Tech news roundup: ClassPass to launch in 10 new cities, Vice partners with Airbnb and more

August 24, 2017

ClassPass plans to launch in 10 new cities

ClassPass, a subscription service that lets you work out across different gyms and studios, announced this week that it’s launching in 10 new cities across North America. In September, the company will expand to New Orleans, Pittsburgh and San Antonio. Following the September launch, ClassPass will open up in Cincinnati, Calgary, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Riverside and Salt Lake City. [TechCrunch]


Minibar Delivery alcohol marketplace picks up $5 million in funding

Minibar Delivery, a marketplace for wine, beer and spirits, this week announced the close of a $5 million funding round led by Corigin Ventures, with participation from Female Founders Fund, Winklevoss Capital, LaunchCapital and RiverPark Ventures. [TechCrunch]


Sony partners with a startup to cash in on DJ remixes

This week, New York-based media conglomerate Sony, a rights holder to thousands of popular artists and song catalogues, partnered with local startup Dubset Media to gain control of the distribution of DJ sets and song remixes. Under the new agreement with Dubset, a company backed by online music service Rhapsody, Sony can unlock a new revenue stream for the artists signed to any one of its 11 labels. [New York City Business Journal]


Vice to partner with Airbnb for travel packages

In an effort to add value to the travel experience, Williamsburg’s Vice is partnering with Airbnb to curate interesting locations and experiences around the world. This week, Vice announced it will launch a pilot program of curated trips to Cape Town, Paris, New York and Tokyo, and Airbnb will make money off the bookings for these trips. [Technically Brooklyn]


Urban farming incubator Square Roots raises $5.4M

Square Roots is an incubator for urban farming startups. The incubator was founded by Kimbal Musk (Elon Musk’s brother) and launched a year ago in Brooklyn. The company is now accepting applications for its second group of food entrepreneurs and closed $5.4 million in seed funding. [TechCrunch]

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