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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Clothes Horse Wants To Solve The Biggest Problem With Online Shopping: Finding Clothes That Fit

    Clothes Horse Wants To Solve The Biggest Problem With Online Shopping: Finding Clothes That Fit

    Clothes Horse, a fashion technology company based out of New York, is publicly launching its platform today in an attempt to address one of the biggest challenges facing online shoppers: buying clothes that fit. Through the use of a customizable widget that merchants add to their own websites, Clothes Horse can determine within just 30 seconds how the retailers’ items will fit any… Read More

  • New From The Makers Of Nosh: NoshList, A Free Waitlisting App For Restaurants

    New From The Makers Of Nosh: NoshList, A Free Waitlisting App For Restaurants

    Firespotter Labs, makers of the food photo-sharing app Nosh (and more recently, the hilarious spoof app Jotly), is launching its latest creation today called NoshList, a new waitlisting application for restaurants. The app, designed for the iPad, ties into to the company’s consumer-facing Nosh mobile app, which allows users to rate and review restaurants and dishes from their mobile phones. Read More

  • Retickr Raises $1.5M For A Social News Reader That Learns What You Like

    Retickr Raises $1.5M For A Social News Reader That Learns What You Like

    Retickr, a social news reader application for Mac OS X, received a big update today, as well as a new round of funding. The startup just closed its Series A of $1.5 million led by the Lamp Post Group, the investors who had previously put $150,000 into the company’s seed round. The app, which combines RSS, social networking updates and news, is not your standard feed reader, but… Read More

  • Want To Track Who Read Your Email? ToutApp’s Salesforce Integration Goes Live

    Want To Track Who Read Your Email? ToutApp’s Salesforce Integration Goes Live

    ToutApp, the email productivity app that emerged as part of the 500Startups Summer Accelerator program last year, is rolling out a new feature that will let users track their emails right from within Salesforce. With the update, users will be able to see who viewed their emails, when they were viewed, where they were viewed, what the recipient clicked on, and how long they read the… Read More

  • To Modernize The Checkbook, Zipmark Launches Developer Platform For Mobile Payments

    To Modernize The Checkbook, Zipmark Launches Developer Platform For Mobile Payments

    Following its recent raise of $2 million in seed funding, the still invite-only mobile payments startup Zipmark is today announcing the launch of its developer program and API. The New York-based company, founded in 2010 by Citigroup alum Jay Bhattacharya and CTO Jake Howerton, leverages the existing check processing network to allow users to avoid credit card fees while also eliminating the… Read More

  • To Lock Down Mobile Apps, Cenzic Launches New App Testing Tools

    To Lock Down Mobile Apps, Cenzic Launches New App Testing Tools

    Software and SaaS security company Cenzic is today launching a new security product for mobile application developers which will allow for the testing of mobile apps on any platform – iOS, Android, J2ME, and more. The product will be the first that can test products without requiring developers to submit the source code, as all the testing is done through the cloud, while the app is… Read More

  • For Some Developers, Amazon Appstore Now Brings In More Money

    For Some Developers, Amazon Appstore Now Brings In More Money

    In the latest monthly report from app analytics firm Distimo, the company delved into the revenue generating possibilites for apps sold through both Google’s Android Market and the Amazon Appstore. Looking at the top 110 apps available in both marketplaces, Distimo found some surprising data: 42 of those top apps made more money on Amazon’s store than in the more widely… Read More

  • Australian Ride-Sharing Marketplace Jayride.com Grabs $400K In Angel Funding

    Australian Ride-Sharing Marketplace Jayride.com Grabs $400K In Angel Funding

    Australian-based travel marketplace Jayride.com has lined up $400,000 AUD in seed funding for its ride-sharing service, which also aggregates transportation data. The angel funding was led by Andrey Shirben, one of the first investors in Kenshoo, a digital marketing software company. In addition to helping in the financing, Shirben will also bring his digital marketing expertise to assist… Read More

  • What On Earth Is Google Doing With Orkut?

    What On Earth Is Google Doing With Orkut?

    Just spotted in Orkut, Google’s also-ran social networking site: a new Google+ badge, one of the first integrations between the two services. Orkut members who also have a Google+ account are now being rewarded in the form of a badge reading “Google+ user,” which they can choose to make visible on their Orkut profile. No, it’s not a big deal in terms of the feature… Read More

  • More Smartphones, More Risk: Mobilisafe Targets SMB’s With New Security Solution (Invites)

    More Smartphones, More Risk: Mobilisafe Targets SMB’s With New Security Solution (Invites)

    Mobilisafe, the stealthy Seattle-based mobile security startup with $1.2 million in funding from Madrona Venture Group and Trilogy Equity Partnership, is opening up access to its private beta program today (invite link below) for a handful of TechCrunch readers. In addition, the company is revealing new insights it gained during its private beta period related to the penetration of mobile… Read More

