports drinks without the added sugar; the company uses natural, organic coconut water as a base. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Lauren Picasso to learn more about how training for a triathlon inspired the company, the company’s experience distributing to essential stores during the pandemic, recent round of funding from investors that include Lerer Hippeau, M3 Ventures, Litani Ventures, Andy Roddick, Nas, Matthew Dellavedova, Philip Krim, Nick Green, and others.
Forget about wearing your Apple Watch to track your health. Levels is the biowearable that provides real-time feedback on how your diet and activities directly impact your health. Through continuous glucose monitoring, which has traditionally been reserved for those with diabetes, the company is on a mission to address the rising rates of metabolic dysfunction in the US by monitoring the effects of your food choices. Levels currently has a waitlist of 44,000 people. AlleyWatch caught up with founders Casey Means MD Josh Clemente, Sam Corcos, David Flinner and Andrew Conner to discuss the importance of metabolic health, the company’s plans to expand the team across engineering, operations, and marketing, and recent funding round from investors that include A16z, Marc Randolph, Dick Costolo, Michael Arrington, and Matt Dellavedova.
The most agile and innovative companies will rely on AI-powered digital “coworkers” alongside creative humans to enhance productivity and increase profits. Roots Automation has built the first zero integration, self-learning Digital Coworker (pre-trained bot) that can perform a variety of common tasks found in Insurance, Healthcare, and Financial Services roles. Through interactions with human counterparts, the pre-programmed bots increase their capabilities and become more efficient, better at understanding the business, and eventually have the capacity to offset the work of four to eight individuals on average per bot. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Chaz Perera to learn more about the company, how his time as Chief Transformation Officer at AIG provided the inspiration for the Roots Automation, and the company’s first funding round led by Vestigo Ventures.
Conducto is one of the newest tools that’s being used by engineers to automate workflows and simplify complex CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) and data pipelines. Conducto’s pipeline toolkit allows engineers to define their pipeline in Python instead of a configuration language, is easy to visualize as a pipeline scale with more tasks with the use of a tree structure, and is also easy to debug. For companies, adopting CI/CD enables them to reduce costs, innovate faster, experiment more, and improve the quality, security, and deployment of their software. The company’s technology is battle-tested as it was used by hundreds of traders at the cofounders’ previous company. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Jonathan Marcus to learn about the technology, the company’s launch, and recent funding round.
For the 50M+ Americans who act as informal caregivers to an older loved one, the caregiver is often overwhelmed with keeping track of a loved one’s healthcare, finances, and more. Pillar is the digital platform that makes it easier for families to protect and care for their loved ones by organizing and store important information such as medical records, legal documents, and financial accounts – all online. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Founder Michael Bloch to learn more about how COVID-19 forced a pivot, how his own personal experience caring for his mother served as the foundation for the idea, and the company’s recent funding round from investors that include Kleiner Perkins, Zach Weinberg, Nat Turner (cofounders of Flatiron Health), Adam Nash, Zach Perret, and Will Hockey.
It’s been easy to gain the Covid-15 during the lockdown, and now that things are slowly opening back up, people are looking for new ways to shed the extra pounds that may have accumulated. Caliber is the fitness coaching platform that offers strength training, nutrition guidance, and a personal fitness coach that’s accessible via text and video messaging to keep you on track. By pairing Caliber members with fitness experts, Caliber solves the biggest hurdle in getting into and staying in shape – accountability. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder and CEO Jared Cluff to learn more about the genesis for the business, how the public’s perception of working out outside of the gym completely flipped, and the company’s recent funding round from investors that include Trinity Ventures and Gaingels.
Today, low-income women are three times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy than the average woman in the US, and nearly one-third of physicians nationwide aren’t accepting new Medicaid patients. Twentyeight Health is on a mission to provide women with access to affordable sexual and reproductive healthcare. The company’s telemedicine platform, launched in 2018, allows patients to seamlessly consult with physicians online, order 100+ FDA-approved brands of birth control of various types, and delivers within 1-3 business days. AlleyWatch caught up with Twentyeight Health founders (both former Bain consultants) Bruno Van Tuykom and Amy Fan to learn more about how certain segments of the population struggle with access to reliable contraception options, the company’s impressive traction, and recent funding round from investors that include Third Prime, Town Hall Ventures, SteelSky Ventures, Aglaé Ventures, GingerBread Capital, Rucker Park Capital, Predictive VC and strategic angels including Stu Libby, Zoe Barry, and Wan Li Zhu.