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.

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  • Insikt Introduces Lending As A Service For Brands

    Insikt Introduces Lending As A Service For Brands

    The lending space couldn’t be hotter, with folks like Lending Club set to IPO, and new entrants launching every day. One of these new competitors just raised $16 million to let brands become the lenders of the future, offering a “Lending as a Service” (LaaS) platform. Meet Insikt. Read More

  • Pitch Your Startup In The TechCrunch Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM 102 Indie

    Pitch Your Startup In The TechCrunch Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM 102 Indie

    TechCrunch Radio is coming at you tomorrow and there is quite a bit to talk about. Uber’s been a mess for the past month, while somehow managing to secure $1.2 billion in funding, rocketing the startup to a $40 billion valuation. Plus, the holidays are coming up and there are plenty of gift ideas to discuss. And, as usual, we’ll be holding our ever-enticing startup pitch-off with… Read More

  • A Gift Guide For The New Grown-Up

    A Gift Guide For The New Grown-Up

    I’ve dressed as Peter Pan for more Halloweens than I can count, but no matter my opposition, I can’t help but to enjoy living in a clean, decorated apartment, where the fridge is full and the alarm system is engaged. It’s easy to want to shirk certain responsibilities, but luckily various startups that have sprouted up over the past few years are ready to help with any… Read More

  • AppGyver Acquires Competitor AppArchitect, Launches Revamped Version Of App Composer

    AppGyver Acquires Competitor AppArchitect, Launches Revamped Version Of App Composer

    AppGyver has just announced the acquisition of AppArchitect, a Disrupt Battlefield company that provides app-building tools through a drag-and-drop, no-code interface. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. AppGyver is a rapid mobile app development company founded back in 2011, that has since gone on to develop Steroid.js, a command-line based tool for quickly building HTML5 apps, along… Read More

  • Uber Faces Legal Action In India Following Arrest Of Rape Suspect

    Uber Faces Legal Action In India Following Arrest Of Rape Suspect

    A suspect in the alleged rape of an Uber customer by her driver in New Delhi, India has been arrested. The man is named Shiv Kumar Yadav, and he will go before a New Delhi court on Monday, according to Reuters. Madhur Verma, New Delhi police deputy commissioner, said that Uber may also face legal action for failing to run background checks and failure to have a GPS device in the car. Read More

  • Instacart Is Raising North Of $100 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation

    Instacart Is Raising North Of $100 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation

    Instacart, the home grocery delivery service that launched back in 2012, is close to raising a massive Series C round of funding north of $100 million, according to sources. The raise will value the startup at $2 billion, or more than quadruple the $400 million valuation of its Series B financing from June. Including this round, Instacart has raised a total of $154.8 million with other… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: CarPlay, Google Glass + Intel, And Star Wars

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: CarPlay, Google Glass + Intel, And Star Wars

    Friday is a beautiful thing, and this morning’s podcast celebrates that. Pioneer released a new version of its in-car AppRadio system that integrates CarPlay, and the WSJ reported that Intel would replace TI under the hood of the next version of Google Glass. Meanwhile, the tech world is salivating over the new Star Wars trailer. Read More

  • DUBS Bring Down The Noise In Night Clubs

    DUBS Bring Down The Noise In Night Clubs

    Last night, I stepped into Marquee night club in New York City. David Guetta was on the set list. People were dressed their best, lights were flashing, and I had a fresh glass full of booze in hand. I should have been excited, but instead my head just hurt. Am I getting old? Are clubs just getting louder? In either case, Dubs solved my problems. Read More

  • This Year You Can Rent Your Ugly Holiday Sweater

    This Year You Can Rent Your Ugly Holiday Sweater

    Each year, one of my genius friends throws a holiday party where everyone is supposed to wear an ugly, ill-fitting sweater outfitted with pictures of deer and berries, or lined with actual mistletoe. The whole tradition continues to mystify me, but still, it exists and costs around $20/year at a thrift store or a few hours rummaging through grandparents’ closets. But it’s not the… Read More

  • Thrive Capital Bet Big ($30 Million, To Be Exact) On Stripe

    Thrive Capital Bet Big ($30 Million, To Be Exact) On Stripe

    This week, payments startup Stripe closed a $70 million round of financing, rocketing the company’s valuation to a hefty $3.5 billion, almost double that of its last raise. Thrive Capital, a NY-based VC firm led by Josh Kushner, led the round, writing a $30 million check to get into the payments space. Read More

