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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  • 350Green To Add 400 More EV Charging Stations Across U.S.

    350Green To Add 400 More EV Charging Stations Across U.S.

    California-based electric vehicle charging station developer 350Green will purchase and install over 400 charging stations from manufacturer Coulomb Technologies, the company has announced. The new additions will be rolled out across the U.S. to help build out 350Green’s network to over 1,000 stations. In addition, the stations will be powered by the ChargePoint Network… Read More

  • Deal Decor To Launch A Groupon For Furniture

    Deal Decor To Launch A Groupon For Furniture

    I’m not often the fan of startups that are “the this, for that,” but I think I could get into something like Deal Décor: it’s the Groupon for furniture. This San Francisco-based startup is using the group-buying model made popular by Groupon to connect customers with factory-direct deals from overseas furniture manufacturers. The company is launching on Monday in… Read More

  • Conceptboard Debuts Better Whiteboarding For Google+ Hangouts

    Conceptboard Debuts Better Whiteboarding For Google+ Hangouts

    It’s only been a few days since the launch of the official Google+ Hangouts API (application programming interface), but we’re already starting to see some interesting implementations make their debut. Case in point: online whiteboarding service Conceptboard has introduced a Hangouts extension that puts Google’s own newly integrated Sketchpad to shame. Read More

  • StartApp’s New Monetization Platform For Android Bundles Search With Apps

    StartApp’s New Monetization Platform For Android Bundles Search With Apps

    StartApp is a new monetization and distribution platform for Android applications designed to address the challenges the platform has created in terms of revenue generation for developers. Using the new StartApp SDK (software development kit), developers can receive $10 – $50 per 1,000 downloads, the company claims. This is higher than the $4 average per 1,000 downloads  developers… Read More

  • Fampus Launches Social Events Site For Universities

    Fampus Launches Social Events Site For Universities

    Good startups often emerge from situations where the founder is attempting to solve a problem they themselves have. That was certainly the case with collegiate events site Fampus, created by 22-year old Brittany Brody, now a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a new arrival to the university in 2008, Brody wanted to get involved on campus, but was frustrated by the lack of a… Read More

  • Baby Monitoring 2.0: Evoz Starts Shipping

    Baby Monitoring 2.0: Evoz Starts Shipping

    Evoz, the modern baby monitoring system that works over iOS, will finally start shipping on October 4th. Unlike traditional, walkie-talkie-like baby monitors, you don’t need a separate receiver to use the system –  you can just use your own iOS devices, like your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, to function as both the monitor and receiver. Or, if you have only one iOS device, you can… Read More

  • Bitsmedia Founder Puts Frenzapp Apps Up For Sale

    Bitsmedia Founder Puts Frenzapp Apps Up For Sale

    Erwan Macé, the founder of Bitsmedia, a Singapore-based mobile apps development shop, is putting his mobile apps up for sale as he heads off to Google. You may remember these apps, branded under the name “Frenzapp,” which refers to their use of social recommendations. Read More

  • Gartner: Apple iPad Will Be Top Tablet Through 2014

    Gartner: Apple iPad Will Be Top Tablet Through 2014

    The analysts at Gartner have released a new report today, detailing tablet market trends and forecasts. Not surprisingly, their findings confirm the obvious: the iPad is killing it. According to the firm, the Apple iPad will account for 73.4% of tablet sales worldwide this year, and no other platform besides Android will have more than a 5% share of the market during this time. In addition… Read More

  • Stealthy Startup Dashlane Raises $5 Million In Series A

    Stealthy Startup Dashlane Raises $5 Million In Series A

    Stealthy consumer Internet startup Dashlane is announcing today that it has closed $5 million in Series A funding led by New York City-based firms Rho Ventures and FirstMark Capital. Also participating in the round is Dashlane co-founder Bernard Liautaud. Dashlane won’t say much about its product offering just yet, only that it’s designed to eliminate the hassles involved with… Read More

