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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  • Madison Reed Now Sends The Salon To You

    Madison Reed Now Sends The Salon To You

    Madison Reed, the startup that provides online ordering for professional grade at-home hair color kits is now bringing the salon to your door, too. It’s launching “Color to You” today to let you order a stylist to come wherever you want them to and do the coloring for you. It works like this – a professional colorist (or ‘Colorista’ as Madison Reed prefers… Read More

  • DoubleDutch Raises $19 Million In Series D

    DoubleDutch Raises $19 Million In Series D

    Mobile events and conferences app DoubleDutch announced the raise of $19 million in Series D funding this morning. Led by Mithril Capital Management with participation from Bessemer, Index, and Bullpen Capital, the new cash is intended to help expand DoubleDutch’s global reach, build out technical capabilities, and cement DoubleDutch’s market dominance, according to the company. Read More

  • Move Over, Uber, SF Residents Can “Yo” A Smart Car To Take Them Anywhere They Want Tomorrow

    Move Over, Uber, SF Residents Can “Yo” A Smart Car To Take Them Anywhere They Want Tomorrow

    A very gimmicky Mercedes-Benz campaign hopes to tap into the SF tech millennial market tomorrow by offering free rides in its smart electric vehicles to anyone who sends them a “Yo.” Starting at noon on August 21, smart will place pop-up signs at two outdoor locations in San Francisco – one in the Mission and one in SoMa. Anyone who reads the sign and then sends out a… Read More

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    The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

    The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

    Banking is now in the eye of the beholder. That’s literally for EyeVerify. This new kind of ID verification tech lets you simply hold your smartphone about 8 inches from your face and take a picture of your eyeball. EyeVerify then pattern-matches the blood vessels within the sclera, the white part of your eye, to unlock your bank account. This eliminates any possibility of a hacker… Read More

  • YC Demo Day Session 1: Gingko Bioworks, Bikanta, Checkr, WalkSource, ClearTax, And More

    YC Demo Day Session 1: Gingko Bioworks, Bikanta, Checkr, WalkSource, ClearTax, And More

    We’re at the the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., to see the startups in the Y Combinator Summer 2014 class pitch their wares to investors and the press. There will be four sessions in total today, and we’ll be writing up a post for each. This is the largest number of startups that YC has ever had as part of its batch, so bear with us! Read More

  • Tom Daschle’s Son Raises Half A Million To Remake Ruck.us Into The Kickstarter Of Local Politics

    Tom Daschle’s Son Raises Half A Million To Remake Ruck.us Into The Kickstarter Of Local Politics

    Political startup Ruck.us has raised half a million dollars and made a major switch from the political social network it started out as back in 2011 to a local political fundraising platform. The site went through a reboot after it didn’t get the votes needed to make a social play over the last few years. It did, however, figure out a larger need in local politics – a free way… Read More

  • Google Buys Jetpac To Give Context To Visual Searches

    Google Buys Jetpac To Give Context To Visual Searches

    Google just acquired the team behind Jetpac, an app that utilizes public Instagram data to determine things like the happiest or drunkest city. Jetpac launched in 2012 as a social travel guide on iPad but later shifted focus to its Instagram-driven data on its iphone app, “Jetpac City Guides.” Google will most likely use the Jetpac team to improve search around location… Read More

  • Sam Lessin Is Leaving Facebook

    Sam Lessin Is Leaving Facebook

    Facebook VP of product management Sam Lessin just announced he’s leaving the social network. The announcement came as a post on Lessin’s personal Facebook page saying, “Esteemed colleagues, it is with quite mixed emotions that I write to say that August 29th will be my last day at Facebook.” Lessin was brought into Facebook when his company Drop.io was acquired by… Read More

  • Uber Gives Middle Finger To Ban In Berlin

    Uber Gives Middle Finger To Ban In Berlin

    Berlin’s State Department of Civil and Regulatory Affairs has served up a prohibitive order to Uber this morning saying the San Francisco-based ridesharing service hadn’t done enough to protect the safety of its passengers. The department has threatened Uber with a 25,000 euro (£20,000) fine should it ignore the order. Uber drivers are still in operation in the city, despite the ban. Read More

  • Whisper’s Nonprofit Your Voice Is Now A Digital Platform To Discuss Depression Openly

    Whisper’s Nonprofit Your Voice Is Now A Digital Platform To Discuss Depression Openly

    In the wake of all the discussion about depression and suicide this past week, Whisper founders Michael Heyward and Brad Brooks announced they are starting a $1 million endowment for Whisper’s separate nonprofit entity Your Voice. Whisper also announced that Your Voice morphs today into a new digital platform for Whisper users and others to share their struggles in the hopes of… Read More

  • Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store

    Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store

    Humin, the app that aims to replace your iPhone contacts app is now in the App Store. Will.i.am, Richard Branson and Angry Birds creator Peter Vesterbacka were all part of the private beta launch a few months back. The app is now ready for everyone with an iPhone today. Humin hooks into your phone, Facebook and LinkedIn contacts and combines them with your calendar, email and voicemail to… Read More

  • Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian and PayPal Throw Support Behind General Assembly’s Opportunity Fund

    Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian and PayPal Throw Support Behind General Assembly’s Opportunity Fund

    Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and PayPal have jumped on in support of General Assembly’s Opportunity Fund scholarship program. Opportunity Fund gives scholarships to women, veterans and minorities to participate in GA’s 12-week Web Development Immersive (WDI) course. “Tech is the future of all industry and I want it to look like the world we live in,” said… Read More

  • Beautified Gets $1.2 Million Seed, Updates Its Look And Takes On StyleSeat In SF And LA

    Beautified Gets $1.2 Million Seed, Updates Its Look And Takes On StyleSeat In SF And LA

    The last minute booking app for last minute hair and beauty appointments in New York, Beautified, announced a lot of updates today. First, the startup founded by NYC DJ Hannah Bronfman, Annie Evans and Peter Hananel announced the raise of $1.2 million in seed from NEA, Manzanita Capital, Carmen Busquets and various angel investors in the beauty industry. It also just updated its design in the… Read More

  • Westboro Baptist Church Protesting SF Tech Workers This Afternoon

    Westboro Baptist Church Protesting SF Tech Workers This Afternoon

    The Westboro Baptist Church, the group known for its hate-filled picketing outside the funerals of soldiers and those who died of AIDS, has found a new target – the tech industry. The group plans to picket pretty much every major tech company in Silicon Valley from Facebook to Reddit this afternoon. In what looks to be a press release created in Microsoft Paint, the WBC released a… Read More

  • Collective Health Wants To Replace The Health Insurance Industry With A Software Program

    Collective Health Wants To Replace The Health Insurance Industry With A Software Program

    “Did you know you can actually negotiate and get a better deal at the doctor’s office if you offer to pay up front?” co-founder and CEO of Collective Health Ali Diab asks. He’d broken his foot and had to go to the doctor for an MRI that would have cost him $3,700, with a $1,500 deductible. Instead it cost just $600 in cash that day. He says that’s because he paid… Read More

  • BeachMint Gets Lucky In Joint Venture With Conde Nast

    BeachMint Gets Lucky In Joint Venture With Conde Nast

    E-commerce platform BeachMint announced it will take over all operations for Lucky Magazine today. The takeover is part of a newly formed joint venture between BeachMint and magazine publishing giant Conde Nast. Called The Lucky Group, it will be led by BeachMint’s Josh Berman as CEO with Lucky’s editor in chief Eva Chen and the magazine’s senior VP, Gillian Gorman… Read More

  • StudyBlue Founder Chris Klundt Steps Back Into CEO Role, Revamps Site Design, Preps For Pro

    StudyBlue Founder Chris Klundt Steps Back Into CEO Role, Revamps Site Design, Preps For Pro

    Just in time for students to head back to school, crowdsourced flash card study platform StudyBlue announced a new site design, search navigation capabilities, a lifelong learning feature, a new pro version of the platform and that co-founder Chris Klundt would be stepping back into the role of CEO today. Read More

  • Intuit Acquires UK-Based Payroll Service PaySuite

    Intuit Acquires UK-Based Payroll Service PaySuite

    Continuing on its acquisition roll this year, Intuit has added cloud payroll service PaySuite to its roster. Intuit added Check and Lettuce Apps in May. It also pulled in India startup Invitco this July. The merger was jointly announced on both the Intuit and PaySuite blogs today as well as in a tweet sent out from Intuit Quickbooks UK: Today we’re welcoming @PaySuite to the Intuit… Read More

  • Bikanta’s Tiny Diamonds Find Cancer Before It Spreads

    Bikanta’s Tiny Diamonds Find Cancer Before It Spreads

    Y Combinator-backed biotech company Bikanta wants to find and stop cancer at its source by inserting tiny, fluorescent diamonds inside your body. The brainchild of Dr. Ambika Bumb, who holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech, these nanodiamonds can detect molecular abnormalities at a much earlier stage, essentially stopping cancer from spreading any further. Bumb was working on… Read More

  • This Guy Tracks Everything About Himself And Puts It Up Online For Everyone To See

    This Guy Tracks Everything About Himself And Puts It Up Online For Everyone To See

    Software developer and designer Anand Sharma started tracking everything about himself in March, including how many steps he takes in a day, the distance traveled, how he traveled there (bike, walking, plane, etc) and even how many GitHub commits or Instagram uploads he’s made throughout the day. The idea seems to have been bubbling for a while. Sharma left his job as the design director… Read More