by Jonas Clark | Oct 5, 2022
1440 News is a free daily newsletter with over 2 million readers, co-founded by Pierre Lipton, ’20, with a focus on unbiased reporting. The newsletter scours 100+ sources for a daily 5-minute briefing on topics ranging from culture, science, sports, politics, business, and more. In 2021, the firm reported a 53% open rate. The name 1440 refers to the number of minutes within a day, as well as the year that the Gutenberg printing press was invented.
Since 1440 was founded in 2017, the newsletter has courted over $2.5 million in funding. Lipton was named to Forbes 30 Under 30.
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by Katie Calabro | Oct 4, 2022
Founded in 2012, 305 Fitness is an underground non-stop dance cardio workout that infuses dance moves, sports drills, and high-intensity interval training. Classes feature a live DJ and rhythmic light show. 305’s unique brand also emphasizes inclusivity and body-positivity. Called “rave-meets-workout,” 305 Fitness operates in Boston, DC, Miami, LA, Chicago, and SF, with more certified instructors leading classes across the country.
305 Fitness was founded by Sadie Kurzban ‘12, who drew inspiration for her business from ENGN 1010. Read her profile in the Brown Alumni Magazine here. The venture received the Brown Venture Prize in 2008, and was the first recipient of funding from Van Wickle Ventures in 2019. It has also been featured in Forbes, the Today Show, and ESPN.
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by Jonas Clark | Oct 3, 2022
AsianFeed was founded by Justin Kim, ’21, and is a trendsetting news, lifestyle, and entertainment publication that celebrates the shared cultural experiences of millennial and Gen-Z Asians. AsianFeed is operated under the Famous Media Group umbrella. Endorsements include Microsoft, the Clinton Foundation, the 1517 Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Accelerate NY Seed Fund. The publication has accumulated over 180k followers on their social medias. AsianFeed was a finalist in MassChallenge 2021.
Justin was a Brown University Peer Entrepreneur in Residence in 2021, and is also co-founder of Cress Health, a tech startup with the mission of democratizing mental wellness for all. Cress Health’s app, Callie, utilizes journaling, breathing exercises, meditation, and analytics, allowing users to reflect and learn about their mental health.
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by Katie Calabro | Oct 2, 2022
AtomICs is a molecular data storage and computing startup that stores digital data in small molecules to offer denser, more sustainable, and more durable data storage than transistors. Through denser, more sustainable DNA data storage, they seek to revolutionize the way digital data is stored through small molecules.
AtomICs was founded by Dana Biechele-Speziale PhD ‘24, Selahaddin Gumus PhD ‘24 and professors Brenda Rubenstein and Jacob Rosenstein. It was the winner of the 2022 Brown Venture Prize, and was the first first PhD student and faculty team to win the prize. Read AtomICs’ profile in the Brown Daily Herald here. AtomICs was also a finalist in the Rhode Island Business Competition, and is currently in the 2022 MassChallenge US early-stage cohort.
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by Katie Calabro | Sep 30, 2022
Beam Impact helps connect consumers with social impact causes by turning purchases into nonprofit donations. Beam partners with brands committed to giving back and nonprofits committed to making a difference. Customers can shop from partner brands through the app, and donate a portion of their purchase to nonprofits at no cost. In 2021, donations made through Beam’s app funded over 7 million meals for food insecure communities, 250 hours of free therapy for Black and LGBTQ+ communities, and more.
Viveka Hulyalkar ‘15 and Alex Sadhu founded Beam Impact in 2017. Read their profile in Forbes here. Beam Impact was named on the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 list, and raised over $13 million in funding in 2022.
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