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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  • 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

  • DoubleDutch Raises $19 Million In Series D

    DoubleDutch Raises $19 Million In Series D

    Mobile events and conferences app DoubleDutch announced the raise of $19 million in Series D funding this morning. Led by Mithril Capital Management with participation from Bessemer, Index, and Bullpen Capital, the new cash is intended to help expand DoubleDutch’s global reach, build out technical capabilities, and cement DoubleDutch’s market dominance, according to the company. Read More

  • Move Over, Uber, SF Residents Can “Yo” A Smart Car To Take Them Anywhere They Want Tomorrow

    Move Over, Uber, SF Residents Can “Yo” A Smart Car To Take Them Anywhere They Want Tomorrow

    A very gimmicky Mercedes-Benz campaign hopes to tap into the SF tech millennial market tomorrow by offering free rides in its smart electric vehicles to anyone who sends them a “Yo.” Starting at noon on August 21, smart will place pop-up signs at two outdoor locations in San Francisco – one in the Mission and one in SoMa. Anyone who reads the sign and then sends out a… Read More

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    The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

    The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

    Banking is now in the eye of the beholder. That’s literally for EyeVerify. This new kind of ID verification tech lets you simply hold your smartphone about 8 inches from your face and take a picture of your eyeball. EyeVerify then pattern-matches the blood vessels within the sclera, the white part of your eye, to unlock your bank account. This eliminates any possibility of a hacker… Read More

  • YC Demo Day Session 1: Gingko Bioworks, Bikanta, Checkr, WalkSource, ClearTax, And More

    YC Demo Day Session 1: Gingko Bioworks, Bikanta, Checkr, WalkSource, ClearTax, And More

    We’re at the the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., to see the startups in the Y Combinator Summer 2014 class pitch their wares to investors and the press. There will be four sessions in total today, and we’ll be writing up a post for each. This is the largest number of startups that YC has ever had as part of its batch, so bear with us! Read More

  • Tom Daschle’s Son Raises Half A Million To Remake Ruck.us Into The Kickstarter Of Local Politics

    Tom Daschle’s Son Raises Half A Million To Remake Ruck.us Into The Kickstarter Of Local Politics

    Political startup Ruck.us has raised half a million dollars and made a major switch from the political social network it started out as back in 2011 to a local political fundraising platform. The site went through a reboot after it didn’t get the votes needed to make a social play over the last few years. It did, however, figure out a larger need in local politics – a free way… Read More

  • Google Buys Jetpac To Give Context To Visual Searches

    Google Buys Jetpac To Give Context To Visual Searches

    Google just acquired the team behind Jetpac, an app that utilizes public Instagram data to determine things like the happiest or drunkest city. Jetpac launched in 2012 as a social travel guide on iPad but later shifted focus to its Instagram-driven data on its iphone app, “Jetpac City Guides.” Google will most likely use the Jetpac team to improve search around location… Read More

  • Sam Lessin Is Leaving Facebook

    Sam Lessin Is Leaving Facebook

    Facebook VP of product management Sam Lessin just announced he’s leaving the social network. The announcement came as a post on Lessin’s personal Facebook page saying, “Esteemed colleagues, it is with quite mixed emotions that I write to say that August 29th will be my last day at Facebook.” Lessin was brought into Facebook when his company Drop.io was acquired by… Read More

  • Uber Gives Middle Finger To Ban In Berlin

    Uber Gives Middle Finger To Ban In Berlin

    Berlin’s State Department of Civil and Regulatory Affairs has served up a prohibitive order to Uber this morning saying the San Francisco-based ridesharing service hadn’t done enough to protect the safety of its passengers. The department has threatened Uber with a 25,000 euro (£20,000) fine should it ignore the order. Uber drivers are still in operation in the city, despite the ban. Read More

  • Whisper’s Nonprofit Your Voice Is Now A Digital Platform To Discuss Depression Openly

    Whisper’s Nonprofit Your Voice Is Now A Digital Platform To Discuss Depression Openly

    In the wake of all the discussion about depression and suicide this past week, Whisper founders Michael Heyward and Brad Brooks announced they are starting a $1 million endowment for Whisper’s separate nonprofit entity Your Voice. Whisper also announced that Your Voice morphs today into a new digital platform for Whisper users and others to share their struggles in the hopes of… Read More

  • Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store

    Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store

    Humin, the app that aims to replace your iPhone contacts app is now in the App Store. Will.i.am, Richard Branson and Angry Birds creator Peter Vesterbacka were all part of the private beta launch a few months back. The app is now ready for everyone with an iPhone today. Humin hooks into your phone, Facebook and LinkedIn contacts and combines them with your calendar, email and voicemail to… Read More

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