Jason Kincaid

Jason Kincaid
Jason Kincaid is a writer, tech pundit, on-screen video guy, and occasional conference host with ambitions of getting into comedy. Before becoming a cliche, Jason worked as a writer at TechCrunch from 2008-12, spanning some of the site’s most formative years. There, he wrote over 3,000 posts, met with countless entrepreneurs, and interviewed key figures including FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Senator Al Franken, Google VP (and now Yahoo CEO) Marissa Mayer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, and many others. He was the cohost of the weekly-ish talk show OMG/JK and the co-creator and host of TC Cribs. He has appeared on CNBC, BBC America, NPR, and G4, moderated several panels at SXSW, and regularly serves as the emcee of the Startup Battlefield portion of TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference. He attended UCLA, graduating with a BS in Biology and a minor in Society and Genetics. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Jason Kincaid

  • Dropbox Can Now Automatically Sync Your Android Photos (And It Has More Up Its Sleeve)

    Dropbox Can Now Automatically Sync Your Android Photos (And It Has More Up Its Sleeve)

    Last year, Dropbox raised a whopping $250 million funding round at a valuation in the ballpark of $4 billion. The raise had been rumored for months so it didn’t come as a huge surprise, but it still raised plenty of eyebrows. Because while Dropbox is totally awesome (I use it every day), at this point people see it as a convenient way to sync their files between computers — which… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom’s VC Firm Makes Strategic Investment In Pinger

    Deutsche Telekom’s VC Firm Makes Strategic Investment In Pinger

    For the last few years we’ve been tracking the growth of a service called Textfree, offered by San Jose-based startup Pinger. As the name implies, Textfree has a very attractive value proposition: you sign up, it gives you a free, real, telephone number, and you can send text messages and make phone calls with it free of charge — the service makes most of its money by displaying… Read More

  • YC-Funded ScreenLeap: Because Screen-Sharing Doesn’t Need To Make You Crazy

    YC-Funded ScreenLeap: Because Screen-Sharing Doesn’t Need To Make You Crazy

    With stories of Terminator-esque Google glasses making headlines these days, you’d think a basic task like screen sharing would be something that’d be pretty well solved by now. But while there are many different ways to share your desktop (or some portion thereof) with your friends or coworkers, more often than not the process isn’t something you’d call… Read More

  • Groupon Acquires NYC-Based Startup Hyperpublic

    Groupon Acquires NYC-Based Startup Hyperpublic

    Groupon has just acquired Hyperpublic, a NYC-based startup that’s spent the last two years building technology related to geo-location and the layers of information — like deals and events — that live on top of it. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but CEO Jordan Cooper describes it as a “huge win for our team and our investors”. He adds that Groupon… Read More

  • RVIP Karaoke: The Most Amazing RV On Earth Is Now Much More Than A Hobby

    RVIP Karaoke: The Most Amazing RV On Earth Is Now Much More Than A Hobby

    You’ll never forget your first time. Huddled in a hallway three feet wide, arms reaching every which way for a cup or a beer or the microphone. It’s hot and it’s messy and it’s noisy and everyone is pushing against everyone else but it doesn’t matter because your best friend is at the front of it all belting Total Eclipse of the Heart (how did she just hit… Read More

  • VEVO CEO Tries To Explain Their Hypocritical Act Of Piracy At Sundance

    VEVO CEO Tries To Explain Their Hypocritical Act Of Piracy At Sundance

    Yesterday I reported on a bizarre incident I witnessed at Sundance last month: VEVO, the music portal owned by some of the biggest record labels in the US, had a pirated NFL playoff game playing on screens throughout its ‘PowerStation’ venue. The incident was immensely hypocritical, given that VEVO is owned in part by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment (with EMI… Read More

  • Piracy at VEVO's Sundance Party

    Music Labels’ Joint Venture, VEVO, Shows Pirated NFL Game At Sundance

    Over the last decade the major music labels — and their trade organization, the Recording Industry Association of America — have established a repeated pattern of attacking consumers in the name of squelching illegal file-sharing. Piracy, they claim, has been the industry’s undoing, accounting for an over 50% drop in sales since 1999 (the industry likes to discount the impact… Read More

  • Google Chrome Is Now Available For Android (And It’s Fantastic)

    Google Chrome Is Now Available For Android (And It’s Fantastic)

    If you have one of the few Android devices currently running Ice Cream Sandwich, then you’re going to love this post. The rest of you, including those of you on iOS, will have to gaze longingly for a while. Because Chrome just landed on Android. It’s faster. It syncs everything (provided you want it to). It has nifty transition effects and a more intuitive system for jumping… Read More

  • Backplane To Hold Music Hackathon At SXSW, With Top Industry Managers As Judges

    Backplane To Hold Music Hackathon At SXSW, With Top Industry Managers As Judges

    A few weeks ago we wrote about Backplane — a platform for creating interactive, highly visual communities — that counts Lady Gaga as one of its backers, along with plenty of the Valley’s most well-known investors. Now the company is harnessing its star power to hold a unique (and potentially awesome) event at SXSW: the SXSW Managers Hack — a hackathon that will be… Read More

