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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  • Appcelerator Launches Open Mobile Marketplace, An App Store For App Components

    Appcelerator Launches Open Mobile Marketplace, An App Store For App Components

    Mobile cloud platform company Appcelerator, makers of the cross-platform Titanium platform for building mobile, tablet and desktop applications, is today announcing the launch of the “Appcelerator Open Mobile Marketplace.” The new store, which was announced at the company’s Codestrong Developer Conference this afternoon, includes mobile app modules, templates, design… Read More

  • Local Recommendations App Alfred Hits iPad, Plans To Add Deal Curation Soon

    Local Recommendations App Alfred Hits iPad, Plans To Add Deal Curation Soon

    Local recommendations mobile app Alfred has arrived in a new, iPad-optimized format (iTunes) which includes deeper integration with Facebook. The optional Facebook Connect sign-in feature enables Alfred to better learn about its users’ preferences by mining Facebook data for likes and check-ins. Alfred, which comes from a startup called Clever Sense, is focused heavily on its use… Read More

  • Mobile Ad Networks’ Fill Rates Drop, Windows Phone Tops CTRs

    Mobile Ad Networks’ Fill Rates Drop, Windows Phone Tops CTRs

    Mobile ad optimization platform Smaato, Inc. released the results of its latest mobile advertising report today, for Q2 2011. The findings include a look at mobile ad adoption, fill rates and the overall effect on mobile ad network performance. Smaato’s Mobile Metric Report, based on over 80 million ad requests and over 60 connected ad networks across 230 countries, found that ad… Read More

  • Opera Acquires Mobile App Store Handster

    Opera Acquires Mobile App Store Handster

    Mobile browser maker Opera Software today announced the acquisition of Handster, Inc., a mobile application store platform company. Handster, based in Illinois with operations in Odessa, Ukraine, supports Google Android, Java, Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, as well as netbook and tablet applications. It offers a white label version of its app store to mobile operators in addition to… Read More

  • Bitcasa Final Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Finally! Bitcasa CEO Explains How The Encryption Works

    TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Bitcasa, a new cloud storage provider, was met with a healthy dose of skepticism last week when it claimed to be able to provide “infinite storage.”  How does it do that? It can’t do what it promises! That’s not how encryption works! And so on. VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, along with First Round Capital, Pelion Venture Partners, and… Read More

  • The New Social Network: Who’s Nearby, Not Who You Know

    The New Social Network: Who’s Nearby, Not Who You Know

    There’s a new concept for social networking services taking root, and it’s not about re-creating your offline social graph on the Web, like Facebook does today. It’s about discovering the people who are nearby you now – the ones you probably would like to meet. This type of discovery mechanism is already being made possible by a number of services, including the… Read More

  • Moprise Is Launching A “Flipboard For The Enterprise”

    Moprise Is Launching A “Flipboard For The Enterprise”

    Moprise is launching a new iPad application it’s calling a “Flipboard for the Enterprise.” The app is a tablet-optimized version of the company’s currently available Coaxion iPhone application. The Flipboard analogy isn’t quite right, however. Flipboard is about reading news and articles, browsing photos and viewing updates from your social networks in a… Read More

  • Latakoo Moves HD Video Fast, Works Great For Newsrooms

    Latakoo Moves HD Video Fast, Works Great For Newsrooms

    Austin-based video startup latakoo has a funny name (it’s some kind of lark), but a great idea: make it easier to transfer HD video. Built by a group of journalists and technologists to solve the real-world problem of video-sharing in the newsroom environment, the company has already attracted 40 paying customers, including many TV station groups. With latakoo’s tool called… Read More

  • Main Street Power Partners With AlsoEnergy On New California Solar Project

    Main Street Power Partners With AlsoEnergy On New California Solar Project

    Main Street Power, a national solar financier, is partnering with AlsoEnergy for a nearly three megawatt distributed generation solar project in California. AlsoEnergy, an energy monitoring and financial management software solutions provider, will provide the energy monitoring software for the project, which will be spread throughout the state of California. Read More

  • Live Streaming Video Platform IntercastNetwork Brings Real-Time Feedback To Online Broadcasters

    Live Streaming Video Platform IntercastNetwork Brings Real-Time Feedback To Online Broadcasters

    IntercastNetwork is a rich-media interactive platform that allows brands to connect to audiences using a combination of live-streaming video, real-time polling, live chat, Q&A, payment processing and more. The resulting platform works well for live broadcasters, who can track audience engagement levels and feedback during in real-time, and adjust their message accordingly. Unlike… Read More

