Sarah Perez

Sarah Perez

Sarah currently works as a writer for TechCrunch, after having previously spent over three years at ReadWriteWeb. Prior to becoming a professional blogger, Sarah worked in I.T. across a number of industries, including banking, retail and software.

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  • Credit Sesame Adds Social Comparison Tools, Lets You See How Your Debt Compares With People Like You

    Credit Sesame Adds Social Comparison Tools, Lets You See How Your Debt Compares With People Like You

    Credit Sesame, the personal finance service (and TechCrunch Disrupt alum), which provides free credit scores and other information aimed at helping consumers get out of debt, is today launching a new feature that will allow users to compare their financial situations to their peers’ and the market in order to see where they stand. Not to worry — you won’t be swapping… Read More

  • Card-Linked Local Offers Platform Edo Raises $15M Series C

    Card-Linked Local Offers Platform Edo Raises $15M Series C

    Edo, a card-linked local offers a platform that targets customers based on their real-world spending behavior, has closed a $15 million Series C round of funding, the company announced today. The round was led by VantagePoint Capital Partners, and saw participation from Baird Venture Partners and other existing investors, bringing edo’s total financing to $54.3 million. Unlike many of… Read More

  • With New iOS 6 App Store, The Most Important Changes Are Under The Hood

    With New iOS 6 App Store, The Most Important Changes Are Under The Hood

    One of the most noticeable consumer-facing changes in the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, is the updated App Store application for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Apple chose not to focus on the changes during this morning’s announcement – perhaps because details were already revealed thanks to developer leaks showing the new user interface in action. Read More

  • Future Of Commerce? Enough With The Subscription Model Already

    Future Of Commerce? Enough With The Subscription Model Already

    What are Valley investors excited about? That was one of the topics discussed in an afternoon session at TechCrunch Disrupt SF today. The group seemed to get stuck on the topic of commerce and transactional businesses, where there were a few differing viewpoints, specially around the new business models seen in this space. Some of the investors on today’s panel, which included Cowboy… Read More

  • The Apple Store Is Back Up! Pre-Order iPhone 5 For $199 & Up On Friday

    The Apple Store Is Back Up! Pre-Order iPhone 5 For $199 & Up On Friday

    And that’s a wrap! The Apple Store is back up now, following this morning’s announcement of the new LTE-enabled iPhone 5’s, which are going to be the same price as the iPhone 4S’s. To refresh your memory, that’s $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB (on-contract pricing with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon). Meanwhile, the iPhone 4S is now a budget… Read More

  • Apple Shows Off Panoramic Photos, Better Photo Sharing In New iPhone

    Apple Shows Off Panoramic Photos, Better Photo Sharing In New iPhone

    Apple is showing off the new iPhone 5 camera this morning, which is essentially the same as the iPhone 4S’s camera, but packed into thinner housing. The camera offers an 8-megapixel sensor, a 5-element lens and f/2.4 aperture, and it includes a dynamic low light mode and 40% faster image capture. But the more intriguing thing about the camera and the accompanying photo album features… Read More

  • Apple Retail: 380 Stores, 83 Million Visitors Last Quarter

    Apple Retail: 380 Stores, 83 Million Visitors Last Quarter

    The Apple live press event has started, and the first thing Tim Cook wanted to talk about was Apple Retail. He specifically mentioned the opening of a new store in Barcelona, noting that the new addition was one of Apple’s largest. And of course, “it’s absolutely gorgeous,” he said. He also gave a quick update on Apple’s Retail numbers: 380 stores in 12… Read More

  • Apple Search Engine Reveals Product News Before Today’s Event: iPhone 5, New iPods, New iTunes Confirmed

    Apple Search Engine Reveals Product News Before Today’s Event: iPhone 5, New iPods, New iTunes Confirmed

    Apple’s search engine is mistakenly revealing the details of today’s Apple news announcements in advance of today’s press event where it’s been expected Apple will announce new iPhones. As spotted first by the folks at 9to5, a search for “iPhone-5″ on Apple’s website indicates that is, indeed, what’s happening today. And yep, it looks like… Read More

  • Apple Store Is Down

    Apple Store Is Down

    And so it begins. In typical Apple fashion, the Apple Store has now gone down in advance of today’s Apple press event (yes “event,” not “press conference”) here in San Francisco. It’s expected that Apple will today announce a new, larger-screened iPhone with LTE, which may or may not be called the “iPhone 5.” [Update: It totally will be.] Rumors… Read More

  • Scoot, The “Zipcar For Scooters,” Grabs $550K In Seed Funding

    Scoot, The “Zipcar For Scooters,” Grabs $550K In Seed Funding

    Scoot Networks, a system of smartphone-enabled, shared electric scooters calling itself the “Zipcar for Scooters,” has closed a seed round of $550,000, which will help the company move from private beta to launch. Investors in the round included Tim Young (About.me, Socialcast), Jerry Fiddler (Zygote Ventures, Wind River), Shane Johnson (Paintbrush Capital), Joanne Wilson… Read More

