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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  • SXSW Starts A VC Fund To Give Its Official App Maker Eventbase $2 Million

    SXSW Starts A VC Fund To Give Its Official App Maker Eventbase $2 Million

    The creator of SXSW’s official mobile event guide app, Eventbase, has raised $2 million in Series A funding from the coffers of the music, film and interactive festival. “This is the first of its kind. We formed this LLC specifically for Eventbase,” relayed SXSW’s CTO Scott Wilcox. Though he doesn’t foresee other investments in the future, Wilcox did… Read More

  • Family Believes Missing Engineer’s Body Was Found In San Francisco Bay

    Family Believes Missing Engineer’s Body Was Found In San Francisco Bay

    The family of missing tech worker Dan Ha has announced that a body matching his description was found in the San Francisco Bay this Tuesday morning. No one had seen or heard from Ha, an iOS developer for Bay Area startup Metromile, since Halloween night. Metromile CEO Dan Preston reached out to TechCrunch previously about his disappearance, while friends and family set up a Facebook page and led… Read More

  • Kevin O’Leary: Shark Tank Is The Most Successful Venture Firm On Earth

    Kevin O’Leary: Shark Tank Is The Most Successful Venture Firm On Earth

    Shark Tank is currently the #1 television show among families in the U.S. Perhaps that’s why co-host Kevin O’Leary felt emboldened to share something interesting about the show’s investments thus far. “At 33 Percent return, we’re the most successful venture firm on Earth,” O’Leary cheerfully announced on stage at the INCMty tech conference in… Read More

  • Hampton Creek Plans To Counter-Sue Unilever Over Mayo Fight

    Hampton Creek Plans To Counter-Sue Unilever Over Mayo Fight

    Plant-based food startup Hampton Creek is readying a response and planning to counter-sue major food corporation Unilever over the meaning of ‘mayo.’ Unilever filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek this weekend, involving its “Just Mayo” product. Unilever’s two main concerns are over market share for its Hellmann’s mayonnaise product and consumer confusion… Read More

  • Early Warning Labs Partners With USGS To Create An Earthquake Warning App

    Early Warning Labs Partners With USGS To Create An Earthquake Warning App

    The ability to predict, detect and warn about an earthquake in time to save lives is in its infancy. But a small startup out of Santa Monica is apply modern cloud computing technology to do just that. Early stage earthquake detection startup Early Warning Labs has partnered with the U.S. Government to build QuakeAlert, a system that can warn California residents that an earthquake is about… Read More

  • Alcohol Scientists Exist And They Have An App

    Alcohol Scientists Exist And They Have An App

    I wasn’t much of a wine drinker before moving to California wine country a few years back. Since then I’ve discovered I mostly like the red stuff and I like it to not burn while going down, but otherwise I’m still not sure what to choose among the myriad of options on the menu. Next Glass is a new beer and wine recommendation app that uses science to determine if you will like… Read More

  • Facebook Asks People To Vote And Tell Friends, Shows Nearest Polling Place

    Facebook Asks People To Vote And Tell Friends, Shows Nearest Polling Place

    Facebook reaches around 150 million users per day in the United States, and today it’s using that immense power to get people to vote in the mid-term elections. As it’s been doing since 2008, Facebook is showing a “megaphone” announcement atop the News Feed telling people to vote, with a list of friends who said they’re voters and a heat map of voter activity… Read More

  • Thanx Gets $4.7 Million From Sequoia, Partners With Visa And MasterCard

    Thanx Gets $4.7 Million From Sequoia, Partners With Visa And MasterCard

    Customer loyalty program startup Thanx launched today with both a Visa and MasterCard partnership and $4.7 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital. An earlier seed round from SoftTech VC of $1.3 million brings the total funding raised to $6 million. Read More

  • Nitro Gets $15 Million In Series B From Battery Ventures

    Nitro Gets $15 Million In Series B From Battery Ventures

    Cloud document editing company Nitro just got $15 million from Battery Ventures. Nitro previously raised two undisclosed rounds from Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures, bringing the total up to $21.6 million now. The San Francisco-based startup made a name for itself in the PDF space. It’s product Nitro Pro was the first competitor to Adobe Acrobat. According to Nitro… Read More

  • Disney And Google Partner Up For Disney Movies Anywhere Access On Google Play

    Disney And Google Partner Up For Disney Movies Anywhere Access On Google Play

    Disney and Google have teamed up to let you watch Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies on any device via Google Play. “We want to make it easy for movie fans to enjoy all of their past and future digital purchases across all of their devices,” says Google’s head of Google Play Movies partnerships Jonathan Zepp. Disney has some deep roots with Pixar and had originally rolled out… Read More

