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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  • Solving Optimal Health For Google[x] In North Carolina

    Solving Optimal Health For Google[x] In North Carolina

    Cannon Mills was a textile company that stood on the edge of the blue-collar town of Kannapolis, North Carolina for over 100 years. The company employed more than 16,000 town residents at its height, but in 2003 Cannon Mills was forced to shut its doors forever, laying off about a tenth of the town’s entire population, all in one day. What was once a tragedy for Kannapolis might just… Read More

  • Right This Minute

    A TV Show About Online Videos Shows Us We’re In A Weird Place With Content Right Now

    A TV show devoted entirely to showing nothing but online videos is now the No. 1 syndicated show in the nation. You may have seen it on HLN or one of your local channels: It’s on all Cox, Scripps and Raycom stations coast to coast and will soon be syndicated throughout about 91 percent of the country. The show gets over 2 million viewers for each half-hour episode. Comparing some of… Read More

  • ThredUp Flush with $23 Million

    ThredUp Flush with $23 Million

    On the heels of online consignment rival Threadflip’s Series B, thredUP just filed a $23 million Series D with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the filing, ThredUP is seeking a total of $25 million in equity funding. We’ve reached out to ThredUp about the filing but have not heard back. Read More

  • I Want My Internet TV

    I Want My Internet TV

    Well, it’s happened. Sarah Palin has her own internet channel, free from the “lamestream media.” Palin seems to be just one more personality joining what seems to be a larger trend in our society. We’re moving on from television to watching content via the internet. The Sarah Palin channel will cost you $9.95/month or $99.95 for a one year subscription. You can try a 30… Read More

  • Going The Distance With A Smart Shoe Made In India

    Going The Distance With A Smart Shoe Made In India

    Forget Google Glass or Jawbone Up, the next wave in wearable tech might just be a smart shoe from India. The Lechal, meaning “take me along” in Hindi, has a Bluetooth enabled shoe insert that hooks up with Google Maps and buzzes to let you know which way to turn on your chosen route. Created by Ducere Technologies Pvt, the shoe hooks up with an app that syncs with Google Maps… Read More

  • Hacking In The 80’s, Your Summer Movie Guide

    Hacking In The 80’s, Your Summer Movie Guide

    We learn the best way to win the system in WarGames is to never let Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy start hacking in the first place, Ferris Bueller’s parents should have just bought him a car, not a computer (he hacks into the schools’ mainframe and erases the number of days he’s been absent), and that it’s way more fun to jump in a pool with babes than it is to work… Read More

  • Wearable Fashion Toy Linkitz Teaches Girls How To Program

    Wearable Fashion Toy Linkitz Teaches Girls How To Program

    MIT PhD Lyssa Neel is using socializing and accessorizing to get get girls interested in programming. Neel’s invention, Linkitz, is a wearable electronic toy that allows kids to rearrange, take apart and snap together electronic blocks that blink and buzz to change their behavior. This teaches them programming in a fun way, says Neel. Both boys and girls can play with Linkitz, but… Read More

  • Your Smartphone Will Soon Know If You Have Bipolar Disorder

    Your Smartphone Will Soon Know If You Have Bipolar Disorder

    In the United States, 1 in 50 people over the age of 25 have some form of bipolar disorder. In fact, the United States has more cases of bipolar I and II per-capita than any other nation in the world. Researchers at the University of Michigan are now testing a new smartphone app for Android, code-named PRIORI, that can help detect if someone is having a bipolar episode. While the app still… Read More

  • Life On Kim Kardashian’s D-List

    Life On Kim Kardashian’s D-List

    Is there anything Kim Kardashian can’t sell? The Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game is now #1 in the App Store with a 5-star rating and more than 140,000 reviews. It’s slated to gross an estimated $200 million in annual revenue and the stock price for the company that created it, Glu Mobile, has nearly doubled in the last month! I’d been hearing about this game for a couple weeks. Read More

  • Open Labs Launches Stagelight 2.0, Signs Deals With Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft And Guitar Center

    Open Labs Launches Stagelight 2.0, Signs Deals With Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft And Guitar Center

    Tons of news from Stagelight by Open Labs today. The Linkin Park- and Timbaland-backed production software for amateur musicians for the PC now comes preloaded on Lenovo and Dell laptops, tablets and computers. Additionally, Open Labs has signed distribution agreements with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. The company also just released its 2.0 version software today, complete with the… Read More

  • 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

  • Bio
    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