  • Time Tracking App Chronos Shows You How You Spend Your Days – And How Your Friends Do, Too

    Time Tracking App Chronos Shows You How You Spend Your Days – And How Your Friends Do, Too

    Debuting at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, Chronos is a new time-tracking application for iPhone that shows you how you spend your time as well as who you’re with, where and when, so you can set goals for yourself. Using the built-in sensors on the iPhone like the compass and accelerometer, for example, in combination with location databases from Google and Foursquare, Chronos can track… Read More

  • AOL’s Tim Armstrong On The Turnaround: We Haven’t Won Yet

    AOL’s Tim Armstrong On The Turnaround: We Haven’t Won Yet

    TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington sat down with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong this afternoon at TechCrunch Disrupt SF – yes, the CEO of the same company that Arrington sold the blog he created to two years ago (…before later being forced out). The last time the two were on stage together was when AOL bought TechCrunch, in fact. Arrington started off by complimenting Armstrong on tripling… Read More

  • Zuckerberg: Mobile Users More Likely To Be Daily Active Users

    Zuckerberg: Mobile Users More Likely To Be Daily Active Users

    In his first post-IPO public appearance, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed a packed house at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF conference where he was interviewed by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington. The interview touched on the post-IPO stock drop, but first Zuckerberg talked about the advantages of the mobile platform – referencing one of the most critical concerns being lobbied at… Read More

  • Benioff On His Hawaiian Vacays: As Long As Ellison Is Not On The Island I’m On, That’s OK With Me

    Benioff On His Hawaiian Vacays: As Long As Ellison Is Not On The Island I’m On, That’s OK With Me

    Marc Benioff is not buying a private island even though, like rival Larry Ellison, apparently, he finds the need to head out to tropical destinations like Hawaii to recharge. He says that running high-growth companies can lead to burnout, and he needs time to “rebirth.” Ellison, if you recall, bought Lanai, Hawaii’s sixth largest island, for $500 million earlier this… Read More

  • Benchmark’s Matt Cohler: No New Investments In 2012

    Benchmark’s Matt Cohler: No New Investments In 2012

    TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington sat down with Benchmark Capital’s Matt Cohler this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt SF to discuss the state of tech investing. One of the first questions Arrington asked was about Cohler’s own startup investments, and specifically whether or not he had invested in any new companies this year. As it turns out, he has not – but it… Read More

  • Keepsy Launches A Mobile App For Photo-Sharing & Photobooks

    Keepsy Launches A Mobile App For Photo-Sharing & Photobooks

    Last week the former Yobongo team (now at Mixbook) announced their plan to launch an iPhone app for building photobooks, but today a company called Keepsy has beaten them to the punch with an app of their own. Like Mixboook’s forthcoming Mosaic app, the Keepsy app aims to deliver a quick utility which will allow its users to build photobooks in just minutes. But it’s also offering… Read More

  • Dashlane’s Password Management Service Now Alerts Users When Their Accounts May Be Hacked

    Dashlane’s Password Management Service Now Alerts Users When Their Accounts May Be Hacked

    Dashlane, a desktop and mobile app which helps you login to websites, fill out forms and speed through checkout faster, has launched a new feature which will alert you if one of your web accounts may have been compromised. This addresses a growing need, as high profile hacks like those at companies like Zappos, LinkedIn, Dropbox and others seem to be making the news every few weeks. With… Read More

  • Web Clipping Service Clipboard Arrives On iPhone, Adds Shared Boards For Groups

    Web Clipping Service Clipboard Arrives On iPhone, Adds Shared Boards For Groups

    Clipboard, the recently launched web clipping service with the Pinterest-like layout, is today debuting version 2.0, which brings a website redesign, several new features, and the debut of the Clipboard iOS application. The new app allows users to create and share their clips from their phone, as well as browse through the public clips from others on the service. Although designed for… Read More

  • It’s Not Just For Women Anymore: LearnVest Brings Financial – And Now Investment – Planning To Everyone

    It’s Not Just For Women Anymore: LearnVest Brings Financial – And Now Investment – Planning To Everyone

    LearnVest, a TechCrunch50 startup originally aimed at teaching women to become more financially savvy when it debuted back in 2009, has come a long way in the years since. Following its $19 million Series C from Accel and others last July, the company has expanded its focus to be more inclusive. It’s no longer just for women – it’s now for anyone who normally… Read More

  • Gyft Is Moving The Plastic Gift Card Industry To Your iPhone

    Gyft Is Moving The Plastic Gift Card Industry To Your iPhone

    Gyft, a new mobile application launching at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, allows you to buy, save and redeem gift cards using your mobile phone. Unlike the numerous mobile gifting applications currently available, Gyft isn’t attempting to carve out a spot for itself in the new “social gifting” market; it’s taking the existing $100 billion market for physical gift cards and… Read More