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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  • Y Combinator-Backed Greentoe Now Lets You Haggle Prices On Your iPhone

    Y Combinator-Backed Greentoe Now Lets You Haggle Prices On Your iPhone

    The online shopping experience is usually one of comparison: You visit numerous sites to find the best deal. Today, e-commerce negotiation site Greentoe puts a spin on that process with an iOS app that lets you name the price you’re willing to spend on that camera or watch you’ve had your eye on. With the app, you search or flip through categories to find the item you are… Read More

  • Facebook And Apple Offer To Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

    Facebook And Apple Offer To Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

    Facebook and Apple are making it easier for female employees to delay having kids and focus on their careers instead. Both companies have now offered to pay to freeze their eggs. Many tech companies offer wild perks such as unlimited vacation, a casual work environment, and meals from five-star chefs. Google even offers massage and on-site laundry services to keep employees working. This… Read More

  • Hillary Clinton Urges Community To Close The Tech Gap In Our Own Backyard

    Hillary Clinton Urges Community To Close The Tech Gap In Our Own Backyard

    Hillary Clinton took to the stage at Dreamforce Tuesday to discuss the economic divide around the world and in San Francisco’s own backyard. “We need to make sure the benefits of tech outweigh the pitfalls, and that tech is most evenly distributed,” the potential 2016 Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State told the audience. Clinton rattled off grim statistics… Read More

  • An App That Lets You Converse With The Deaf, No Sign Language Necessary

    An App That Lets You Converse With The Deaf, No Sign Language Necessary

    Transcense is a new app that accurately translates conversations in real time so the deaf and hard of hearing can participate in meetings, presentations and conversations. Founders Thibault Duchemin, Pieter Doevendans and Skinner Cheng say one-on-one conversations are easy for the deaf. Either they are speaking with someone who can sign or they can just read lips. However, it’s very hard… Read More

  • Drop Gets Its First $2 Million In Seed To Prep For More Products To Come

    Drop Gets Its First $2 Million In Seed To Prep For More Products To Come

    Drop, the startup that hopes to turn anyone into the perfect chef using an iPad-connected digital baking scale, has raised $2 million in cash. The round, led by Frontline Ventures and Innovation Works with participation from PCH and WI Harper Group will be used to help build out the team and market the product. Read More

  • Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Urges Girls To Participate In Code.org’s Hour Of Code

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Urges Girls To Participate In Code.org’s Hour Of Code

    Young Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has thrown in her support for Code.org’s Hour of Code program to get young women and girls into computer science. Read More

  • Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Now Recognizes Same Sex Marriage

    Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Now Recognizes Same Sex Marriage

    The debate wages on at the U.S. Supreme Court over gay marriage, but not in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Players can pick a dress, a ring and whichever sort of partner they prefer to tie the knot with. Just like in Kim’s real life, those in the game can now experience the wedding of their dreams in Florence, Italy, too. The update, which went out last week, launched the popular app from… Read More

  • Glu Mobile Releases Diner Dash On iOS And Android

    Glu Mobile Releases Diner Dash On iOS And Android

    Glu Mobile, the same company behind Kim Kardashian: Hollywood fame, just released Diner Dash in the App Store and on Google Play. Originally published by San Francisco-based PlayFirst, Diner Dash has received over 550 million downloads, making it one of the most popular downloadable video games ever. Read More

  • How Elon Musk Plans To Sell Half A Million Teslas By The End Of Next Year

    How Elon Musk Plans To Sell Half A Million Teslas By The End Of Next Year

    Tesla unveiled the 60D, 85D, and the higher end P85D at what was a very glamorous, red carpet event at the Hawthorne Airport just outside of Los Angeles, California. Read More

  • Tesla’s Newest Car Is AWD And Goes 0-60 In 3.2 Seconds

    Tesla’s Newest Car Is AWD And Goes 0-60 In 3.2 Seconds

    Whoops! While people are still filing their way into the building where Elon Musk will “unveil the D”, it looks like word just trickled out a bit early by way of a broken news embargo. We’re at the event and will report back on the news as it breaks, but here’s what we know so far. As we pieced together last week, the “D” stands for “Dual… Read More

