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Zebra Technologies acquires Temptime Corporation

Zebra Technologies, a company that supplies big data-centered enterprise solutions to companies in healthcare, retail, manufacturing and other industries, closed on its acquisition of the New Jersey based hardware company Temptime Corporation. Temptime manufacturers time-temperature indicators for the healthcare industry that can visually notify users of potentially harmful temperature changes in shipments of medical and biological products. The East Coast company holds 90 issued patents.

“This acquisition aligns well with our strategy to expand into high-growth areas that are a strong fit for Zebra,” said Anders Gustafsson, chief executive officer, in a press release announcing the venture. [Press release


Lightstream founder Stu Grubbs

Lightstream announces $8M Series A

Cloud-based video production company Lightstream raised an $8 million Series A to further the capabilities of its software and broaden its reach. Drive Capital led the round and MK Capital, Pritzker Group and Silicon Valley Bank also participated. Andy Jenks, general partner at Drive Capital, also joined Lightstream’s board. The funding will be used to hire around a half dozen new staff and invest in new product evolutions and market opportunities — specifically providing in-house monetization solutions for users and working with sports organizations, allowing them to capture and edit footage via the Lightstream platform at their events. [Built In Chicago


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Relativity wants to make 300 hires in the next 10 months

Relativity, an e-discovery company providing cloud-based software to governments and law firms so they can analyze legal documents, announced its plans to hire 300 new team members before 2020. The company currently has 850 total staff and expanded its Chicago office by 40,000 square feet last year to accommodate the new faces it’s now welcoming. This hiring round will consist of individuals across engineering, security and customer success roles. Relativity recently made Built In Chicago’s 2019 Best Places to Worklist. 

“These new hires will allow us to further build out our capabilities as an e-discovery platform and continue our mission of bringing the industry to SaaS,” said Matt Garvey, director of talent acquisition. [Built In Chicago]


People working in 1871 office

1871 and Truss team up for startups

Startup incubator 1871 and commercial real estate listing platform Truss have partnered to help Chicago-area startups find their ideal office space as they continue to grow. The Truss platform will now allow small business owners to take 3D tours of the available space in 1871. The company will also offer consulting and real estate advice to 1871 members as they seek other office options. 


It looks like Lyft will beat Uber in the ride-sharing startups’ race to an IPO this year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Lyft will make its filing public as early as next week, and the IPO could be carried out by the end of March. The New York Times predicts Lyft will start trading in early April.

Lyft plans to list on the Nasdaq. Having raised $4.9 billion in venture capital, the company expects to be valued at $20 billion to $25 billion. Getting to the IPO finish line first is a strategic move to avoid being overshadowed by the much-bigger Uber.

Reuters reports Lyft’s IPO roadshow will begin during the week of March 18. Uber still needs a few more weeks to prepare, according to sources cited in the report. Uber has raised $24.2 billion and could seek a valuation of as much as $120 billion in its eventual IPO. While Lyft operates only in the U.S. and Canada, Uber operates in more than 60 countries around the world.

Lyft confidentially filed its IPO paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission in October, followed by Uber in December. While the government shutdown delayed the process somewhat, things now seem to be back on track. Sources told WSJ that since the shutdown ended, the SEC has been plowing through IPO filings in record time.



NEW YORKFeb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ZitSticka, a tech-meets-skincare brand launches with a revolutionary approach to clearing zits. Today, ZitSticka debuts its hero product, the KILLA™, a breakthrough penetrative patch featuring microdart technology to effectively resolve newfound, upcoming and early-stage zits.

“Most existing acne solutions come with big promises, yet serious limitations as most address the uppermost layer of skin,” says Daniel Kaplan, co-founder of ZitSticka. “We set out to develop an active product that permeates beyond the epidermal layer, and into a zit’s nucleus. After countless hours of research, and trial and error, ZitSticka was born.”

When KILLA is pressed to the skin, the patch’s adhesive backing encloses the early-stage zit, keeping the area protected and sterile. Freeze-dried microdarts penetrate both the stratum corneum and epidermis then self-dissolve within two hours, depositing powerful acne-fighting ingredients directly inside the zit.

