Sarah Buhr

Sarah Buhr

I like writing about tech culture, biotech and sundry other interests. Consumer of fancy tea and kombucha. ENFP.

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  • Patrons Aims To Hook Your Office Up With Live Performances

    Patrons Aims To Hook Your Office Up With Live Performances

    Patrons is an app makes it easy to hook your place of business up with a band that has a little bit of free time before a performance. The idea is that the artist can pick up an extra gig while in town for another performance. It’s an offshoot from live music booking marketplace Gigit. According to founder Tegan Gaan, you can also book yoga instructors and all sorts of other performers… Read More

  • Sephora Rolls Out Apple Pay In All Bay Area And Manhattan Locations

    Sephora Rolls Out Apple Pay In All Bay Area And Manhattan Locations

    Sephora has announced the adoption of Apple Pay for all Bay Area stores, starting today. It will also be in the Lexington store in Manhattan. Over 70 percent of Sephora’s in-store customers are also iPhone owners, according to internal company research. But Sephora had to hold off on being part of the first major retail outlets announced when Apple Pay first launched because it… Read More

  • PCH International In Talks To Buy Fab For $15 Million

    PCH International In Talks To Buy Fab For $15 Million

    Multiple sources have confirmed that Fab is in talks to sell to PCH International for $15 million, and possibly as much as $50 million, in a half cash and half stock deal. Contractual agreements are in the very early stages between the two companies (and these things could always fall apart). However, if it does happen, we’ve been told that some assets will be rolled into Fab… Read More

  • Heirloom App Preserves Print Photos With A Single Snap

    Heirloom App Preserves Print Photos With A Single Snap

    My mom, ever the scrapbook aficionado, has documented every birthday, Halloween, dance performance, first bike ride and baby eats dirt moment me and my brothers have endured since I can remember. She hand-scanned every last one of those hundreds of pictures a few years back and then organized them into neat little labeled folders on her own PC. It took me eons to convince her to put it all… Read More

  • Flywheel Gets $12 Million In Series C Funding, Slams Uber And Finds A New CEO

    Flywheel Gets $12 Million In Series C Funding, Slams Uber And Finds A New CEO

    Flywheel, the app that hooks up taxi drivers with riders, announced Rakesh Mathur as the new CEO today. Mathur served as an Amazon VP in the early days, after the “The Everything Store” purchased his e-commerce startup Junglee. Mathur has brought in a new executive team and $12 million in a series C round of funding from TCW/Craton, Rockport Capital and Shasta Ventures. All… Read More

  • Mattel Pulls Sexist Barbie Book “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” Off Amazon

    Mattel Pulls Sexist Barbie Book “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” Off Amazon

    The makers of Barbie seem to apologize A LOT for underestimating young women. This time the Internet’s buzzing over a pretty cringe-worthy Barbie book, “I Can Be A Computer Engineer,” published out of Random House. Barbie is featured in the book as a stylishly pink-clad computer engineer that somehow breaks everything and doesn’t know how to code. She does draw… Read More

  • Bellhops Hauls In A $6 million Series A To Expand Moving Help Platform

    Bellhops Hauls In A $6 million Series A To Expand Moving Help Platform

    Roughly 50 million Americans are estimated to move at some point this year, and 75 percent of them are do-it-yourselfers, by U-Haul measures. Aside from pestering all your friends and family to come help you load all your stuff or spending thousands on a moving company the next time you need help in the heavy lifting, there haven’t been a lot of options. College students tend to be the… Read More

  • Japan Tests Its Own Hover Train

    Japan Tests Its Own Hover Train

    The Central Japan Railway Company is testing a magnetically levitating train that can go up to 311 mph (500km/h). That’s more than twice the speed of the fastest bullet train currently operating in the United States. The train’s maglev technology reduces friction and helps them go faster than your average speeding bullet train. Shanghai, China also uses maglev train technology. Read More

  • The Hunt Launches On Android

    The Hunt Launches On Android

    The Hunt, a shopping site for items found on Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr, is now available on Android. The new Android app will roll out with Google’s Material Design framework. For those unfamiliar, this is a cleaner Google design language that helps developers create pretty apps. It uses depth effects such as lighting and shadows, grid layouts, responsive animations, transitions… Read More

  • The Drop Connected Kitchen Scale Is Not As Easy As Apple Pie, Yet

    The Drop Connected Kitchen Scale Is Not As Easy As Apple Pie, Yet

    The next frontier of hardware is in your kitchen. Drop hopes to be a part of that connected experience with a kitchen scale and an iPad app that uses Bluetooth technology to take you step-by-step through hundreds of curated recipes. It’s an Irish invention that has been on pre-sale all summer long. It’s now available for purchase in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Europe for $99.95. Read More

