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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  • An iPad App To Make All Your Selfies Go 3D

    An iPad App To Make All Your Selfies Go 3D

    Itseez3D, the first app to partner with computer vision technology company Occipital, can turn any picture you take with your iOS camera into a 3D object. Naturally, I made one of the good sir Alex Wilhelm: And somehow I was convinced to get one of me as well:
    Note: it’s very odd to see yourself as virtual 3D.  The app works by mounting the Structure Sensor to an iPad and then… Read More

  • Project Fixup Plays Matchmaker In The Digital Age

    Project Fixup Plays Matchmaker In The Digital Age

    There are almost as many singles in the U.S. as there are singles who’ve tried online dating. But all those winks, pokes, nudges and swipes are a waste of your precious time in looking for love, according to new dating site Project Fixup. This new “digital matchmaker” site aims to use online dating technology to hook people up with their potential mates, but use real… Read More

  • Threadflip Raises $13 Million in Series B, Plans To Grow Workforce by 40%

    Threadflip Raises $13 Million in Series B, Plans To Grow Workforce by 40%

    Threadflip, the online consignment marketplace for women’s clothing, announced $13 million in Series B funding today. Norwest Venture Partners led the round, with participation from previous investors Baseline Ventures, First Round Capital and Shasta Ventures. This latest infusion now brings the total funding for Threadflip up to $21.1 million. Threadflip will use the cash to hire at… Read More

  • Bebo Founder Michael Birch Sends Cease And Desist To Airbnb For Infringement On “Genital Marketing”

    Bebo Founder Michael Birch Sends Cease And Desist To Airbnb For Infringement On “Genital Marketing”

    Bebo founder Michael Birch just sent Airbnb what seems to be a hilarious tongue-in-cheek cease and desist letter, citing the “phallic nature” of the new Airbnb logo. Airbnb’s new logo has been a sort of Rorschach test for all of Silicon Valley, as it has been referred to as both the male and female genitals. To add to the hilarity, Birch sent out a tweet this afternoon that… Read More

  • Yo Raises $1.5M In Funding At A $10M Valuation, Investors Include Betaworks And Pete Cashmore

    Yo Raises $1.5M In Funding At A $10M Valuation, Investors Include Betaworks And Pete Cashmore

    Yo, the simple app that just sends a “yo” to your friends, has closed $1.5 million in seed funding with a $10 million valuation and is finally ready to talk about its investors. They include Betaworks, Mashable’s Pete Cashmore, and the founders of China’s Tencent, among others. Read More

  • Glow Nurture App Demo

    Glow Gives Life To Pregnancy App Glow Nurture

    Nearly a year after the launch of Glow, the fertility tracking company that helps or hinders pregnancy, is launching a new app on iOS today. Glow Nurture is the company’s second offering, this time to help women who are already with child. I was able to sit down with Glow CEO Mike Huang to get a first peek of the app. You can see that interview in our TechCrunch TV studio in the… Read More

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    Why The First YC-Backed Biotech Company May Just Be The Future Of Pharma

    Why The First YC-Backed Biotech Company May Just Be The Future Of Pharma

    Gingko Bioworks sounds kind of like a mad science lab of the future. The Boston-based biotech company is currently working on a project with DARPA to treat antibiotic-resistant germs, using designer microbes to convert CO2 emissions into fuel and is somehow making yeast smell like roses. Gingko Bioworks co-founder Jason Kelly considers these projects, and many others, the future of the… Read More

  • DigitalOcean Expands To London

    DigitalOcean Expands To London

    Cloud hosting company DigitalOcean announced its third expansion into Europe today with a new data center in London. The company added two facilities in the Amsterdam region earlier this year. This new center will be located on the outskirts of London proper to meet the growing developer demand in the area. London’s tech scene has been bubbling up for the past couple of years. Read More

  • Real Cheese From A Lab, No Cow Necessary

    Real Cheese From A Lab, No Cow Necessary

    Vegans who miss the creamy taste of real cheese, rejoice! A group of biohackers from Counter Culture Labs in Oakland, Calif., and BioCurious in Sunnyvale, Calif., are using baker’s yeast to produce the world’s first cheese that did not originate from milk in the udder of a cow. Most vegan cheese is nut-based and doesn’t taste much like cheese at all. If you’ve been… Read More

  • Curated Food Delivery Startup Caviar In Talks To Be Acquired By Square For $100 Million

    Curated Food Delivery Startup Caviar In Talks To Be Acquired By Square For $100 Million

