WSC alumnus and Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman ’93 made national and international news twice this week. First, it was reported that Jawbone, the maker of cutting-edge headsets, speakers, and other mobile device accessories won a new round of funding, some $70 million from JP Morgan Asset Management—this after raising $49 million just last March.
Second, Rahman speaking at the TedGlobal conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, announced his company’s first "non-audio device" called UP. The device is meant to measure "sleep patterns, eating habits and activity to help people become healthier." UP is described as "wearable, hip and waterproof." The new device is described as a "bold departure" from Jawbone’s core mobile accessory business—even bolder than the company’s launch last fall of its wireless Jambox audio system.