Tech roundup: Tour the White House (virtually) with this Boston app, 10% Happier raises $3.7M, and more

by Justine Hofherr
June 7, 2018
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10% Happier lands feel-good funding round

Boston-based 10% Happier is an app geared toward that person who’s always talked about meditating but has never really tried it. And your dad, who thinks meditating is for hippies. This week, the feel-good startup has something to smile about, as they just raised $3.7 million in funding. To date, that means the company, which offers guided meditation courses for “fidgety skeptics,” has reeled in a total of $5 million. Namaste! [TechCrunch]


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Rue La La acquires Gilt Groupe

Yup, you heard correctly: The two flash sale e-commerce sites are joining forces to bring the masses designer goods on the cheap. Rue La La acquired Gilt Groupe this week, forming Rue Gilt Groupe. The two brands will continue to exist separately, but will consolidate on the back end to share mobile and personalization tech. By consolidating, the new portfolio will reach an impressive 20 million members. Get shopping, y'all. [Fast Company]


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EverQuote files for $75M IPO

Vroom, vroom. EverQuote, a Cambridge-based online auto insurance marketplace, filed for a $75 million initial public offering this week. Founded in 2008, the company has booked an impressive $135 million in sales for the past year, while raising just $37.6 million in funding. EverQuote matches insurers with customers who fit the right risk profile. The company works with carriers like AllState, Liberty Mutual and Progressive. It also provides consumers with free auto insurance quotes so they can immediately find the lowest rate available. [Built In Boston]


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Boston startup Cuseum now offers tours of the White House

Want to take a peek inside the most iconic home in America? Now, you can, thanks to tiny Boston-based startup Cuseum. The company, which uses technology to enhance visitor engagement at museums, now offers an app that provides a virtual educational tour of the White House and its surrounding neighborhood. The app features three separate tour experiences for in-person visitors and those who want to tour the White House from afar. The best part: the app even includes a “presidential look-alike” feature that allows users to take a selfie to find out which president or first lady they most resemble based on portraits from the White House’s collection. I think I’m a Martha Jefferson. Hbu? [Press Release]

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