Tech roundup: Bumble bans gun pics, GM rolls into town, and more

by Kelly O'Halloran
March 8, 2018 team
photo via twitter raises nearly $6M in funding

On Wednesday,, formerly known as, closed $5.75 million in funding from Goldcrest Capital, Eniac Ventures and Two Sigma Ventures. Since its 2016 launch, the startup has now raised close to $14 million. This funding will be used to spread market adoption amongst enterprise clients by expanding’s sales and engineering teams. In addition to the funding news, announced the launch of its universal chat network that allows for users on chat services like Slack and Cisco Spark to chat across platforms without having to log in to a new chat app. [Built In Austin]


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Vyopta closes $3M in funding

Vyopta secured $3 million in funding from one investor recently. In an email, Vyopta told us that it will use the funds to invest in its own products. Ivan Montoya, Vyopta’s VP of marketing and business development, said they will specifically be enhancing their capabilities to monitor and analyze all forms of collaboration technologies, like voice, messaging and audio conferencing. Additionally, Vyopta welcomed Mike Bennett as a new member to its board of directors. Bennett previously led as CEO of seven companies, including SolarWinds. [FormDs]


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EverlyWell launches three new women’s health tests

EverlyWell, a provider of at-home health test kits, announced this week the launch of three new women’s health tests. The company will now offer fertility, perimenopausal and postmenopausal tests that examine hormones tied to fertility and menopause. EverlyWell also shared that it will donate 10 percent of the sales from all of the women’s health tests sold throughout March to three women’s health charities. At the time of checkout, customers can select which charity they’d like to support. [Press Release]


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Liveoak Technologies adds head of sales

Liveoak Technologies welcomed a former sales executive from Dropbox as the company’s new head of sales. Mike Alderson joins the team from Dropbox’s enterprise sales team. Prior to Dropbox, Alderson served in multiple senior roles at Advent Software for 15 years. Liveoak develops software solutions that support web conferencing, collaboration, identity verification and eSignature for financial institutions and other industries. [Press Release]


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GM launches all-electric car rental fleet in Austin

GM will launch its electric car rental service Maven in Austin. Up to 20 Chevrolet Bolts will be available throughout the city for ridesharing, package and food deliveries. Rentals will begin at $229 per week and includes maintenance, insurance and unlimited miles. [Texas Tech Pulse]


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Bumble signs NBA partnership, bans guns in profile photos

Dating app Bumble made two big moves this week. First, Bumble announced it will begin banning photos on the site that feature guns and firearms, as a response to the public calls for gun control. Secondly, the company signed a $20 million jersey deal to sponsor the LA Clippers via an “empowerment badge” sewed on the jersey. The Clippers are now known as one of the more progressive professional sports organization and is led by the NBA’s largest female executive team. [Techcrunch]

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