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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  • Breathometer Now Calls Ubers To Drive The Drunks Home

    Breathometer Now Calls Ubers To Drive The Drunks Home

    Breathometer and Uber are teaming up to get the drunks home safely. We wrote before that Breathometer would be coming up with some interesting applications over the next few months and today the blood alcohol level breath analysis startup has announced a partnership and API integration with Uber. Anyone who registers at the halfway point of the legal limit in California (.04 blood… Read More

  • Tailor Brands Raises $1.1 Million in Seed Funding To Build Out Its Automated Design Process

    Tailor Brands Raises $1.1 Million in Seed Funding To Build Out Its Automated Design Process

    The algorithmic logo design startup Tailor Brands has raised $1.1 million in seed funding from Disruptive Fund and various angel investors. We first wrote about the beta launch of Tailor Brands at Disrupt San Francisco this past fall. It tested various branding concepts in beta. It’s now ready to use the new funding to build upon those concepts and for the public to access its logo… Read More

  • YC Startup Direct Match Aims To Make Bond Trading As Easy As Stock Trading

    YC Startup Direct Match Aims To Make Bond Trading As Easy As Stock Trading

    Jim Greco sat in front of his computer at Jeffries Investment Bank headquarters in New York and thought about the futility of his bond trading job. He was about to pull up a file on his PC and then make a physical phone call to another institution to place an order for a bond transaction. Something needed to be done. Unlike the stock market, the bond market doesn’t have a… Read More

  • Obama Signs Executive Order Encouraging Private-Sector Companies To Share Cyber Security Information

    Obama Signs Executive Order Encouraging Private-Sector Companies To Share Cyber Security Information

    President Barack Obama asked for more collaboration and the open sharing of information between private-sector companies and the U.S. government at the White House Cybersecurity Summit at Stanford today. While pushing for that collaboration, he admitted it would be a challenge to both keep up with cyber threats and protect American’s right to privacy at the same time. “Protecting… Read More

  • 500 Startups Keeps Its Commitment To Invest In Women In Tech

    500 Startups Keeps Its Commitment To Invest In Women In Tech

    “The best thing women in tech can do is to invest in other women,” 500 Startups managing partner Christine Tsai told me by phone earlier today. That’s exactly what the early-stage investment firm has been trying to do over the last five years, and it seems to be succeeding. Its commitment starts with the makeup of the organization itself, but extends into the portfolio… Read More

  • Can An App Really Make You Fall In Love With Anyone?

    Can An App Really Make You Fall In Love With Anyone?

    Anthony David Adams has been living with a woman he just met for the past three weeks. According to Adams, the two met and became enamored with one another using an app he created. His app, Love Actualized, leads couples through a series of 36 increasingly personal questions meant to make any two people fall madly in love. It ends with the couple staring intensely into each others’ eyes… Read More

  • CliniCloud’s Smart Stethoscope And Thermometer Let Doctors Check Your Vitals From The Cloud

    CliniCloud’s Smart Stethoscope And Thermometer Let Doctors Check Your Vitals From The Cloud

    We are getting that much closer to building the doctor’s office of the future right within our homes today. Digital health diagnostic tools startup CliniCloud has launched a line of Bluetooth-connected stethoscopes and thermometers that enable consumers to check their own vitals and have a doctor access them via the cloud. These digital devices can track things like your temperature… Read More

  • Surf Air Founders Jet To The East Coast With New Private Flight Service Beacon

    Surf Air Founders Jet To The East Coast With New Private Flight Service Beacon

    Former Surf Air CEO Wade Eyerly and his co-founders have started a very similar private flight startup to their last venture. But this time it’s on the East Coast and it’s called Beacon. Just like Surf Air, the new subscription service offers an unlimited flight membership to select locations from private air carriers. The main difference is in the destinations served. Surf… Read More

  • Utah State Lawmakers Back Bill To Support Zenefits Operations In The State

    Utah State Lawmakers Back Bill To Support Zenefits Operations In The State

    Zenefits is one step closer to operating legally in Utah today. The Utah House and Labor Committee has voted in favor of a bill to help fix the regulatory problems the cloud HR startup faced late last year. Now that it has passed committee, that bill will soon go before the State Senate The Utah Department of Insurance claimed Zenefits violated the states anti-rebating statute because it gave… Read More

  • David Cross Is Letting Fans Name Their Price And Download His First Film Creation Hits On BitTorrent

    David Cross Is Letting Fans Name Their Price And Download His First Film Creation Hits On BitTorrent

