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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  • 500 Startups Launches Its First Two 500 Women Syndicate Companies

    500 Startups Launches Its First Two 500 Women Syndicate Companies

    500 Startups has launched both Famebit and Wanderable, the first two companies out of its female founders 500 Women Syndicate. 500 Startups created the program earlier this year to support more women founders and encourage angel investors to invest in women-led companies. The first 500 Women company, Famebit, is a platform to find, hire and work with YouTube Influencers. It has achieved a… Read More

  • NASA Partners With Boeing And SpaceX To Send Astronauts Up In Space Taxis

    NASA Partners With Boeing And SpaceX To Send Astronauts Up In Space Taxis

    NASA has announced a deal with SpaceX and Boeing to build space taxis to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. This deal will end NASA’s reliance on expensive Russian crew transport by 2017. The cost was a whopping $71 million per seat. However, the rising tensions in Ukraine may have also been a factor in the push for U.S. contracts. Read More

  • The $1 Million Race For The Cure To End Aging

    The $1 Million Race For The Cure To End Aging

    The hypothesis is so absurd it seems as though it popped right off the pages of a science-fiction novel. Some scientists in Palo Alto are offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can end aging. “Based on the rapid rate of biomedical breakthroughs, we believe the question is not if we can crack the aging code, but when will it happen,” says director of the Palo Alto Longevity… Read More

  • Why Facebook Is Deleting Drag Queen Profile Pages

    Why Facebook Is Deleting Drag Queen Profile Pages

    Trannyshack founder and drag queen Heklina woke up this morning to discover her Facebook profile page had been completely erased from existence. She’d heard of this happening to other queens in her community last week. Then Facebook sent her a personal message last Thursday that asked her to revert to her birth name, as well. Read More

  • Colorado High Schooler Invents Smart Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

    Colorado High Schooler Invents Smart Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

    Colorado has a history with gun violence so it’s only appropriate that 17-year-old Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, would want to apply biometric user authentication to firearms. Kloepfer just won the $50,000 Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge for his smart gun prototype. Angel investor and gun reform advocate Ron Conway became the main backer of the $1 million Smart… Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad Says He Has Not Swiped Right To Benchmark Or Other Investors

    Tinder’s Sean Rad Says He Has Not Swiped Right To Benchmark Or Other Investors

    Tinder Co-founder Sean Rad dodged a lot of questions on the Disrupt SF stage today, not least of which was the rumor that the hot dating app is raising a round at a valuation north of $750 million from Benchmark. “Rumors,” Rad stated when our MC Jordan Crook pressed him about it. “We haven’t raised any third-party capital and there’s no deal,” he told her. Read More

  • Brian Chesky Talks About Just How Different The Hotel Business Is From Airbnb

    Brian Chesky Talks About Just How Different The Hotel Business Is From Airbnb

    The conversation about exactly how Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky saw his company seemed a bit confusing during his 20 minute panel on the Disrupt SF stage this afternoon. Chesky was adamant that Airbnb is like a hotel until it isn’t. Read More

  • Eventbrite’s Kevin And Julia Hartz Don’t Want To Go Public Just Yet

    Eventbrite’s Kevin And Julia Hartz Don’t Want To Go Public Just Yet

    “I’m just not thrilled with the amount of bureaucracy a company has to go through,” one half of the husband and wife Eventbrite founding team Kevin Hartz said about doing an IPO. Our TechCrunch editor-at-large Mike Butcher sat down with Kevin and Julia Hartz at Disrupt SF this morning to discuss how the two planned to take their company to the next level. Plans which… Read More

  • NAO Is Your Tiny Robot Servant

    NAO Is Your Tiny Robot Servant

    Forget waiting for that Google driverless car to come out, CEO and founder of RobotsLAB, Elad Inbar has already made a robot that can do almost anything for you, including drive you anywhere you want to go. Well, at least if you are a baby. The NAO is a 58-cm tall open-sourced, humanoid robot that will drive a baby car, fetch the paper, get you a beer or even recognize who you are and carry on… Read More

  • Peter Thiel Tweets

    Peter Thiel Tweets

    Peter Thiel could have tweeted about his early investment in Facebook, his loathe for Uber or the future of anti-aging. Instead, the Libertarian billionaire carefully chose the stage at Disrupt SF to send out his first ever tweet about his new book, “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.” Read More

