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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  • Bettir Wants To Chat With You About Your Blood Pressure

    Bettir Wants To Chat With You About Your Blood Pressure

    Chances are you only get your blood pressure checked maybe once or twice a year at the doctor’s office. You sit down in a relaxed setting near the waiting room while a nurse wraps a black velcro unit around your upper arm and pumps away. Perhaps the reading comes out a little high, but nothing to worry about. At least until you find yourself in a high stress situation, your blood… Read More

  • This Disk In Your Pants Tells you to Sit Up And Breathe Into Your Belly

    This Disk In Your Pants Tells you to Sit Up And Breathe Into Your Belly

    Breathing and sitting up straight are two elements that engineer duo Andre Persidsky and Alex Ahlund believe are key to getting a handle on stress and wellbeing. The two life-long meditators and serial entrepreneurs came together to create Prana, a patent-pending clip-on disk that monitors how your posture affects your breath throughout the day. According to Prana, there is a vast… Read More

  • Uber's Raise, IPO Market Cooling And Spotify's Year In Review

    CrunchWeek: Uber’s Massive Raise, The IPO Market And What The Hell We Listened To This Year

    Another Friday, another turn ’round the CrunchWeek table. This week, Sarah Buhr, Kyle Russell and myself chewed on Uber’s latest funding round, the IPO market and, yes, Spotify’s end-of-year data. Read More

  • Gearing Up For The Future Of Connected Workout Clothes With Athos

    Gearing Up For The Future Of Connected Workout Clothes With Athos

    According to my pants, I’m letting my left leg do most of the work. I already suspected this, but now, thanks to an app and some bluetooth-enabled fabric of the future from Athos, I can prove it. Athos is a Silicon Valley startup with a new kind of “smart” workout clothing line that aims to improve your performance and prevent injury using data generated from the wireless fabric. Read More

  • Google Gets Thousands Of Girls To Program The White House Christmas Tree Lights

    Google Gets Thousands Of Girls To Program The White House Christmas Tree Lights

    The 92nd annual White House Christmas tree lighting ceremony is getting a tech twist this year. Over 300,000 people, mostly young girls, participated in Google’s Made with Code campaign to program the way the lights will dance on the 56 official White House Christmas trees during this evening’s lighting ceremony. Read More

  • Peers Now Offers Products For Independent Workers In The Sharing Economy

    Peers Now Offers Products For Independent Workers In The Sharing Economy

    Peers, a platform that caters to workers in the sharing economy, is launching its first two products. One is a $1 million insurance coverage option for regular Airbnb hosts. The other is a program for Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing drivers that will provide a replacement vehicle for them if their own car should break down or get in an accident. “The basic business model for business… Read More

  • Maxwell Health Gets A $26.4 Million Boost In Series B Funding And Partners With MetLife

    Maxwell Health Gets A $26.4 Million Boost In Series B Funding And Partners With MetLife

    Maxwell Health, the service platform that aims to make the often hairy navigation process through employee health care easier, has raised $26.4 million in a Series B round of funding led by Adams Street Partners. Cambia Health Solutions, Schooner Capital and Brothers Brook, LLC also joined this round. Previous investors Vaizra Investments, Tribeca Venture Partners, Catalyst Health Ventures… Read More

  • Find Out What You Listened To Most On Spotify This Past Year

    Find Out What You Listened To Most On Spotify This Past Year

    While the rest of the world is rocking to Ed Sheeran and his Top 40 friends, I’m mostly picking up dreamy indie pop the likes of Purity Ring and Bear Hands. Ignore the fact that you may have never heard of Bear Hands for a second (but trust me, they’re good). Spotify told me what I like most in its individualized Year in Review. This nifty application grabs all your 2014 data… Read More

  • 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, in a half cash and half stock deal. Another source put it at possibly as much as $50 million. 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… 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