  • GM And China’s SAIC Motor Corp Partner On Electric Vehicles

    GM And China’s SAIC Motor Corp Partner On Electric Vehicles

    SAIC Motor Corp., Ltd. Chairman Hu Maoyuan and General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson signed an agreement this week to jointly develop a new electric vehicle architecture in China. The components and vehicle structures will be built in Shanghai, at the companies’ joint venture, The Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC). The cars will be sold in China under the Shanghai GM… Read More

  • Solyndra Execs Won’t Testify At Congressional Hearing

    Solyndra Execs Won’t Testify At Congressional Hearing

    Executives at the now-bankrupt solar manufacturer Solyndra won’t testify at the Congressional hearing which is looking into allegations of improper dealings between the green tech company and the White House. Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison and CFO Bill Stover have announced they will plead the Fifth during questioning, on advice of their legal counsel. The company, the first to be financed… Read More

  • Social Performance Platform Rypple Comes To iPhone

    Social Performance Platform Rypple Comes To iPhone

    The Web-based social performance platform Rypple is now available on the iPhone, the company is announcing today. Like the desktop-sized website, the new mobile application will allow managers to give real-time feedback to staff, provide coaching, track goals and publicly recognize colleagues for doing great work. Read More

  • Digital Loyalty App Chatterfly Partners With San Mateo Chamber Of Commerce

    Digital Loyalty App Chatterfly Partners With San Mateo Chamber Of Commerce

    The San Mateo Chamber of Commerce has partnered with digital loyalty app Chatterfly to create a neighborhood rewards program for its 1,000 members. Participating local businesses will leverage the app to reward customers for visting their business, making in-store purchases or sharing news of their visit on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Read More

  • Microsoft And Nokia Release Windows Phone Porting Guides For Symbian Developers

    Microsoft And Nokia Release Windows Phone Porting Guides For Symbian Developers

    Microsoft and Nokia have teamed up on a package of new tools aimed at getting Nokia developers prepared for the transition to Windows Phone. Announced today are three jointly developed tools and guides, the most notable being the addition of Symbian Qt to the Windows Phone API mapping tool. Read More

  • Card.io’s SDK Comes To Android

    Card.io’s SDK Comes To Android

    Card.io, the mobile commerce company started by two former AdMob employees, Mike Mettler and Josh Bleecher Snyder, is launching a software development kit (SDK) for Android today. The SDK for iOS launched in June, allowing mobile app developers to retrieve credit card information from cards held up in front of the phone’s camera. As of today, the company says that card.io is… Read More

  • Google Launches Hangouts API For Developers

    Google Launches Hangouts API For Developers

    In addition to the slew of new Hangout-related features announced today on the official Google blog, the Google+ team also announced the launch of the Google+ Hangouts API for developers. This API (application programming interface) will be available as a “Developer Preview” starting today – meaning it’s not a fully-cooked product, but one that’s available… Read More

  • New Startup Accelerator Advise.me Launches

    New Startup Accelerator Advise.me Launches

    Advise.me is a newly launched startup accelerator and incubator with locations in the San Francisco and New York areas. However, through its “Global Startup Initiative,” the group is encouraging companies to apply no matter where in the world they are located. Advise.me says it will structure things appropriately to work where the startup is based, or it will help the company… Read More

  • Amazon Kindle Library Lending Program Launches Into Quiet Beta

    Amazon Kindle Library Lending Program Launches Into Quiet Beta

    As reported earlier this year, Amazon and digital content distribution service OverDrive are teaming up to bring Kindle library lending to thousands of public libraries across the U.S. That partnership, rumored to be launching this month, has apparently now gone live in select locations. According to postings on Amazon’s Kindle Forum, some users are already seeing this option in… Read More

  • Appsbar Launches Free, DIY App-Building Toolkit For Bands

    Appsbar Launches Free, DIY App-Building Toolkit For Bands

    DIY mobile app creator appsbar is launching a new toolkit for garage bands and other budding artists today called “Discography.” With this option, available in the “create new page” section of appsbar’s free app builder, artists can enter in their Artist ID from iTunes or set up a separate payment service to be used for selling their songs. Included with the… Read More

  • 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