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. “...
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...
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...
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...
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...
March 5, 2019
Digital health engagement platform dacadoo and the United Arab Emirates’ Daman Health Insurance announced a new mobile game that encourages players to log steps and stay active.
The new Daman Tamshi game is built on dacadoo Go, the company’s customizable, white-label geolocation app that uses rewards and friendly competition to engage its users. The platform calculates a user’s “Step Score” to...
December 5, 2018
Online fitness startup Freeletics has raised $45 million in Series A funding, according to an announcement released yesterday. The funding round was led by FitLab, Causeway Media Partners and JAZZ Venture Partners, with additional support from Courtside Ventures, Elysian Park Ventures, ward.ventures and individual backer Tony Robbins.
Founded in 2013, Freeletics has built a number of fitness and...
August 21, 2018
The Google Fit exercise app is getting a facelift this week with new activity and heart health tracking goals based on recommendations from leading health organizations, the tech giant announced today.
“There’s a lot of talk out there about how to stay active and healthy: ‘get your steps in,’ ‘sitting is the new smoking,’ ‘no pain, no gain.’ It can feel overwhelming,” Margaret Hollendoner, head...
July 9, 2018
Prying eyes. Polar now joins Strava in the list of fitness app makers accidentally betraying military information. According to a report from the Dutch publication De Correspondent, an opt-in feature within the app posts users’ routes to an online map can become a gateway to their private information with diligent searching and a simple modification of the browser’s web address. Working with the...
June 21, 2018
On-demand fitness content maker Aaptiv has raised $22 million in a new funding round led by Millenium Technology Value Partners. Existing investor Insight Venture Partners also contributed to the round, as did several strategic investors: The Amazon Alexa Fund, Disney, Warner Music Group, and NWS Holdings.
Aaptiv offers an app that helps a user choose from a library of audio training sessions...