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BUSINESS INSIDER
15 of the Most Intriguing Digital Advertising and Media Startups of 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Blutag: Helps retalers build voice-powered interfacces

YAHOO FINANCE
omniX Labs Raises Seed Funding Round of $2.9 Million

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Delivering analytics for businesses with vehicle interactions, B2B SaaS subscription service planning to expand into new markets and further develop technology platform

NEW YORK, July 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- omniX Labs today announced a $2.9 million seed funding round to accelerate expansion and technology development. The oversubscribed seed round includes investment from C2 Ventures, EverWash and Newark Venture Partners, among other investors.

MARTECH
Switchboard & Boostr Join Forces to Offer Publishers Industry’s First Integrated Solution for CRM+OMS+Data Ops

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Partnership will provide publishers with 360-degree revenue visibility that integrates first- and third-party data

Boostr, the leading omnichannel CRM and Order Management platform designed for media and advertising companies, and Switchboard, the leading revenue and data automation platform for media companies, today announced a new partnership. They will deliver a market-leading solution for CRM (customer relationship management) and OMS (order management systems) powered by fully unified first- and third-party data, with integrated support and a single point of contact.

FORBES
How Tarform Is Creating A New Breed Of Electric Motorcycles: Stylish, Sustainable And Built To Last

Thursday, May 20, 2021

When I first saw the beautiful machines that electric motorbike company Tarform created my jaw dropped (and I’m not even into motorcycles). They are objects of desire, made with incredible precision and attention to detail. The performance specs are remarkable: 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, 120 mile range, charging 0-80% in 50 minutes.

BOOSTR
Boostr Media Ad Sales Trend Report 2021

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

While there has been much conversation around the struggles companies experienced as a result of the pandemic, media companies seemed to have been able to weather the storm to a degree that other industries have not. This report takes a closer look at the strategies applied that led to 94 percent of publishers declaring a rebound in revenue by the end of 2020.

PR NEWSWIRE
beam Ranks Among Highest-scoring Businesses On Inc. Magazine's Annual List Of Best Workplaces For 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Direct-to-consumer wellness brand awarded top honors for company culture.


beam has been named to Inc. magazine's annual list of the Best Workplaces for 2021. Hitting newsstands May 18 in the May/June 2021 issue, and as part of a prominent Inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of American companies that have created exceptional workplaces and company culture whether teams are operating in person or remotely.

INC
beam: A wellness company creating clean and innovative products.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Inc. honors: Best Workplaces 2021

YOUTUBE
SOMATIC UPDATE: May 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

SOMATIC - commercial bathroom cleaning robotics

RALPH LAUREN
RIDE ON: THE TARFORM—A LUXURY ALL-ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE—MAKES A WHOLE NEW CASE FOR FORM MEETS FUNCTION

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Housed in an unmarked space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Tarform—a futuristic electric motorcycle—stands in stark contrast to its traditional, rough-and-tumble fellow two-wheelers. Its key, resembling a stone, brings a round screen display to life with a soft glow. Its brushed metal body and handsome leather seat harken back to an open-air Hughes H-1 Racer, though injected with a certain modernity. Its engine doesn’t rumble. Instead, it purrs as it runs on an entirely electric power supply.

Amazon Pay Features Rothy's Blutag Enabled Voice Skill

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Amazon Pay recently featured Rothy’s shoe ordering using Alexa, powered by Blutag.


Said Amazon Pay, “In addition to thinking about the future of the planet, Rothy’s is embracing innovations in modern online shopping. The company successfully integrated Amazon Pay into its web store last year, with great success, and they have now added an exclusive Alexa skill which makes buying your latest pair of Rothy’s that much faster.”

BUSINESS INSIDER
Meet 13 women who left Big Law to launch their own legal tech startups

Friday, April 2, 2021

  • Law and tech are two industries that have historically struggled with diversity.

  • Although VC investments in startups increased by 13% last year, women-founded companies received only 2.2% of funding in 2020.

  • Insider spoke to 13 women lawyers who have launched their own legal tech startups.

SKIFT
Air France-KLM Joins Airlines Getting Ahead of Fare Wars by Mimicking Uber

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

For decades, most large airlines have used the same, rigid approach to pricing their tickets. But Air France-KLM and other large airline groups now want to break free of the old ways. Their goal is to price tickets as flexibly as ride-hailing apps such as Uber do.


It’s not just the best-known airlines that are interested. On Tuesday, soon-to-debut Norwegian airline Flyr said it had hired tech vendor Kambr to create a continuous pricing system from scratch.

FORBES
Peloton Buys Wearables, AI, Hardware Companies in Deal Flurry

Monday, March 22, 2021

Peloton continues to double down on AI and innovative hardware and software to dominate the fitness category.

