San Francisco-based BASIS Science Inc, the maker of Basis, a wearable health tracker to improve fitness and sleep, has obtained an additional US$11.75 million in Series B financing, bringing the total round to more than US$23 million. The deal includes investments from Canadian venture capital firm iNovia Capital, as well as Intel Capital, Dolby Family Trust, Stanford University and Peninsula-KCG. Existing investors Mayfield Fund, DCM and Norwest Venture Partners also participated. BASIS Science has raised US$32.3 million in funding to date.
Basis Extends Series B to more than $23 Million; Announces Ethan Fassett as VP of Product
October 8, 2013 — BASIS Science, Inc., (www.mybasis.com) the company behind Basis, the most advanced health tracker to improve fitness and sleep, today announced it has raised a further $11.75 million in Series B funding.
The round included investments from Intel Capital, iNovia Capital, Dolby Family Fund, Stanford University and Peninsula-KCG. Existing investors Mayfield Fund, DCM and Norwest Venture Partners, also participated. This new investment represents the close of the Basis Series B financing, which now totals more than $23 million.
Basis also announced the expansion of its product team with the hire of Vice President of Product, Ethan Fassett, a veteran in mobile and platform product strategy. Most recently, Fassett was an entrepreneur in residence at Trinity Ventures. Previously, he served as senior vice president of product for GREE International, where he led development of its mobile social gaming platform in the US market. Prior to GREE, Ethan was executive producer for the San Francisco studio of the social gaming company Playdom, where he launched two titles and drove studio operations throughout their acquisition by Disney.
In his role, Ethan will leverage his extensive technology experience to drive Basis’ product development, with a focus on the convergence of contextual data and wearable technology. Building on Basis’ biosensor approach to physiology and behavior change, Ethan and the team will continue to make the Basis system more intelligent through an enhanced understanding of user behavior patterns and intention, sensor-captured information and other data-based insights.
“We now capture billions of heart beats each week and our users remain more engaged with our system versus other options in the category,” said Jef Holove, CEO, Basis. “With this new support, we’ll be able to continue to build on our strong foundation and offer a great experience for many more people looking to build healthy habits.”
According to IMS Research, the wearables market is poised to grow from 14 million devices shipped in 2011, to as many as 171 million units shipped by 2016, and given this explosive growth, there is understandably significant interest from investors.
“Wearable computing enables a data-driven approach to managing healthcare and fitness,” said Arvind Sodhani, President of Intel Capital and Intel Executive Vice President. “By collecting heart rate, skin and ambient temperature data along with movement tracking, the Basis multi-sensor band opens up opportunities for data analytics driving deeper insights into health and personal behavior.”
The Basis band is now available for purchase, priced at $199. For more information on buying the Basis band, purchasing accessories and free web service, and for the latest product updates, please visit: www.mybasis.com.
BASIS is a trademark of Basis Science, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
At Basis our mission is to help fit health into our busy lives. We designed our wrist-based health tracker and online personal dashboard to help you easily incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine. Basis leverages four types of advanced sensors in its lightweight, customizable design to calculate steps taken, calories burned and sleep quality, as well as physiological metrics like heart rate. We help you set new health goals and automatically adjust weekly targets based on your progress. Using this flexible approach you’ll build healthy habits you can maintain for years. Basis Science, Inc. is backed by Mayfield Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and Doll Capital Management. For more information visit www.mybasis.com
About iNovia Capital
iNovia Capital partners with exceptional entrepreneurs to build successful companies in high-growth sectors. The team is comprised of founders, builders and engineers that are passionate about building market-leading technology companies. iNovia has $275M under management across three seed and early-stage funds. For more information, visit www.iNovia.vc (Twitter: @iNovia).
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