Bellabeat Debuts A Trio Of Health-Tracking Products For Moms-To-Be And Beyond, Including Jewelry, A Monitor And A Smart Scale

Shell_3 Fitness-minded individuals have devices like the Fitbit to track their steps and activities. Expectant mothers have Bellabeat. The startup has been selling a low-cost “connected system” that allows moms-to-be to track their pregnancies, including being able to hear, record and share their baby’s heartbeat via a pocket-sized ultrasound tool. Today, the company is releasing a… Read More


Pavlok’s Wristband That Electroshocks You For Facebooking Or Skipping Workouts Now On Indiegogo

hand Pavlov and his dogs proved conditioning shapes behavior patterns. A hundred years later, a startup called Pavlok hopes the same theory and its electroshock wristband will make us exercise, wake up on time, and stop procrastinating. Launching today on Indiegogo starting at $99, Pavlok’s app lets you set up goals like hitting the gym or avoiding social media sites, and then its… Read More


Native Ad Company Sharethrough Raises $10M From British Sky Broadcasting And Others

sharethrough1 Earlier this month, Sharethrough announced its European expansion, and it jumpstarted those efforts by acquiring London-based competitor VAN. Now it looks like the company will also be getting help from one of the region’s big media companies — British Sky Broadcasting. Specifically, Sharethrough is announcing a $5 million strategic investment from BSkyB. With the participation… Read More


Doorbot Becomes Ring, A Home Security Solution That Also Greets Your Visitors

Faceplate Options After a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised $250,000 and a first-generation product that promised remote viewing of anyone coming to your front door over your home network, Doorbot is rebranding as Ring, and introduced redesigned hardware with more of a focus on home security, and a design that should help it better fit in with its surroundings and compliment existing house design… Read More


UK Startup miDrive Scores £2M For Its Learn To Drive Mobile App And Instructor Marketplace

midrive-header-2 miDrive, the UK startup that offers a mobile app to help you learn to drive, has closed a £2 million series A round, adding to the £1 million previously raised. Investors include MBM Capital Partners and Holiday Extras, while miDrive says it plans to use the money to expand its current 10-person team, and for growth here in the UK and internationally. Available for both iOS and Android,… Read More


This Is TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

techcrunch-radio1 Each week, John Biggs and I head over to the Sirius XM studios for a live radio show on Sirius XM 102 Indie: TechCrunch Radio. Last week, we discussed our first weeks with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While I’m more partial to the iPhone 6 (or even the 5s, in terms of size), John is truly excited about the new screen real estate on the iPhone 6 Plus, entirely comfortable with… Read More