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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  • Utah-based Kickstart Seed Fund Raises $39.2 Million

    Utah-based Kickstart Seed Fund Raises $39.2 Million

    Early stage venture capital investors Kickstart Seed Fund announced today that it has raised a $39.2 million investment round from various Utah investors. This is the third round for the seed fund and one of the larger rounds in Utah venture capital history. The Utah-based firm typically invests $500,000-$1 million rounds of capital in local startups. Much of this is in the enterprise… Read More

  • Product Hunt Adds Direct Messaging To Founders

    Product Hunt Adds Direct Messaging To Founders

    There are various ways to get a contact for the stories we write here, but it’s not always easy. The reasons can vary from the wrong contact info listed on a site to simply no contact info listed anywhere on the web. Product Hunt, the product aggregation site, is hoping to make it a bit easier to contact founders and makers of listed products with the roll out of a new direct… Read More

  • Medium Ventures Into Video Content With Author Interview Series Foreword

    Medium Ventures Into Video Content With Author Interview Series Foreword

    New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan wants to bring more attention to some of her favorite authors. She proposes to do that with a video series in which she gets to interview some of those writers on camera and distribute those interviews on Medium. Corrigan began filming the 12-part author interview program Foreword for Medium earlier this month. Her hope is that viewers will… Read More

  • Google Lunar Xprize Awards $5.25 Million In Competitive Race To The Moon

    Google Lunar Xprize Awards $5.25 Million In Competitive Race To The Moon

    The Google Lunar Xprize wants to do something that has never been done before in the history of mankind: land a private spacecraft on the moon that can travel at least 500 meters and transmit both high-definition video and imagery back to Earth, once there. Today, Xprize handed 5 of the competing teams a combined $5.25 million of the $30 million total in prize money for overcoming… Read More

  • The Valley Girl Show Moves To Television

    Jesse Draper Talks About Growing Up On The Valley Girl Show, Silicon Valley Gender Issues And Moving To TV

    Jesse Draper, the daughter of VC Tim Draper and former Nickelodeon star, grew up right in front of everyone on the Internet. She started The Valley Girl Show as a web series in her parents’ garage in her early 20s. It was full of hula hoops, pink and what some have called “ditzy” antics. Read More

  • YC-Backed Bluesmart Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

    YC-Backed Bluesmart Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

    “Imagine a world where you never lose your luggage,” says CEO of Bluesmart, Diego Saez-Gil. He motions to a compact carry-on suitcase sitting beside us and tells me he can track this piece of luggage anywhere. Saez-Gil’s Y Combinator-backed startup makes these hardshell suitcases. It can locate, lock and weigh your belongings from an app on your smartphone. Read More

  • #PasstheBag Could Be Silicon Valley’s New Ice Bucket Challenge

    #PasstheBag Could Be Silicon Valley’s New Ice Bucket Challenge

    Who can forget the Ice Bucket Challenge? Thousands of people dumped buckets of freezing ice over their heads in 2014 to raise awareness (and money) for Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Dick Costolo and several other Silicon Valley technorati drenched themselves for the cause, which raised more than $95 million last year. Other challenges soon followed, including the… Read More

  • Tule Is A Crop-Hydration Sensor For The Tech-Savvy Farmer

    Tule Is A Crop-Hydration Sensor For The Tech-Savvy Farmer

    Thanks to several technological improvements over the last century, life for farmers is much easier than it used to be. But managing water consumption and distribution on farms is still a fairly manual process. Farmers have traditionally hired farm hands to drive through acres of fields and manually check the health of their crops and wetness of the soil. Read More

  • Connected2Me Is A Throwback To The 90’s Chat Room

    Connected2Me Is A Throwback To The 90’s Chat Room

    Internet Relay Chat has been on the decline since 1999, but a new generation of teens around the world seem to be discovering the joys of anonymous chat rooms thanks to Turkish startup Connected2Me. Connected2Me is a one-on-one chat service that connects registered profiles with anonymous site visitors. The key to the site is that you don’t have to be registered to use it, which… Read More

  • Startup L. Jackson Speaks Out About Diversity, Cool Products, And All The People He’s Not

    Startup L. Jackson Speaks Out About Diversity, Cool Products, And All The People He’s Not

    Anonymous Twitter persona Startup L. Jackson has captured a large following in the tech community due to his biting commentary on Silicon Valley culture and regular startup advice. We’ve made our guesses about who he is, but we’re still not sure. Read More