  • Google Calendar App Gets Smarter And Prettier

    Google Calendar App Gets Smarter And Prettier

    Google is rolling out a new, smarter Calendar app to go along with the two new Nexus devices out today. Both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 run on Google’s new Lollipop 5.0 operating system. The new Calendar app works on Lollipop 5.0 and all Android 4.1 or newer devices. The old app was pretty much manual entry for events. You had to scroll times and dates, enter an event name, address for… Read More

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    This Device Could Make It Easier To Find Your Veins

    This Device Could Make It Easier To Find Your Veins

    Scientists have discovered a way to find your veins before poking around half a dozen times to find the spot. Now the Australian Red Cross Blood service is using the near infrared light device that locates blood to study whether being able to locate hard to find veins will result in reduced anxiety and thus make it more likely these types of donors will come back and donate again. The… Read More

  • How We See Google Glass Around The World

    How We See Google Glass Around The World

    Google Glass is as common as a Tesla motoring down the 101 here in Silicon Valley, but it’s a novelty only read about through media outlets in most of the rest of the world. Sophia Dominiguez knew that novelty was wearing off fast in our city by the Bay, so the 22-year-old recent NYU grad says she decided to take Glass where most people had never had a chance to see it up close –… Read More

  • Google Hunts Cancer, Microsoft Releases Fitness Tracker, Kim Kardashian

    CrunchWeek: Google Hunts For Cancer, Microsoft’s Fitness Band, And Kim Kardashian Goes To A Tech Conference

    Alex Wilhelm, Kyle Russell and I discuss Google[x]’s new nanoparticle project to hunt down cancerous cells, Alex shows off his shiny new fitness tracker from Microsoft, and the scary comments we received after Kim Kardashian showed up at a tech conference. Also, Happy Halloween! We all put on cat ears just for you. Read More

  • Meet Samantha, Ethan App’s Sister

    Meet Samantha, Ethan App’s Sister

    Samantha is a girl living in New York City. She’s old enough to drink and experienced enough to give love advice. But other than that she prefers to keep it anonymous, like Gossip Girl. Read More

  • Autodesk Invests $100 Million Toward The First 3D Printing Fund

    Autodesk Invests $100 Million Toward The First 3D Printing Fund

    Autodesk is opening a $100 million 3D printing fund, called Spark Investment Fund, to give money to startups and designers in the 3D printing space. The company is now encouraging those interested in developing hardware, software, materials, marketplaces and maker spaces to apply to participate in the Spark Investment Fund’s investment portfolio. Read More

  • About.Me Launches App That Aims To Replace The Business Card

    About.Me Launches App That Aims To Replace The Business Card

    Tony Conrad, the founder of about.me, says it’s time to disrupt the business card. He’s released a new app today called Intro to do just that. “You don’t always have a business card with you, but you always have your phone,” Conrad explained over the phone. “This takes what we have with About.me and makes it a digital business card for mobile,”… Read More

  • Steve Ballmer’s Fergalicious Clippers Future

    Steve Ballmer’s Fergalicious Clippers Future

    Steve Ballmer showed up in all his glory for the close of the Wall Street Journal Digital conference today. It all started out kinda just like the GIF you see above. And then before things really got going, the newly christened owner of the Los Angeles Clippers delightfully announced that Fergie had recorded a song just for the team. Naturally, Ballmer then belted out the lyrics to the song. Read More

  • Google[x] Reveals Nano Pill To Seek Out Cancerous Cells

    Google[x] Reveals Nano Pill To Seek Out Cancerous Cells

    Detecting cancer could be as easy as popping a pill in the near future. Google’s head of life sciences, Andrew Conrad, took to the stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference to reveal that the tech giant’s secretive Google[x] lab has been working on a wearable device that couples with nanotechnology to detect disease within the body. “We’re passionate about… Read More

  • Jack Ma’s AliPay Might Partner With Apple Pay

    Jack Ma’s AliPay Might Partner With Apple Pay

    Jack Ma and Tim Cook both repeatedly teased a possible partnership between The Paypal-like AliPay and Apple Pay in two separate talks while on stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference in Laguna Beach, California this evening. Cook joked with the WSJ’s editor-in-chief Gerard Baker that he was going to go discuss a marriage between AliPay and Apple Pay after his talk. He said… Read More

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