  • Forkly 2.0 Puts Your Taste Graph To Use With New, Personalized Recommendations

    Forkly 2.0 Puts Your Taste Graph To Use With New, Personalized Recommendations

    Forkly, the food rating app from Brightkite founders Brady Becker and Martin May, just launched a major update dubbed “Forkly 2.0.” Along with a user interface overhaul which features a faster feed, bigger photos and an upgraded user profile design, the app update also includes improved menus and a “Discover” function to offer better, personalized recommendations. Read More

  • Lucky Sort Grabs Half A Million For Big Data Visualization On Web & iPad

    Lucky Sort Grabs Half A Million For Big Data Visualization On Web & iPad

    How would you like to crunch your way through big data on your iPad? That’s one of the many promises of Lucky Sort, the stealthy new Portland, Oregon-based startup building a visualization and navigation engine called TopicWatch meant for discovering patterns in live data streams. The company just raised a half-million seed round from Neu Venture Capital, Invite Investments (founders… Read More

  • For The Young, Smartphones No Longer A Luxury Item

    For The Young, Smartphones No Longer A Luxury Item

    New data from Nielsen released this morning takes a look at the typical U.S. smartphone user, specifically their age and income, as well as the penetration of smartphones into various demographic groups. Data like this can help developers, publishers and advertisers better understand who owns a smartphone, but it can also help to determine if the devices are successfully penetrating the… Read More

  • Study: Windows Web Browsing Market Share Drops 10% Over Past 6 Months

    Study: Windows Web Browsing Market Share Drops 10% Over Past 6 Months

    Following up on its earlier report on iOS browser market share, ad network Chitika today released new results from a study which analyzed the impact mobile computing has had on traditional web browsing trends. In examining traffic across it network from August 2011 to February 2012, Chitika says that Windows web browsing market share has declined by almost 10%. Read More

  • “Etsy For Eco” Ethical Community Raises $300,000+ In Seed Funding

    “Etsy For Eco” Ethical Community Raises $300,000+ In Seed Funding

    Ethical Community, an online, eco-friendly marketplace (which has plans for a snazzier name in the works!), has secured a £200,000 ($316,640 USD) round of seed funding from a syndicate of angel investors, the company is announcing today. Founded in 2009, the marketplace has signed up over 850 sellers from around the world, who have now listed over 7,000 eco-friendly, organic and natural… Read More

  • As Social Bookmarking Reignites, Venture-Backed Clipboard Acquires Clipmarks & Amplify

    As Social Bookmarking Reignites, Venture-Backed Clipboard Acquires Clipmarks & Amplify

    Clipboard, the web clipping service founded by former Overture vet Gary Flake, has just completed the acquisitions of two competitors, Amplify and Clipmarks. The startup, which is taking on the challenge of reviving social bookmarking, is backed by many top notch investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, SV Angel, Betaworks, DFJ, First Round, CrunchFund (note: TechCrunch… Read More

  • FTC Finds Privacy Problems In Children’s Apps, But Suggested Changes Will Impact All

    FTC Finds Privacy Problems In Children’s Apps, But Suggested Changes Will Impact All

    I believe the children are the future. (What, too soon?) But in the case of the new FTC report on mobile applications for kids, which references the current data handling practices employed by mobile developers, the children are the future. They’re the future indicators of how our personal information needs to be handled in today’s mobile app ecosystem. Although the new… Read More

  • Lost Crates Relaunches Subscription Service, Ships Designer Goods By Mail

    Lost Crates Relaunches Subscription Service, Ships Designer Goods By Mail

    Lost Crates, a subscription service that previously focused on boutique stationery goods (as if there was a demand for such a thing!), is today announcing its relaunch and expansion into several new verticals. The company is one of many in the crowded subscription services market where startups send you stuff by mail, often for low monthly fees. With Lost Crates, however, there’s more… Read More

  • YC-Backed Glassmap Launches A “Find My Friends” For Facebook Users

    YC-Backed Glassmap Launches A “Find My Friends” For Facebook Users

    YC-backed Glassmap is a new mobile application publicly launching today that presents a viable challenge to realtime, location-sharing apps like Apple’s Find My Friends or Google Latitude. Where those two competitors focus on enabling social experiences on top of their own platforms or ecosystems, Glassmap is enabling a third alternative: realtime location tracking built on top of… Read More

  • Apple’s iCloud Is No Dropbox Killer (It’s Much More)

    Apple’s iCloud Is No Dropbox Killer (It’s Much More)

    With today’s reveal of the next version of OS X – OS X 10.8, aka Mountain Lion – Apple is more deeply integrating its iCloud service into the operating system itself. No longer will storing your documents in the cloud feel like an extra, value-added feature – it will feel like part of the OS itself. The cloud is just another drive, Apple seems to say, and saving to… Read More