  • Product Hunt Gets $6.1 Million Series A Funding From A16Z And Alexis Ohanian

    Product Hunt Gets $6.1 Million Series A Funding From A16Z And Alexis Ohanian

    Product Hunt, a community board where people can up vote tech products, officially announced the raise of $6.1 million in a Series A today, led by Andreessen Horowitz. Y Combinator partner and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian took part in this round as a new investor to the company. Ryan Hoover, the founder of Product Hunt participated in the summer 2014 class at Y Combinator but he tells us… Read More

  • Warren Buffett Says Hillary Is Going To Run — And Win

    Warren Buffett Says Hillary Is Going To Run — And Win

    Warren Buffett told 400 of some of the world’s top women in leadership at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in California today that Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016. The Oracle from Omaha speculated in an on stage interview with his long-time friend and senior editor-at-large for Fortune, Carol Loomis, that Clinton will wait to announce her run as late as possible. Read More

  • IBM’s Ginni Rometty Reveals Watson’s Future

    IBM’s Ginni Rometty Reveals Watson’s Future

    IBM CEO Ginni Rometty took to the stage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit to showcase updated Watson technology. You may know Watson as the bot that beat humans on Jeopardy!. However, since that time, Big Blue has been improving the program in ways that could help the computer not just learn, but also reason, according to Rometty. Part of her reveal on stage was a new program… Read More

  • This Bluetooth-Enabled Temperature Tracker Will Tell You The Optimal Time For Baby-Making

    This Bluetooth-Enabled Temperature Tracker Will Tell You The Optimal Time For Baby-Making

    Husband and wife team Anna Mayer and Daniel Graf were both professionals in their early 30’s when they decided they wanted to start a family. However, that proved a lot more difficult than they thought it would be. So mountains of research, visits to experts and some trial and error later, they decided to apply their experience to technology, and Ovatemp, a fertility tracking app, was born. Read More

  • The Washington Post Is Now Free On Amazon Kindles

    The Washington Post Is Now Free On Amazon Kindles

    The Washington Post is now available as a free app on Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, according to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek. The announcement comes a little more than a year after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos purchased the the newspaper. The app, developed by a group inside the Post called Project Rainbow, will offer a curated selection of news and photographs. It will initially be free on… Read More

  • Square Closes $150 Million Round At $6 Billion Valuation

    Square Closes $150 Million Round At $6 Billion Valuation

    Square just closed the Series E round it had been raising. Filings in September showed the e-commerce payments company was set to raise at least $100 million, but the deal wasn’t done just yet. Now a Square spokesman has confirmed the raises to the New York Times, led by new investor the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). This puts Square at A $6 billion valuation. Read More

  • SF Housing Interests Unite Against Proposed Airbnb Legislation

    SF Housing Interests Unite Against Proposed Airbnb Legislation

    A broad group of protesters representing various San Francisco housing interests met on the steps of City Hall today to express their opposition of proposed legislation that would allow residents to rent out their homes on a short-term basis. “Raise of hands, who here has shared their home?” asked Fernando Marti, the co-director at Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO). Read More

  • The Man Who Scans The Interwebs So You Don’t Have To

    The Man Who Scans The Interwebs So You Don’t Have To

    The man behind the popular NextDraft newsletter, Dave Pell has a slight smirk on his face as he slowly makes his way out of his dimmed SOMA office to greet me. He’s tall. I surmise about 6’3″ and has a firm handshake. His office is tucked away in a somewhat-hidden area behind double doors on the first floor of a nondescript building. It’s the squarish kind with… Read More

  • Glow Gets $17 Million In Series B Funding From Formation 8, Founders Fund And Andreesen Horowitz

    Glow Gets $17 Million In Series B Funding From Formation 8, Founders Fund And Andreesen Horowitz

    The app that helps women track their fertility cycles, Glow gained another $17 million from investors today in a Series B round of funding. That makes $23 million in Glow’s total funding. This latest round was led by Formation 8, with additional participation from Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz. Formation 8 founding member Joe Lonsdale and HVF’S Nellie Levchin, co-founder… Read More

  • Hired Sets Its Sights On Los Angeles Tech Talent Boom

    Hired Sets Its Sights On Los Angeles Tech Talent Boom

    Tech job marketplace Hired is officially announcing its rollout in LA today. The company had announced it was in New York City earlier this year and now says it wants to capitalize on what it sees as the third biggest startup scene in the country, Los Angeles. It’s not far off in that assumption. Well-known companies like Snapchat, Oculus and Maker Studios reside down in Los Angeles. Read More