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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  • FoundersCard Adds Discounts For TripIt, LegalZoom, Moo.com & More (+Invites)

    FoundersCard Adds Discounts For TripIt, LegalZoom, Moo.com & More (+Invites)

    FoundersCard, the service that brings executive-style perks to today’s entrepreneurs has just added a number of new benefits for its members, including a free TripIt pro account (typically worth $49), 15% off LegalZoom (to hire a lawyer online), 15% off and $30 of free credit at GroundLink (an on-demand and ride-later cab service), 20% off at business card maker Moo.com, and 5% off… Read More

  • Boxcar Raises $150K, Preps Push Notifications Service For Developers

    Boxcar Raises $150K, Preps Push Notifications Service For Developers

    Real-time push notification service Boxcar, currently available on both iOS and Mac OS X, has just closed on a $150,000 seed round with Kima Ventures, bringing its total raise to date to $211,000. The additional funding will be used to grow the company’s consumer-facing services, expand to other platforms (Android in 2 months! Windows Phone!) and will aid in the company’s… Read More

  • InvoiceASAP Rolls Out Mobile Invoicing With Support For QuickBooks Sync, Card.io

    InvoiceASAP Rolls Out Mobile Invoicing With Support For QuickBooks Sync, Card.io

    Cloud-based invoicing platform (and TechCrunch Disrupt finalist) InvoiceASAP is out with some very welcome news for business owners and their accountants today: integration with QuickBooks. The new functionality works with both QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online, but here’s the killer feature – the proprietary solution supports syncing with QuickBooks as far back as 2004. Read More

  • Google Search Changes In A Nutshell: Please Stop Talking Trash About SPYW, We Have Semantic Search!

    Google Search Changes In A Nutshell: Please Stop Talking Trash About SPYW, We Have Semantic Search!

    Google will be rolling out major updates to its Google Search engine in the coming months, if an article in today’s WSJ is to be believed. According to statements from Amit Singhal, SVP of Search at Google, the changes primarily involve the introduction of semantic search capabilities and instant answers – yes, two things that Microsoft is already doing (and has been doing for… Read More

  • Amazon’s Appstore For Android Turns One: 31K Apps, Millions Sold

    Amazon’s Appstore For Android Turns One: 31K Apps, Millions Sold

    This morning, Amazon announced its mobile app marketplace, the Amazon Appstore for Android, is celebrating its first birthday with a week-long sale on some of its most popular apps. The company also took the time to share some figures about the Appstore’s growth over the past year, including the size of its selection, which grew from 4,000 apps at launch to 31,000+ apps today. In… Read More

  • ReadWriteWeb COO Sean Ammirati Departs, Will Lead New Seed Fund At Birchmere Ventures

    ReadWriteWeb COO Sean Ammirati Departs, Will Lead New Seed Fund At Birchmere Ventures

    Following its acquisition by SAY Media, ReadWriteWeb’s COO Sean Ammirati is leaving the company to join Birchmere Ventures, an early-stage VC firm with investments in cleantech, medical, and technology startups. Ammirati will be added to Birchmere’s investment team and will serve as the lead partner for a new fund within the company called Birchmere Labs. Similar to betaworks… Read More

  • 500Friends Raises $4.5M Series A For Its Social Loyalty Platform

    500Friends Raises $4.5M Series A For Its Social Loyalty Platform

    500Friends, the social loyalty solution for e-commerce retailers, is announcing it has completed a $4.5 million Series A round led by Crosslink Capital, with participation from Intel Capital as well as company CEO (and angel investor) Justin Yoshimura. Founded in 2010, and launched in summer 2011, YC-backed 500Friends’ LoyaltyPlus service allows merchants to reward their loyal customers… Read More

  • Kevin Rose’s Oink Shuts Down

    Kevin Rose’s Oink Shuts Down

    Oink, the first app from Kevin Rose’s new startup lab Milk, is shutting down. The announcement posted to the company’s homepage today claims the app was a “test” and the decision was made so that the company could focus on its next project, yet to be named. For those unfamiliar, Oink is an app that lets you rate things at different places, similar to the ex-Googler… Read More

  • Stock Photo Site Fotolia Acquires Wilogo, A Crowdsourced Design Community

    Stock Photo Site Fotolia Acquires Wilogo, A Crowdsourced Design Community

    Fotolia, the company that’s home to an online marketplace of royalty-free stock photos, has just acquired Wilogo, a crowdsourced design community. The all-cash deal involves the acquisition of the team, the website and services, and will see Wilogo remaining independent when the deal completes. Founded in 2006, Wilogo is currently doing a couple of million in revenue per year, but mainly… Read More

  • Amazon’s Biggest Deal Yet: Discovery Brings 3,000 More Titles To Amazon Instant Video

    Amazon’s Biggest Deal Yet: Discovery Brings 3,000 More Titles To Amazon Instant Video