  • After Uber, Spotify To Take Car Strategy Up Another Gear With BMW Deal

    After Uber, Spotify To Take Car Strategy Up Another Gear With BMW Deal

    Update: The BMW deal got confirmed a day later, as we reported. Spotify with integrate with in-car systems for BMW and Mini cars. Original article below. Today Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek formally confirmed a partnership that will let passengers activate and listen to their Spotify music when they get into Uber cars, but it turns out that this is just part one of… Read More

  • Our South Park, Ourselves

    Our South Park, Ourselves

    Last week’s episode of South Park was…very confusing. I’m still not sure if we were all inceptionized the entire time we’ve been watching the going on 18 seasons of the show, or if the ending was part of some weird dream or…really I have no idea what happened there. Spoiler alert – Stan ends up realizing he’s been stuck in virtual reality this whole… Read More

  • Jukely Offers Unlimited Concerts For $25 A Month

    Jukely Offers Unlimited Concerts For $25 A Month

    A music startup out of New York could give StubHub and other ticketing sites a run for their (proverbial) money. It’s called Jukely and it’s offering users an unlimited subscription to concerts in their city for just $25 a month. “We asked how much people would pay — $100? No. $50? Still too high. Then we asked if they’d pay $25 and that seemed to spark their… Read More

  • Clover Lets You Order A Date Like You Would A Burrito

    Clover Lets You Order A Date Like You Would A Burrito

    New dating app Clover is a sort of OKCupid meets Tinder but with the “algorithmic matching” included in other online dating sites like eHarmony. The twist? It aims to make it as easy to order a Friday night date as it is to summon your next burrito. “Our new on-demand service will find people that actually want to meet you and you’ll be able to find a date as easy as it… Read More

  • SXSW Wants More Control Over Downtown Austin And Permit Limits On Unofficial Events

    SXSW Wants More Control Over Downtown Austin And Permit Limits On Unofficial Events

    The free alcohol may not flow so abundantly at SXSW 2015. Event organizers have asked the city of Austin to cut down on the amount of permits it hands out to unofficial meet-ups, sessions and parties that run in tandem with the main festival. It cites overcrowding and too much free booze from parallel events as safety issues. What started as a small music festival with 700 attendees back in… Read More

  • Loverly Adds Smarter Search And Picks Up $3.5 Million In Series A Funding

    Loverly Adds Smarter Search And Picks Up $3.5 Million In Series A Funding

    Wedding planning marketplace Loverly has now officially announced a raise of $3.5 million in Series A funding. We reported that talks were in the $2.5 million range last April. It has since added more investors, bumping it up another million. Montage Ventures takes the lead on this round, with participation from Female Founders Fund, Softbank Capital, Comcast Ventures, Great Oak Capital and… Read More

  • SXSW Starts A VC Fund To Give Its Official App Maker Eventbase $2 Million

    SXSW Starts A VC Fund To Give Its Official App Maker Eventbase $2 Million

    The creator of SXSW’s official mobile event guide app, Eventbase, has raised $2 million in Series A funding from the coffers of the music, film and interactive festival. “This is the first of its kind. We formed this LLC specifically for Eventbase,” relayed SXSW’s CTO Scott Wilcox. Though he doesn’t foresee other investments in the future, Wilcox did… Read More

  • Family Believes Missing Engineer’s Body Was Found In San Francisco Bay

    Family Believes Missing Engineer’s Body Was Found In San Francisco Bay

    The family of missing tech worker Dan Ha has announced that a body matching his description was found in the San Francisco Bay this Tuesday morning. No one had seen or heard from Ha, an iOS developer for Bay Area startup Metromile, since Halloween night. Metromile CEO Dan Preston reached out to TechCrunch previously about his disappearance, while friends and family set up a Facebook page and led… Read More

  • Kevin O’Leary: Shark Tank Is The Most Successful Venture Firm On Earth

    Kevin O’Leary: Shark Tank Is The Most Successful Venture Firm On Earth

    Shark Tank is currently the #1 television show among families in the U.S. Perhaps that’s why co-host Kevin O’Leary felt emboldened to share something interesting about the show’s investments thus far. “At 33 Percent return, we’re the most successful venture firm on Earth,” O’Leary cheerfully announced on stage at the INCMty tech conference in… Read More

  • Hampton Creek Plans To Counter-Sue Unilever Over Mayo Fight

    Hampton Creek Plans To Counter-Sue Unilever Over Mayo Fight

    Plant-based food startup Hampton Creek is readying a response and planning to counter-sue major food corporation Unilever over the meaning of ‘mayo.’ Unilever filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek this weekend, involving its “Just Mayo” product. Unilever’s two main concerns are over market share for its Hellmann’s mayonnaise product and consumer confusion… Read More

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