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Dispensed: Medicare Advantage's surprising success, Nurx's rebound, and a new startup trying to upend how you get mental healthcare at work

DISPENSED: MEDICARE ADVANTAGE'S SURPRISING SUCCESS, NURX'S REBOUND, AND A NEW STARTUP TRYING TO UPEND HOW YOU GET MENTAL HEALTHCARE AT WORK

Welcome to a holiday weekend edition of Dispensed , our weekly newsletter tracking developments in the healthcare industry. For those...

Scoop Partners with Bedrock to Bring Carpooling Service to Detroiters

SCOOP PARTNERS WITH BEDROCK TO BRING CARPOOLING SERVICE TO DETROITERS

Scoop , the app-based carpooling service headquartered in San Francisco, landed in Detroit this week and will now facilitate rides...

 
 
 
Red-hot startup Snowflake is adding support for Google's cloud in an effort to meet Wall Street's demand

RED-HOT STARTUP SNOWFLAKE IS ADDING SUPPORT FOR GOOGLE'S CLOUD IN AN EFFORT TO MEET WALL STREET'S DEMAND

Data storage startup Snowflake has plans to announce support for Google's public cloud, according to multiple sources. In doing so,...

The CEO of $111 million birth control startup Nurx told us how she's charting a new path forward after a scorching New York Times exposé

THE CEO OF $111 MILLION BIRTH CONTROL STARTUP NURX TOLD US HOW SHE'S CHARTING A NEW PATH FORWARD AFTER A SCORCHING NEW YORK TIMES EXPOSÉ

Health startup Nurx sells birth control and other prescriptions online. Last month, a searing New York Times investigation broke apart...

 
 
 
Cardinal Analytx raises $22 million to predict high-cost health plan members

CARDINAL ANALYTX RAISES $22 MILLION TO PREDICT HIGH-COST HEALTH PLAN MEMBERS

Palo Alto, California-based startup Cardinal Analytx has raised $22 million for software that predicts expensive health plan members.

 
 
 
Beautystack raises £4M seed to help beauty professionals become financially independent

BEAUTYSTACK RAISES £4M SEED TO HELP BEAUTY PROFESSIONALS BECOME FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT

Beautystack , the London startup that's creating a beauty professional booking app with heavy focus on social, has quietly picked up...

Sofar Sounds Raises $25M From Investors: Here's How It Plans to Use the Funds

SOFAR SOUNDS RAISES $25M FROM INVESTORS: HERE'S HOW IT PLANS TO USE THE FUNDS

On the heels of its tenth anniversary, concert startup Sofar Sounds has something new to celebrate. The company, which organizes shows...

 
 
 
Zendesk acquires conversational platform Smooch, launches new WhatsApp and Slack integrations

ZENDESK ACQUIRES CONVERSATIONAL PLATFORM SMOOCH, LAUNCHES NEW WHATSAPP AND SLACK INTEGRATIONS

Zendesk today announced that it has acquired Smooch, a startup developing a multiplatform, cross-channel embedded conversational platform.

 
 
 
Agrilyst Rebrands as Artemis, Lands $8M for Indoor Farming Software

AGRILYST REBRANDS AS ARTEMIS, LANDS $8M FOR INDOOR FARMING SOFTWARE

Agrilyst, an agtech startup that has commercialized software that helps manage indoor farms and greenhouses, is unveiling a new name...

TransferWise was just valued at $3.5 billion in a Silicon Valley-style deal that shows why Europe's tech scene is maturing fast

TRANSFERWISE WAS JUST VALUED AT $3.5 BILLION IN A SILICON VALLEY-STYLE DEAL THAT SHOWS WHY EUROPE'S TECH SCENE IS MATURING FAST

White-hot money transfer startup TransferWise is now worth $3.5 billion after raising $292 million in secondary funding. This will...

 
 
 
$967 million DataStax is making it much easier for developers to use a popular Facebook-created database project as it heads towards a reported IPO

$967 MILLION DATASTAX IS MAKING IT MUCH EASIER FOR DEVELOPERS TO USE A POPULAR FACEBOOK-CREATED DATABASE PROJECT AS IT HEADS TOWARDS A REPORTED IPO

On Tuesday, $967 million data management startup DataStax launched DataStax Constellation, a new cloud platform. DataStax says this...

 
 
 
Green cooking machine: Rivian R1T Overland concept sports a kitchen

GREEN COOKING MACHINE: RIVIAN R1T OVERLAND CONCEPT SPORTS A KITCHEN

Rivian has been busy in the past few months, inking a partnership with Ford and preparing for vehicle production. However, the startup...

SOME OF THE BEST CONNECTED PLAYERS IN THE SAN DIEGO HUB ORGANIZE LAUNCH ROUND FOR ANOTHER BIOTECH WITH AN EYE ON TRIAL DATA

Mike Grey and his network of San Diego-based biotech execs are formally notching a new startup debut today. Mike Grey The company is...

 
 
 

BUMPER DAY FOR BRITISH BIOTECHS AS STARTUPS GET CASH HAUL, MAJOR RESEARCH WINDFALL

British biotechs are often a disregarded backwater when it comes to the international view of life sciences, but today a host of positive...

 
 
 
From “joke hour” to “digital therapeutics” an evolution of gaming in healthcare

FROM “JOKE HOUR” TO “DIGITAL THERAPEUTICS” AN EVOLUTION OF GAMING IN HEALTHCARE

As videogames have become mainstream and emerged from the dimly-lit arcade rooms of years past, gaming technology has found increasing...

WOULD YOU EAT LAB-CREATED FISH? THIS SAN DIEGO STARTUP IS CARVING NEW PATH IN ‘ALT-MEAT' INDUSTRY

Local startup BlueNalu is developing seafood products like fish, crustaceans and mollusks - all designed in labs and grown in bioreactors...