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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  • Quidsi Co-Founder Raises An Additional $20M For His New E-Commerce Biz

    Quidsi Co-Founder Raises An Additional $20M For His New E-Commerce Biz

    In less than a year after leaving Amazon, Quidsi co-founder Marc Lore began work on a new startup called Jet.com. Today, the company is officially announcing it has raised an additional $20 million in growth capital from Western Technology Investments, and a $5 million asset-backed facility from Silicon Valley Bank, bringing its Series A round to a total of $80 million at its… Read More

  • Smart Shopping Tool PoachIt Scores An Additional $1.8 Million

    Smart Shopping Tool PoachIt Scores An Additional $1.8 Million

    One of the challenges with online shopping is worrying that you’re not getting the best deal. Customers abandon shopping carts regularly, thinking they’ll spend just a few more minutes researching the product in question, but then never return. A company called PoachIt, which has now closed on an additional $1.8 million in funding, is helping turn those hesitant buyers into… Read More

  • Reflecting Its Digital Shift, Clear Channel Becomes iHeartMedia

    Reflecting Its Digital Shift, Clear Channel Becomes iHeartMedia

    Media and entertainment company Clear Channel is today rebranding itself as iHeartMedia, picking up the new name from its digital business iHeartRadio. The latter was formed three years ago as Clear Channel’s key entry into digital music, and as of June has reached 50 million registered users, the company claims. In addition, Clear Channel, now iHeartMedia, claims that its radio service… Read More

  • App Annie Now Tells Publishers How Well Facebook’s App Install Ads Work

    App Annie Now Tells Publishers How Well Facebook’s App Install Ads Work

    App Annie, a company selling pick axes during the app store gold rush, is expanding its mobile app analytics platform today with the introduction of ad analytics for Facebook Ads. The change will improve the company’s Advertising Analytics service, launched earlier this spring, by allowing app publishers to better determine how well their Facebook-based app install ads are performing… Read More

  • Visual Search Company Slyce Buys Pounce For $5M To Build “Amazon Firefly” For The Rest Of Retail

    Visual Search Company Slyce Buys Pounce For $5M To Build “Amazon Firefly” For The Rest Of Retail

    Tel Aviv-based Pounce, a mobile shopping app that surfaces deals from retailers, as well as a way to shop print ads and catalogs from your smartphone, has been acquired by visual search company Slyce for $5 million in shares, cash and earn-out incentives. The deal wasn’t entirely a talent grab either, says Slyce, as the company was already on track to roll out a consumer-facing app of… Read More

  • DipJar Raises Funding For A Tip Jar Where You Pay With Plastic, Not Spare Change

    DipJar Raises Funding For A Tip Jar Where You Pay With Plastic, Not Spare Change

    The move to a more “cashless” society has not been without its victims – namely, those whose incomes relied on the spare change and small donations that once came from customers emptying their pockets, but are now locked up in digital bits and credit card swipes. The lowly tip jar today often sits empty, as few carry around the quarters and dollars with which to fill it. Read More

  • JibJab Acquires Make Believe Studios, Makers Of Video Calling App Hello Santa

    JibJab Acquires Make Believe Studios, Makers Of Video Calling App Hello Santa

    JibJab Bros. Studios, which is the parent company to JibJab.com and the StoryBots apps, has made its first major purchase in its 15-year history, with the announcement that it’s acquiring a startup called Make Believe Labs, whose product “Hello Santa” we reviewed last year. The company’s three founders will now join JibJab and continue to run their service from… Read More

  • Ridesharing Service Sidecar Raises Another $15 Million, Adds Sir Richard Branson As Investor

    Ridesharing Service Sidecar Raises Another $15 Million, Adds Sir Richard Branson As Investor

    San Francisco-headquartered ridesharing startup Sidecar, which competes with on-demand car services like Uber and Lyft, announced this morning it has raised an additional $15 million in funding. The new round comes from existing investors Avalon Ventures and Union Square Ventures, and includes participation from new investor and Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson. Previously, Sidecar had… Read More

  • How Many Times A Day Do You Check Your Phone? Checky Will Tell You.

    How Many Times A Day Do You Check Your Phone? Checky Will Tell You.

