fitness app

By Dave Muoio 11:54 am January 8, 2020
Online fitness membership platform ClassPass announced this morning the close of a hefty $285 million Series E investment round that, according to a spokesperson, propels the New York-based company’s valuation past the $1 billion mark. The new raise was led by L Catterton and Apax Digital, while prior backer Temasek also made an appearance. As a result of their participation, L Catterton’s Marc...
By Dave Muoio 02:55 pm December 19, 2019
Gympass, a platform for employer’s benefits programs that offers fitness class bookings to members, announced this week the acquisition of Lisbon, Portugal-based artificial intelligence company Flaner. With this, the Brazil-grown fitness platform will be opening up a new “Tech Hub” in Lisbon that will begin with Flaner’s current employees and expand to a full staff of 50, according to Gympass....
By Dave Muoio 12:05 pm October 21, 2019
Fitt, a digital platform that highlights local fitness and wellness options for consumers, has closed a round of funding led by Mountain State Capital. Riverfront Ventures and prior backer TNC Ventures also participated, as did wellness business management software company MINDBODY, which is coming on board as a strategic partner. The startup did not specify the value of the raise. WHAT THEY DO...
By Dave Muoio 10:53 am September 11, 2019
Personal training app Fitplan has announced a new $4.5 million funding round headlined by Corazon Capital, Major League Baseball veteran Alex Rodriguez’s A-Rod Corp and 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov. Prior investors Lerer Hippeau, Bullpen Capital, Imaginary and Advancit Capital also participated. WHAT THEY DO The Fitplan app delivers on-demand video workout sessions and exercise tracking...
By Dave Muoio 01:08 pm September 5, 2019
RocketBody, an app for the Apple Watch that uses ECG data and machine learning to guide workouts, has raised $1 million in new funding from Gagarin Capital and AltaIR Capital. WHAT THEY DO RocketBody is the product of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns that raised roughly $70,000 for its pitch of a $109 ECG wearable back in 2018. The readings from this device would inform an artificial...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett 11:58 am June 24, 2019
Four years after launching, the Canadian wellness platform Carrot Rewards announced that it will shut down its app-based service due to lack of investment. “It breaks our hearts to be saying farewell to you as we have closed down the Carrot Rewards app,” Andrea Soulvaliotis, founder and CEO of Toronto-based Carrot Insights, wrote in a statement posted on Carrot Rewards’ website last Wednesday. “...
By Dave Muoio 01:48 pm June 12, 2019
Gympass, a platform that offers fitness classes through an employer’s benefits program, announced today new strategic funding led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund Lain America Fund, and support by previous backers such as General Atlantic, Atomico and Valor Capital Group. Bloomberg and others are pegging the investment at $300 million, lending the startup a $1 billion-plus valuation when taking its...
By Dave Muoio 03:43 pm May 23, 2019
Future, maker of an app-based personal trainer and nutrition service, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding round led by Kleiner Perkins. Mamoon Hamind, a partner at the venture capital firm, will be joining Future’s board. WHAT THEY DO Through its $150 per month subscription app, Future pairs consumers with a remote personal fitness coach that will provide weekly training plans that can be...
By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm April 24, 2019
No longer bound to Android phones or Wear OS, the Google Fit app is coming as a standalone iOS download for iPhone users, according to a Google blog post published earlier today. Since its big redesign last August, Google’s free exercise and heart health tracking platform already seemed to take a page from Apple’s own fitness offering with its fitness ring-like progress bars. Now the app, which...
By Laura Lovett 02:23 pm April 1, 2019
In order to make impactful strides in your fitness regiment, you may need more than a consumer fitness app, according to a recent study.  In March, JMIR published a meta-analysis revealing that while fitness apps modestly increased physical activity, the average step count between app users and nonusers was nonsignificant. The researchers, who represented the University of South Australia and...