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

The newest tech unicorn is… salon software?

Zenoti -- a SaaS software for the spa and salon industry -- just became a unicorn after a big $160m raise.

Ethan Brooks • December 16, 2020

As people deal with pandemic stress, the business of keeping you zen is booming

Mental health funding hit $1.4B through the first 9 months of 2020, already more than all of last year.

Trung T. Phan • October 19, 2020

Private coroners are suddenly in the spotlight

The little-known micro-industry is having a busy year -- and it’s been a long time coming.

Michael Waters • October 13, 2020

The gig economy is coming for elder care

The platform Papa wants you to give company to older people on the side.

Michael Waters • September 28, 2020

How much bigger can digital fitness get?

Digital fitness has been on a tear. Peloton’s CEO thinks it can get much bigger, with his firm growing subscribers from 3m to 100m one day.

Trung T. Phan • September 17, 2020

How do you design a body-wash scent?

Ever wanted to know where that sweet sweet shampoo smell comes from? We spoke with a fragrance expert to find out.

Michael Waters • September 7, 2020

A VC company is funding training for home health aides

VC seeks to connect unemployed workers with healthcare careers.

Caroline Dohack • September 4, 2020

Startups latch onto breast milk — no boobs needed

Two labs aim to make a more natural alternative to baby formula.

Caroline Dohack • August 26, 2020

Sex toy sales have skyrocketed, so why are startups screwed?

Big sextech businesses are banging, but startups struggle to seal the deal.

Caroline Dohack • August 21, 2020

Guess who’s judging your drunken shenanigans?

Your smartphone’s accelerometer can detect when you’re a staggering fool.

Caroline Dohack • August 20, 2020

Brands and influencers have the acne-positivity movement popping

They’re busting teenage angst as ruthlessly as Dr. Pimple Popper.

Belle Long • August 10, 2020

Too busy to take a break? Your boss might make you

Some tech companies are making vacation time mandatory to prevent employee burnout.

Caroline Dohack • July 28, 2020

Longtime VC Stuart Rudick: ‘The biggest opportunity today is water’

Rudick is also bullish on plant-based protein and alternative farming.

The Hustle • July 27, 2020

A condom brand’s pricing model is inspired by… stonks

When the STI index is up, condom prices go down.

Caroline Dohack • July 23, 2020

Can Google searches predict a pandemic?

The initial evidence on disease-tracking algorithms seems promising.

Michael Waters • July 16, 2020

Can you get the benefits of exercise without the burn?

We’ve been trying to get out of our workouts for decades. Finally, research shows there might be a way.

Caroline Dohack • July 13, 2020

One way to understand kids’ development: Get a baby’s-eye view

Babies with head-mounted cameras help researchers understand early childhood development.

Caroline Dohack • July 8, 2020

Epidemiologists are the latest hot hires

Infectious-disease experts can help companies stay ahead of the coronavirus.

Caroline Dohack • July 7, 2020

Horseshoe-crab blood is a surprisingly essential ingredient for testing new drugs

It’s the only known natural source of an important substance called limulus amebocyte lysate.

Belle Long • July 7, 2020

Alexa is the next target of our quarantine angst

We’re all starting to lose it a little bit.

Michael Waters • July 2, 2020

Bye-bye Bic pen, hello hand sanitizer: Corporate swag goes utilitarian

The giveaway item just got a pandemic-era makeover.

Caroline Dohack • July 1, 2020

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