Can games protect our brains?

Brain training games that require quick recall may delay or prevent dementia.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 21, 2022

WFH? What about… work from gym?

Modern private clubs are rolling work and workouts into one membership.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 18, 2022

The psychedelic mushroom biz is simmering

Like cannabis, several municipalities are likely to legalize magic mushrooms. Entrepreneurs are getting ready.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 25, 2022

Why are women’s health ads getting rejected?

Women’s health startups are struggling to get ads on social media platforms.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 10, 2022

This startup re-engineered the tampon

Two athletes and product engineers redesigned the tampon to reduce leaks and absorb evenly.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 1, 2022

The DOJ is scrutinizing mental health startup Cerebral

Cerebral prescribed stimulants to patients online for ADHD, but the government is now investigating its practices.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 12, 2022

Are wearables the future of health care?

Wearables have evolved way beyond counting steps.

Rob Litterst • May 10, 2022

CBD is freakin’ everywhere

People of all ages are using more CBD than pre-pandemic.

Rob Litterst • April 29, 2022

The evolution of gummy bears

In 100 years, we’ve gone from gummy bears to gummy everything.

Rob Litterst • April 28, 2022

The $12B+ sleep industry, explained

Lack of sleep costs the American economy up to $400B a year.

Trung T. Phan • February 16, 2022

Peloton’s problems have gone from bad to worse

Declining demand for home fitness has caused Peloton to halt production, and shed $40B in value in the last year.

Rob Litterst • January 24, 2022

Rebundle makes sustainable hair extensions out of plants

Synthetic hair can be itchy and it creates plastic waste. Enter Rebundle, the company that makes extensions from plants.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 20, 2022

Nike sues Lululemon over sports tech patents

Nike sues Lululemon over activity-tracking tech in the Mirror Home Gym. Lululemon is already duking it out with Peloton.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 10, 2022

Peloton vs. Lululemon, explained

Peloton and Lululemon are volleying lawsuits at each other over fitness apparel.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 3, 2021

Why is Johnson & Johnson splitting up?

J&J is splitting its consumer products (~$15B sales) division from its pharma and medical devices ($77B) divisions.

Trung T. Phan • November 15, 2021

Squire, a barbershop booking app, is proving barbershops are big business

Squire, a $750m barbershop booking app, is on the cusp of unicorn status and proving barbershops are big business.

Rob Litterst • November 3, 2021

Mindbody’s acquisition of ClassPass is a bet on in-person fitness bouncing back

Mindbody acquired ClassPass, and both studios and consumers will benefit from the combined entity.

Rob Litterst • October 15, 2021

Can a brain implant cure depression?

A brain implant that zapped a patient ~300x a day helped to treat depression. Is this approach scalable?

Trung T. Phan • October 6, 2021

Hair transplant is huge business

Barber Surgeons Guild specializes in follicular unit extraction (FUE), which uses robot tech to restore hair.

Trung T. Phan • September 28, 2021

Peloton was winning the pandemic, but a series of fumbles have slowed its growth

Peloton, an early pandemic winner, posted losses and lower-than-expected forecasts in its recent earnings call due to a series of problems.

Rob Litterst • September 1, 2021

Ginger and Headspace are making a gigantic mental health platform

Headspace and Ginger are merging to form Headspace Health, a digital mental health platform.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 31, 2021

Disability-friendly clothing is a hot (and inclusive) retail trend

Big brands are getting into adaptive clothing -- clothes with design features that help people with disabilities.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 12, 2021

Tripp raises $11m for psychedelic VR meditation

VR is still searching for a “killer app.” Is mindfulness and meditation the answer?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 29, 2021

The rise of VR exposure therapy

Virtual reality (VR) is being used to treat PTSD and other disorders. The key: It should be done in conjunction with a therapist.

Kolby Hatch • June 8, 2021

The diet industry is seeing big gains during COVID

Diet companies -- from startup Noom to old mainstay Weight Watchers -- are booming as people fight the weight they are adding during quarantine.

Trung T. Phan • May 13, 2021

The Nasdaq gets groovy with the listing of psychedelics biotech firm MindMed

MindMed is sponsoring several clinical trials to bring psychedelics and hallucinogens (LSD, MDMA) to the market.

Kolby Hatch • April 30, 2021

Peloton has been on an acquisition spree. Why?

Peloton is acquiring companies in hardware, AI, and wearables to bolster its bike business.

Trung T. Phan • March 30, 2021

Chemicals are used widely in activewear. Meet the startups creating natural alternatives.

Evolved By Nature is commercializing “liquid silk” as a natural alternative for activewear, and Gentrue just started selling gear using the technology.

Trung T. Phan • March 1, 2021

This SpaceX alum co-founded Levels, a health startup that measures your metabolism in real time

Josh Clemente launched Levels (an arm patch and app that measures blood glucose) to help people make better diet decisions.

Rob Litterst • January 13, 2021

Ro started with erectile dysfunction drugs. Now it’s a $1.5B telehealth powerhouse.

Ro has built its telehealth powerhouse on generic drugs. With its acquisition of Workpath, it’s leveling up to in-home visits.

Trung T. Phan • December 17, 2020

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