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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  • Maily For iPad Is Your Kids’ First Email Application

    Maily For iPad Is Your Kids’ First Email Application

    Maily is a new iPad app launching today that aims to be your kids’ first email application. Because, you know, kids these days and their busy schedules. Ha! In all seriousness, Maily is a communications tool that lets kids easily share messages and drawings with family and friends through a simplified interface that even a small child as young as three can manage, at least according to… Read More

  • Despite Android Nearly Doubling Activations, iOS Still Leads The Enterprise

    Despite Android Nearly Doubling Activations, iOS Still Leads The Enterprise

    This morning, enterprise solutions provider Good Technology released the results of its latest activation report which offers a snapshot of mobile device trends in the enterprise. The company found that, despite the fact that Android smartphone usage in the enterprise nearly doubled quarter-over-quarter, iOS continues to be dominant platform there, currently led by the iPhone 4S. The… Read More

  • Google SEC Filing Details Why It Paid $12.4 Billion For Motorola

    Google SEC Filing Details Why It Paid $12.4 Billion For Motorola

    In an SEC filing, Google spelled out why it paid $12.4 billion for hardware maker Motorola Mobility, in a deal that closed in May. $5.5 billion of the total price was for intellectual property, specifically “patents and developed technology.” Another $2.9 billion was attributed to cash acquired, $2.6 billion was for “goodwill,” $730 million for customer relationships… Read More

  • Payvia Debuts New Carrier Billing Platform, Offers Support For T-Mobile & Sprint

    Payvia Debuts New Carrier Billing Platform, Offers Support For T-Mobile & Sprint

    Today, a company called payvia is launching a new mobile payments platform for carrier billing. But unlike several in this space, payvia is not a new player in the mobile industry. The company was spun out from m-Qube, which started a transaction and carrier billing network in North America in 2004. Originally focused on supporting carrier billing for entertainment services (think… Read More

  • Now Supporting 50 Interactive “Email Apps,” PowerInbox Crosses 1 Million Views

    Now Supporting 50 Interactive “Email Apps,” PowerInbox Crosses 1 Million Views

    PowerInbox, the email platform company that makes messages interactive, has just crossed 1 million email views. The startup has expanded from its initial, limited set of third-party services supported (Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, etc.), and can now run over 50 “email apps” in your inbox. These apps allow for interactive content from sites and services that range from Spotify to Hulu… Read More

  • Kiip Debuts Standalone App To Find & Redeem Rewards From Over 400 Mobile Apps & Games

    Kiip Debuts Standalone App To Find & Redeem Rewards From Over 400 Mobile Apps & Games

    Kiip, the rewards-based network co-founded by former Digg employees Brian Wong, Courtney Guertin and Sequence’s Amadeus Demarzi, has just arrived on mobile. And here’s a surprise – the company went Android-first with the new app. But the iOS app is in the works, and is only “a few days away” from launch, so chalk this one up to coincidental timing rather… Read More

  • Kids Clothing Service thredUP Adds Netflix Execs As It Prepares To Scale

    Kids Clothing Service thredUP Adds Netflix Execs As It Prepares To Scale

    Online kids’ clothing consignment shop thredUP says its recent transition from online swap meet to clothing resale service has been working. When the company was originally founded back in 2009, the goal was to offer a platform where parents could trade boxes of used kids’ clothes directly with each other. But despite some steady but slow growth, thredUP made the shift into… Read More

  • API Management Heats Up: Apigee Follows Mashery With Its Own $20 Million Round

    API Management Heats Up: Apigee Follows Mashery With Its Own $20 Million Round

    Well, look at this – only yesterday, API management platform Mashery announced its close of an additional $10 million in Series D funding, and today competitor Apigee is announcing a $20 million round led by new investor Focus Ventures. Also participating in the round were existing investors Bay Partners, Northwest Venture Partners, SAP Ventures and Third Point Ventures. This API business? Read More

  • Kids’ Social Network PixyKids Rebrands As Kazaana, Heads Into Beta

    Kids’ Social Network PixyKids Rebrands As Kazaana, Heads Into Beta

    PixyKids, a Silicon Valley-based startup building a social media platform for children ages 6 to 12 and their families, is launching into open beta today and rebranding under the new name “Kazaana.” The company felt like the earlier label was “too girlie” and didn’t clearly demonstrate that PixyKids was a family platform, and not just a kids’ platform. (For… Read More

  • Gather: A New App For Organizing Meetups Over Facebook And Twitter

    Gather: A New App For Organizing Meetups Over Facebook And Twitter

    Gather is a newly launched mobile application which allows you to create “disposable” micro-meetups which can be quickly broadcast to Facebook and Twitter.  It’s meant to serve as a lightweight tool that helps you share your intended plans ahead of your Facebook or Foursquare check-in, for example. The benefit to using this app, instead of posting directly the to social… Read More

