Author: Sarah Buhr

A chat with Imzy co-founder Jessica Moreno on building a kinder online community

TECHCRUNCH Next Story Uber seeks information from Larry Page in Waymo court case Jessica Moreno and her co-founder Dan McComas couldn’t find the kind of inclusive online community they were looking for when they left Reddit in the summer of 2015 so they started Imzy, a community platform encouraging kinder interactions with like-minded individuals. Moreno and McComas spent six years prior to starting Imzy cultivating community and learning the ropes at the site boasting itself as “The front page of the internet.” McComas came in as the founder of Redditgifts, a section of the site allowing people to send gifts to friends...

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Oscar Health rolls out its small business product Oscar for Business

TECHCRUNCH Oscar Health, a startup rethinking health insurance for the digital age, is rolling out a new product for small businesses called Oscar for Business. The rollout moves Oscar further away from its original bet on individual insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a move which vaulted the company, now valued at $2.7 billion, to initial success. Oscar was the only startup that had the approval to sell exchanges under Obamacare when it launched in 2013, right before the ACA began to take full effect. That proved to be a catalyst for the company and it still owes the majority...

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Science37 aims to democratize clinical research with a fresh $29 million in growth funding

TECHCRUNCH Virtual clinical trials have come into their own thanks to widespread technology enabling patients of every background to input their experiences at the tap of a button. Science37 capitalizes on that trend by providing qualified patients free tools to participate from the comfort of their own home and the company has just raised $29 million in Series C funding to help it reach new audiences. The funding will also allow the startup to further develop its proprietary software platform the Network Oriented Research Assistant (NORA®), which patients use to access the clinical trials, to help it reach a more diverse...

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Theranos says it has been mischaracterized in allegations the company faked tests

TECHCRUNCH Theranos secretly bought lab equipment through a shell company, faked tests and inappropriately pumped up its financial outlook to investors, according to allegations in recently unsealed court documents, first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Partner Fund Management LP, a hedge fund management firm which invested $96 million in Theranos filed the claim in Delaware Chancery Court on Monday, which was unsealed Thursday afternoon, laying out exactly what it asserts the once-hailed blood testing company had been doing to deceive the many investors, partners, customers and journalists who’d looked into the company’s affairs. In the filings, PFM alleges...

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A chat with Pluralsight founder Aaron Skonnard on the global move to sharpen tech skills through online training

TECHCRUNCH Next Story Pinterest’s Tim Kendall will talk the future of advertising at Disrupt NY 2017 Utah has a strong history in the tech industry – Omniture, WordPerfect and Landesk all started there; Pixar co-founder Ed Catmul and Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell both graduated from the University of Utah and several colleges and universities in the area churn out advanced engineering degrees in the hundreds every year. It’s also starting to become a place known for growing profitable unicorns, including Qualtrics, now worth $2.4 billion; Domo, valued at $2 billion; InsideSales, worth $1.5 billion; and developer training platform Pluralsight, now worth $1.14 billion and listed as one to watch for going public this year. I sat down with Pluralsight founder Aaron Skonnard about the tech landscape and where he wants to take the company next: [embedded content] Pluralsight started in 2004 as a training platform for developers but really started to take off in 2008 when it went into online education. Founder Aaron Skonnard tells me it has nearly doubled every year since and now teaches over 6,000 courses on software development and technology skills throughout the world and in more than 150 countries via carefully vetted instructors. Pluralsight is part of a crop of startups like Lynda or Udemy helping to fulfill a needed skills gap in the marketplace as technology is constantly changing and improving and, as Skonnard points out, there...

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Lyft head of engineering pens a letter to teammates asking for open communication

TECHCRUNCH Lyft’s head of engineering Jill Wetzler has penned a heartfelt letter to her fellow teammates asking them to chat openly with her about any issues they may be facing in the workplace. The letter, sent on anonymous workplace app Blind and obtained by TechCrunch, pleads with employees to reach out to her. Here’s what she wrote: “To those who are either posting or lurking here: I want to offer up my availability to chat freely,” she writes. “I struggle with my own work/life balance, anxiety around compensation, and the conflict between feeling grateful for the many privileges I have while...

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ZappRX gets $25 million from Chinese VC’s to expand into the U.S. drug prescription market

TECHCRUNCH ZappRX, the app that aims to make it easier to manage specialty drug prescriptions, has pulled in $25 million in Series B funding led by Qiming US, the Chinese venture outfit’s stateside health care fund. GV (formerly Google Ventures) and GlaxoSmithKline’s funding arm SR One were also in the round and GV’s Krishna Yeshwant and Qiming US’s Mark McDade will now join the board. ZappRx solves a unique dilemma in the prescription medication industry for doctors and pharmacists who treat conditions like oncology and pulmonology by getting rid of the paperwork. Many pharmacies still use fax or phone...

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Planned Parenthood enrolls in 500 startups’ seed program

TECHCRUNCH Planned Parenthood has been threatened repeatedly with defunding in several states since Trump became our 45th president. But has also, as a consequence, received a serious spike in donations (40 times its normal rate, according to the Guardian). The organization’s leaders are now looking to 500 startups’ seed program to help them capitalize on the recent surge and harness technology to help further the momentum. 500 will donate $100,000 to the growing trove Planned Parenthood has already received since Trump took office as well as kick off a hackathon for the organization. Planned Parenthood team members will also receive...

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