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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  • Homesnap Pro Lets Real Estate Agents Access Real-Time Listing Data On Their Smartphone

    Homesnap Pro Lets Real Estate Agents Access Real-Time Listing Data On Their Smartphone

    An app for interested homebuyers (or nosy neighbors!) called Homesnap got its start by allowing users to snap a photo of any home in the U.S. in order to get all the details about it, including things like square footage, market availability, and the home’s value. Now the company is expanding its service to Realtors, by partnering up with local MLS (Multiple Listing Services)… Read More

  • U.S.’ Text-To-911 Service Goes Live, But You Probably Can’t Use It Yet

    U.S.’ Text-To-911 Service Goes Live, But You Probably Can’t Use It Yet

    Starting today, all four major U.S. carriers, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, have begun to offer text-to-911 in select markets. The new service, as the name implies, allows you to reach emergency call takers through text messaging. However, there are a few caveats about this service’s usage, the most important being that the new option has yet to go live across all states… Read More

  • Tapsule Lets You Create Time Capsules Of Photos, Video And Text On Your iPhone

    Tapsule Lets You Create Time Capsules Of Photos, Video And Text On Your iPhone

    A new mobile application called Tapsule, launching today, combines group messaging with photo and video-sharing, allowing users to create private or public collections which can be shared in whole or in part with others, even if they’re not Tapsule users themselves. Read More

  • Soldsie, The Service That Lets You Shop Via Facebook And Instagram Comments, Raises $4 Million

    Soldsie, The Service That Lets You Shop Via Facebook And Instagram Comments, Raises $4 Million

    Soldsie, an e-commerce service enabling businesses to sell directly to their Facebook fans and Instagram followers through the comments section, has raised $4 million in Series A funding from First Round Capital, the company is announcing this morning. Others participating investors include SoftTechVC, Lerer Ventures, Correlation Ventures, Great Oaks Ventures, e.Ventures, 500 Startups and… Read More

  • Reissued Brings Vintage Shopping To Mobile

    Reissued Brings Vintage Shopping To Mobile

    Today, there are a number of ways to shop from your mobile phone ranging from big companies like Amazon and eBay down to individual e-commerce retailers. But a new application called Reissued, launching this morning, wants to make it easy for you to shop for vintage items. The company offers a curated marketplace featuring only vintage, rare and other one-of-a-kind items across a number… Read More

  • Mozio Raises $750K For Its Airport Ground Transportation Search Engine

    Mozio Raises $750K For Its Airport Ground Transportation Search Engine

    Around a year and a half ago, a company called Mozio debuted its plans to introduce an airport ground transportation search engine that would help travelers book that “last leg” of their trip: getting from the airport to their final destination. Today, the company is announcing it has raised $750,000 in seed funding from a number of strategic backers in the travel industry… Read More

  • Jack’s Passive-Aggressive Memo To Square

    Jack’s Passive-Aggressive Memo To Square

    Thought leadership disguised as an internal memo? Most obvious #humblebrag ever? Square co-founder Jack Dorsey has posted an internal company memo to Medium this morning, where he rants writes about how some people at the company were using his name to push through and sell ideas. That is, he explains, it’s the whole “Jack really wants this to happen, Jack thinks this is… Read More

  • Litely Is The Best New Photo-Filtering Application For iOS

    Litely Is The Best New Photo-Filtering Application For iOS

    A new photo editing application for iOS called Litely, created by the professional photographer responsible for a number of Instagram’s filters, has climbed its way to the top of the App Store in the days following its release earlier this month. Today, the app is #3 Overall on the App Store’s top charts (free apps), and #1 in the Photo & Video category, thanks in part to… Read More

  • Yahoo Acquires Self-Destructing Messaging App Blink, Which Will Soon Disappear

    Yahoo Acquires Self-Destructing Messaging App Blink, Which Will Soon Disappear

    Blink, a mobile messaging application that lets users share self-destructing messages, has been acquired by Yahoo, TechCrunch has confirmed. The app competed in an increasingly crowded space alongside Snapchat, of course, but also newer entrants like Frankly, Confide, Wickr, and others. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read More

  • Julep Is Heading To iPhone With App That Lets You Customize A Monthly Box Of Beauty Products

    Julep Is Heading To iPhone With App That Lets You Customize A Monthly Box Of Beauty Products

    Julep, the beauty brand whose nail polish shades are virtually unavoidable on Pinterest is today launching its own personalized subscription-based “box of the month” club, as something of an alternative to quasi-competitor Birchbox. While the latter helped pioneer the concept of monthly boxes shipped to your home on an automatic basis, Julep’s box is now going in the… Read More

