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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  • Luxe Aims To Solve San Franciscans’ Parking Woes

    Luxe Aims To Solve San Franciscans’ Parking Woes

    The situation was already bad when I first moved to San Francisco with my Jeep Cherokee three years ago. The hills were enough with the clutch, but one too many times spent looking for parking for more than an hour in my own neighborhood and my once useful Utah snow vehicle was sold to a nice old man in the East Bay. Circling round and round the block actually accounts for up to 30% of… Read More

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    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program this last summer. That was a first for the Silicon Valley accelerator. But IndieBio partners tell… Read More

  • Yelp Strikes Hotel Bookings Partnership With Hipmunk

    Yelp Strikes Hotel Bookings Partnership With Hipmunk

    Yelp has partnered with Hipmunk to allow people to book hotels within the business review platform. While this is not the first time Yelp has offered a way for users to purchase from businesses right on its site, it is the first time it’s done this with hotel bookings. Yelp says the idea is that people will book a place to stay immediately after reading the Yelp reviews on it. This creates… Read More

  • Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M

    Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M

    Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game. The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll, the cross-platform digital video advertising service. TechCrunch has heard that term sheets have been signed, and that the price, if the deal is completed, could be anywhere from… Read More

  • Loly Adds A Supersized Emoji Sparkle To Your iPhone

    Loly Adds A Supersized Emoji Sparkle To Your iPhone

    Move over boring old static smiley face and wine glass emoticons, Loly is a new, bigger, prettier emoji app now available on the App Store. Online fashion pioneer Gina Pell created the new app to fill a need for the “chic and stylish” to have a better way to express themselves. Pell is the founder of early e-commerce fashion site Splendora. That got acquired by Joyus a few… Read More

  • New Apple Releases, HBO Streaming And Dreamforce 2014

    CrunchWeek: Apple Releases New Stuff, HBO Streaming And The Gang Talks Dreamforce

    This week we discuss all the iPads and other announcements out of Apple, the shows we are excited to watch on HBO sans cable and that time we met will.i.am and when Arianna Huffington told us to do a “digital detox” at a technology conference. Our video producer Felicia Williams joins Kyle Russell and myself this week on Crunchweek for her second appearance on the show. Read More

  • Tagged Ditches IPO Plans, Acquires Tinode And Renames Itself If(we)

    Tagged Ditches IPO Plans, Acquires Tinode And Renames Itself If(we)

    Social networking site Tagged is no longer going for an IPO. Instead it’s renamed itself if(we), acquired little known startup messaging app startup Tinode for an undisclosed amount and has completely changed direction to become a social app incubator instead. If(we) is essentially a brand new company, now acting as a parent brand to Tagged and social gaming site Hi5. Read More

  • Whisper Denies Tracking User Info And Sharing It With The U.S. Government

    Whisper Denies Tracking User Info And Sharing It With The U.S. Government

    Anonymous social media app Whisper might be tracking the location of users via GPS or IP address on their smartphones and then handing that info over to the U.S. Department of Defense, according to the Guardian. The Guardian says that during a three-day trip to discuss a partnership with Whisper, it discovered that the L.A.-based startup was pinpointing user locations within 500 meters, even… Read More

  • Will.i.am’s New Wearable Can Call And Text Without A Phone

    Will.i.am’s New Wearable Can Call And Text Without A Phone

    Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am revealed his new wearable device and company to the world in a Dreamforce keynote today. He’s been talking about this device for a while now, referring to it as more of a fashion technology than a watch. And he’s right. The device, called the PULS, is much more than a watch. It’s definitely a wearable that has a watch in it, but it also has… Read More

  • Will.i.am’s Plan To Bring Fashion And Technology Together With The Creation Of i.am+

    Will.i.am’s Plan To Bring Fashion And Technology Together With The Creation Of i.am+

    Many know will.i.am as a musician and frontman for the Black Eyed Peas, but he’s more than embedded himself in technology in the last several years. He’s invested in several startups, appeared at the FIRST robotics competition, Intel made him the Director of Creative Innovation, and he just revealed his new wearable technology company i.am+ on the Dreamforce stage for the first… Read More

  • 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

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