Two Credit Suisse bankers came together in 2011 and noticed they were having a difficult time securing, flexible reservations at top NYC restaurants with their hectic schedules. This led them to look further into the restaurant industry’s guest experience operations at a holistic level. Today, SevenRooms is a complete guest experience management platform that’s built and designed from the ground up for the hospitality industry. CEO and Cofounder Joel Montaniel shares some insight on the state of the hospitality industry during COVID-19, how technology is lightening the blow, and the company’s $50M Series B round led by Providence Strategic Growth.
For the majority, traditional weight loss programs don’t work long-term. The weight loss industry has been focusing on the number on the scale, but the science tells us it’s more complicated. Calibrate, backed by $5.1M Seed round led by Forerunner Ventures, addresses metabolic change to bring sustainable results for the 175M Americans that are overweight. Isabelle Kenyon shares more about the science behind weight loss and the company’s future plans.
Loneliness and isolation are heightened in the midst of the pandemic. Can robots fill a void? Expper’s founder Karén Khachikyan says the company’s robot Robin changes a kid’s perception of medical treatments, where they will no longer feel isolated, lonely, and scared. The innovator explains how his whimsical four-foot robot employs digital facial expressions to form lasting bonds with its young users.
Playbook is a mobile marketplace enabling top fitness instructors to turn their iPhone content into a subscription income. Instructors can create content (workouts, programs, challenges, nutrition, etc) on their terms. Consumers get access to a world of instructors for a single cost. CEO Jeff Krahel shares more about empowering fitness instructors to build their businesses without depending on studios.
Whether you’re a tech investor, a tech operator, or just a user of tech, the single most important thing in tech is FAMGA, and the profound implications of their domination of tech value creation.
Checklist for developing team connections and building engaged team members as a key step in becoming an effective team leader, even if your team is spread all over the country.
In the last decade or two, companies have achieved market valuations in billions of dollars, while clearly sacrificing revenue to gain users. The pendulum is swinging back, with investors looking more for the traditional indications of business integrity, stability, and growth.
The notable startup fundings for the week ending 6/20/20 featuring funding details for DoorDash, Clockwise, Starburst, and much much more.
Sales leasebacks have been popular institutionally with REITs and for commercial real estate but EasyKnock makes it accessible for residential homeowners. While we face uncertainty about the future health of the economy, homeowners will need flexibility and may need to tap into the equity they’ve built in their homes. CEO and Cofounder Jarred Kessler shares some insight about how EasyKnock can help homeowners access this equity and stay in their homes, the future of the housing market, and the company’s latest funding round from investors that include Blumberg Capital, QED, Correlation Ventures, FJ Labs, and Moderne.
As Founders, we spend an inordinate amount of time setting and pursuing goals, yet the ones that truly matter — the ones that affect us personally — are often amorphous. If we’re spending every waking moment working toward a goal, it stands to reason that our goals should have an insane amount of fidelity.