Dermatologist favored ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide (B3) and Salicylic Acid pair with Oligopeptide-76, a powerful but gentle peptide that kills acne-causing bacteria. In early trials, 89% of KILLA users noticed a visible reduction in both the size and redness of their zit after a single application.

“As a board-certified dermatologist and acne expert, I teach my patients that the backbone of treating acne is about not only clearing but also preventing acne from forming,” says Dr. Melissa K. Levin. “Since not all patients have access to a dermatologist, efficacious, over-the-counter solutions are needed but have been lacking. By harnessing transdermal technology, ZitSticka acne patches are a breakthrough in offering a gentle yet effective spot treatment to be used within a skincare regimen.”

The patch is designed to be transparent and discreet, giving wearers the confidence to go about their daily activities while KILLA combats their pesky “zituation”. Beyond its first-to-market products, ZitSticka intends to create space for conversation and community, where people can share their experiences with skincare issues and connect with people just like them.

“We are on a mission to de-stigmatize the conversation around acne as well as beautify the treatments themselves,” says Robbie Miller, co-founder of ZitSticka. “Where acne has traditionally been a taboo topic, it is something that affects everyone. We want to promote transparency and a sense of modern normalcy so people become more comfortable in their own skin.”

The KILLA kit is available online for $29.00, which includes eight KILLA patches and eight priming CLEANA swabs. To purchase the KILLA kit and learn more about ZitSticka, visit and follow @zitsticka on Instagram and Facebook.

About ZitSticka 
ZitSticka is an evidence-based skincare brand focused squarely on acne treatments that target every unique stage of a zit’s life cycle. ZitSticka’s debut product, the KILLA patch, contains proven acne-fighting ingredients, and is layered with self-dissolving microdarts that disrupt the progression of upcoming, early-stage zits.

ZitSticka upholds all FDA cosmetic regulatory standards. The company is founded by brothers-in-law and skincare experts, Robbie Miller and Daniel Kaplan, and is slated to launch in February 2019.



hen I was a teenager, I was one of the lucky few who made it through high school without any acne, so I kind of thought I’d be safe forever. But now that I’m in my early 30s (33 is still considered early, right?), my jaw has become a minefield of hormonal, cystic pimples that flare up at the first sign of PMS. Yay.

You wouldn’t know it by looking at me, though, because my zits so rarely come to a head—they just live deep inside, haunting me, so painful and hot that I sit there dreaming about cutting them out (dark, but true). Which is why I was stoked to hear about ZitSticka, a new acne patch specifically designed to treat below-the-surface pimples before they take over your face. And, to see if they were really worth the hype, I tested them out in the name of science clear skin.

The Patch Deets

“But I’m already obsessed with acne patches!” you cryAnd, hey, same. But these are different than the hydrocolloid bandages you’ve been using from, say, Peach & Lily or CosRx. Because unlike traditional patches, which only work on zits that have already “popped” (so they can absorb fluid from the pimple), ZitSticka’s patches treat unpopped, underground zits using itty-bitty, medication-filled micro-darts. Stay with me, here.

The patch—aptly named Killa—looks like a regular hydrocolloid bandage, but with one key difference: Its sticky surface is covered with 24 dissolvable micro-darts that gently penetrate the stratum corneum and epidermis (your top two layers of skin) to push medication into your pimple. Each dart is filled with acne-fighting and skin-healing ingredients, including hyaluronic acid (to moisturize), niacinamide (to calm inflammation), salicylic acid (to loosen and break down the pimple), and oligopeptide-76 (to kill bacteria).

Each Killa Kit contains eight individually packaged patches and eight pre-treat wipes (soaked with salicylic acid, vitamin E, tea tree oil, and alcohol to sanitize skin and add an extra acne-killing punch before you slap on the patch). Just dab the pimple with a wipe, let it dry for a few seconds, then stick on the patch and live your life.

See the tiny micro-darts on the sticky side of the patch?

WTF It Felt Like

If you’ve used hydrocolloid patches before, you know there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing it turn white from a pimple’s gunk. It’s one of the gross-but-amazing parts of skincare. Sadly, you’re not going to get that with Killa; the darts aren’t actually permeating the zit’s core (it’s impossible to pop cystic pimples from the surface), so they won’t really draw out any gunk overnight.

