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

  • Microsoft Celebrates The Demise Of IE6 In The US

    Microsoft Celebrates The Demise Of IE6 In The US

    Internet Explorer 6 — long a thorn in the side of many web developers because of its quirks, limited feature support, and cockroach-like resistance to extinction —is finally on its last legs in the United States. And Microsoft is celebrating. In a post on the Windows Team blog, Roger Capriotti, Director of Internet Explorer Marketing, writes that Internet Explorer 6 is now down to… Read More

  • Techmeme Pulls Out The Measuring Tape For Its Top Stories Of 2011

    Techmeme Pulls Out The Measuring Tape For Its Top Stories Of 2011

    Tis the season for annual recaps and retrospectives. And while most such lists stem from a blogger’s yearning for page views during the otherwise-quiet holiday season, some lists are actually interesting — even useful. One such list comes from Techmeme, one of the best tech news aggregators on the web, which releases an annual overview of the year’s top stories. The site… Read More

  • Damn It Google, Where Are My Magic Android Lightbulbs?

    Damn It Google, Where Are My Magic Android Lightbulbs?

    Back at Google I/O in May, members of Google’s Android team unveiled a new initiative that’s going to extend the mobile OS beyond smartphones and tablets — and take us one step closer to Back to the Future II. Dubbed Android@Home, the project aims to bake special hardware and software into a variety of gadgets, which will allow users to control these devices from their… Read More

  • Tiny Flashlight Illuminates The Kindle Fire’s Appstore Impact

    Tiny Flashlight Illuminates The Kindle Fire’s Appstore Impact

    Early this year, Amazon made a bold move: it took advantage of the open nature of Android to launch an Android Appstore — one that serves as a direct rival to Google’s official Android Market, which comes installed on many Android devices. Thus far, Amazon’s early traction hasn’t been particularly strong, primarily because the Appstore is such a pain to install: you need… Read More

  • 23andMe Snags GeneticScreening.com For A Mere $2200

    23andMe Snags GeneticScreening.com For A Mere $2200

    Quick, how many pairs of chromosomes do you have? If your mind just drew a blank — or an image of Ethan Hawke fiddling around with tweezers in GATTACA — then you probably aren’t alone. The answer, of course, is 23 pairs, for a total of 46 chromosomes. And it’s what the name of well-funded genetic testing company 23andMe, which has raised some $52.6 million to date… Read More

  • Tutorspree Raises $1 Million Round Led By Sequoia Capital

    Tutorspree Raises $1 Million Round Led By Sequoia Capital

    Tutorspree, a startup that’s looking to pull the time-honored practice of tutoring into the 21st century, has landed a $1 million funding round from some top investors, including Sequoia Capital. The full list: Sequoia Capital, Founder Collective, Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, Thrive Capital, Paul Buchheit, Geoff Ralston, Tim Brady, Alexis Ohanian, Adam d’Angelo, Reinmkr Capital, and… Read More

  • The Top Gadget-Related Search Query Of 2011: “iPod” (But “iPhone” Isn’t In The Top 10…)

    The Top Gadget-Related Search Query Of 2011: “iPod” (But “iPhone” Isn’t In The Top 10…)

    It’s Google Zeitgeist day — the annual event where Google rounds up the year’s top search queries and trends to present a data-centric recap of the last twelve months (minus, ahem, any adult searches). Most of the Zeitgeist data went live this morning — see our earlier post for the top trends overall. Spoiler: Rebecca Black took the top spot. And now Google has given… Read More

  • CarWoo Raises $6 Million To Spare You The Car Dealership Blues

    CarWoo Raises $6 Million To Spare You The Car Dealership Blues

    Buying a car doesn’t have to be such a nightmare, after all. That’s the promise of CarWoo, a startup that looks to take the stressful negotiation tactics and pushy salespeople out of the equation, allowing consumers to buy their car online with a relatively small amount of hassle. Today the company is announcing that it’s closed a new $6 million funding round led by… Read More

  • Google+ Expands ‘On Air’ Hangouts — And Celebrities May Take Notice

    Google+ Expands ‘On Air’ Hangouts — And Celebrities May Take Notice

    When Google+ first launched this past summer, one of its biggest differentiating features was a free video chat service called Hangouts. At first glance, it looks like something that’s been done before: video chat, between up to ten people. But it’s free, and unlike most video chat services that require friends to invite each other, Hangouts are more like those late-night college… Read More

  • Republic Wireless Is Launching Free International Calling — Powered By Their Own Country Code

    Republic Wireless Is Launching Free International Calling — Powered By Their Own Country Code

    Republic Wireless, the potentially disruptive mobile phone carrier that uses special hybrid Wifi/cellular phones, has another plan to help spur interest and drastically reduce your phone costs. We’ve confirmed with the company that starting this week, it’s going to let its users to receive international calls to any phone, free of charge. Well, that’s their aim anyway… Read More

