This is a monthly column that runs down five interesting deals every month that may have flown under the radar. Check out last month’s entry here.
The holiday season is here, and it’s probably hard for most of us to keep track of some of the interesting startups raising cash.
Here’s a rundown of some intriguing rounds that got locked up this month as the weather tracks colder.
You may now enter the doctor
We normally try to focus on rounds that may have gone under the radar for most, but sometimes well-publicized rounds are too interesting to ignore.
The company launched with a tech-enabled direct primary care business model, but has since developed its proprietary “CarePods,” a self-contained, AI-powered doctor’s office that will be located in malls and office buildings.
The CarePods — which have been compared to an airport lactation room in their design (that definitely works) — use sensors, vital-sign measurements and even “bloodless” blood collection to provide health evaluations and identify disease risks, including diabetes, hypertension and anxiety.
The idea is to be able to offer health care wherever and whenever it’s convenient and needed.
Membership starts at $99 a month.
The Bozeman, Montana-based startup was founded by former employees at other big defense tech companies like Anduril Industries and Palantir Technologies. While still relatively little is known about the new venture, it seems Wraithwatch is bracing for an “explosion of AI-generated cyber weapons” (per its website), and is using large language models to predict possible versions of attacks and how to prevent them.
It could be the next evolution of warfare.
Many people have a complicated relationship with drinking. Well, a San Francisco-based startup raised an $11.5 million Series A — led by Motley Fool Ventures — to help folks better understand that relationship.
Sunnyside has developed an app and program to help people develop better drinking habits. What’s interesting is that the app is not designed to get people to stop drinking, but rather track and evaluate their drinking.
The program is personalized to each member’s goals and habits, and features weekly goal setting, daily reminders, and even peer coaching and support.
While alcohol consumption in the U.S. has remained relatively flat through the years, millennials in particular have shown a desire to cut back on drinking and “sober curious” has been added to our vernacular.
With the holidays here, it may not be a bad app to have on the phone.
At this point, we all know when you talk with someone on the phone or on the web it may not be a real person.
However, you assume your work colleagues to be real.
Startup Artisan AI locked up a $2.3 million pre-seed round to perhaps make that a false assumption in the near future.
The San Francisco-based AI startup builds human-like digital workers called Artisans. This isn’t software that other workers use, but rather a real digital worker. In fact, the company plans to unveil its first Artisan in December — Ava, who will be a sales representative. The company plans to release a workforce of Artisans next year, including a graphic designer and marketing manager.
Artisan AI is taking part in Y Combinator’s Winter 2024 batch in January, and the accelerator was one of a handful of investors in the pre-seed round.
Using AI to get noticed
This list has included a lot of AI, but here’s a little more anyhow.
First, the company claims to use AI to increase the impact of the press coverage brands receive. Handraise says it leverages large language models to deliver insights — allowing brands to focus more on strategy and impact.
Obviously, we at Crunchbase News are interested in how PR firms and companies pitch and try to get into the news.
It’ll be interesting to see if he can realize that kind of exit again.
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