Jordan Crook

Jordan Crook
Jordan Crook is a writer/reporter based out of Brooklyn, NY. She writes about things teens like. She snaps innocent selfies and vines nudes. She has written for publications such as Mobile Marketer and MobileBurn. She is now a writer at TechCrunch. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Yo | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Yo

    You might have heard of Yo. It’s a new app that has one singular function: it sends the word “Yo” to your friends. The app saw 50k downloads before ever officially launching and has received $1 million in funding. The idea here is that the sender, and the time of day, and the circumstances surrounding the Yo provide enough context to not need anything else. The company… Read More

  • Spark Labs Raises $4.9 Million For An Internet Of Things OS

    Spark Labs Raises $4.9 Million For An Internet Of Things OS

    Spark Labs, the same folks who made this open-source Nest-like thermostat, has raised $4.9 million in Series A funding led by Lion Wells Capital, and with participation from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, SOSventures, and Collaborative Fund, as well as a host of angel investors. Read More

  • Apple’s Hamid Mohammadinia Joins The Vessyl Smart Cup Team

    Apple’s Hamid Mohammadinia Joins The Vessyl Smart Cup Team

    Mark One, the makers of the Vessyl smart cup, have brought on Hamid Mohammadinia as the new VP Engineering. Mohammadinia comes from Apple where he led Design for Manufacturing, with specific participation in the DFM of the iPod and the iPad, as well as other projects from Apple. Read More

  • Lua, The Mobile-First Comms Tool For Any Workforce, Launches Insights Metrics Product

    Lua, The Mobile-First Comms Tool For Any Workforce, Launches Insights Metrics Product

    Lua, the mobile first communications platform for any workforce, has today launched a brand new feature of the product called Insights. Insights is a metrics platform that will allow clients to see in real-time the way that their employees are communicating and gauge that against the success of the company. Lua launched back in 2013 out of TechStars to bring better communication tools to… Read More

  • Tinder CEO’s Internal Memo Says Harassment Complaint Is Inaccurate

    Tinder CEO’s Internal Memo Says Harassment Complaint Is Inaccurate

    TechCrunch has obtained an internal memo sent from Tinder CEO Sean Rad to employees in the wake of a new lawsuit waged against the company. The lawsuit focuses on the relationship between Whitney Wolfe and Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen, accusing him and the company of sexual harassment and sexism. Former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe has alleged that Justin Mateen, her ex boyfriend… Read More

  • Google Buys Songza

    Google Buys Songza

    Google has acquired music streaming service Songza after weeks of speculation around a potential buyout. Songza uses information about the user and context to determine the best playlists for you at any given time, all of which are curated by music experts (DJs, Rolling Stones writers, etc.). Read More

  • Vine Update Introduces Loop Counts So You Know How Great You Are

    Vine Update Introduces Loop Counts So You Know How Great You Are

    For the narcissist in all of us, Vine has today introduced Loop Counts, which show the number of times someone has watched your gif play over and over again in their feed. As many of you well know, Vine lets users share six-second looping videos in an Instagram like feed. Those Vines can be re-vined by other users, commented on, or liked. Read More

  • The AP Is Using Robots To Write Earnings Reports

    The AP Is Using Robots To Write Earnings Reports

    The Associated Press is going to start using “automation technology” (otherwise known as robots) to deliver stories recapping the quarterly earnings reports of thousands of companies starting in July. According to a post on the AP official blog, this will allow the AP to cover the earnings reports of approximately 4,400 companies each quarter, as opposed to their usual volume… Read More

  • Reading Rainbow Has More Backers Than Any Kickstarter Campaign Ever

    Reading Rainbow Has More Backers Than Any Kickstarter Campaign Ever

    Ever since Reading Rainbow went off the air in 2006, LeVar Burton has been working to bring it back. In 2012, he launched a tablet app program, and just recently, he launched a Kickstarter campaign asking for $1 million to develop Reading Rainbow programming across all platforms, which will be provided to classrooms for free. Flash forward to today, and the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter… Read More