  • Nestio Hunts Down $1.6M In Funding From Freestyle Capital To Ramp Up Growth

    Nestio Hunts Down $1.6M In Funding From Freestyle Capital To Ramp Up Growth

    Nestio, the NYC-based real estate startup focused on changing the way brokers and landlords go about their daily business, has raised a $1.6 million funding round to accelerate growth. The round was led by Freestyle Capital with participation from RiverPark Ventures, and existing Nestio investors such as Joanne Wilson, David Cohen, Mike Lazerow, Jerry Colonna, and Scout Ventures. The round… Read More

  • Zynga’s Jon Tien Takes The Helm At Kitchensurfing

    Zynga’s Jon Tien Takes The Helm At Kitchensurfing

    Fresh on the heels of a $15 million Series B round in March, Kitchensurfing is shaking things up at the leadership level, bringing on Jon Tien from Zynga as new CEO. Tien will be replacing co-founder Chris Muscarella in the CEO role, while Muscarella takes over as Executive Chairman on the board. Co-founder and CXO Bohram Cho will step into a product advisory role as he transitions away… Read More

  • Snapchat Opens Geofilters So Anyone Can Submit Location-Based Artwork

    Snapchat Opens Geofilters So Anyone Can Submit Location-Based Artwork

    Snapchat has opened up its Geofilters tool to a broader community this morning, letting anyone submit artwork that will appear as a geo-targeted filter on Snapchat photos. Geofilters debuted in July and were available to Snapchat developers only, but today Snapchat is opening up the feature to the broader community. The feature works by letting artists create filters for certain locations… Read More

  • Bumble Is Exactly Like Tinder Except Girls Are In Charge

    Bumble Is Exactly Like Tinder Except Girls Are In Charge

    Last week, TechCrunch broke the news that Whitney Wolfe and a group of other former Tinder employees are launching a new Tinder competitor called Bumble. This week, the app went live in the App Store, giving us our first real look at how the product works. Spoiler Alert: It’s almost identical to Tinder, complete with the design of the profile pages, settings, and swipe functionality. Read More

  • The E-Label Act Will Remove Those Silly FCC Symbols From The Back Of Future Gadgets

    You know all that crap that’s listed on the back of your smartphone and tablet? It looks something like this: A jumble of letters and words, an FCC symbol, and instructions to not throw your electronic equipment into the trash. It’s ugly, and generally a waste of space. But luckily for us, it’s time to say goodbye to that mess. In what feels a bit like a holiday gift… Read More

  • Going Out App YPlan Raises $24M As It Lays Off Staff, Plans Pivot Into Long-Tail Events

    Going Out App YPlan Raises $24M As It Lays Off Staff, Plans Pivot Into Long-Tail Events

    YPlan — the app that gives people with no plans a curated selection of things to do and the ability to buy tickets to do them — has some big plans of its own. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the startup has raised another $24 million — funding that comes at a key time for the company. YPlan is planning a pivot, of sorts: in a bid to boost the number… Read More

  • Roomer Lands $5M In Series A To Be The Airbnb For Unwanted Hotel Rooms

    Roomer Lands $5M In Series A To Be The Airbnb For Unwanted Hotel Rooms

    Roomer is doing for hotel rooms what Airbnb did for your very own home. According to the startup, which has just raised $5 million in Series A led by Disruptive, there are 81 million hotel room cancellations in the United States every year. Roomer tries to solve that problem by letting users sell their unwanted hotel room, which would otherwise cost a cancellation fee, at a discounted… Read More

  • TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie Is Back

    TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie Is Back

    TechCrunch Radio is back in full force and that means we need YOU! What is TechCrunch Radio, you ask? Well, it’s an hour of weekly bliss brought to you by myself, John Biggs, and the kind folks at Sirius XM each Tuesday at 6pm ET/3pm PT. We discuss this week’s news, chat with interesting guests, and then get into our weekly startup pitch-off. If you want to listen in, just head over… Read More

  • Homescreen Is Betaworks’ Latest Experiment-Turned-Product

    Homescreen Is Betaworks’ Latest Experiment-Turned-Product

    When someone picks up their phone to take a peek, I can’t help but take a peek, too. Whether it’s a perfect stranger on the train or the girl I’ve had a crush on for months, I can’t help but look. With the latest product out of betaworks, you can take that curiosity to a whole new level. Read More

  • Gift Connect Wants To Replace Regular Ads With Gifts From Brands

    Gift Connect Wants To Replace Regular Ads With Gifts From Brands

    Because consumers have always been blasted by advertisements in every single corner of their lives, it’s hard to imagine an advertisement as something that would actually provide value. But Gift Connect has imagined such a thing, and has raised $5.1 million in Series B from Hubert Burda Media to make the dream a reality. The company recently pivoted from the brand All Start Deals, which… Read More