Still, I was surprised by how incredibly satisfying the patch felt when I applied it—like I was doing something productive for my pimple. After washing my face and wiping down my most painful cystic zit, I pressed on the Killa patch, holding it for 15 seconds, as recommended, to help it really adhere. The darts actually do feel prickly when you first press on the patch—kind of like a piece of velcro against your skin—but the whole thing is more uncomfortable than it is painful. The brand recommends leaving the patch on for at least two hours to allow the darts to fully dissolve, but I decided to apply it right before bed to give it a full seven hours to work.

The Results

Part of me didn’t expect this patch to work at all (I’ve seen too many gimmicks), but by the time I woke up and peeled it off, my zit was noticeably calmer. The warmth and redness that had been radiating from it the night before were diminished—it was now just a pink, barely painful bump. In fact, within 48 hours, the zit had cleared up completely, as if I had gotten a cortisone injection from my derm.

My underground zit before the sticker (left), and immediately after (right) I removed the sticker the following morning.

I was legitimately shocked these patches worked so well, so I went to experts to find out, well, why. Was I just a lucky case? According to dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale University (and not affiliated with ZitSticka), the niacinamide (vitamin B3) in each micro-dart was the “magic ingredient” for my cyst. “Niacinamide is a potent anti-inflammatory that’s sometimes prescribed as an oral medication because it’s so effective,” she says, noting that it becomes even more powerful when combined with hyaluronic acid, which “pushes in moisture to reduce irritation.” Basically, she’s not surprised Killa worked so well for me.


Will It Work for You?

Here’s the thing about Killa: It’s not an acne cure. Though the micro-darts are effective at penetrating the first two layers of skin, Dr. Gohara says the ingredients seem less effective at treating and healing pimples, and more effective at reducing the inflammation within a pimple—which, in turn, can help your body heal it faster on its own.

So what does all this mean for you? Killa patches won’t replace your skincare routine—you’ll still need a good cleanser and zit-fighting regimen—nor should they, considering a box of eight patches and wipes retails for $29, which, if you’re using them daily, will add up fast. Still, when you’ve got the occasional underground zit and don’t have the time (or money) to run to the derm for an injection, you can use these patches to help reduce the redness and swelling of a pimple fast. And that, as far as I’m concerned, is worth all of the micro-darts and money in the world.



A Los Angeles cliche: everyone eats healthily. And while this stereotype might ring true, who cares! Healthy snacking is something to be proud of. It is no surprise that some of the most innovative and delicious new health food brands are born out of LA. Of course, in part, this is due to the wellness focus of the city. But California has always been a pioneering state so it makes sense that Angelenos are putting their enterprising brains to work on making healthy, clean food absolutely delicious, (and really pretty, too)! Here are some of the best and brightest in LA-based snack foods.

Dream Pops


Aiming to be the Willy Wonka of plant-based indulgences, Dream Pops is the first superfood ice cream on the market to leverage proprietary technology, design, a three-star Michelin chef, and plant-based ingredients to rethink the notion of traditional ice cream. All Dream Pops are vegan, less than 100 calories per pop, less than seven grams of total sugar per pop, only use coconut blossom sugar, have zero artificial flavors, dyes, gum, or corn syrup, and are dairy, gluten, and soy free. (And they also taste really good.) Blending innovative design with endless imagination, Dream Pops harnesses unique proprietary technology capable of 3D printing any shape.

Pulp Pantry


Pulp Pantry is creating nutritional abundance from what would otherwise be wasted ingredients, like organic juice pulp. The company is on a mission to build a better food system: one that’s healthy, sustainable and accessible to all. Juice pulp is their “hero” ingredient and contains all of the fiber of whole fresh fruits and vegetables, and is currently what goes into making the company’s signature, plant-based Granola Bites. Another added bonus: with each pound of pulp they upcycle, they save 38 gallons of water from going to waste.


MAGIcDATES founder Diana Jarrar grew up eating dates—aka nature’s candy—and wanted to create a clean snack that utilized the nutrient-dense and sustainably-grown fruit in all its glory. Plant-based and gluten-free with no added sugar, these bites are perfect as a treat but also satiating throughout the day—and you’ll never get a sugar crash or surge because of the way date sugar is slowly absorbed into the body.

