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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  • Starbucks Will Soon Let You Tip Your Barista From Your iPhone

    Starbucks Will Soon Let You Tip Your Barista From Your iPhone

    Starbucks announced this morning that it’s rolling out changes to its mobile application that will allow customers visiting its stores to tip their baristas from their iPhones. The feature will be made available beginning on March 19th, the company says, and will work at any of its more than 7,000 company-owned stores across the U.S., U.K. and Canada. The app will suggest tip amounts on the… Read More

  • Tipbit Scores $4 Million Series A For Its Productivity-Focused Email App

    Tipbit Scores $4 Million Series A For Its Productivity-Focused Email App

    Tipbit, yet another startup attempting to reimagine how email should work on mobile devices, is announcing $4 million in Series A funding in a round led by Ignition Partners. Alongside the new funding, the company also introduced an updated version of its mobile email application, which includes integrations with a number of cloud services like Evernote, Dropbox, Salesforce and more. Founded in… Read More

  • LogMeIn Goes After Business Crowd With Cubby Enterprise, An I.T.-Friendly Dropbox Competitor

    LogMeIn Goes After Business Crowd With Cubby Enterprise, An I.T.-Friendly Dropbox Competitor

    Cubby, the Dropbox competitor from LogMeIn which opened up publicly near the end of last year, is rolling out a business-focused version of its service called Cubby Enterprise. The company is aiming to find a middle-of-the-road spot in between clunky, but I.T.-friendly solutions employees hate, and the consumer-grade cloud services that I.T. is still wary of. The Enterprise version includes a… Read More

  • Pet Sitting Marketplace Rover Raises $12 Million Series C

    Pet Sitting Marketplace Rover Raises $12 Million Series C

    Rover, the Seattle-based online community that connects dog owners with in-home sitters, is today announcing $12 million in Series C funding, in a round led by new investor Menlo Ventures. Existing investors Madrona Venture Group, Foundry Group, and Petco (yes, the retailer) also participated. The company has raised nearly $25 million to date. The new funding also sees Menlo’s Sunil Raman… Read More

  • An Upcoming Anonymous App Called Cloaq Promises A New Way To Post & Share, No Email Or Phone Number Required

    An Upcoming Anonymous App Called Cloaq Promises A New Way To Post & Share, No Email Or Phone Number Required

    A team of engineers, who have asked to not be identified by name, are working to develop a new platform for anonymous posting called Cloaq (pronounced “cloak”). This upcoming web and mobile platform, they tell me, will combine the anonymity of apps like Secret and Whisper, with the ease-of-use of more public platforms for sharing, like Twitter, Medium or WordPress. (Oh, and no… Read More

  • Responsive Website Builder Webflow Raises $1.5 Million From Khosla, Tim Draper & Others

    Responsive Website Builder Webflow Raises $1.5 Million From Khosla, Tim Draper & Others

    Webflow, the Y Combinator-backed startup aimed at making it easier for creative professionals to visually design and host their own responsive websites, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding. The round, which comes at a time when the company has grown its user base from 10,000 last summer to now nearly 100,000, includes participation from Khosla Ventures, Draper Assoicates, various angels, and… Read More

  • CloudMagic’s Email Application Now Lets You Complete Your Work Right From Your Inbox

    CloudMagic’s Email Application Now Lets You Complete Your Work Right From Your Inbox

    CloudMagic, the makers of a personal search app which in February changed direction to become a search-focused email application instead, is out this morning with a significant update. The company is introducing a new feature called “cards,” which let you do more with your email messages, by allowing you to complete workflows in your inbox. These could include things like updating a… Read More

  • Vevo Will Live Stream The iTunes Music Festival On iOS, Apple TV And Mac

    Vevo Will Live Stream The iTunes Music Festival On iOS, Apple TV And Mac

    Vevo announced this morning it will begin streaming the iTunes Festival at SXSW starting today, going through Saturday, March 15th, for users of the Vevo iOS and Apple TV applications, as well as Mac users via the Safari web browser. The concerts will be available in real-time, allowing those not in Austin to experience what’s arguably one of the better parts of the entire SXSW event. For… Read More

  • TrackR, The Coin-Shaped Dongles That Help You Locate Lost Items, Now Talk To Each Other

    TrackR, The Coin-Shaped Dongles That Help You Locate Lost Items, Now Talk To Each Other

    TrackR, the Bluetooth Low Energy-powered dongles that help you find missing or misplaced items, like your car keys, wallet, purse or bag, or even your dog, are now being upgraded in order to communicate peer-to-peer with other TrackR devices so that, when you’re out of range, you’ll be able to tap into a larger network for better support. Because such a task requires a network to… Read More

  • TheNeeds Brings Its Personalized News Reader To iPhone

    TheNeeds Brings Its Personalized News Reader To iPhone

    Newly launched iOS application TheNeeds is the latest attempt at offering users a better, more personalized news-reading experience with a service that focuses not only on your interests, but also how those interests evolve over time. The app, something of a competitor to the magazine-like Flipboard, or a community site like Reddit, helps to surface the best articles, blog posts, videos, social… Read More