    In today’s hyper-connected world, meditation and relaxation-focused resource Calm gives you a much-needed mental break during the day, and can help you quiet the spinning wheels in your head when it’s time to sleep at night. Now the company is rolling out a second application called Checky, designed more to make you aware of how often you’re using your smartphone. Read More

  • Forget Siri, Fetch Is A Real Personal Assistant, Contained In An App

    Forget Siri, Fetch Is A Real Personal Assistant, Contained In An App

    Fetch, a mobile app that serves as a personal buying assistant by allowing you to submit text or photos then have results returned to you by a professional shopper, is expanding beyond product search with a new release out now. In the updated version, which also works over SMS, you can use your buying assistant to book flights, hotels, and rental cars as well as buy movie tickets, event… Read More

  • Sesame Lets You Order Themed Gift Sets From Your iPad

    Sesame Lets You Order Themed Gift Sets From Your iPad

    Web and mobile gifting service Sesame, which lets you browse and order themed gift sets online or from your iPhone, has now rolled out to iPad. The updated application lets you get a better feel for the gifts you’re ordering, by including “unboxing” videos that show how the gifts were packaged and what they look like in real life. In addition, “hot spots” now… Read More

  • CStorePro Is Google Analytics For Convenience Stores

    CStorePro Is Google Analytics For Convenience Stores

    One of the more interesting startups spotted in this year’s Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 was CStorePro. The company, which likens its product to a “Google Analytics” for convenience stores, was a runner-up for the Audience’s Choice award – that is, the startup picked from the crowded tables filling the Alley, voted up as a favorite by the public. Read More

  • And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 Is…Alfred!

    And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 Is…Alfred!

    After three days and incredible pitches from our 26 Battlefield companies (plus two Audience Choice winners), it’s now time to name the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 Battlefield champion. This year’s finalists included Alfred, Partpic, PatternEQ, Shipstr, Stack And Vinli – all amazing startups. But there can only be one winner who walks away with the Disrupt Cup – and… Read More

  • DataFox Offers Predictive Intelligence-As-A-Service, Enabling Better Investment Decisions

    DataFox Offers Predictive Intelligence-As-A-Service, Enabling Better Investment Decisions

    Launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2014, is a company called DataFox, which offers a deal intelligence platform that makes access to “big data” available to any corporate analyst or individual in real-time, allowing them to make better investment decisions. The company has been testing its subscription-based platform for over a year with over 2,000 trial users, and… Read More

  • Apple Announces Mobile Payment Solution Called Apple Pay

    Apple Announces Mobile Payment Solution Called Apple Pay

    Confirming rumors and leaks, Apple announced this morning that the new iPhone 6 devices will support mobile payments. The feature, which also uses Apple’s Touch ID, will take advantage of NFC technology. That means users will be able to pay for goods and others services in the real world using the payment information already associated with their iTunes accounts. That, in fact, is… Read More

  • iTunes App Store Reaches 1.3 Million Mobile Applications

    iTunes App Store Reaches 1.3 Million Mobile Applications

    At Apple’s iPhone 6 event in Cupertino this morning, the company announced that the iTunes App Store has now reached 1.3 million applications – an update from the 1.2 million mobile applications announced in June. For comparison’s sake, in June 2013, Apple announced there were then 900,000 apps available on its platform, which had then been downloaded 50 billion times. By… Read More

  • Amazon Brings Prime Instant Video To All Android Phones In US, UK And Germany

    Amazon Brings Prime Instant Video To All Android Phones In US, UK And Germany

    Amazon announced this morning that it’s bringing its Prime Instant Video streaming service to all Android phones in the U.S., U.K. and Germany through an update to the Amazon app for Android. After installing the new version of the mobile application, users will be able to not only shop from their phones as before, but will also have access to the “tens of thousands” of TV… Read More

  • Rakuten Buys Ebates For $1 Billion

    Rakuten Buys Ebates For $1 Billion

    Rumors have been swirling around Japan’s Rakuten, which has been in discussions with rebate website operator Ebates.com, regarding a potential acquisition deal. That deal has now gone through, as the company announced today it has agreed to acquire Ebates for $1 billion. That’s roughly what Rakuten paid to acquire mobile messaging app Viber back in February. Read More

  • Valor Water Analytics Helps Water Utilities Stay Afloat As Customers Conserve

    Valor Water Analytics Helps Water Utilities Stay Afloat As Customers Conserve

    As more Americans become aware of the need to conserve water for environmental reasons, or due to drought-related water use restrictions, the water utilities have found themselves struggling to stay financially sound as they begin to sell less water to their customers. Valor Water Analytics is a company moving into this largely ignored sector in order to provide utilities with software… Read More

  • StudyRoom Helps Students Help Themselves (And Each Other)

    StudyRoom Lets College Students Join Online Study Groups, Book Tutors

    Launching publicly on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage this afternoon is a company called StudyRoom, which aims to take student study groups and tutoring online, and make them more social. The company has already been running trials of its program in six universities, starting this spring, and now claims to reach 40,000 students across the U.S. who use it as a platform for social, peer-to-peer… Read More