Split Nutrition


Launched in 2018, Split is the first-of-its-kind, side-by-side PB&J pack made with the best plant-based, simple, non-GMO ingredients for pure energy. Combining the amazing flavors of nut butter (peanut or almond) and fresh jam, the complete on-the-go food provides a quick meal of balanced proteins and carbohydrates for pre- or post-workout, travel, work, or school. From LA-based award-winning chef (Stella Barra and M Street Kitchen) and cycling enthusiast Jeff Mahin, restaurateur Christopher Meers, and elite performance nutritionist Dr. Philip Goglia, Split is made with only four to six ingredients and empowers everyone to honor the craving for something sweet and rich while making the most of their food.

Bright Foods


Bright Foods is a SoCal-based health food company that specializes in new-to-market, refrigerated whole food bars. They’re the first of their kind to combine fresh produce, nuts, and superfoods into a handheld snack bar that’s kept chilled—and can be eaten up to 24 hours out of the fridge. Certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO, each is made with whole vegetables and fruits (except for peels and pith)—never from the leftover pulp from juice—maximizing the amount of fiber contained in each bite. Chia, coconut, and dried oranges hold the bars together (rendering the need for stabilizers, gelling agents or gums obsolete) and added superfoods provide an extra dose of nutrition. Lookout for their fourth and newest flavor, sweet potato blueberry orange with ashwagandha, to hit shelves this Spring.



Using technology that sounds like it comes straight out of Predator, Miku is a new baby monitor that watches and senses your baby’s vitals in real time. The system not only broadcasts a secure feed of your baby’s sleep time but it also analyzes the heart rate and breathing without wearables.

The system uses military technology to sense the baby’s vitals and it will store video even if the Wi-Fi goes out.

The Miku Baby Monitor uses patent-pending AI and machine learning technology called SensorFusion, which combines optical and wireless sensing to build a full and accurate picture of the baby’s critical health metrics with no wires or wearables. Beyond breathing and sleeping patterns, these sensors track temperature and humidity levels to ensure the baby’s environment is stable. Miku’s technology and corresponding app work with smartphones from anywhere in the world and sends instant alerts when it matters most, giving parents a tranquil peace of mind.

The app also records data over time, giving the parents a better understanding of sleep patterns and the like. Developed by CEO and new parent Eric White, the Miku builds on White’s experience building gear and software for the Department of Defense, ITT, L3 and Picatinny.

The team believes the monitor will also work with elder care as well, allowing worried children to keep an eye on their parents.

“The Miku Baby Monitor is only the beginning for us,” said White. “As a new father, I know there is a huge need for this level of technology and sophistication in a product people entrust to help care for their loved ones. The applications for Miku’s technology are limitless.”

The Miku is available for order now and costs $399.

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The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) features more than 4,400 companies showing off their gadgets. It’s a huge event filled with robots, massive televisions, virtual reality rigs, and lots of cutting edge tech straight out of science fiction. There’s a lot to gawk at. This year was particularly big for parenting-focused tech. There was an 88 percent increase in applicants for the show’s baby tech award from last year, proving that parenting tech is a growing — and lucrative sector. From baby monitors to fertility trackers, these are the gadgets we think parents should know about.

Nanit Breathing Wear

Nanit, makers of a connected, overhead baby monitor, released two new garments, a Breathing Band and Swaddle. Both are adorned with special patterns of squares that allow the monitors to track a baby’s breathing rate and, most importantly, alert you when no breathing motion is detected. They’ll be available in single- and three-packs priced from $25, with a monitor, band, and swaddle bundle on sale for $379. They won’t hit the market until March, but you can sign up for the waitlist now on the company’s website.

Nurture by Imalac

A single day was all this breast massage system needed to hit its Kickstarter goal. It’s designed to mimic the hand expression technique commonly used to facilitate breastfeeding. The kit comes with a bra with special pockets for massaging cups that can be inserted before pumping. Moms can use the included controller or the Nurture by Imalac app to control the pressure, speed, and hold time of the massage. The company claims that its product can help women pump more milk more quickly and alleviate breast pain associated with pumping. It will be available in June for $299, but you can reserve one now with a free additional bra and a surprise item on Kickstarter for just $224.