YAHOO
Trucking Insurer Koffie Labs Raises $4.5 Million

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Koffie Labs (Koffie), an insurtech focused on reinventing the trucking and transportation markets, today announced it has raised $4.5m in venture financing. Anthemis Group and Lerer Hippeau led two rounds of seed round financing with participation from 2048 Ventures, Plug and Play Ventures and C2 Ventures. Trucking insurance is an essential component of the broader $800b trucking industry and the backbone of the US economy. With commercial auto rates consistently increasing over the last decade, there are few viable options for fleets.

FREIGHTWAVES
Koffie Labs raises $4.5M to transform trucking carrier insurance

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Koffie Labs, a New York City-based insurtech startup focusing on commercial motor vehicle insurance, announced Tuesday morning that it has raised $4.5 million in two seed funding rounds led by Anthemis Group and Lerer Hippeau.

Ian White, chief executive officer, and Mike Dorfman, chief operating officer, founded Koffie in 2017. Dorfman has deep roots in the trucking industry, growing up and working in his family’s fourth-generation trucking and logistics insurance provider. White is an entrepreneur with previous tech startup experience.

CRUNCHBASE
Beam Focuses On Hydration As It Brings In $5M Series A

Monday, February 8, 2021

Boston-based beam was founded in 2018 by Kevin Moran and Matt Lombardi, both former professional athletes, to offer THC-free, phytocannabinoid-rich CBD and wellness products. The brand gained a following among other athletes and counts Danica Patrick, Baker Mayfield, Billy Horschel and Mat Fraser as part of its athlete ambassador network.

TECHCRUNCH
Expectful’s new chief executive experienced the trauma she just raised millions to solve

Monday, February 1, 2021

Nathalie Walton almost didn’t become a mother. Her risky pregnancy caused her placenta to burst during childbirth, almost killing her and her son last year. Walton, who feels lucky to have survived, says the haunting experience made her an example of a reality she had long known: To be a pregnant Black woman is to be at risk, regardless of economic background.


The stress of her pregnancy led Walton to download Expectful, a meditation and sleep app for new mothers. She recalls stabilizing, emotionally and physically, within a week, bringing an otherwise “soft landing” to a volatile pregnancy.

CISION
Kambr closed its latest seed round of $3 million, bringing the travel-tech startup’s total funding to $7 million. The additional funds will be used to accelerate Kambr’s product development initiatives and scale its commercial operations.

Monday, January 25, 2021

At a time when historical demand and traditional forecast models have been rendered useless, AirAsia has reconfigured its tech stack to operate successfully within the new frontier of commercial aviation, becoming more efficient, more collaborative and heralding more forward-looking data analysis.


At the center of Asia’s largest low-cost carrier’s systems overhaul is Eddy, Kambr’s revenue management software, which brings greater agility, fresh data insights and an intuitive working environment for its analysts.

CISION
Kambr Closes $3 Million Funding Round & Hires Former Revenue Management Systems Executive Sean Moriarty as CTO, While Inking Software Deals with 5 Global Airlines

Thursday, January 14, 2021

In a time when much of the industry has been curtailed, travel-tech startup Kambr has continued to grow through customer acquisition, funding and personnel additions despite the global pandemic and air travel demand shock.


Kambr closed its latest seed round of $3 million, bringing the travel-tech startup’s total funding to $7 million. The additional funds will be used to accelerate Kambr’s product development initiatives and scale its commercial operations.

SPORTSCASTING
Baker Mayfield Credits His Recovery to His Business Investment in CBD

Monday, January 4, 2021

Anyone who watches the NFL is familiar with Baker Mayfield’s series of Progressive commercials where he acts like the Cleveland Browns’ stadium is his house. That is probably his most famous ad campaign, but it’s certainly not his only off-field business venture. In addition to doing commercials for many brands, Mayfield invests in several businesses. This includes a CBD company, which might be helping him on the gridiron.


Earlier this season, Mayfield became an investor in the CBD company, Beam. He is the first NFL player to put money into the company but not the first athlete to do so. Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and golfer Billy Horschel have also invested in the company. Entrepreneur interviewed Mayfield about his investment in the company.


The Oklahoma alum said his brother Matt first introduced him to Beam’s products after the siblings started a small venture capital firm. After trying Beam’s CBD bars, Matt introduced Baker to the co-founders. They chatted over text and then kept sending Mayfield samples, which he “just kind of fell in love with,” noting that he especially likes “how clean the product is.”

CISION
Advisr Closes $5.2 Million Funding Round to Help Sales Organizations Accelerate Their Velocity

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Advisr, the comprehensive pre-sale platform that leverages data and automation to increase deal size and sales efficiency, today announced it has closed $5.2 million in funding led by Granite Capital Management and Next Frontier Capital. Advisr has now raised $7.3 million in total, including its seed round.


Founded in 2017, Advisr enables organizations of any size to accelerate their sales velocity. By following a simple flow that captures client objectives, target audience, budget and other information, salespeople can generate data-driven product recommendations that optimize customer ROI in three minutes or less. From there, they can generate consistent, on-brand media plans and presentations almost instantly. By tracking granular sales and business intelligence data, Advisr also helps sales managers set more effective pricing and packaging strategies, improve prospecting and more.