  • #Love: Pride

    #Love: Pride

    I’ve been gay since I was… well, born. At seven years old, I knew something was different when I felt an overwhelming affection for my 19-year-old basketball coach, Cathy. By the time I figured out how sex worked, I had also learned that my Southern Baptist private school and religious community weren’t cool with the whole “gay” thing. At 13, despite truly… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google I/O, GoPro IPO, And Aereo

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google I/O, GoPro IPO, And Aereo

    It was a big week for gadgets, with GoPro’s public offering, Aereo losing in the Supreme Court, and Google holding its annual I/O Developer conference. Read More

  • Aereo’s Dissent

    Aereo’s Dissent

    I’ve been waiting for the Supreme Court ruling on Aereo all week. When it came down yesterday, it felt a little bit like Groundhog Day. If the Supreme Court sided with Aereo, winter would be over; if they didn’t, six more weeks of cold. Either way, I think Aereo will eventually have its own spring… but now it will take a while. So here’s the bad news: the Supreme… Read More

  • One Month Raises $770K To Teach All Of The Coding

    One Month Raises $770K To Teach All Of The Coding

    What did you accomplish in the past 30 days? If you’re a student at One Month (Formerly One Month Rails), you could have a fully functional web application. Yesterday, the Y Combinator-backed company announced it closed a seed round of $770K to bring accelerated programming instruction to the masses. YC led the round, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst… Read More

  • Aereo Says That SCOTUS Ruling “Sends A Chilling Message To The Tech Industry”

    Aereo Says That SCOTUS Ruling “Sends A Chilling Message To The Tech Industry”

    Aereo has issued a formal response to the decision passed down today by the Supreme Court, ruling that Aereo is illegal because the service is considered a public performance under the Copyright Act. In the response, Aereo calls this decision a “massive setback for the American consumer.” Chet Kanojia, Aereo CEO, also cites Justice Scalia’s dissent in the statement… Read More

  • Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

    Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

    Facebook’s new Slingshot messaging app, the one that forces friendship through a special reciprocation mechanic, has today launched worldwide. Originally, the app was only available in select areas. Slingshot is another poke at Snapchat, which has proven to be a real threat to Facebook, especially given that Snapchat doesn’t rely on Facebook or integrate with their APIs in any way. Read More

  • Swapt Launches Out Of Beta To Bring You Accurate Apartment Reviews

    Swapt Launches Out Of Beta To Bring You Accurate Apartment Reviews

    Despite the amount of money that is invested into our housing situation, renters actually have very little information about a place before they sign a lease. Is the landlord always this nice? Is the building well-maintained? Have there been any robberies or bug problems? Without a full investigative report (which no one has time for), there’s really no way to get at this information. Read More

  • Aereo Prepares for Supreme Court Battle

    Aereo Loses In Supreme Court, Deemed Illegal

    Today the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling in the legal tussle between streaming TV service Aereo and major network broadcasters. SCOTUS ruled that the decision of the second circuit, which upheld that Aereo was within the bounds of the Copyright Act, shall be reversed. It was a 6-3 decision, with Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito dissenting. Read More

  • Withings New Smartwatch Looks Good Playing Dumb

    Withings New Smartwatch Looks Good Playing Dumb

    Here’s a curveball for you: Withings, which is an excellent fitness-based electronics company with all kinds of fun products like trackers and smart scales, has just bested all the smartwatch makers out there with the new Activité watch. At first glance, it looks like any other old analog watch. It has a clean white face, a leather band, and all the class and glamour of a night at… Read More

  • Second Round Of R/GA Techstars IoT-Focused Accelerator Announced

    Second Round Of R/GA Techstars IoT-Focused Accelerator Announced

    Based on the actions of Google alone (not to mention other big players in the tech world), it’s incredibly clear that the home is likely one of the next platforms to likely be dominated by tech. That said, R/GA is announcing their second iteration of the R/GA accelerator powered by TechStars, focused exclusively on connected devices and hardware. Last year, Techstars and R/GA partnered… Read More

  • Yahoo Releases Aviate Homescreen For Android To Organize Your Life

    Yahoo Releases Aviate Homescreen For Android To Organize Your Life

    Yahoo has today launched a new smartphone UI experience called Aviate, which is available for Android phones (English speaking only). The idea is that the company can dip their toes in the mobile OS waters without going all-in on anything, as Yahoo works to strengthen its mobile portfolio. Read More