    Actor David Cross is foregoing the usual indie film distribution model for his darkly satirical film HITS. He’s letting the public pay whatever they want to download it on BitTorrent for the first two weeks, starting this Friday, February 13. But is this really the best way to distribute something that the film’s producers have worked so hard on? Cross and his producers said… Read More

  • Jukely Unlimited Launches In San Francisco

    Jukely Unlimited Launches In San Francisco

    Jukely, the unlimited concert subscription startup, has been expanding its services to cities all over the U.S. since its launch last October. Memberships were first offered in New York, then L.A. A lot of people (myself included) have been waiting for it to hit the Bay Area. That time has finally come. Jukely concerts are now available in S.F. The service works by curating smaller music… Read More

  • These Utah College Students Have Millions Of Dollars To Invest In Your Startup

    These Utah College Students Have Millions Of Dollars To Invest In Your Startup

    Twenty-one-year-old Dominic Callas is not your typical venture capitalist. The Westminster College student spends 20-30 hours a week sourcing and researching possible deals at an $18 million venture fund run almost entirely by students. University Venture Fund, where Callas works, is a venture capital firm based in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The fund lets college students… Read More

  • Cemetery Drones And On-Demand Cookies: Meet 500 Startups’ New Batch

    Cemetery Drones And On-Demand Cookies: Meet 500 Startups’ New Batch

    Diversity of ideas and founders is the 500 Startups way. So it’s fitting that the accelerator’s 11th Mountain View batch would feature an extraordinarily wide range of companies; from those tackling huge problems like recruiting and health in the Arab world, to more “niche to win” businesses focused on picture framing or cookie delivery. Investors I spoke to… Read More

  • Guardant Health Secures $50 Million In Series C To Help More Doctors Track Cancer In Real Time

    Guardant Health Secures $50 Million In Series C To Help More Doctors Track Cancer In Real Time

    Guardant Health announced today that it has raised $50 million in Series C funding for its biopsy-free blood cancer screening test Guardant360. This puts the total funding for the medical technology startup at $90 million. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round, with participation from Formation 8 and existing investors Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Read More

  • StartSLC Kicks Off To Support A Burgeoning Utah Tech Culture

    StartSLC Kicks Off To Support A Burgeoning Utah Tech Culture

    A crowd of tech enthusiasts sat warm inside the grand hall of an old train station this last Saturday night, on the west end of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. They braved the otherwise chilly evening, the traffic and eschewed several other events like the star-studded Sundance to hear the next startup pitch at the state’s biggest ever technology event, StartSLC. An estimated 4,000… Read More

  • Utah-based Kickstart Seed Fund Raises $39.2 Million

    Utah-based Kickstart Seed Fund Raises $39.2 Million

    Early stage venture capital investors Kickstart Seed Fund announced today that it has raised a $39.2 million investment round from various Utah investors. This is the third round for the seed fund and one of the larger rounds in Utah venture capital history. The Utah-based firm typically invests $500,000-$1 million rounds of capital in local startups. Much of this is in the enterprise… Read More

  • Product Hunt Adds Direct Messaging To Founders

    Product Hunt Adds Direct Messaging To Founders

    There are various ways to get a contact for the stories we write here, but it’s not always easy. The reasons can vary from the wrong contact info listed on a site to simply no contact info listed anywhere on the web. Product Hunt, the product aggregation site, is hoping to make it a bit easier to contact founders and makers of listed products with the roll out of a new direct… Read More

  • Medium Ventures Into Video Content With Author Interview Series Foreword

    Medium Ventures Into Video Content With Author Interview Series Foreword

    New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan wants to bring more attention to some of her favorite authors. She proposes to do that with a video series in which she gets to interview some of those writers on camera and distribute those interviews on Medium. Corrigan began filming the 12-part author interview program Foreword for Medium earlier this month. Her hope is that viewers will… Read More

  • Google Lunar Xprize Awards $5.25 Million In Competitive Race To The Moon

    Google Lunar Xprize Awards $5.25 Million In Competitive Race To The Moon

    The Google Lunar Xprize wants to do something that has never been done before in the history of mankind: land a private spacecraft on the moon that can travel at least 500 meters and transmit both high-definition video and imagery back to Earth, once there. Today, Xprize handed 5 of the competing teams a combined $5.25 million of the $30 million total in prize money for overcoming… Read More

  • The Valley Girl Show Moves To Television

    Jesse Draper Talks About Growing Up On The Valley Girl Show, Silicon Valley Gender Issues And Moving To TV

    Jesse Draper, the daughter of VC Tim Draper and former Nickelodeon star, grew up right in front of everyone on the Internet. She started The Valley Girl Show as a web series in her parents’ garage in her early 20s. It was full of hula hoops, pink and what some have called “ditzy” antics. Read More

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