EBAY
The Coolest New Auto Gear We Found at SEMA 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

Ethanol is the Two-Buck Chuck of racing fuel. And America has an endless supply, thanks to our farmers. But the trick is getting the dirt-cheap renewable high-octane fuel to work properly with non-FlexFuel engines designed for E10 or E15.

BUSINESS INSIDER
Here are 9 tech, consulting, and healthcare companies experts think WPP could buy as it gears up to start acquiring again

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Boostr’s software could help build WWP’s CRM offering and expand beyond traditional creative and media-buying work.


C2 Ventures partner Chris Cunningham, an investor in Boostr, called it a less expensive and more user-friendly alternative to Salesforce.

FRONT OFFICE SPORTS
Baker Mayfield Takes Marketing Star Power to CBD Brand Beam

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The quarterback position for the Cleveland Browns had been a revolving door in the past two decades, lacking any sustainable star power. In Baker Mayfield, the franchise found a player anointed a marketing star before taking an NFL snap.


Mayfield is extending his endorsement deal portfolio — including Hulu and Progressive — to include a new ambassador deal with CBD company Beam. He had previously made an investment in Beam through his venture fund, Camwood Ventures, an offshoot of his family’s private equity firm Camwood Capital Group.


This partnership would have been unthinkable just a few years ago — because of NFL policies — but now it’s a match made in heaven, he said.

CRUNCHBASE NEWS
Bloom Credit Raises $13M To Connect Businesses With Credit Bureaus

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Bloom Credit is helping fintech and other businesses that want to provide credit products, such as lending, personal finance or credit monitoring, work with the country’s three credit bureaus. To accelerate that work, the New York-based startup secured $13 million in Series A funding.


Within that investment, $10 million was led by Allegis NL, along with Resolute Ventures, Slow Ventures and Commerce Ventures. The other $3 million was a previously unannounced round from a group of angel investors including Sheel Mohnot and Jake Gibson, Jeff Cruttenden, Jason Gardner, Mark Goines and Ron Suber.


The new funding means Bloom has raised a total of $17 million since it was founded in 2016, Matt Harris, co-founder and CEO of Bloom Credit, told Crunchbase News.

RADIO & TELEVISION BUSINESS REPORT
Customer Retention Gets a boostr with AdLarge Deal

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Independent audio advertising sales network AdLarge Media has secured a deal with boostr, an omnichannel customer retention and order management platform for media and advertising companies.


boostr integrates directly with AdLarge’s podcast hosting and advertising platform partner, Megaphone.

MEDIUM
Announcing Petal’s Series C

Thursday, September 24, 2020

We’re thrilled to announce a new round of funding for Petal, led by Valar Ventures. We’ve raised $55 million to help make responsible credit a reality for more consumers. We’re grateful to all of our investors and the fantastic team that has enabled us to reach this milestone.


This new funding allows us to double down on our mission to help more people access honest, simple, and responsible credit. This mission matters even more in the COVID-19 era, when credit has become much harder to obtain — particularly for people with low scores or with no previous credit history. Our cash flow underwriting technology is uniquely suited for this moment, allowing us to lean in and serve more people than ever before, even as the big banks and major issuers pull back.

BUSINESS INSIDER
How Dentons, the world's largest law firm, is using tech to boost its pro-bono caseload by nearly 40%

Friday, September 18, 2020

  • In 2019, Dentons codeveloped and launched a pro-bono system with Paladin, a software platform that allows lawyers to more easily access pro-bono opportunities.

  • Since then, the firm has seen an increase of nearly 40% in pro-bono casework.

  • Ben Weinberg, who heads the pro-bono department at Dentons, spoke with Business Insider about how Paladin solved the problems faced by lawyers at the firm in accessing pro-bono work — especially during a time when the country is grappling with a pandemic and a racial reckoning.

LITTLEFUND
Our Next Chapter at Littlefund

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

A message from Littlefund Founder and CEO, Mimi Chan, regarding our exciting announcement! With its acquisition, Littlefund joins UNest to dominate as the next generation’s best Fintech platform for saving and investing in your children’s future.

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Dear Littlefund Community,

Today is one of our proudest company milestones to share. I’m sharing it with you first because you all have been a huge part of our story.

Littlefund’s financial gifting platform has been acquired by UNest. With this acquisition, UNest and Littlefund will join forces to expand UNest’s offering with our gifting technology and continue growing as a market leader in helping families invest in their children's future with ease.

BEAM
Revive 101 | Repair, Restore, Recover

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Whoever said “no pain, no gain” clearly didn’t believe in rest days. we, on the other hand, believe you should workout hard and recover harder.

when it comes to exercise, your workouts are only as good as your rest and recovery sessions. if your body doesn’t have enough time to repair, restore, and recover, you end up more prone to overuse injuries and chronic inflammation, which gets in the way of those gains.