  • U.K. Wanelo Competitor Nuji Launches A Weird App With An “Interactive” Woman As Part Of Its Interface

    U.K. Wanelo Competitor Nuji Launches A Weird App With An “Interactive” Woman As Part Of Its Interface

    What are today’s mobile shopping applications missing? You know, the social and collaborative e-commerce services, like Wanelo or Polyvore, for example? Better search? Streamlined checkout? No? How about a giant, animated video of a woman stretching, yawning and smiling at you when you first launch the app? Yes? Well, good news — U.K.-based Wanelo competitor Nuji’s new… Read More

  • Small Biz Financial Dashboard BodeTree Grabs $2M Series A

    BodeTree, an online service aimed at helping small business owners better understand their finances, has closed on $2 million in Series A funding, led by its seed round investor Denver-based Greenline Ventures with participation from other, undisclosed angels. CEO Christopher Myers says the company did a soft close, as they may allow for some strategic investors to join in a… Read More

  • Square Launches A $10 Per Month Customer Feedback Tool For Sellers

    Square Launches A $10 Per Month Customer Feedback Tool For Sellers

    Square continues to reach for additional revenue streams with today’s announcement of yet another new product called Square Feedback – a tool that turns a company’s digital receipts into a customer feedback and polling solution. The company, which currently claims to deliver over 10 million digital receipts per month by email and text, will now enable business owners to… Read More

  • Pinterest Launches Paid Ads With Select Brands In Form Of Promoted Pins

    Pinterest Launches Paid Ads With Select Brands In Form Of Promoted Pins

    Last fall, Pinterest announced it would begin experimenting with advertisements on its service in the form of “Promoted Pins,” which would be featured placements from select retailers and other businesses. Today, the company says that it’s expanding on these earlier tests with the rollout of a paid test of Promoted Pins. These pins will only appear on the search and… Read More

  • Style-Focused Community And Shopping Service Polyvore Arrives On Android

    Style-Focused Community And Shopping Service Polyvore Arrives On Android

    Polyvore, the style-focused community whose members regularly pin collages of outfits and accessories to Pinterest, has now arrived on Android. The app follows the company’s iOS debut by roughly a year and a half, indicating, perhaps, its largely female user base’s preference for iPhone and iPad when working with their fashion creations. The company today sees 20 million uniques… Read More

  • SCiO Shows Off Its Molecular Food Scanner In TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hardware Alley

    SCiO Shows Off Its Molecular Food Scanner In TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hardware Alley

    Dror Sharon, the CEO of ConsumerPhysics, was showing off a prototype of his handheld “food scanner” at TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Hardware Alley this week, called the SCiO. The device is a pocket-sized spectrometer that analyzes the molecular structure of an object by first shining a light on the item in question, then identifying the food based on its unique… Read More

  • Kamino Offers Crowdsourced Walking Tours On Your iPhone

    Kamino Offers Crowdsourced Walking Tours On Your iPhone

    In TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Startup Alley this week, we came across Roger Obando and Louis Huynh, co-founders of Kamino, a new mobile app offering crowdsourced city guides. Unlike the recommendations found in professional guidebooks, Kamino instead offers what they call “urban hikes” — guides created by locals and plotted on a map that help to introduce visitors to the… Read More

  • Smart Keyless Access System KISI Lets You Swipe To Open Your Door

    Smart Keyless Access System KISI Lets You Swipe To Open Your Door

    In TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Hardware Alley this week, smart keyless access system maker KISI was showing off its mobile-connected device, which allows you to control entry to a building with a simple-to-install system that can be managed via your smartphone. Since launching last year, KISI has gone on to acquire a number of customers in the N.Y. and New Jersey area, co-founder… Read More

  • The MEMI, A Smartbracelet For Women, Vibrates When You Get Calls And Texts

    The MEMI, A Smartbracelet For Women, Vibrates When You Get Calls And Texts

    In TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Startup Alley today, MEMI co-founder and president Margaux Guerard is demonstrating her company’s iPhone-compatible smartbracelet. Aimed at women who tend to carry their mobile phones in their handbag, the MEMI alerts you to incoming calls, texts and calendar events with a discreet vibration. The company, created by former strategy consultant at Bain… Read More

  • The Feeling Skin Is An iPhone Charge Case With A Configurable LED Light On Its Back

    The Feeling Skin Is An iPhone Charge Case With A Configurable LED Light On Its Back

    A bizarre, “organically” shaped iPhone case called The Feeling Skin was spotted at this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Alley, purporting to be the first “smart battery case” for iPhone. The project, which would compete with things like Mophie cases for example, is designed so that it doesn’t require you to manually switch the battery case on when you need… Read More