  • Pokki Gives Quick Access To Madden NFL Superstars, Just In Time For The Big Game

    Pokki Gives Quick Access To Madden NFL Superstars, Just In Time For The Big Game

    It’s the Super Bowl season, when a host of services and apps debut just in time for the biggest television event of the year. And, if you’re a fan of Madden’s NFL Superstars (a web app that’s available through Facebook), then you’ll like this launch: the game is now available as a Pokki right here. Pokki, for those that haven’t used it, is a platform that… Read More

  • Fear Not: Google Will Still Support The Verizon Galaxy Nexus

    Fear Not: Google Will Still Support The Verizon Galaxy Nexus

    Earlier this afternoon Droid-Life noticed something strange: the Android developer devices page had been modified to remove the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, leading the site to question whether Google may have removed support for the device because of its spat with Verizon over Google Wallet.  Which would stand to infuriate a lot of new Galaxy Nexus users (including myself), who are looking forward… Read More

  • Warby Parker Glasses

    The Founders of Warby Parker Talk Wire Frames – And The Hipster Question

    Earlier this week during the Crunchies we snagged the founders of Warby Parker for a backstage interview — which was fitting, as I’ve been wearing a pair of their specs myself (they seemed pleased by this). Tune in to the video above for some details on the company’s ‘Buy A Pair, Give A Pair’ program, through which Warby Parker matches every purchase by donating… Read More

  • Facebook Files For $5 Billion IPO

    Facebook Files For $5 Billion IPO

    The wait is over: Facebook has just filed for its IPO. Facebook is looking to raise $5 billion— and will mint hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of employees as millionaires in the process. You can find its S-1 embedded below, or right here. Rumors of Facebook’s public offering have been swirling for years, and have long been routinely sidestepped by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO… Read More

  • Artspace Raises $2.5 Million For Its Contemporary Art Marketplace

    Artspace Raises $2.5 Million For Its Contemporary Art Marketplace

    Artspace, an e-commerce startup that helps connect contemporary artists and galleries with potential customers, has raised a $2.5 million Series A funding round with participation from Felicis Ventures, Accelerator Ventures, Blue Equity LLC, and Metamorphic Ventures. The round also includes a wide range of accomplished entrepreneurs. The full roster: Michael Yavonditte (Hashable, Quigo)… Read More

  • Codecademy Becomes A Platform: Now Anyone Can Write Programming Tutorials

    Codecademy Becomes A Platform: Now Anyone Can Write Programming Tutorials

    One of the most buzzed-about startups over the last few months has been Codecademy — a site that looks to make programming accessible to just about anyone, with a variety of interactive, web-based courses that have users writing their first lines of code within a few seconds. The site’s ‘Code Year’ program, which invites users to receive one programming lesson each… Read More

  • Y Combinator Names Seasoned Entrepreneur Geoff Ralston As Its Newest Partner

    Y Combinator Names Seasoned Entrepreneur Geoff Ralston As Its Newest Partner

    Y Combinator has just announced the newest partner to join the prestigious firm: Geoff Ralston. Ralston’s previous credentials include founding Four11, which was acquired by Yahoo back in 1997 for $96 million and served as the foundation for Yahoo Mail. Ralston spent eight years at Yahoo, eventually becoming Yahoo’s Chief Product Officer. Several years after leaving Yahoo he was… Read More

  • WSJ: Facebook Filing For IPO As Early As Wednesday

    WSJ: Facebook Filing For IPO As Early As Wednesday

    The Wall Street Journal has just reported that Facebook may file for its long-awaited IPO as soon as this Wednesday, but notes that the “timing is still being discussed”, according to an anonymous source. The article says that Facebook is eyeing a valuation between $75 and $100 billion as it raises up to $10 billion, which is in line with a previous WSJ report last… Read More

  • BeachMint Raises Another Big Round: $35 Million For Celebrity-Backed Shopping Experiences

    BeachMint Raises Another Big Round: $35 Million For Celebrity-Backed Shopping Experiences

    BeachMint — an ecommerce startup that lets customers subscribe to receive products hand-picked by celebrities each month  — has quickly become one of the hottest companies in Los Angeles. Today the company is announcing that it’s raised a $35 million funding round with some big-name investors: the round is being led by Accel Partners, with participation from Goldman Sachs… Read More

  • YC-Funded Embark Is Now Plotting Two Million Transit Trips A Month

    YC-Funded Embark Is Now Plotting Two Million Transit Trips A Month

    As a former resident of Los Angeles, New York’s public transportation system feels magical at times. Trains — underground trains — that go places you actually want to go. It’s a wonderful system. And I thank my stars that I live in an age when my smartphone can tell me how to use it. Because for all its convenience, NYC’s subway system can feel a bit labyrinthine… Read More

  • Worvey— Err, <i>Warby</i> Parker Takes A Look Back At Its 2011

    Worvey— Err, Warby Parker Takes A Look Back At Its 2011

    Warby Parker — the New York-based startup that sells prescription, designer glasses for a relatively modest $95 a pop — has just released its annual year in review, outlining some key stats and factoids from the past twelve months. My favorite section: most popular misspellings people search for when they’re trying to find the site, with the leaders including… Read More

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