October 20, 2016 Comments Off on Heal raises $26.9 million
These days, a doctor can just be a few clicks away thanks to new mobile apps allowing patients to consult a doctor. Although nothing beats a traditional clinic consultation, a virtual doctor could be the answer for people who are traveling, live in remote areas or are simply too lazy to go to a clinic. Based on Cruchbase data, there are 18 doctor on-demand apps available for download today, with services ranging from video call consultations, emergency consultations, and actual house calls. This week, one of these companies, Heal, has raised $26.9 million in Series A funding led by the Tull Investment Group. The company plans to use its new funds to expand its operations and build up its lineup of board-certified and licensed physicians. Based in Santa Monica, California, Heal works like Über and sends licensed physicians to patients’ homes upon demand for a flat fee of $99.00. After the round, Heal is expected to be valued at $110 million.
August 5, 2016 Comments Off on Walmart reportedly looking to acquire Jet.com
Walmart is reportedly currently in talks to acquire Jet.com, a rival of Amazon. In a transaction that could value Jet.com up to $3 billion, the deal is the latest in a string of buyouts in the ecommerce space that includes Bed Bath & Beyond’s acquisition of One King’s Lane and Hudson’s Bay’s purchase of the Gilt Groupe. The deal also highlights a growing trend in the O2O strategy being implemented in the retail environment. For Walmart, Jet.com will give finally give the retail giant the chance to revamp its online store and compete head-on with Amazon, which dominates the ecommerce space with a 41.2% market share.
July 29, 2016 Comments Off on Google acquires LaunchKit
Google recently announced that it is acquiring mobile app tool maker LaunchKit. Launched two years ago, LaunchKit offers a suite of tools aimed at making the development of mobile apps easier. These tools include Screenshot Builder, App Website Builder, Review Monitor and Sales Reporter. According to LaunchKit, these tools have helped more than 50,000 developers create, launch and monitor their apps. As part of the deal, LaunchKit’s team will be joining Google’s Developer Product Group. The company’s hosted services will be open-sourced and available on GitHub in the next 12 months, and discontinued thereafter.
July 27, 2016 Comments Off on LinkedIn acquires PointDrive
LinkedIn has acquired PointDrive, a Chicago-based startup that lets sales personnel share visual content with prospective clients. PointDrive offers cloud-based tools that enables integration of files, videos, graphics, and other content into a webpage that can be presented to customers during a sales pitch. The acquisition is intended to boost LinkedIn’s Sales Solutions platform. The deal follows LinkedIn’s acquisition of Fliptop, its partnership with Salesforce and the launch of its Social Selling Index. According to sources, Microsoft plans to integrate LinkedIn’s sales products within its own CRM products in order to improve sales cycles through actionable insights.
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