All posts by Sarah Buhr

Future Family wants to give women a more affordable option in fertility treatments

 More women are having kids in their 30s than in their 20s. However, those closer to 40 than 30 face higher risks than their younger counterparts. Add to that 1 in every 8 couples in the U.S. have some type of fertility issue. More couples are looking at IVF and other fertility treatments. But those treatments can be costly. A new Bay Area startup, Future Family, hopes to change that. Read More

Oscar Health is headed back to New Jersey and branching out to Ohio and Tennessee

 Oscar Health seems to be expanding rather than shrinking in the next year. Despite worries that the Affordable Care Act wasn’t working out for health insurance companies, Oscar has filed to expand in 2018, adding the states of Ohio and Tennessee, expanding in Texas and California and heading back to New Jersey, where it pulled out at the beginning of this year. Some of the expansion has… Read More

This device will automatically enter how much you chew for you

 Eating too much? A Dartmouth researcher thinks he may have a solution to all those who hate manually writing in all the foods they eat throughout the day into an app – a wearable system that detects how much you chew and enters it for you. The device, created by graduate studentShengjie Bi uses two off-the-shelf sensors to detect the type of eating you do in real-time and claims an… Read More

China sides with Emmanulle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna in CRISPR patent war

 Continuing the patent dispute internationally, China has now given the Charpentier/Doudna side a patent to edit genes in the country. CRISPR pioneers Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna lost a patent case to the Broad Insititute earlier this year when the court determined the Broad Insititute had an application markedly different than Charpentier’s and Doudna’s overall patent. Read More

Woman raped by an Uber driver in India is now suing the company for privacy violations

 A woman raped by her Uber driver in India is suing both the company and three current and former top executives after it was revealed Eric Alexander, the company’s president of business in Asia Pacific, had accessed and was carrying around her medical records. The woman, a Texas resident identified as Jane Doe in the case, is suing for intrusion into private affairs, public disclosure… Read More

No, Peter Thiel is not harvesting the blood of the young

 Stories of countesses bathing in virgin blood, or vampiric nobles sucking the juice out of the young, have captured our attention for centuries. But when stories started coming out that tech billionaire Peter Thiel was interested in transfusing teen blood into his own body, it sent Silicon Valley into a fever dream. Peter Thiel, the vampire! Thiel has been alleged to have a lot of crazy… Read More

Uber board member gets sexist at a sexism apology all-hands

 At least one Uber board member didn’t seem to get the memo about sex discrimination and the changes Uber is trying to make from within. In an audio taping of the company all-hands meeting today about sex discrimination, board member David Bonderman said adding more women to the board meant more talking. Yes, he really said that! Board member Arianna Huffington can be heard at 6:40 on… Read More

Uber delivers letter of sexual harassment probe recommendations

 Former Attorney General Eric Holder and Tammy Albarrán announced some highly anticipated recommendations based on an internal harassment probe to employees in an all-hands meeting this morning. That meeting just wrapped up and we’ll be sure to add more here at TechCrunch as we hear more about it. But first, the recommendations letter. The board agreed, after several hours on Sunday… Read More

Baby food delivery service Yumi launches with $4.1 million in seed funding

 Yumi, the Los Angeles-based baby food delivery service co-created by former TechCrunch and Wall Street Journal reporter Evelyn Rusli and Angela Sutherland is finally open for business, with $4.1 million in seed investment from VC firms Brand Foundry, August Capital and NEA, as well as several angels, including early Dropbox investor Ali Partovi, WordPress’s Matt Mullenweg, and… Read More