Owlet Cam

Previously known for its smart sock, a wearable baby monitor that sends heart rate, oxygen levels, skin temperature, and sleep quality/position data to your phone, Owlet is back with a video baby monitor. It streams 1080p video, shot through a wide angle lens, and adds room temperature sensing and background audio to the Owlet app. The Cam ships on January 22 and will be available on its own for $149 and as part of a bundle with the Smart Sock for $399.

Coolpad Dyno

The blue and pink bands and whimsical UI on this smartwatch are designed to appeal to kids, but it’s been built with parents in mind. The watch’s integrated 4G-LTE connection works throughout the U.S. and Canada and enables parents to send and receive text and voice messages and create a list of other approved contacts who can do the same through the Dyno Companion app. There’s also a dedicated SOS button that’ll connect kids to an approved contact as well as GPS capabilities that lets parents see where their kids are and alert them when they leave customizable “safety zones.” The Dyno will be available for $149 on January 28.


Pinna is a digital library of ad-free content designed for kids 12 and under. It’s a mixture of licensed material and original content. Examples include “The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel,” a serial mystery story performed by kids for kids 8 and older and “Molly and the Sugar Monster,” a paean to healthy food aimed at a younger crowd. Unlimited access to Pinna’s content library through iOS devices will run you $8 a month or $80 a year.


Similar to the Nanit, this baby monitor is a contactless way to stream video to your kids and measure their vitals (breathing rate, temperature, sleep quality). It also logs sound and movement throughout the night and there’s also a clever feature that lets you choose music or white noise for specified lengths of time. All this is packed into a svelte, bare white unit that sits above your baby’s crib. It’s available now for the sizable sum of $399.


The first sonogram at the OBGYN’s office is a big moment in any pregnancy. With the Baby-Scan, you can perform ultrasounds at home. The remote control-sized device feeds live 3D scans to the companion app using WiFi and places them on a timeline so you can scroll through your baby’s in utero development. It’s not the most necessary item in the world, but being able to safely take your own ultrasounds whenever you want is undeniably cool. Unfortunately, the Baby-Scan has yet to hit the market and the only details of its availability are “after CES 2019.”


There were a good deal of fertility tracking devices released CES 2019. Among them was Tempdrop, an armband meant for women to wear at night that makes it less inconvenient way of knowing one’s stats. After two to three months, Tempdrop will have enough data to generate clear charts of a woman’s cycle to help trying parents make sure they’re maximizing your chances of getting pregnant. The Tempdrop will ship this month at a price of $149. This is bold: For an extra $40, buyers get a 12-month full refund guarantee if they don’t get pregnant in a year.

Ava Fertility Tracker 2.0

A new and improved version of Ava’s fertility tracking bracelet, the Ava tracker 2.0 is updated with a sleeker strap, better sensor performance, and a vibrating alarm. The company claims that, because it uses resting pulse rate, skin temperature, breathing rate, and other parameters instead of the traditional basal temperature method, it can let your wife know when she’s going to ovulate instead of when she just ovulated. The basic Ava is available now for $299, as is the plus version with online content and a one-year pregnancy guarantee, and a premium version that adds a consultation with a fertility coach for $699.



“I’ll be totally honest; I didn’t think it would be as hard as it was. Being an entrepreneur is the hardest job. It’s 24/7 grunt work,” says Sarah Michelle Gellar of the journey she’s taken beyond the big screen and into the business world. Having built a successful career portraying some of the biggest cultural icons of the 90s, the Emmy award winner and Golden Globe nominee made her foray into the startup arena in 2015 as co-founder of the baking kit and mix company, Foodstirs. While her celebrity status opened doors and helped put the brand on the map in its early days, carving out a successful second act came with big challenges for the A-list actress, despite her fame.