    Amazon announced a new licensing deal this morning with Discovery Communications, the media company behind cable TV channels including the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science and Military Channel. Under the terms of the agreement, which CEO Jeff Bezos calls the company’s “biggest addition yet,” Amazon Prime customers will now have… Read More

  • Google Offers Partners With Signpost, The “AdSense For Local Commerce”

    Google Offers Partners With Signpost, The “AdSense For Local Commerce”

    Today, Google is announcing a partnership with a NY-based company called Signpost, which will now run deals on the Google Offers website and in subscriber emails. Signpost, which has $1 million in seed funding from Google Ventures, Spark Capital and other angels, has been flying under the radar in the local deals space. The company recently tripled its employee base and now claims revenue has… Read More

  • Square Competitor? Cashier Live Launches POS App For iPhone

    Square Competitor? Cashier Live Launches POS App For iPhone

    Cashier Live, a Chicago-based, bootstrapped startup providing Point of Sale (POS) systems to retailers, has just launched a new iPhone app that moves a bit into Square’s territory – at least that’s the company’s claim. Simply called Cashier, the app is a complete POS system on the iPhone, and aims to compete with Square’s own Register app for iPad. However… Read More

  • To Boost Windows Azure, Microsoft Launches Company’s First-Ever Direct Startup Accelerator

    To Boost Windows Azure, Microsoft Launches Company’s First-Ever Direct Startup Accelerator

    Today, Microsoft is launching the first startup accelerator* in the company’s history in an effort to encourage more entrepreneurs to build their cloud-based applications using Windows Azure. The program will take place at the Microsoft Israel Research and Development Center, and is a part of the Israel R&D Center’s outreach program Think Next as well as the Microsoft… Read More

  • Foursquare’s Facebook Integration Gets Prettier, Adds Activity Summaries

    Foursquare’s Facebook Integration Gets Prettier, Adds Activity Summaries

    Foursquare made a slight, but welcome, change to its Facebook integration today that will now offer “prettier” Facebook Wall posts regarding your activities. Instead of posts that just show a standardized icon as before, the posts will include a full map, or your photos, if you’ve taken any, to accompany the check-in. Foursquare will also turn a long stream of check-ins into… Read More

  • Nokia Maps Arrives On iOS & Android (But Only As A Web App)

    Nokia Maps Arrives On iOS & Android (But Only As A Web App)

    Nokia has just announced the launch of an iOS and Android-compatible version of its mapping service known as Nokia Maps. The service, which powers Nokia’s native mapping applications on its own devices, has not arrived as a native iOS and Android app, however, but as a HTML5-based web service available at m.maps.nokia.com. In addition to basic mapping, Nokia Maps provides navigation… Read More

  • As Dell Shifts To Software & Services, Announces Plans To Buy SonicWall

    As Dell Shifts To Software & Services, Announces Plans To Buy SonicWall

    Computer manufacturer Dell announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement that will allow it to acquire SonicWall, a security vendor specializing in firewalls, network security and data protection. The move will help Dell round out its security solutions portfolio, the company reports, which currently includes Dell’s SecureWorks security services, cloud security solutions… Read More

  • Camera+ Sees Major Update: Dozens Of Features, New API, Integration With WordPress, Foodspotting & More

    Camera+ Sees Major Update: Dozens Of Features, New API, Integration With WordPress, Foodspotting & More

    Following increasing competition, most recently from SmugMug’s nifty Camera Awesome app, everyone’s favorite iPhone camera replacement app Camera+ is rolling out a major update today. There are a ton of new features in version 3.0 of the app, including speed improvements, multiple photo import, better sharing options, and more, but the biggest change isn’t really a… Read More

  • AppCod.es Launches App Store Prediction Tool, Tells Developers Which Keywords Work

    AppCod.es Launches App Store Prediction Tool, Tells Developers Which Keywords Work

    Warsaw-based, three-person startup AppCod.es just released new tools that will appeal to mobile app developers, both of which are intent on helping developers achieve better ASO, or App Store Optimization. ASO is basically a new form of SEO, but instead of boosting search engine rankings, it’s about boosting the ranking of your mobile app in iTunes, the Android Market (I mean Google… Read More

  • TxtRoo Launches A Yelp For The Feature Phone Market

    TxtRoo Launches A Yelp For The Feature Phone Market

    TxtRoo, a company that was invented and coded into existence from the Stanford StartupBus headed to SXSW in Austin, Texas last week, can best be described as a Yelp for the feature phone market. Like Yelp, which delivers user reviews and other local business information to both web and smartphone users, TxtRoo aims to do the same using SMS text messages. What’s most interesting about… Read More

  • Nokia Exits Mobile Payments Business With Shuttering Of Nokia Money

    Nokia Exits Mobile Payments Business With Shuttering Of Nokia Money

    Nokia is announcing today it plans to shut down its mobile payments service known as Nokia Money in India, as a part of a shift in strategy that will allow the company to more narrowly focus on its handset business and related location-based services offerings. According to a company spokesperson, “the mobile financial services business is not core to Nokia, so we plan to exit the… Read More