  • Tailor Puts an Affordable Designer in Every Business

    Tailor Brands Aims To Bring Small Business Owners Affordable Access To Professional Design

    Tel Aviv and Brooklyn-based Tailor Brands launches publicly on the Disrupt Battlefield today with the goal to democratize design. Founders Yali Saar, Tom Lahat and Nadav Shatz say they can help any small, local business feel like they have an in-house designer with a special algorithm system that helps customers think like a designer. Companies with deeper pockets are able to add to the… Read More

  • An Energy-Saving Air Vent In The Cloud Designed By A 13-Year-Old

    An Energy-Saving Air Vent In The Cloud Designed By A 13-Year-Old

    Father and daughter team Gabi and Shani Zuniga put their heads together with neighbor and long-time friend Danny Eizips to create Ventix, a home heating and cooling device controlled by the cloud. Think of it like Nest, but one step into the future. While the Nest thermostat controls your entire home, the Arduino-based Ventix can be individualized to each room in your home or office. Read More

  • Shower With Friends Lets You Gamify Water Consumption

    Shower With Friends Lets You Gamify Water Consumption

    An engineering team from Mashery may have a good solution to California’s drought problem – just shower with friends. The team of five presented Shower with Friends at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon today, an Intel technology similar to Arduino that lets you compare your water use against that of your friends. The idea for Shower with Friends actually came from a kegbot in… Read More

  • The One Where Grover Norquist And I Decompress From Burning Man

    The One Where Grover Norquist And I Decompress From Burning Man

    The Libertarian-leaning Republican leader of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist went back to Washington, D.C. this week after his first visit to Burning Man. The two of us were able to catch up this week and decompress  – a word burners use to describe how they adjust back into life after experiencing Black Rock City. This was both our first time at Burning Man. This is our… Read More

  • Nasty Gal Lays Off Up To 10 Percent Of Its Workforce

    Nasty Gal Lays Off Up To 10 Percent Of Its Workforce

    Several sources confirm Nasty Gal has laid off up to 27 employees in the last week. “Business is down dramatically and leadership has been in panic mode for months,” according to one source. #GIRLBOSS author and CEO Sophia Amoruso told WWD last Friday that the company is making some “strategic changes.” Read More

  • Elon Musk Is Right, Burning Man Is Silicon Valley

    Elon Musk Is Right, Burning Man Is Silicon Valley

    Burning man is both an intrinsic part of Silicon Valley and a DJ party in the desert. It’s a place where folks are free to run around in sparkles and spandex and leather and nothing, covered in dust. A place for rich people to party and nude hippies to dance around the fire. But most of all it’s an experimental prototype for human technological possibility in the middle of nowhere… Read More

  • Burning Man Founders Admit The Festival Has Jumped The Shark But That’s Okay

    Burning Man Founders Admit The Festival Has Jumped The Shark But That’s Okay

    The stories of billionaires flying into Burning Man on private jets with hired sherpas, body guards turning people away from VIP art cars and private glamp camps going for $25K in dues seems to be on everyone’s lips at the annual festival in the desert. While this is not the norm, it’s a reality and it has many asking if Burning Man has jumped the shark. Read More

  • San Francisco Open Exchange Aims To Be The E-Trade Of Bitcoin

    San Francisco Open Exchange Aims To Be The E-Trade Of Bitcoin

    Y Combinator-backed startup San Francisco Open Exchange (SFOX) is an online trading platform that helps people find the best bitcoin prices at various exchanges. In other words, it would like to help you buy, sell and invest in bitcoin exchanges kinda like and investor buys and sells stock on E-Trade. Co-founder Akbar Thobhani left his job at Airbnb to create this platform. However, he soon… Read More

  • HBO’s Silicon Valley Could Go To Burning Man Next Season

    HBO’s Silicon Valley Could Go To Burning Man Next Season

    Mike Judge has never been to Burning Man, but that could change this year. We hear the HBO Silicon Valley creator may be going to do some research on what many believe is an essential experience for Silicon Valley insiders. One of those insiders is Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who derided Judge at the premiere of the HBO show, saying he’d never been to Burning Man and therefore… Read More

  • 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