Sarah Buhr

Sarah Buhr
I like writing about tech culture, biotech and sundry other interests. Consumer of fancy tea and kombucha. ENFP. CrunchBase profile →

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  • JibJab Jumps Into Selfie Gifs With New Messaging App

    JibJab Jumps Into Selfie Gifs With New Messaging App

    Many hours have been spent on JibJab creating wacky e-cards for my friends and family throughout the years. I’ve “elfed myself,” sent my dad a pic of his face on every member of a five member mariachi band for his birthday and made many other laughable moments with this site. The company is stepping into the mobile realm today with a new messaging app for creating… Read More

  • Tony Hsieh Steps Down From Vegas Downtown Project

    Tony Hsieh Steps Down From Vegas Downtown Project

    Tony Hsieh, the CEO and founder of Zappos has stepped down from his leadership role at the Las Vegas Downtown Project, according to Re/code. Hsieh created the massive $350 million project to revitalize several city acres east of Las Vegas Boulevard and convert the area into a tech hub. Hsieh’s announcement comes right on the heels of a massive 30 person layoff at the project. Hsieh… Read More

  • Barry Bonds Discovers Glassing

    Barry Bonds Discovers Glassing

    Urban Dictionary might be adding a new definition to the word “glassing.” Former Major League Baseball left fielder Barry Bonds sent out a tweet and an Instagram of himself sporting a pair of Google glasses yesterday while looking off into the distance and holding a cup of coffee. The message starts with “I’m glassing.” However, Bond’s tweet is not an… Read More

  • No, People Are Not Leaving Facebook In Droves For Ello

    No, People Are Not Leaving Facebook In Droves For Ello

    Ello is not the second-coming of Facebook and Facebook users are not leaving the social network giant in droves. How do I know this? Those with a shiny new Ello profile are posting about it on Facebook. Despite the promise of an ad free network and the chance to name yourself whatever you want, people don’t up and leave a network that works for them without some big incentive. Read More

  • The World’s First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year

    The World’s First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year

    Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90’s for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are entering their senior year of high school. The first successful transfer of genetic… Read More

  • South Park Riffs On Startups, Kickstarter And Brilliantly Tackles Washington Redskins Name Controversy

    South Park Riffs On Startups, Kickstarter And Brilliantly Tackles Washington Redskins Name Controversy

    The latest South Park episode is a hilarious smack down on the NFL’s inability to do anything, the Washington Redskins name controversy and startup culture. The episode kicks off with the gang listing off possible names for their startup like “Dense Boner Forest” and “Furry Balls Plopped Menacingly On The Table, Inc.” You will possibly be offended and possibly… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Clara Labs Getting Funding From Sequoia Capital

    Y Combinator-Backed Clara Labs Getting Funding From Sequoia Capital

    Y Combinator-backed virtual assistant startup Clara Labs might be getting an infusion of cash, rumored to be in the $3-4 million range from Sequoia Capital. Co-founder of Clara Labs, Maran Nelson, doesn’t want to talk about that just yet and neither does Sequoia. However, a tweet sent from the Information’s Eric Newcomer on September 18 urged the Twittersphere to keep an eye on… Read More

  • Spruce Gets $2 Million In Seed From Kleiner Perkins, Baseline And Cowboy Ventures To Put A Doctor In The Palm Of Your Hand

    Spruce Gets $2 Million In Seed From Kleiner Perkins, Baseline And Cowboy Ventures To Put A Doctor In The Palm Of Your Hand

    There have been some great strides in telemedicine lately. This virtual way to see the doctor cuts down on commutes, wait time and potential costs associated with in-person visits. But most of what’s currently out there requires some sort of video conferencing system and a set appointment with the doctor. Spruce is a new app that aims to let you converse with the doctor at your own… Read More

  • The First Four-Seater, Solar-Powered Vehicle Hits The U.S. Road

    The First Four-Seater, Solar-Powered Vehicle Hits The U.S. Road

    Stella, the first ever family sized road vehicle that runs on the sun has made its U.S. debut. The car took first place in the World Solar Challenge and won the Michelin Cruiser Class for completing a 3,000 kilometer journey from Darwin to Adelaide in Australia last fall. Read More

  • Qzzr Launches Out Of Stealth With ESPN, Yahoo Partnerships And $2 Million In Seed Funding

    Qzzr Launches Out Of Stealth With ESPN, Yahoo Partnerships And $2 Million In Seed Funding

