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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  • Ron Conway, Sean Parker Go To Washington (Again)

    Ron Conway, Sean Parker Go To Washington (Again)

    A new bipartisan think tank with a focus on creating better opportunities for startups and small businesses is launching in Washington, D.C. today with backing from Silicon Valley. Sean Parker, Ron Conway and other well-known tech figures have aligned themselves with several academics and Washington policymakers to form the Economic Innovation Group (EIG). This is not the first time Silicon… Read More

  • Tanium Nabs An Additional $52 Million In Funding From Andreessen Horowitz

    Tanium Nabs An Additional $52 Million In Funding From Andreessen Horowitz

    Tanium is an enterprise security and system management startup which lets IT control an entire network using natural language in a search engine-like interface. It raised a significant $90 million from Andreesen Horowitz last year – the firm’s largest initial investment ever. Making this even more unique is the fact that this was the first VC investment the startup had ever taken. Read More

  • Meerkat And Periscope Aren’t Sure What To Do With Their Hands

    Meerkat And Periscope Aren’t Sure What To Do With Their Hands

    What is it about us that makes us do weird things on new apps? Just two days into the launch of the new live streaming app Periscope and showing off the contents of our fridge to thousands of strangers around the Internet is a thing. The hashtags #fridgeview and #showusyourfridge regularly pop up during live streaming events on Periscope. This is a phenomenon that does not seem to exist on… Read More

  • Vine Courts The Embed With High Res Video

    Vine Courts The Embed With High Res Video

    Vines just got bigger with a higher quality video upgrade today. A new post on the company blog announced a technical change that allows Vine users to upload the higher-resolution 720p HD video to the app. That’s a significant improvement from the 480p resolution. Video is increasingly viewed on mobile devices and across the web. Facebook rolled out the ability to embed video on other… Read More

  • A Look Inside Transcriptic’s New Biotech Testing Facility

    Transcriptic, the cloud-based biotech lab that tests for experimental drugs automation and robotics, has become a key platform for many biotech companies in Silicon Valley. The platform has been particularly useful for many of the biotech companies now coming out of Y Combinator. These startups don’t have the deep pockets of big pharma and need a low-cost solution that produces… Read More

  • The Top 10 Startups Of Y Combinator Winter ’15 Demo Day 2

    The Top 10 Startups Of Y Combinator Winter ’15 Demo Day 2

    Y Combinator unveiled one of its most impressive startup batches to date yesterday, featuring big ideas in medicine, finance, and marketplaces. After carefully watching the demos, speaking with founders in the class, and querying prestigious investors about their favorites, TechCrunch has compiled this list of the top 10 startups of the 47 that launched at Winter 2015 YC Demo Day 2. Here they… Read More

  • 47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

    47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

    Y Combinator got so big, it had to split its Demo Day in two. During today’s second wave we saw a variety of promising biotech, marketplace, enterprise, and financial tech startups. Yesterday we chronicled 50 consumer, B2B, developer, and hardware companies. With bigger and bigger batches, the on-stage pitches are getting more bombastic as YC’s startups compete for attention. Yet… Read More

  • Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar’s Vessel Launches To The Public

    Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar’s Vessel Launches To The Public

    Vessel, the new online video subscription service built by some of the early team at Hulu, is launching to the public today. The service — which provides early access to videos from YouTube stars through a monthly subscription fee — has been in private beta since the beginning of the year. It is now available to everyone on both the web and iOS. Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and… Read More

  • Gyroscope Wants To Help You Track Everything About Yourself And Share It With The World

    Gyroscope Wants To Help You Track Everything About Yourself And Share It With The World

    Software developer Anand Sharma ate sushi and went on a 2.6-mile run in the middle of the day on Saturday. He was quietly coding at his home near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California yesterday afternoon. No, we’re not Facebook friends. He volunteered this information on a web app called AprilZero that he built to help him track everything about himself last year. Now he wants… Read More

  • YC-Backed SmartHires Helps Startups Find Tech Talent Within The Same Investment Portfolio

    YC-Backed SmartHires Helps Startups Find Tech Talent Within The Same Investment Portfolio

    Finding good tech talent is a challenge right now. The Obama administration poured $100 million into the new TechHire initiative this last month to fill half a million open IT jobs in the U.S. for that reason. Y Combinator-backed SmartHires (not to be confused with the recruiting site SmartHire or job search site Smart Hires) tackles that challenge with the creation of a startup referral… Read More

  • YC -Backed Akido Labs Provides A Standardized API Layer For Hospital App Developers

    YC -Backed Akido Labs Provides A Standardized API Layer For Hospital App Developers

