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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  • 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

  • Jukely Offers Unlimited Concerts For $25 A Month

    Jukely Offers Unlimited Concerts For $25 A Month

    A music startup out of New York could give StubHub and other ticketing sites a run for their (proverbial) money. It’s called Jukely and it’s offering users an unlimited subscription to concerts in their city for just $25 a month. “We asked how much people would pay — $100? No. $50? Still too high. Then we asked if they’d pay $25 and that seemed to spark their… Read More

  • Clover Lets You Order A Date Like You Would A Burrito

    Clover Lets You Order A Date Like You Would A Burrito

    New dating app Clover is a sort of OKCupid meets Tinder but with the “algorithmic matching” included in other online dating sites like eHarmony. The twist? It aims to make it as easy to order a Friday night date as it is to summon your next burrito. “Our new on-demand service will find people that actually want to meet you and you’ll be able to find a date as easy as it… Read More

  • SXSW Wants More Control Over Downtown Austin And Permit Limits On Unofficial Events

    SXSW Wants More Control Over Downtown Austin And Permit Limits On Unofficial Events

    The free alcohol may not flow so abundantly at SXSW 2015. Event organizers have asked the city of Austin to cut down on the amount of permits it hands out to unofficial meet-ups, sessions and parties that run in tandem with the main festival. It cites overcrowding and too much free booze from parallel events as safety issues. What started as a small music festival with 700 attendees back in… Read More

  • Loverly Adds Smarter Search And Picks Up $3.5 Million In Series A Funding

    Loverly Adds Smarter Search And Picks Up $3.5 Million In Series A Funding

    Wedding planning marketplace Loverly has now officially announced a raise of $3.5 million in Series A funding. We reported that talks were in the $2.5 million range last April. It has since added more investors, bumping it up another million. Montage Ventures takes the lead on this round, with participation from Female Founders Fund, Softbank Capital, Comcast Ventures, Great Oak Capital and… Read More

  • 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

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