  • The pplkpr App Wants To Tell You Which Friends Are Better To Hang With

    The pplkpr App Wants To Tell You Which Friends Are Better To Hang With

    Don’t know how you feel about someone in your life? By pairing a heart rate monitor with the pplkpr iOS app, you could soon find out. Read More

  • Immigrant Founders Need Policy Reform To Keep Creating Tech Jobs

    Immigrant Founders Need Policy Reform To Keep Creating Tech Jobs

    President Obama took executive action last November to further ease policies around skilled tech labor. However, our laws haven’t done much to help the foreign startup founders who create quite a few tech jobs here. A 2008 Kaufman Foundation study concluded that between 1995 and 2005, more than half of all Silicon Valley tech companies were created by immigrant founders… Read More

  • MediumSounds Mashes Up Medium And SoundCloud To Feature Audio On Your Post

    MediumSounds Mashes Up Medium And SoundCloud To Feature Audio On Your Post

    Medium does a lot of things well. Its easy-to-use interface for composing blog posts creates a clean, distraction-free environment for the reader. But one thing it doesn’t do well is audio. Music, radio shows, and podcasts aren’t a featured part of the product. London-based developer Roman Mittermayr put together MediumSounds so he could mash together what he liked about the… Read More

  • Get Out Your Burn Book Because Mean Girls The Mobile Game Is Coming To iOS

    Get Out Your Burn Book Because Mean Girls The Mobile Game Is Coming To iOS

    Have you been personally victimized by Regina George? You can now play her in a game. The aptly named gaming company So Much Drama is bringing a reimagined version of the film Mean Girls to iOS. Similar games such as Mean Girls High School Showdown for web and Mean Girls DS for PlayStation exist, but this is the first time a game based on the popular chick flick is available on iPad… Read More

  • SMS-Based Recommendation Engine Cloe Aims To Outsmart Siri

    SMS-Based Recommendation Engine Cloe Aims To Outsmart Siri

    Despite being on our phones for years, Siri still often gets confused by our questions. Cloe, an SMS-based recommendation engine, adds a human understanding that provides context to our queries. And Cloe co-founder Chase Hildebrand hopes his text-based service will become the better Siri for finding out the best of everything around you. Read More

  • Smart Helmet Maker Skully Has Raised Another $1.5 Million

    Smart Helmet Maker Skully Has Raised Another $1.5 Million

    Last summer, Skully, the motorcycle helmet with a heads-up display, became the fourth-most popular Indiegogo campaign in history. According to an SEC filing, it’s raised another $1.5 million. The financing, which took the form of convertible securities, was added to existing cash that Skully had raised through its crowdfunding campaign and previous fundraising. Read More

  • 8 Smart Kitchen Gadgets Of The Future

    8 Smart Kitchen Gadgets Of The Future

    The Internet of Things has entered the kitchen space. Everything from an app to turn on your coffee maker to a pan that monitors heat on your iPhone to cook the perfect steak is so close we can (almost literally) taste it. Here are some of the top tech gadgets making their way to our cookery in the near future. Read More

  • Online Gaming Giant Kixeye Holds Large Scale Layoffs, Cutting As Much As 25% Of Staff

    Online Gaming Giant Kixeye Holds Large Scale Layoffs, Cutting As Much As 25% Of Staff

    Kixeye, the San Francisco-based online gaming giant, held layoffs yesterday as part of a larger reorganization of the company, sources tell TechCrunch. According to two sources, more than 100 people representing as much as 25 percent of Kixeye’s staff have been let go. The layoffs were conducted across the board, we’re told, and included entire teams in the engineering… Read More

  • Carrot Hunger Is An App That Shames You Into Eating Healthier

    Carrot Hunger Is An App That Shames You Into Eating Healthier

    Brian Mueller’s Carrot suite of apps have become popular by sadistically pushing users into better behaviors. The latest is Carrot Hunger, an artificially intelligent calorie counter that will shame or reward you for your eating habits. The app lets you scan food bar codes and log what you’ve had for the day to keep an accurate account of what you’re stuffing your face with. Read More

  • Semantic Analysis Of Startup L. Jackson Points To Dustin Curtis

    Semantic Analysis Of Startup L. Jackson Points To Dustin Curtis

    With over 26k followers, Twitter persona Startup L. Jackson is a shining star in Silicon Valley’s Twitter constellation. He (she?) often tweets out pithy commentary on investor inside information, tech culture and funny startup minutiae. Since it started tweeting in August 2011, many in the tech community have tried to guess the infamous parody account’s real identity, but up until… Read More

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