[Honeybook in CTech] Covid-19 proves small businesses are very resilient, says Honeybook CEO

The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis proved how resilient small businesses are, according to Oz Alon, co-founder and CEO of online business management startup HoneyBook Inc. Alon spoke Wednesday with Calcalist reporter Hagar Ravet, as part of Biz Online, Calcalist’s online conference on the consumer revolution and the success of online commerce following the Covid-19 crisis.

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[Syqe in Red Herring] Israeli Startup Syqe Proves Microdosing Cannabis Relieves Pain Without Side Effects

Research conducted by Israeli startup Syqe Medical shows that extremely low doses of the psychoactive constituent THC relieve pain without side effects common to cannabis.

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[Syqe in Red Herring] Israeli Startup Syqe Proves Microdosing Cannabis Relieves Pain Without Side Effects

Research conducted by Israeli startup Syqe Medical shows that extremely low doses of the psychoactive constituent THC relieve pain without side effects common to cannabis.

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[Kemtai in New Kerala] Beta Testing Proves Successful, Kemtai Moves to Full Public Launch of Its AI Virtual Personal Trainer Web App

Kemtai launched its AI, virtual personal trainer web app today. Home fitness enthusiasts can now improve their exercise form and performance and enjoy a more effective workout with different trainers from all over the world whenever they want.

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Bookshop.org Proves the Power of Independent Bookstores

On this episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff features a company that has created an excellent solution for independent bookstores to compete with big behemoths like Amazon. Andy Hunter is founder of Bookshop.organ online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.

Hunter has a background in the publishing industry, and is also a publisher and co-creator of Literary Hub. 

Launched at the beginning of the year, Bookshop.org has raised $ 1.8 million (and counting!) for local bookstores, and in just 11 weeks, Bookshop.org has captured 1.5 percent of Amazon’s total market for physical books.


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During the interview, Andy discusses: 

  • Why he created Bookshop.org
  • How the platform supports local, independent bookstores…
  • … And how it’s able to compete with the likes of Amazon
  • The experiential aspect of a bookstore, and the personal touch and atmosphere that local, indie bookstores provide over competitors
  • How independent bookshop merchants can join the platform
  • The company’s affiliate program

For more on Bookshop.org, visit the official website and stay up-to-date on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Next up, Jeff features “Detroit: Engine of America,” a book written by R.J. King, journalist and editor of DBusiness magazine, which was just named named a finalist in the 30th annual Midwest Book Awards.

Jeff summarizes the book’s coverage of the history of Detroit and the auto industry, and R.J. then shares a summary of the book in his own words.

“Detroit: Engine of America” by R.J. King is available now wherever books are sold.


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Clubhouse proves that time is a flat circle

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

First, a big thanks to everyone who took part in the Equity survey, we really appreciated your notes and thoughts. The crew is chewing over what you said, and we’ll roll up the best feedback into show tweaks in the future.

Today, though, we’ve got Danny and Natasha and Chris and Alex back again for our regular news dive. This week we had to leave the Vroom IPO filing, Danny’s group project on The Future of Work and a handwashing startup (?) from Natasha to get to the very biggest stories:

  • Brex’s $ 150 million raise: Natasha covered the latest huge round from corporate charge-card behemoth Brex. The party’s over in Silicon Valley for a little while, so Brex is turning down your favorite startup’s credit limit while it stacks cash for the downturn.
  • Spruce raises a $ 29 million Series B: Led by Scale Venture Partners, Spruce is taking on the world of real estate transactions with digital tooling and an API. As Danny notes, it’s a huge market and one that could find a boost from the pandemic.
  • MasterClass raises $ 100 million: Somewhere between education and entertainment, MasterClass has found its niche. The startup’s $ 180 yearly subscription product appears to be performing well, given that the company just stacked nine-figures into its checking account. What’s it worth? The company would only tell Natasha that it was more than $ 800 million.
  • Clubhouse does, well, you know. Clubhouse happened. So we talked about it.
  • SoftBank dropped its earnings lately, which gave Danny time to break out his pocket calculator and figure out how much money it spent daily, and Alex time to parse the comedy that its slideshow entailed. Here’s our favorites from the mix. (Source materials are here.)

And at the end, we got Danny to explain what the flying frack is going on over at Luckin. It’s somewhere between tragedy and farce, we reckon. That’s it for today, more Tuesday after the holiday!

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[Kemtai in PR Newswire] Beta Testing Proves Successful, Kemtai Moves to Full Public Launch of Its AI Virtual Personal Trainer Web App

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Kemtai launched its AI, virtual personal trainer web app today. Home fitness enthusiasts can now improve their exercise form and performance and enjoy a more effective workout with different trainers from all over the world whenever they want.

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