Jawbone

By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2017
Jawbone's healthcare plans revealed? Bloomberg may or may not have uncovered Hossain Rahman's plan for Jawbone Health Hub, the resurrected version of the now-defunct consumer wearable and speaker company. The outlet got ahold of documents the company was shopping around last year in pursuit of investors, which suggested plans for devices and apps that track and, in some cases address, hydration,...
By Jonah Comstock July 18, 2017
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By Jonah Comstock July 6, 2017
It looks like Jawbone, the activity tracker company that has been teetering on the brink of collapse for a few years now, is finally shutting down. Citing sources close to the company, The Information is reporting that the company has begun liquidation procedures.  However, the company's long-rumored health device – which was supposed to save the company – could be coming to market via a new...
By Jonah Comstock February 13, 2017
Big Health has hired Kelvin Kwong, former director of product management at Jawbone, to be its vice president of product management. Big Health is currently focused on the sleep space with its app Sleepio, so it makes sense to hire a Jawbone vet -- the tracker company invested quite a bit in sleep tracking before its recent pivot toward medical devices.  Big Heath also announced the hire on Dr....
By Jonah Comstock February 8, 2017
Fitbit's alleged theft of trade secrets from Jawbone, already the subject of a closed ITC case and an ongoing civil court, is being investigated in a third and more serious venue: a criminal grand jury probe, conducted by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, that has been looking into the matter for five months, according to a new court filing by Jawbone. Bloomberg...
By Jonah Comstock February 6, 2017
Wearable activity tracker company Jawbone has been in dire straits for the better part of a year now, losing key executives, dumping its speaker business, reportedly selling out of its inventory (the company has fervently denied those reports), and not announcing any new products for several years. Last we heard, the company's planned hail mary was a more clinically-focused wearable, likely...
By Jonah Comstock January 19, 2017
Jawbone's Chief Financial Officer has left the company, The Verge reported this week. CFO Jason Child, who joined Jawbone in 2015 from Groupon, has left the struggling company to join the Global Advisory Board of the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. Jawbone also lost it's top product exec, Travis Bogard, this past summer. New York City-based physician-specialist consult...
By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2017
According to Rock Health's new end-of-the-year funding report, total digital health funding was down to $4.2 billion, an 8 percent drop from 2015's total of $4.6 billion. But even though less money was infused into the industry, 8 percent more companies received funding: 296 versus 273 last year, a record number of companies funded. Interestingly, nearly 20 percent of the funding was wrapped up...
By Heather Mack December 29, 2016
Fitbit has dropped one of its several lawsuits against Jawbone. The patent case, which had been on track for trial in the International Trade Commission in March, was attempting to block the importation of existing and still-in-development Jawbone products on the basis that Jawbone had violated its patents. The motion to terminate wasn’t a concession that Jawbone hadn’t violated anything after...
By Jonah Comstock October 12, 2016
When BlackRock invested $300 million in Jawbone to keep it afloat, Bloomberg News called it "a loan and a leash". Now, according to a new report in Fortune, the beleaguered tech company is tugging on that leash. Fortune reported this week that Blackrock is pressuring the company to sell, but CEO Hossain Rahman believes the company has the funds to stay afloat.  "I believe everyone knows one of...