Often dismissed by potential investors and industry insiders who questioned her credibility, the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star needed to first convince skeptics that she brought more than a bold-faced name to the venture. “I probably got meetings with big VCs that other people wouldn’t get right off the bat. But it was a novelty. It was, ‘Let’s see what Buffy has to say.’ But there was no real interest, and it was really about us having to sell once in that meeting,” she says. Gellar credits the hard-won lessons learned in building a successful Hollywood career as her greatest entrepreneurial advantage in rising above rejection and proving those critics wrong. “ You’re always going to get the ‘no’s, no matter what job you’re in. That was the one thing that the entertainment industry prepared me for,” she says.

Gellar’s entrepreneurial ambitions were inspired by a desire to channel her creativity and leverage her platform outside of Tinseltown. “I’ve always wanted to do something else, but I didn’t know what that space was. I didn’t know where my talents were, because I had only ever worked in one industry,” she says. Seeing a mass-market void in baking brands dedicated to modern, health-minded consumers, she teamed up with fellow co-founders Galit Laibow and Greg Fleishman to transform the traditional grocery store aisle. Foodstirs was their organic, non-GMO solve that offered a reimagined baking process and a family-friendly kitchen experience that motherhood had made her crave.

As Foodstirs continues to expand its retail footprint and build a loyal following, Gellar has navigated a steep learning curve in cultivating her entrepreneurial know-how and business savvy. Her most powerful lesson to date? “Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you. For every person that doesn’t want to help you out, there are so many people that just want to offer advice and who have been through it ,” Gellar counsels. “Make sure you have people around you that can talk you off the ledge and who can also pick you back up.”

I recently sat down with Gellar to discuss her journey from Buffy to businesswoman, the challenges presented by fame, and her best advice to aspiring founders. Edited highlights below.

On Second Acts

“If you would have told me five years ago this is where I’d be sitting, I would’ve said, ‘I highly doubt that.’ I don’t say never, but the beauty of having the success of a show like Buffy so early is that you achieve more than you ever think possible.”

“I have two young children, and I love the lesson that they’ve seen, that Mommy had a great career, Mommy could’ve been doing that forever, but Mommy had an idea, Mommy wanted to try something new, and Mommy wanted to challenge herself.”

On Proving Herself

“I would have loved to have been taken more seriously as an entrepreneur. But I also hadn’t earned that right yet. Now I hope that the headlines aren’t necessarily that, because I feel like we’ve proven ourselves, and I’ve proven myself, and we have proof of concept. But in the beginning, you know, whatever gets them to notice, right?”

On The Challenges Of Fundraising

“I was extremely shocked at how tough it was being female out there, raising capital. I would say I definitely had a false bravado, and I think I was quite shocked at the difficulty that the road ahead entailed.”

“The biggest disappointments were the female funds. I think that it’s so hard to be a female fund and they’ve worked so hard to get there, that they’re still a little standoffish. And we actually wound up having more success with the traditional route.”

On The Power Of Personal Connections When Pitching

“What are the ways that they [investors] can connect to this product, that makes it something that they see the value in, as opposed to just, is it a money making opportunity? Especially with male investors, do they have kids? Do they have grandkids? Is there a wedding band on? Is there a dog on their desk? Because at the end of the day, when you’re investing money, especially when you’re investing someone else’s money, you need that personal connection. It can’t just be about the history of the founders, or the concept. You need all of the different facets to get you all the way to the top.”

On Her Best Advice To Aspiring Entrepreneurs

“Make sure you have those people around you that can talk you off the ledge, and can also pick you back up.”

On The Value of “Smart Money”

“At the end of the day, you want smart money. I think that’s something that we were all very well aware of in the beginning, which is you don’t take the first check that comes around. Because what do they have to offer in the long run? Is it someone you can work with? Is it someone whose experience is an asset to what you’re doing? And is it someone that will support you when you need it, but also be hands off? You want to really look for not just money, but smart money.”

On Her Juggling Act

“I’m a mom, I’m an actor, I’m an entrepreneur, and I’m a juggler. That’s what I do, I juggle. I can actually juggle, and I juggle careers, and life, and family, and kids, and different jobs.”

On The Power Of Feedback

“My husband and I always say, if you’re going to believe all the good reviews, then you have to give the negative reviews the same equal amount of attention and authenticity.”

On Her Acting Legacy

“If you, as an actor, have a role that’s indelible in people’s minds, that’s an honor, and that’s what you hope for.”