    Curated food delivery startup Caviar is in talks to be acquired by Square in a deal that could be worth at least $100 million, according to several sources. While we’ve heard the deal is slated to take place over the next couple of weeks, these things could always fall apart. Read More

  • LinkedIn Steps Up Its AI Play, Turns Its Contacts App Into A New Connected App

    LinkedIn Steps Up Its AI Play, Turns Its Contacts App Into A New Connected App

    With 40% of LinkedIn‘s 300 million users accessing the social network for professionals via mobile devices, the company has been stepping up a gear on its mobile business, adding new apps around specific experiences like job hunting. Today comes the latest development on this front, a new app called LinkedIn Connected. Designed as the next generation of its Contacts app —… Read More

  • AdhereTech Raises $1.75 Million In Series A

    AdhereTech Raises $1.75 Million In Series A

    Smart pill bottle company AdhereTech today announced the close of its first Series A. Undisclosed investors in the healthcare industry funded the company with $1.75 million in financing. The company will use the new funding to further scale its healthcare services, as well as to develop a second generation of smart pill bottles, which it said will be smaller, cheaper and easier to mass… Read More

  • Is The Thiel Fellowship Program Really Just A Sabbatical From College?

    Is The Thiel Fellowship Program Really Just A Sabbatical From College?

    Twenty brilliant minds, all under age 20 just started their venture this summer with the Thiel Fellowship program. All of these bright young things were carefully selected from over 1000 other hopefuls this year to receive $100k in funding to drop out of college and embark on a two year mission to solve the future. Read More

  • Experimenting With Drugs In The Cloud

    Experimenting With Drugs In The Cloud

    A science lab in Mountain View, Calif., is creating faster and cheaper drug experiments by putting them in the cloud. Starting today, they’re letting other scientists access their cloud lab to help spur a radical change in the way we test new drugs. The key, says co-founder of Emerald Cloud Laboratory, D.J. Kleinbaum, is automated robots. Read More

  • Plug Your Phone Into This Solar Powered Donkey

    Plug Your Phone Into This Solar Powered Donkey

    Turkish herdsmen are keeping up with the latest news and entertainment via donkey power these days. They strap solar panels to the backs of their donkeys and use them as mobile charging stations wherever they go. According to a BBC report earlier this week, the sheepherders can read email, look up the weather and search websites. They could even keep up with the World Cup, all while roaming… Read More

  • An E-Commerce Site Where You Can Haggle Down The Price

    An E-Commerce Site Where You Can Haggle Down The Price

    What are American holidays without shopping deals, right? A new kind of site has launched out of Y Combinator just in time for the most American holiday of them all. Founders Andrew Kurland and Joe Marrapodi created their e-commerce negotiation site, Greentoe, out of frustration. The two were spending too much time trying to find the best deals online. That was proving time-consuming and… Read More

  • How A Former Google Data Guy Could Change What We Eat For Breakfast

    How A Former Google Data Guy Could Change What We Eat For Breakfast

    Hampton Creek, the plant-based egg startup known for its product “Just Mayo,” launched in Dollar Tree this week and is expanding its operations to a 90k square-footfacility in the heart of San Francisco in the next few months. On top of that, it just lured away Google’s main data guy, Dan Zigmond. The reason? To turn the food industrial complex on its head. Read More

  • Fitmob Launches MobTribes, Gets Into The Personal Training Market

    Fitmob Launches MobTribes, Gets Into The Personal Training Market

    Some people are paying up to $120 per session to get yelled at twice a week. Those people have personal trainers. Fitmob, the company known for funny group fitness workouts like “Weapons of Ass Reduction” and “Drop it Like a Squat,” is now getting into the game with the launch of a new personal training program called MobTribes. Its goal is to get you out of the gym… Read More

  • MapR Gains $110 Million In Funding Led By Google Capital

    MapR Gains $110 Million In Funding Led By Google Capital

    Google Capital led the latest round of $110 million in financing for Bangalore San Jose based MapR Technologies. MapR, which helps companies around the world deploy Hadoop, raised $80 million in private equity from Google Capital, Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA… Read More

  • Online Education Startups Codecademy, General Assembly, Others Band Together Against FCC Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

    Online Education Startups Codecademy, General Assembly, Others Band Together Against FCC Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got an earful from concerned online education startups today. General Assembly, Codecademy, CodeCombat, and OpenCurriculum cautioned the FCC in their filings today that an Internet fast lane would, “…impede [American's] access to an affordable education and to job skills for the 21st century economy.” All four companies argue that… Read More