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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  • Salon Booking Service StyleSeat Launches Offers Platform To Pull Stylists Away From Daily Deal Sites

    Salon Booking Service StyleSeat Launches Offers Platform To Pull Stylists Away From Daily Deal Sites

    StyleSeat, the “OpenTable for hair stylists” backed by Founders Fund (via FF Angel), 500 Startups, Ashton Kutcher, and others (including a who’s who of angel investors), is today launching a service called “New Client Offers.” The platform allows salons to reach out to potential new clients by offering discounts or extra services redeemable upon their first visit. Read More

  • Craftsvilla Raises $1.5 Million Series A To Become “The Etsy Of Asia”

    Craftsvilla Raises $1.5 Million Series A To Become “The Etsy Of Asia”

    Craftsvilla, a Mumbai-based startup that wants to become the “Etsy of Asia,” is announcing it has received a $1.5 million in new funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Nexus Venture Partners in India. The new round, closed in April, is an addition to a smaller, seed stage investment back in June 2011. Like Etsy, Craftsvilla is a large, online marketplace unique for handmade… Read More

  • Google Is Rolling Out Changes To Crack Down On Google+ Event Spam

    Google Is Rolling Out Changes To Crack Down On Google+ Event Spam

    Google+ Events, Google’s alternative to services like Evite or Facebook’s Events, was announced at this week’s Google I/O conference. And it immediately went viral…but not in good way. You see, Google made a slight miscalculation in terms of the Events’ privacy settings. (Insert joke about Facebook envy.) By default, other people have been able to… Read More

  • Hands On With Google Drive On iOS

    Hands On With Google Drive On iOS

    As promised at this morning’s Google I/O conference, Google has launched a version of its Google Drive application on iOS today, which offers native support for the service formerly known as Google Docs on both iPhone and iPad. The app is live now in iTunes, and looks to give competitor Dropbox a run for its money. Although Google Drive has offered a mobile web version of its service… Read More

  • Yodo1 Raises $2 Million To Help Game Developers Enter China

    Yodo1 Raises $2 Million To Help Game Developers Enter China

    Beijing-based Yodo1, a service that helps game developers enter the Chinese market, is today announcing it has closed $2 million in seed funding from Chang You Fund. The round was led by Chang You Fund’s Managing Partner and former Focus Media CEO Zhi Tan. In addition to the funding, the company also noted that its developer partner Robot Entertainment will bring its “Hero… Read More

  • Founder Matchup Service CoFoundersLab Expands Via Acquisition Of Two Competitors

    Founder Matchup Service CoFoundersLab Expands Via Acquisition Of Two Competitors

    CoFoundersLab, a matchmaking service for startup founders along the same lines as FounderDating, but which previously served different markets, is expanding through the acquisition of two competitors. The company is announcing today that it has acquired the West Coast-based TechCofounder.com as well as the East Coast-based FounderMatchup.com. Read More

  • SendHub Expands Beyond Messaging, Now Rivals Google Voice With Support For Calls & Voicemail

    SendHub Expands Beyond Messaging, Now Rivals Google Voice With Support For Calls & Voicemail

    SendHub, the messaging startup that allows businesses to communicate with customers through SMS, is expanding its service today to now include support for voice calls and voicemail. These new features put SendHub in more direct competition with Google Voice, as users will now be able to use their SendHub phone numbers to both make and receive phone calls, while keeping their personal cell… Read More

  • Google Now Comes Online (Well, Its Homepage Does)

    Google Now Comes Online (Well, Its Homepage Does)

    Google Now, the smart personal search assistant announced yesterday at Google I/O, has now come online. Well, the landing page for the service has come online, that is. The new site introduces the key aspects to Google Now, which arrives in Google’s next mobile operating system, Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean), including its ability to track flights, keep an eye on traffic and your… Read More

  • AOL Starts $400M Stock Buyback At $27-$30 Per Share

    AOL Starts $400M Stock Buyback At $27-$30 Per Share

    AOL (also known as the company that signs TechCrunch’s paychecks) has announced this morning it has started a “Dutch auction” tender offer to buy back shares of its common stock, up to $400 million. The Dutch auction format means that shareholders will say how many shares they want to sell at what price. AOL will then determine the lowest price per share in that range and… Read More

  • Strange Days, Indeed

    In 1995, long before Tom Cruise was waving his hands around in now eerily true-to-life vision of the future that was “Minority Report,” another science fiction drama was also painting a picture of the darker side of technology. In director Kathryn Bigelow’s “Strange Days,” (written by James Cameron and Jay Cocks), people and the technology they used to record… Read More

  • Location-Based Shopping App Shopkick Partners With MasterCard On Rewards Program

