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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  • 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

  • Everpix Pic Management App Battlfield Presentation at Disrupt SF 2011

    Everpix: All Your Photos, Automatically Organized And Accessible From Anywhere

    TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Everpix is a new service that automatically organizes and combines all your photo libraries into an elegant interface, whether they’re stored on the desktop or in the cloud. It supports traditional desktop software programs, like Adobe Lightroom, Aperture and iPhoto, for example, as well as online services like Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and Instagram. It will… Read More

  • Bitcasa Data Storage Startup Battlefield Presentation at Disrupt SF 2011

    With Bitcasa, The Entire Cloud Is Your Hard Drive For Only $10 Per Month

    The cloud is now your hard drive. And not just a few dozen Gigabytes, Terabytes or even Petabytes, but all of it – infinite storage – for only $10 per month. This is the incredible promise of the new TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Bitcasa. The company is launching a new cloud storage, syncing and sharing service that blows away its competitors, including hard drive manufacturers… Read More

  • Pressly Tablet Reading Platform Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Pressly Turns Websites Into Tablet-Friendly HTML5 Web Apps

    TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Pressly is an HTML5-based platform that turns online publications into tablet-friendly websites that work on the iPad, Android tablets or the BlackBerry PlayBook. The sites it produces are nearly indistinguishable from their native counterparts, like Flipboard and Zite for example, offering a similar experience for browsing through articles, images and videos. Read More

  • Verious Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Verious Launches First Marketplace For Mobile App Components

    Today, TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Verious is launching the world’s first marketplace for mobile application components – that is, the libraries, the SDKs (software development kits), the add-ons, the open source code and other third-party services which specifically cater to mobile app developers. Until now, there hasn’t been a centralized repository of these… Read More

  • Spool Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Spool Is Instapaper On Steroids

    Spool is a new service aimed at addressing the problem created by the multi-device, multi-screen environment we now live in, where the content consumption experience can vary widely from platform to platform. On iOS devices, for example, you can’t watch Flash videos without serious workarounds. On an iPod Touch or other standalone media player, you need a Wi-Fi signal in order to browse… Read More

  • Dustin Moskovitz at Disrupt SF 2011

    Facebook Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz Talks About Facebook’s Early Days, And What’s Wrong With Google+

    Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook and, more recently, of enterprise collaboration software company Asana, spoke to TechCrunch Editor in Chief Erick Schonfeld at Disrupt this afternoon in a brief interview. The subject of their chat, for the most part, was the early days of Facebook and the changes the Valley has seen in the years since the company’s launch. Erick also asked… Read More

  • On Its One-Year Anniversary, Badgeville Launches A New Product Called Social Fabric

    On Its One-Year Anniversary, Badgeville Launches A New Product Called Social Fabric

    It’s been a year since social rewards and analytics company, Badgeville took home the prize for Audience Choice Winner at TechCrunch Disrupt 2010. Today, Founder and CEO Kris Duggan spoke at this year’s Disrupt to talk about how far the company has come over the past 12 months. When Badgeville started, he says, it had 4 people, $300,000 in seed funding and 10 beta customers. Read More

  • Google Explains Its Google Docs Outage

    Google Explains Its Google Docs Outage

    Google Docs suffered an extended outage this week, which raised concerns, yet again, about the reliability involved with storing mission-critical documents in the cloud. Personally, I’d rather trust Google’s redundant server infrastructure than my own hard drive. However, for enterprise users, the problem with cloud outages is that local I.T. staff can’t do anything about… Read More

  • Google Urges Iranian Users To Re-Secure Gmail Accounts After Attacks

    Google Urges Iranian Users To Re-Secure Gmail Accounts After Attacks

    Google is advising users in Iran to take specific steps in order to re-secure their Gmail accounts after last week’s reveal of the man-in-the-middle attacks that targeted Iranian users. The attackers used fraudulent SSL certificates issued by a compromised root certificate authority in the Netherlands, DigiNotar. These fake certificates allowed hackers to impersonate Google.com and others. Read More

  • Node.js Knockout 2011 Winners Revealed

    Node.js Knockout 2011 Winners Revealed

    Joyent has revealed the winners of Node Knockout, the annual Node.js hacking competition it sponsors. This year’s hackathon, which encourages developers to build apps using the increasingly popular server-side JavaScript environment Node.js, included over 320 teams with more than 700 people competing. That’s a big jump from the 100 teams and 250 participants seen in 2010. The… Read More

  • New Android App Smozzy Lets You Surf The Web Without A Data Plan

    New Android App Smozzy Lets You Surf The Web Without A Data Plan

    Smozzy is a new Android application that lets you search the Web on your mobile phone without a data plan. The app works only in the U.S., only on T-Mobile phones and requires that you have a messaging plan (unless you want to be charged). Despite these restrictions, the app itself is pure genius – it cleverly uses SMS and MMS to send requests and receive the content. And to the end… Read More

  • Who Needs An API? Powerinbox Adds Google+ Client To Its Email Platform

    Who Needs An API? Powerinbox Adds Google+ Client To Its Email Platform

    Powerinbox, the new email platform that lets you run apps for Facebook, Twitter, and Groupon inside your inbox has today added support for Google+. Despite not having access to an official Google+ API (application programming interface), the company was able to analyze the Google+ protocol by tracking the requests between the official Google+ client and server. Powerinbox then created its… Read More

  • GE And Others Invest $22 Million In Green Builder Project Frog

    GE And Others Invest $22 Million In Green Builder Project Frog

    GE is leading a $22 million investment in San Francisco-based green builder Project Frog, which helps speed up and reduce the cost of traditional construction by using a combination of new technologies. The company improves on current methods by combining semi-custom designs with a pre-engineered kit of energy-efficient building materials. The end result are building that use at least 25%… Read More