    Many hospitals in America have made the switch to electronic health records (EHR) systems to manage patient medical information in the last couple of decades. This is supposed to make record-keeping easier and more efficient, but the systems are different for each hospital and often can’t communicate with each other. This makes it hard for health app developers to design apps that run… Read More

  • The SXSW Robot Petting Zoo Displays Robots That Help Humans Survive Natural Disasters

    SXSW is a zoo in and of itself, but the Interactive portion of the festival actually had a robot petting zoo within the event this year. While some may think of robots as scary things that could destroy us all and lead to some sort of dystopian future, the robots in this zoo were created with natural disaster relief efforts in mind. Attendees who wandered into the ballroom at the JW Marriott… Read More

  • At SXSW, Meerkat Beats McDonald’s At Cutting Through The Noise

    At SXSW, Meerkat Beats McDonald’s At Cutting Through The Noise

    If there’s any one thing that stands out at SXSW this year, it’s that it’s getting harder for even mainstream corporations to rise above the marketing din. What was once called “spring break for geeks” has slowly been taken over in the last couple of years by mainstream corporate sponsors. But are those corporate sponsors getting what they’re paying for? If… Read More

  • Ginkgo Bioworks Lands $9 Million In Series A Funding To Build Out New Lab Facilities

    Ginkgo Bioworks Lands $9 Million In Series A Funding To Build Out New Lab Facilities

    Ginkgo Bioworks, the Boston-based startup working with DARPA and others on wild science projects involving bio-organisms, has just raised $9 Million in Series A Financing from Felicis Ventures, OS Fund, Data Collective, iGlobe Partners and Vast Ventures. Ginkgo Bioworks specializes in engineering microbes to produce cultured ingredients, such as flavors, fragrances, cosmetics, and… Read More

  • Google[x] Head Astro Teller Says Moonshots Are All About Embracing Failure

    Google[x] Head Astro Teller Says Moonshots Are All About Embracing Failure

    Google’s ‘Captain of Moonshots’ Astro Teller admitted to a packed crowd at SXSW that a number of Google[x] projects have experienced a series of “bumps and scrapes” over the last five years. But he also highlighted how the Google lab attempts to overcome those issues and “embrace failure” in projects that aren’t going so well. The original… Read More

  • Drones That Shoot Fire, Silly String And More With Chaotic Moon

    Product design firm Chaotic Moon creates prototypes for some of the biggest brands in the world. It has designed tech products for corporations like Samsung, Whole Foods and Intel. But the Austin-based firm got in trouble at last year’s SXSW Interactive festival when its “taser drone” accidentally shocked one of its interns. Naturally, Chaotic Moon is back again this year with… Read More

  • Patreon Acquires Artist Subscription Competitor Subbable

    Patreon Acquires Artist Subscription Competitor Subbable

    Patreon co-founder Jack Conte had a feeling that his company might someday join forces with Subbable, which is another subscription-based funding site for artists. That’s exactly what happened today. Subabble co-founders and YouTube sensations Hank and John Green joined the Patreon family, along with 24 creators that use Subbable’s platform. Subbable was founded by the Green… Read More

  • Bill Gurley Is Skeptical Of Driverless Cars, But Bullish On Uber (Of Course)

    Bill Gurley Is Skeptical Of Driverless Cars, But Bullish On Uber (Of Course)

    Benchmark general partner Bill Gurley doesn’t believe there’s a driverless car revolution happening anytime soon. Today in a conversation with author Malcolm Gladwell at SXSW Interactive, the famed Silicon Valley investor said the technical requirements to bring driverless cars to market will be much too high to have any sort of short-term impact. Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher And Guy Oseary Launch Sound Ventures, The Successor To A-Grade Investments

    Ashton Kutcher And Guy Oseary Launch Sound Ventures, The Successor To A-Grade Investments

    Most people probably know Ashton Kutcher for his success in television and film, but he’s not-so-quietly also become a pretty successful investor in startups as well. So successful, in fact, that Kutcher and investment partner Guy Oseary have convinced a group of limited partners to put money into a new firm Sound Ventures. Read More

  • HealthTap Launches RateRx, A Doctor Recommendation System For Drug Treatments

    HealthTap Launches RateRx, A Doctor Recommendation System For Drug Treatments

    The doctor behind those “doctor-recommended pills” is most likely someone who is paid to tell you that something will work for you whether or not it actually will. That’s why on-demand digital health app HealthTap says it undertook a project to gather the drug recommendations of over half a million medical doctors and put them together in a new initiative called RateRx. Read More