  • Google To Pay $15 For Each New User With Debut Of Google Apps Referral Program

    Google To Pay $15 For Each New User With Debut Of Google Apps Referral Program

    Google announced today the start of a new referral program for customers of its online office and productivity suite, Google Apps, which will encourage the company’s current users to recommend the service to others in exchange for a $15 bonus per user. The announcement was made via a brief post on the Google Enterprise Blog. The initiative, explains the blog post, is meant to continue and… Read More

  • Drifty, Makers Of The Ionic Mobile Framework, Raise $1 Million

    Drifty, Makers Of The Ionic Mobile Framework, Raise $1 Million

    Drifty, a participant in the TechStars Cloud 2013 incubator, and makers of a suite of tools for mobile developers building apps and websites, most notably, the Ionic framework, has closed on a million in seed funding, the company is announcing. The funding comes from Arthur Ventures, and will help the company grow its team and continue development on the Ionic framework. The startup was founded… Read More

  • Tumblr Now Lets You Dial A Toll-Free Number To Post Audio To Your Blog

    Tumblr Now Lets You Dial A Toll-Free Number To Post Audio To Your Blog

    Tumblr today added a new audio posting feature that lets you dial a toll-free number with your phone in order to post a short recording directly to your blog. We nearly missed the news of the addition because, in typical Tumblr fashion, the company doesn’t exactly describe the feature in detail on its blog. In fact, the post only reads, “Operators are standing by. Call now!”and… Read More

  • Moven Takes Its Mobile Banking App Out Of Beta

    Moven Takes Its Mobile Banking App Out Of Beta

    Moven, a mobile banking service similar in some respects to recently acquired Simple, exited from beta this week, meaning users no longer have to request an invite to sign up for an account. Now publicly available, the company is allowing users to open a bank account directly from their smartphone, which can be funded through external transfers and/or direct deposits. For background, like Simple… Read More

  • Too Bad! Tickle, The App That Saves You From Awkward Situations, Doesn’t Really Exist

    Too Bad! Tickle, The App That Saves You From Awkward Situations, Doesn’t Really Exist

    Stuck in an awkward situation? A newly announced application called Tickle has been promising to give you an excuse to get away in the form of an urgent, but fake, phone call, which you can slyly activate just by “tickling” (rubbing your finger over) your iPhone. Sounds good, right? Well, it’s too good to be true, as it turns out. Despite what you’ve read in… Read More

  • Spot On Time’s New App Helps Drivers Arrive On Time, Find Parking Too

    Spot On Time’s New App Helps Drivers Arrive On Time, Find Parking Too

    The problem with navigation applications is that they assume you’re trying to find your way from Point A to Point B right now. They don’t permit busy travelers to pre-plan their trips in advance, and they don’t help you with the last leg of the journey – finding parking – either. A new application called Spot On Time wants to change that. From a company called OT… Read More

  • Shopping Search Engine TheFind Arrives On Android

    Shopping Search Engine TheFind Arrives On Android

    Shopping search and comparison engine TheFind, which launched its iPhone application last fall and has now grown its iOS footprint to over 1 million users, today launched its service on Android. Like its iOS counterpart, the new app lets you type in keywords or scan barcodes in order to search across over 500,000 stores and 500 million products, then find coupons, store locations, and price… Read More

  • Newly Updated “Inbox Pause” Utility Lets You Check Email On Your Schedule, Not Theirs

    Newly Updated “Inbox Pause” Utility Lets You Check Email On Your Schedule, Not Theirs

    How do you deal with email overload, and the incessant pings of incoming email alerts? Baydin, the company behind a suite of productivity tools for busy workers, has a solution: just stop checking your inbox so darned much. Of course, this is easier said that done: Humans seem to have a Pavlovian response to our “new email!” notifications. But now, the company says it has revamped its… Read More

  • Now At PayPal, Braintree Again Courts Startups By Waiving The First $50K In Processing Fees

    Now At PayPal, Braintree Again Courts Startups By Waiving The First $50K In Processing Fees

    In October 2012, payments company Braintree set aside $2 million from its Series B to court startups to its platform by waiving the processing fees for the first $50,000 in transactions. At the time, the promotion was limited to 1,000 sign-ups. Now a part of PayPal following its acquisition, Braintree is at it again, only this time, that same offer is open to anyone as part of Braintree’s… Read More

  • Amazon Debuts An Official Mobile App For Amazon Sellers

    Amazon Debuts An Official Mobile App For Amazon Sellers

    Amazon quietly launched a new mobile application designed for Amazon Sellers, the individuals and businesses who leverage Amazon’s scale to reach the company’s millions of shoppers by listing their products on Amazon’s site. Amazon Seller, as the app is simply called, offers a suite of mobile tools that allow sellers to search and scan barcodes of items, check prices, sales… Read More