  • App.net Now Helps Mobile Developers Spruce Up Their Facebook Pages

    App.net Now Helps Mobile Developers Spruce Up Their Facebook Pages

    Yes, that title is laughably buzzwordy. You may not have used App.net yourself, but you’ve almost certainly come across one of their sites: the startup makes it easy for mobile developers to build attractive, informative splash pages. In other words, it helps them establish a web presence and build SEO — things that are often surprisingly neglected by mobile app developers, who… Read More

  • Apple Made A Deal With The Devil (No, Worse: A Patent Troll)

    Apple Made A Deal With The Devil (No, Worse: A Patent Troll)

    Over the last two years, Apple has been engaged in vicious legal battles over smartphone patents, many of which are aimed at squelching (or squeezing money out of) manufacturers of devices running Android. And now, for some reason, it has given valuable patents to a patent troll — which is using them to sue many of the top technology companies in the world. Meet Digitude Innovations… Read More

  • Groupon In Talks To Acquire Clever Sense, The Startup Behind ‘Alfred’

    Groupon In Talks To Acquire Clever Sense, The Startup Behind ‘Alfred’

    Groupon is in late-stage negotiations to acquire Silicon Valley-based startup Clever Sense, we’re hearing from a source. Clever Sense is the company behind Alfred, a popular ‘butler’ app for iPhone that makes restaurant and activity recommendations based on your taste preferences. The company was founded in 2008 and has raised around $1.5 million to date. Clever Sense declined… Read More

  • Google Currents: First Impressions Of Google’s Flipboard Competitor

    Google Currents: First Impressions Of Google’s Flipboard Competitor

    Google has just launched its much-rumored Flipboard competitor, Google Currents. The service is available for both iOS and Android — including support for phones and tablets — and you can download it right here. But only if you’re in the US (sorry international readers). The gist of Currents is simple: it’s a clean, touch-friendly way to consume your favorite blogs… Read More

  • Google+ Introduces Automatic Face Recognition To Photo Tagging (But It’s Completely Opt-In)

    Google+ Introduces Automatic Face Recognition To Photo Tagging (But It’s Completely Opt-In)

    No, Google is not launching super-creepy facial recognition, so put those pitchforks down. But it is introducing a new feature to Google+’s photo app, which now makes it a bit easier to quickly tag your friends. It’s called ‘Find My Face’, and while the name leads me to recall scenes in the classic Nic Cage/John Travolta film Face/Off, it’s a feature that plenty… Read More

  • Facebook For Android Gets An Overhaul, Now Looks Just As Good As Its iPhone App

    Facebook For Android Gets An Overhaul, Now Looks Just As Good As Its iPhone App

    Back in October — after many months of speculation and rumors — Facebook launched its long-anticipated iPad application. The app was notable for two reasons: first, it was the first time the social network offered an official app for Apple’s tablet, and second, because it included an overhauled UI for Facebook’s immensely popular iPhone app as well. Improvements… Read More

  • Verizon Couldn’t Be More Full Of It

    Verizon Couldn’t Be More Full Of It

    Yesterday news broke that Verizon would be blocking Google’s flagship Galaxy Nexus phone from including Google Wallet, the NFC-based system that will let you tap your phone against special sensors to pay for goods and services. The decision was almost certainly spurred by Verizon’s support of a rival NFC-based payment solution called ISIS. We’ve now learned more… Read More

  • Android Market: 10 Billion Apps Served So Far, And Another 1 Billion Each Month

    Android Market: 10 Billion Apps Served So Far, And Another 1 Billion Each Month

    Android Market, the official, Google-sanctioned app marketplace for Android, is announcing a major milestone today: 10 billion total downloads. More important, the rate of growth is surging. Google says that it’s now seeing 1 billion app installs every 30 days. To give some context to that, it took 20 months for Android to hit its first billion downloads, and another five months to… Read More

  • There And Back Again: A Lengthy Weighing Of The Galaxy Nexus And iPhone 4S

    There And Back Again: A Lengthy Weighing Of The Galaxy Nexus And iPhone 4S

    Before me sit two phones. On the left is the iPhone 4S, which I bought (and signed my soul over to Verizon for) in October. On the right sits a loaner GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, sporting Android 4.0. I like the one on the right better. I’ll have to send it back to Google soon, but I’m already certain that through a combination of mysticism and Craigslist I’ll… Read More

  • Facebook Has Acquired Gowalla

    Facebook Has Acquired Gowalla

    Facebook has acquired location-based startup Gowalla, according to a report this evening by Laurie Segall on CNN Money. The terms of the deal haven’t been reported, and Gowalla declined to comment. Facebook says it doesn’t comment on rumor and speculation. Update: We’ve heard from an independent source that Facebook is indeed acquiring Gowalla. According to CNN’s… Read More

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