    Location-Based Shopping App Shopkick Partners With MasterCard On Rewards Program

    Mobile shopping app shopkick is announcing a partnership with MasterCard today which will allow cardholders to earn “kicks” (shopkicks’ in-app rewards) by linking their card with shopkick’s Buy & Collect program and making qualifying purchases. These kicks can later be redeemed for things like gift cards, music downloads, movie tickets, and other offers. In… Read More

  • Mobile Payments Startup Kuapay Grabs $4 Million Investment, Readies Global Expansion

    Mobile Payments Startup Kuapay Grabs $4 Million Investment, Readies Global Expansion

    Well, it appears to be mobile payments day here at TechCrunch. When it rains, it pours, right? Another announcement hitting the wires today comes from global mobile payments startup Kuapay, which has just closed a $4 million round of funding from a single, private investor. The company was started in January 2011 by Joaquin Ayuso de Paul, best known as a co-founder of Tuenti, a company… Read More

  • Square Card Reader App Gets Top-Requested Feature: Admin Accounts & Permissions

    Square Card Reader App Gets Top-Requested Feature: Admin Accounts & Permissions

    Today, mobile payments startup Square is rolling out what the company says is the most heavily-requested feature by its merchants to date: user permissions. What this means is that business owners will now be able to enable their staff to use Square devices to accept payments without having to provide those employees with access to the same sensitive information that a business owner may see… Read More

  • Revel Systems Debuts An iPad Point-Of-Sale In A Box

    Revel Systems Debuts An iPad Point-Of-Sale In A Box

    Revel Systems, an iPad point-of-sale company backed by $3.7 million in funding, is today introducing a new hardware product designed to take the place of an Ethernet router. The “Revel Router,” as the device is being called, is an Apple-certified “made for iPad” technology that allows shops to run their POS through an Apple iPad. The router connects other components in… Read More

  • Now Everyone Can Make Marketing Videos: PowToon Launches DIY Presentation Tool

    Now Everyone Can Make Marketing Videos: PowToon Launches DIY Presentation Tool

    We’re so over PowerPoint presentations, right? Well, that’s the common refrain, at least. And we haven’t even been super-enthused about the new-fangled PowerPoint alternatives in a while – not since companies like Prezi, Animoto, and (VMWare-acquired) SlideRocket were making the rounds in the startup scene, that is. Even SlideShare, the service that made… Read More

  • Children’s Stories App MeMeTales Comes To Android, Offers Free Books All Summer

    Children’s Stories App MeMeTales Comes To Android, Offers Free Books All Summer

    MeMeTales, a super-cute (and guilt-free!) children’s books application arrives on Android today, following its iOS release and public debut at 500 Startups’ demo day last October. Originally from Seattle, now a San Francisco-based operation, the company was founded by husband and wife team Maya Bisineer and Pree Kolari, and offers a library of picture books designed for preschool… Read More

  • Mobile Payments Platform ZooZ Partners With MobiCart, Ready To Raise Series A

    Mobile Payments Platform ZooZ Partners With MobiCart, Ready To Raise Series A

    ZooZ, an in-app mobile payment system that supports credit cards, PayPal and carrier billing, just made a move that will introduce its service to 10,000 different merchants. The company is partnering with MobiCart, a platform that allows anyone to create m-commerce applications on iOS and Android. MobiCart already supports around 40 different shopping carts within its mobile storefronts, and… Read More

  • Facebook’s Hidden “Like” Isn’t Just Good For Mobile Developers, It’s Good For Facebook

    Facebook’s Hidden “Like” Isn’t Just Good For Mobile Developers, It’s Good For Facebook

    Last week’s announcement from Facebook about the new ability for app developers to integrate a hidden, built-in “Like” button in their mobile applications seemed to fly under the radar. Not that it wasn’t duly covered by tech press: it was. But the deeper implications seemed to have been summed up under the banner of “this is great news for app… Read More

  • Pintics’ Founders Create ShopInterest, A “Shopify For Pinterest”

    Pintics’ Founders Create ShopInterest, A “Shopify For Pinterest”

    The same guys who built the Pinterest analytics service Pintics spent the weekend at the AngelHack Hackathon in Palo Alto working on another Pinterest-related project. This time around, the result is ShopInterest, a DIY service that lets anyone turn their Pinterest boards into an online store. Inspired by the burgeoning social shopping trend found on sites like Fab.com, for example… Read More

  • HeyWire Launches BNDWGN, A Private Social Messaging App Built Around Your Interests

    HeyWire Launches BNDWGN, A Private Social Messaging App Built Around Your Interests

    BNDWGN, a new app from the makers of free texting service HeyWire, is launching what’s being called a “content messenger” service. The app is a combination of private friend-to-friend(s) chat and social media aggregation. Using BNDWGN, you can combine various streams from sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram into an interest-focused group which can be as… Read More