Sarah Buhr

Write about the wild new frontier of biotechnology (3D printed organs, one drop blood tests, or hamburgers grown in a lab? I’m your gal), also a bit of politics, gender and diversity and sometimes they put me on camera at TechCrunch to tell you about cool new gadgets and gizmos.

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  • Faraday Future says it is also making an autonomous car

    Faraday Future says it is also making an autonomous car

    Chinese-backed electric car maker Faraday Future says it is working on a self-driving vehicle. The company not so secretly owned by LeTV joins a growing list of tech companies making autonomous cars, including Google, Tesla, Apple (big rumor) and even IBM now powers a self-driving bus. Faraday revealed its first concept car, the FFZERO1, at CES earlier this year — an electric car with… Read More

  • Uber switches out surge for price transparency

    Uber switches out surge for price transparency

    No more pop-ups asking you to agree to those murky “2.1x” (or some other “x” amount) surge fares on the Uber app. Soon Uber will just tell you the price of your ride up front. Uber told TechCrunch in May it was not doing away with surge pricing and denied an NPR report mentioning it would be killing surge. However, it seems Uber is doing away with the feature. Uber… Read More

  • Nootrobox wants to boost your brain power with vitamin D

    Nootrobox wants to boost your brain power with vitamin D

    Who needs the sun? Many Silicon Valley startups pride themselves on long, grueling work hours, toiling from the crack of dawn until late into the night. But that work pride has a toll — they likely suffer from a serious lack of vitamin D. Most U.S. office workers do these days and Nootrobox co-founder Geoff Woo says that’s affecting our brains. Vitamin D plays an important role… Read More

  • Bio
    A federal safety board just OK’d the first CRISPR trial to genetically alter humans

    A federal safety board just OK’d the first CRISPR trial to genetically alter humans

    In the spring of 2015, a group of Chinese scientists modified the DNA of 54 embryos using CRISPR/Cas 9 technology. Twenty-eight of those embryos were successful, but 26 — nearly half of them — failed, setting off a heated debate throughout the scientific community on the ethics of altering human genes. Regulators don’t currently allow the use of CRISPR on human DNA in the… Read More

  • Hyperloop One plans to project Russians across Moscow

    Hyperloop One plans to project Russians across Moscow

    Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles-based startup working on making Elon Musk’s crazy-fast vacuum tube transportation blueprint a reality, has agreed to partner with the Summa Group and the Russian Government to build a Hyperloop in Moscow. The Summa Group is a Russsian investment group with a large stake in infrastructure investments in the country including port logistics, engineering… Read More

  • Dartmouth graduated more women than men in engineering this year

    Dartmouth graduated more women than men in engineering this year

    Dartmouth just became the first national research university to graduate more women than men in the engineering department. More women have been going into engineering in the last several years, according to the American Society for Engineering Education (AASE), and women made up 37 percent of the class in Dartmouth’s engineering school in 2015. But women tipped the scales this year at… Read More

  • The Google app takes on WebMD with an intelligent symptom search

    The Google app takes on WebMD with an intelligent symptom search

    If you’ve ever turned to the interwebs when feeling sick you may have started worrying you had a deathly, flesh-eating virus instead of the common cold. Google aims to eliminate some of that anxiety and confusion in the following days with a few tweaks to the Google app. The Google app works by voice command searches for things like the weather in San Francisco or asking it to time… Read More

  • Peer-to-peer dress rental startup Curtsy lets you rent out your wardrobe

    Peer-to-peer dress rental startup Curtsy lets you rent out your wardrobe

    Consider yourself stylish? Those with good taste and a wardrobe to match could find themselves getting richer for it with a new peer-to-peer clothing rental platform from Y Combinator’s latest batch. Called Curtsy, the startup began when one University of Mississippi sorority sister realized she could earn a living by renting out her closet full of dresses to the rest of Greek row. Curtsy… Read More

  • Uber settles on $7.5 million in background checks lawsuit

    Uber settles on $7.5 million in background checks lawsuit

    Uber faces a growing number of legal troubles these days – the latest involves a court settlement of $7.5 million for background checks. Uber has agreed to pay the $7.5 million sum to a group of San Francisco drivers alleging the company acquired consumer background reports without asking them first. Uber also agreed to pay $100 million to San Francisco and Massachusetts drivers in… Read More

  • Former Twitter VP Katie Jacobs Stanton takes on CMO role at genomics startup Color

    Former Twitter VP Katie Jacobs Stanton takes on CMO role at genomics startup Color

    Katie Jacobs Stanton has accepted the role of chief marketing officer at genomics startup Color. The former Twitter exec left her role at Twitter in February and considered a number of options before landing at the genetics services company. Read More

