Jawbone

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...
By Heather Mack September 9, 2016
This year is shaping up to be a big one for acquisitions, if not for the money (many are for undisclosed amounts) but for sheer volume. We’ve seen 30 so far, and with a little over three months to go, 2016 may well end up eclipsing 2015’s total of 37 deals. Rather than just list the companies, we've broken them down into different categories based on who the acquirer is, to try to outline some...
By Heather Mack September 8, 2016
Favor is once again on Fitbit’s side in the ongoing legal battle between the leading wearable company and its increasingly beleagured competitor Jawbone. The US International Trade Commission ruled that a judge erred in deciding that two Fitbit patents weren’t eligible for legal protection.  Now, Fitbit can pursue an effort to block Jawbone’s products from the US market, but Jawbone doesn’t think...
By MobiHealthNews August 26, 2016
In 2012, MobiHealthNews ran an article — contributed by patent lawyer Orion Armon of Cooley LLP — asking the question “Is mobile health about to enter a patent thicket?” Armon had noticed a stark rise in the number of patents being issued in the mobile health space. He predicted that this would likely lead to an increase in mobile health patent litigation. Four years later, we haven’t seen nearly...