    Online quiz master Josh Little started Qzzr just five months ago out of his home in Utah. The site officially launches today with an infusion of $2 million in seed money and partnerships from ESPN, Yahoo, Mashable, Reddit, College Humor and several other publishers tapping into the quiz traffic trend. Kickstart Seed Fund led the round, with additional participation from Pelion Venture… Read More

  • Eventbrite Now Has An All-In-One App For Event Organizers Called Neon

    Eventbrite Now Has An All-In-One App For Event Organizers Called Neon

    Eventbrite’s new Neon, launching in the app store today, combines the functionality of both its organizer side apps At the Door and Entry Manager into one single smartphone app. Eventbrite has been working on making it easy to process ticket sales right at the box office and at larger venues for a few years now. However, the process was divided into one app for iPhone and Android… Read More

  • COTA Closes $3.7M, Plans To Gain Another $3.3 In Series A Funding For Cancer Data In The Cloud

    COTA Closes $3.7M, Plans To Gain Another $3.3 In Series A Funding For Cancer Data In The Cloud

    Cancer data platform COTA (Cancer Outcomes Tracking and Analysis) has announced the close of $3.7 million in a planned $7 million Series A funding round led by Horizon Healthcare Services, with participation from Med-Metrix. COTA is a cloud-based program which collects certain cancer patient data and provides real-time genetic sorting of certain cancers. It also provides outcome tracking… Read More

  • This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    Robots might be unseating the cherry job of wine critics soon. Researchers in Denmark have created an artificial tongue to find out whether expensive wine actually tastes any better than the cheap stuff. The research, first published in ACS Nano, claims that an optical nanosensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) can discern how you experience the sensation of dryness in wine. And they… Read More

  • AT&T And Chernin To Buy Majority Stake In Fullscreen, Valued Between $200-$300 Million Deal

    AT&T And Chernin To Buy Majority Stake In Fullscreen, Valued Between $200-$300 Million Deal

    YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen will sell a controlling stake in the company to AT&T and the Chernin Group’s joint web video venture, Otter Media. The Chernin group, Comcast and WPP made a $30 million investment in a Series A round in Fullscreen over a year ago. This new deal will likely value Fullscreen at around $200-$300 million, according to ReCode, which first reported… Read More

  • Air Food One Delivers Airline Food Right To Your Door

    Air Food One Delivers Airline Food Right To Your Door

    Have we reached peak delivery service? Just in case you had a craving for airline food for some reason, there’s now a company in Germany that will bring it to you. Air Food One is a subscription food delivery service that has teamed up with grocery company AllYouNeed.com and LGS Sky Chefs to bring leftover airline food right to the door of anyone living in Germany – the service is… Read More

  • The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen

    The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen

    The Muse brain-training headband promises to help you reduce stress and anxiety in just three minutes a day. I went with our TechCrunch TV crew to chat with Muse co-founder and CEO Ariel Garten and to try out the tech…which turned into my own, personal calmness competition. Read More

  • Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook will not be changing its real-name policy for the drag queen community. San Francisco drag queens met with representatives from the company yesterday afternoon to talk through a recent mass deletion of their personal profile pages. Facebook started deleting accounts of hundreds of members of the drag community last week after deciding these profiles were in violation of the policy. Read More

  • Hampton Creek In A Management Pickle As It Seeks To Raise $50 Million In Funding

    Hampton Creek In A Management Pickle As It Seeks To Raise $50 Million In Funding

    It hasn’t even been a full two weeks since Ali Partovi switched from an adviser role to chief strategy officer at Hampton Creek. However, the plant-based mayo startup has confirmed that Partovi is out. This leaves the company in a bit of a management pickle. In an odd move, Partovi switched from simply adviser to second in command to CEO and co-founder Josh Tetrick at the beginning… Read More

  • ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

    ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

    A 6’2″, sandy blond gentleman wearing a tailored suit and tie gently bows to greet me and seat me. “Hello, I am Fabio and I will be your man servant this afternoon,” he says. His gentle, hypnotic voice wraps around me. I suddenly realize I’ve been seated and proceed to accidentally knock my sunglasses off the table. Fabio quickly picks them up and then takes out… Read More

  • 500 Startups Launches Its First Two 500 Women Syndicate Companies

    500 Startups Launches Its First Two 500 Women Syndicate Companies

    500 Startups has launched both Famebit and Wanderable, the first two companies out of its female founders 500 Women Syndicate. 500 Startups created the program earlier this year to support more women founders and encourage angel investors to invest in women-led companies. The first 500 Women company, Famebit, is a platform to find, hire and work with YouTube Influencers. It has achieved a… Read More