  • Sex toy startup LELO gives the condom a design-savvy makeover

    Sex toy startup LELO gives the condom a design-savvy makeover

    Stylish sex toy maker LELO is introducing something to go along with its pleasure-centered machinery today – condoms. There’s already a mind-blowing amount of prophylactics readily available at your local corner store, but what’s the difference between any of them? “Zero!” says LELO founder Filip Sedic. His sex toys launched to much enthusiasm over a decade ago… Read More

  • Walgreens formally cuts ties with Theranos

    Walgreens formally cuts ties with Theranos

    Walgreens has terminated its three-year partnership with blood analysis startup Theranos, citing the myriad bad test results and an ongoing federal investigation as the reason for ending the relationship “effective immediately.” Theranos promised the drugstore chain it could detect hundreds of diseases using just one drop of blood – a promise which turned out to be too good to… Read More

  • Jennifer Lawrence tapped to play Elizabeth Holmes in new movie about Theranos

    Jennifer Lawrence tapped to play Elizabeth Holmes in new movie about Theranos

    Out of all the federal regulations turmoil, questionable test results and threats to oust her from her own company, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is getting a silver screen lining — Jennifer Lawrence will play her in an upcoming movie. Deadspin reports “The Big Short” director Adam McKay will be making the film about the 32-year-old founder and her one drop medical… Read More

  • Sherpa Capital raises $470 million in new capital and launches two new funds

    Sherpa Capital raises $470 million in new capital and launches two new funds

    Sherpa Capital, the private capital fund run by Scott Stanford and Shervin Pishevar, has closed on $470 million and launched two new funds: Sherpa Ventures II, an early stage venture fund and a mid-stage fund called Sherpa Everest, bringing the total now raised up to $630 million. The three-year-old venture firm backing startups like Uber, SpaceX and Hyperloop One (where Pishevar is a… Read More

  • Hyperloop One co-founder and legendary investor Shervin Pishevar is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt SF

    Hyperloop One co-founder and legendary investor Shervin Pishevar is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt SF

    Shervin Pishevar, investor to the stars and the founder of Sherpa Capital and Hyperloop One – Elon Musk’s wild idea to shoot folks in a vacuum tube from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than 30 minutes – is coming to Disrupt SF 2016. The legendary VC will join us on stage to chat about what it takes to blast us and everything else at high speeds from one destination… Read More

  • Uber and Fiat are in discussions to form a self-driving car partnership

    Uber and Fiat are in discussions to form a self-driving car partnership

    Uber and Fiat Chrysler are in talks about a partnership involving self-driving car technology, according to several reports. Bloomberg first published earlier today about a possible deal between the two companies, confirmed by Wall Street Journal sources. According to a person familiar with the matter, the discussions are in the very early stage and Uber is in conversation with a number of… Read More

  • Bio
    Ginkgo Bioworks grabs $100 million in financing to buy a whole lot of synthetic DNA

    Ginkgo Bioworks grabs $100 million in financing to buy a whole lot of synthetic DNA

    Ginko Bioworks, the Boston-based biotech startup making all sorts of scents and flavors from microbugs, has pulled in $100 million in Series C funding to obtain 600 million base pairs of manufactured DNA – or what Ginkgo claims is the “largest amount of synthetic DNA ever purchased.” The startup plans to use the millions of genetic base pairs to test its production metal in… Read More

  • Silicon Valley shows its primary colors

    Silicon Valley shows its primary colors

    Chris Sacca, an early investor in Twitter, Uber and Instagram, also bet early on Clinton, contributing to her campaign in July 2006. Bill Gates and Sheryl Sandberg both contributed to Clinton in 2007 before becoming major donors to President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. And Carl Icahn, the investor who has endorsed presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, was previously… Read More

  • Uber accused of wage stealing in new lawsuit from New York drivers

    Uber accused of wage stealing in new lawsuit from New York drivers

    The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) and 10 Uber drivers have filed a lawsuit against the company, accusing Uber of stealing wages. The group representing 5,000 Uber drivers in New York filed the new claims today and says the rideshare giant unfairly skims driver wages without offering the added protections they’d get as employees. The suit was filed in federal court… Read More

  • Bay Area Uber drivers in a worker misclassification lawsuit ask lead lawyer to step down

    Bay Area Uber drivers in a worker misclassification lawsuit ask lead lawyer to step down

    A group of angry Uber drivers say they’ve been screwed over by their own lawyers in a worker misclassification lawsuit and are asking lead attorney representing the drivers in the case, ShannonLiss-Riordan, to step down. Uber drivers filed a class-action lawsuit claiming they have been misclassified as independent contractors and should be compensated by Uber for expenses like health… Read More

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