  • Meteocontrol North America And Princeton Solar Solutions Form Partnership

    Meteocontrol North America And Princeton Solar Solutions Form Partnership

    Meteocontrol North America, a global provider of solar performance monitoring software and hardware, bankable energy yield reports, technical due diligence and operations management services for photovoltaic installations, has partnered with Princeton Solar Solutions (PSS), a top N.J.-based solar provider. Read More

  • ThingLink Adds Rich Media Tags To Online Images

    ThingLink Adds Rich Media Tags To Online Images

    TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Alley participant ThingLink is a Helsinki, Finland and U.S.-based startup that lets you add rich media tags to online images. These tags appear as small dots when you hover your cursor over the image, and can link out to a number of services, including Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, EventBrite, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Flickr, SoundCloud, Spotify, Wikipedia and… Read More

  • Fanzila Upgrades Facebook Pages, With Apps For Blogs, Forums, Contests And More

    Fanzila Upgrades Facebook Pages, With Apps For Blogs, Forums, Contests And More

    Fanzila is a new startup that lets brands upgrade Facebook pages with blogs, forums, competitions and more. The company announced this week that it raised $1 million in Series A funding in round led by Blumberg Capital, who joins previous investors, Dr. Yossi Vardi, Shiomo Nechama and the Haaretz Newspaper Group. The announcement was timed perfectly to coincidence with Fanzila’s spot in… Read More

  • Tesla Motors' Elon Musk's Advice for Startup Entrepreneurs

    Elon Musk: Starting A Company Is Like Staring Into The Face Of Death

    Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and founder of Tesla Motors and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), sat down with Erick Schonfeld tonight just before TechCrunch Disrupt’s closing ceremony. During the brief conversation, Musk provided insight into how entrepreneurs can get started disrupting major industries like energy, transportation and space. It’s not an easy route… Read More

  • Mike Schroepfer on the Changes in Facebook

    Is Facebook Copying Google+ And Twitter? VP Of Engineering, Mike Schroepfer, Responds

    Mike Schroepfer, Vice President of Engineering at Facebook, spoke with Jason Kincaid at this morning’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference. The topic of the conversation focused on many of Facebook’s newest features, including the recently launched Friend Lists and “Subscribe” option, which lets users follow others’ public updates in a model very similar to Twitter… Read More

  • Votizen Voting Product Announcement

    Votizen Launches “Virtual Precinct Walk” For San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Election

    Votizen, a new platform for connecting registered voters with elected officials, is launching the first-ever “virtual” precinct walk today, starting with San Franciscans for Jobs and Good Government, a committee supporting Ed Lee for Mayor of San Francisco. This virtual precinct walk is a modern update on traditional door-to-door campaigning, where previously… Read More

  • AngelSoft Relaunches as Gust.com, Now Connects Startups To Investors

    AngelSoft Relaunches as Gust.com, Now Connects Startups To Investors

    New York-based AngelSoft, a platform that connects entrepreneurs with hundreds of angel investor groups around the world, announced today that it’s rebranding and relaunching as a new service called Gust.com. Gust will serve as an investor relations platform that matches entrepreneurs to investors, while also providing search and filtering tools for investors that allow them to… Read More

  • Dwolla Adds Support For LinkedIn, Allowing You To Send Money To Your Professional Contacts

    Dwolla Adds Support For LinkedIn, Allowing You To Send Money To Your Professional Contacts

    Web and mobile payments platform Dwolla announced today that it now includes integration with LinkedIn’s API, allowing users to send and receive payments to their connections on LinkedIn’s social network. Previously, Dwolla had integrated with Facebook and Twitter to offer similar functionality. And just last week, Dwolla added Foursquare support, too, allowing Dwolla users… Read More

  • Simple Energy Raises $900,000 In Seed Funding

    Simple Energy Raises $900,000 In Seed Funding

    2011 Boulder TechStars graduate Simple Energy has raised $900,000 in seed funding from a group of angel investors, including David Calone, managing director of Jove Equity Partners, and Dean Mathew, the former director of Duke Energy’s VC arm, among others. The company says that the new funding will be used to further develop its product, add enhanced features and integration, and… Read More

  • Tom Ball, Joe Kraus, James Slavet on Venture Capital

    VC’s Say Your Startup’s Location Still Matters

    At this morning’s TechCrunch Disrupt, Michael Arrington sat down with nearly half a dozen VC’s, including Joe Kraus (Google Ventures), Rich Wong (Accel Partners), Shervin Pishevar (Menlo Ventures), George Zachary (CRV) and James Slavet (Greylock Partners). The investors shared their thoughts on the state of investing, general industry trends, the increasing speed of VC… Read More