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Can You Hear Me Now
Bellow, from RunKeeper vets, aims to change the way we communicate
Bellow founders Drew Stock and Jon Gilman
Sitting with Jon Gilman and Drew Stock at a Fort Point area coffee shop one recent morning, I was taken aback when the pair, both former RunKeeper employees, told me that they believed that if Alexander Graham Bell were to invent the telephone in Boston today, he'd probably do it in a much different way. Gilman, a former product manager at RunKeeper, and Stock, a past interaction designer at the fitness tracking company, have created their new startup, Bellow, with the belief that voice communication is superior to texting and that the phone system we use today is broken. They think they can fix it. Read More
Get Fit
In time to make your New Year's resolution, Applause ARC releases fitness and health app report
It's New Year's resolution time once again. As the nation looks inward at its bad habits and tries to find ways to eat better, work out more often, and just be a bit more healthy, Applause's ARC 360 has released its report on the state of fitness and health applications. Perfect timing. Read More
A lot of news today from Apple, but few were probably paying as close attention as RunKeeper, whose health graph strategy seemed to be going up against toe-to-toe against  Apple's newly announced HealthKit. If Cupertino's moves are raising founder Jason Jacob's pulse rate, he's not showing it. He emailed Dennis Keohane:
It is great to see a powerhouse like Apple is getting involved, and starting to bring some of the other key players in the ecosystem (doctors, EMRs, etc) into the discussion.  This is exactly where things need to be heading, and with our continued laser focus on the direct-to-consumer side, having big partners like Apple start to tie the other pieces together will be a helpful enabler of our efforts.  We are excited for RunKeeper and Breeze users to be able to tie in their data with HealthKit soon!
A funding explosion?
Who stands to benefit from a new Spark growth fund
Earlier, Kyle Alspach reported that Spark Capital is looking to raise a $375 million growth venture capital fund. While Spark is best known for being an early investor in companies like Twitter, Oculus, and Tumblr, word of a growth fund to help invest in companies that already have traction and are looking scale is great news to a few companies in Spark's portfolio. Read More
On pace
WalkJogRun, a more accurate app from the guy who invented run tracking
(Kari Bodnarchuk for the Boston Globe)
When Adam Howitt decided to run his long road race, the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta in 2002, he wanted to make sure to optimize his training regimen. However, the only way to figure out the certain distances he needed to run was to drive routes in his car and track the distance on his odometer. As a programmer with a couple of decades of experience, he figured he could come up with an easier, more accurate way to track his distance runs. Read More