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Sleep tracking has increasingly become a component of a lot of fitness and health tracking, with there even being a “bedtime” function baked into i OS. Pearl came out of stealth in 2016 with a back-up camera embedded in a license plate cover.It shut down one year later in June 2017, though raised million from four investors along the way.But Beepi, a source tells us, was run with the wrong priorities.One ex-employee said Beepi was burning through around million a month when it had its peak of 300 employees (before laying off 200 in December as part of its bid to sell to Fair.com). Home Hero shut down in February 2017 after its bid fell through to provide non-medical home care.But as companies fall, more jump up in the spirit of entrepreneurship. Beepi is a textbook case of a startup with a good idea — a marketplace for people to sell and buy used cars, which would be vetted, processed and delivered to the new owner by Beepi, bypassing the costly overhead and commission structure of car dealerships.And there was some solid execution — strong customer service was a big selling point. It had been valued as high as 0 million in previous rounds of funding, after raising money from 35 investors, including Yuri Milner, Comerica, Redpoint, Foundation Capital, Sherpa Capital and Fabrice Grinda.CEO Kyle Hill blamed switching to W2 employees from 1099 contractors as the reason why the company lost its core identity, calling it an “inferior employment business” in a post on Medium.
Quixey launched as a mobile search company based out of Mountain View but later branched out to making a digital assistant for apps.Along the way, it partnered with hospitals and launched a service that helps people monitor the health of their family members under the care of providers hired by Home Hero.