Jawbone

By Jonah Comstock 03:05 pm September 12, 2019
Like a swimmer emerging from an impossibly long dive, swimming wearable maker Instabeat has resurfaced after a long, self-imposed stealth period. Long-term industry insiders might remember the Beirut, Lebanon, company (now partly based in San Francisco) that raised more than $50,000 on Indiegogo back in 2013 for a heart rate tracker and heads-up display that attaches to a swimmer’s goggles,...

A Jawbone activity tracker device.

By Dave Muoio 11:52 am May 14, 2019
Wearable activity tracker maker Jawbone may have met its demise in 2017, but even then CEO Hossain Rahman was laying the groundwork for a pivot into the health services business. It now appears that investors are once again willing to back Rahman digital health ambitions, as a new SEC filing reveals that Jawbone Health — the new company founded from the ashes of Jawbone — has raised $65.4 million...
Fitbit Flyer headphones lawsuit filed
By Jonah Comstock 02:48 pm June 18, 2018
Wearables maker Jawbone may be out of business, but its beef with rival Fitbit lives on apparently in the form of a grand jury indictment handed down Thursday from the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The indictment, for theft of trade secrets, names the same six employees named in Jawbone's civil suit against Fitbit, but does not name Fitbit itself. The indictment includes new...
By Jonah Comstock 03:40 pm 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 03:33 pm July 18, 2017
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By Jonah Comstock 06:05 pm 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 02:58 pm 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 02:33 pm 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 02:06 pm 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 04:42 pm 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...