  • WeddingLovely Takes On The Knot With Stress-Free Wedding Planning Service

    WeddingLovely Takes On The Knot With Stress-Free Wedding Planning Service

    WeddingLovely, a 500 Startups-backed wedding planning service, is opening its doors today in an effort to “humanize” the wedding planning experience. It’s no small feat to take on wedding industry giant TheKnot.com, but co-founder Tracy Osborn believes there’s potential to do exactly that because many find TheKnot “overwhelming, confusing and very… Read More

  • Georama’s Map-Based Travel Search Service Goes Live

    Georama’s Map-Based Travel Search Service Goes Live

    Chicago-based Georama is now launching what it calls a “map-based travel platform.” In layman’s terms, that’s a travel search service that’s entirely based on top of a map. It can either suggest places for you to go based on your interests or other factors (e.g. time of year), or, if you already have a few places in mind, you can use Georama to explore things… Read More

  • API Management Platform Mashery Closes On $10 Million, Doubles The Number Of Mashery-Powered Apps

    API Management Platform Mashery Closes On $10 Million, Doubles The Number Of Mashery-Powered Apps

    It was just over a year ago that API management company Mashery was touting its $11 million Series D. Today, the company is announcing $10 million in new funding, led by OpenView Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Cisco, Formative Ventures, First Round Capital, and .406 Ventures. As a reflection of the growth of web-based businesses, the number of developers using… Read More

  • FoundersCard Adds Bonobos, Trunk Club & More Airlines To Its Private Membership Club

    FoundersCard Adds Bonobos, Trunk Club & More Airlines To Its Private Membership Club

    FoundersCard, the membership program bringing executive-style perks to entrepreneurs, is rolling out a few more perks today to add to its growing lineup. The company currently offers discounts on a number of products and services, including things like elite status on airlines (5% off Virgin America, 10% off Virgin Atlantic, 10% off Lufthansa, and 5-22% off Cathay), discounts with Apple… Read More

  • Kayak Is Headed To Russia

    Kayak Is Headed To Russia

    Kayak is expanding into Russia, it seems. Thanks to handy news source LinkedIn (yes, really), one Mr. Andrew Verbitsky changed his profile to read “Managing Director Russia & CIS at KAYAK,” and has apparently held that position since May. The news was spotted by Quintura, which posted details to its blog, also noting that the Kayak.ru domain now forwards to Kayak.com. Read More

  • No News Is Good News? Dropbox Says No Intrusions Found, Investigation Continues

    No News Is Good News? Dropbox Says No Intrusions Found, Investigation Continues

    Dropbox says it hasn’t found intrusions into its internal systems or any cases of unauthorized activity in user accounts. Earlier this week, the company appeared to be suffering from what looked like a security breach. Users, mainly those based in Europe, were being sent unsolicited spam emails related to European casino scams. It was unclear how they had been targeted, since many… Read More

  • Intelligent, Context-Aware Personal Assistant App “Friday” Makes Its Public Debut

    Intelligent, Context-Aware Personal Assistant App “Friday” Makes Its Public Debut

    How appropriate. That crazy Android personal assistant app called Friday is debuting today, on a Friday. Marketing genius! Friday comes from a startup called Dexetra, the same folks who previously launched the Siri-like Android app Iris. With Friday, the idea is to provide a history of your communications, like calls, text messages, emails and more, and combine those with other events your… Read More

  • Kayak And Palo Alto IPOs Looking Better Than Facebook’s (Whew!)

    Kayak And Palo Alto IPOs Looking Better Than Facebook’s (Whew!)

    Happy IPO Friday! Two tech startups are making their public debuts today: Palo Alto Networks and Kayak Software, and so far, so good on both. Morgan Stanley, scapegoat for the troubled Facebook IPO brouhaha, is leading both, for what it’s worth. Kayak priced its IPO last night at $26 per share, and is looking to raise $91 million at a valuation of $1 billion. Originally, the travel… Read More

  • YC-Backed Photo Sharing Service PicPlum Gets A Revamp; Mobile App & API Are Next

    YC-Backed Photo Sharing Service PicPlum Gets A Revamp; Mobile App & API Are Next

    PicPlum, the Y Combinator-backed photo-sharing and printing startup that debuted last summer, is rolling out a major upgrade today. The focus, for the most part, has been on an improved user experience, offering everything from minor tweaks like address autocompletion, to new product offerings like more print sizes. But as a regular PicPlum user, I’m more excited about what… Read More

  • Google Beats In Q2 2012: Revenue Up 35 Percent To $12.21B, $2.79B In Net Income

    Google Beats In Q2 2012: Revenue Up 35 Percent To $12.21B, $2.79B In Net Income

    Google just announced its second quarter 2012 earnings this afternoon, reporting revenues of $12.21 billion, an increase of 35% from the first quarter ending March 31, which saw revenues of $10.65 billion. Minus traffic acquisition costs, Google pulled in $9.61 billion in revenue. Non-GAAP EPS in the quarter was $10.12. GAAP net income in the second quarter of 2012 was $2.79 billion… Read More