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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  • Spring, David Tisch’s Latest Venture, Is Instagram For Shopping

    Spring, David Tisch’s Latest Venture, Is Instagram For Shopping

    For the past year, investor and serial entrepreneur David Tisch has been working with his brother Alan to build an enjoyable way to shop on mobile. Today, that fruits of that labor springs onto the scene. Read More

  • Swarm Lands On Windows Phone

    Swarm Lands On Windows Phone

    As Foursquare powers through its summer of change, the company is today launching Swarm on the Windows Phone platform. Swarm is the breakaway app from Foursquare that now houses the beloved check-in. Rather than pairing the use cases of sharing your location with friends and searching for things to do, the company split those experiences into two apps. That said, Swarm is a very different app… Read More

  • Starwood Introduces Robotic Butlers At Aloft Hotel In Cupertino

    Starwood Introduces Robotic Butlers At Aloft Hotel In Cupertino

    Robots are everywhere, including wandering around your hotel. Starwood, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, is rolling out two robotic “Botlrs” named A.L.O. in their Palo Alto Aloft Hotel. Read More

  • OnePlus Uses A Sexist Contest To Sell Its New Phone

    OnePlus Uses A Sexist Contest To Sell Its New Phone

    In this week’s episode of totally batshit crazy things some brands do to get attention, OnePlus (the maker of a new smartphone called The One) is kindly offering a bump on the waiting list for women who are willing to enter the equivalent of an online beauty contest. Because I literally can’t bring myself to describe a contest that is so demeaning towards women and generally… Read More

  • The Glov Will Make You The Inspector Gadget Of Sex Toys

    The Glov Will Make You The Inspector Gadget Of Sex Toys

    You know that part in the movie where they geeky librarian takes off their glasses, shakes out their hair, and instantly becomes super hot? I haven’t personally tried out the Glov (as it just launched for pre-order on Indiegogo), but I can only assume that it’s a bit like that: It looks awkward at first, but it feels really good once you get down to it. The Glov is meant to solve… Read More

  • Tinder Hires Amazon’s Jerry Heinz To Lead Engineering

    Tinder Hires Amazon’s Jerry Heinz To Lead Engineering

    In the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, Tinder has some positive news to share around a recent hire. Jerry Heinz, former head of Engineering at Amazon, has recently joined Tinder as VP of engineering, overseeing the team of thirty as the mobile dating app continues to scale. Heinz led the effort around Amazon AppStream, and before that was the general manager for Test Drive, which was… Read More

  • Foursquare | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: The New Foursquare

    As you might have noticed, Foursquare made some big changes this summer. The first was the introduction of a new check-in based social app called Swarm, and the second hit last week with the debut of the brand new Foursquare. Read More

  • Four Of The Best Investors In The Game Will Talk Trends At Disrupt SF

    Four Of The Best Investors In The Game Will Talk Trends At Disrupt SF

    We’ve had a lot of exciting guests cross our Disrupt stage — there was the time we had the HBO crew from Silicon Valley do an interview, and Ashton Kutcher is becoming a regular fixture, not to mention repeat appearances from Mark Zuckerberg and Marissa Mayer and Marc Benioff. But perhaps more exciting than anything is our investor panel, which pulls together some of the most… Read More

  • The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road

    The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road

    The stats around motorcycle safety in the United States are pretty bleak, but the folks at Skully are looking to give an added layer of safety to the bike-riding thrill-seekers of the world. The Skully AR-1 helmet started quite literally as a fever dream by founder and CEO Dr. Marcus Weller, who had been in multiple motorcycle accidents before. He dreamt of a helmet that could give him HUD… Read More

  • #Love: Crossing The Read Line

    #Love: Crossing The Read Line

    The birth of the Read Receipt was inconspicuous enough. It started out in our work email, with easy opt-out options, and was meant to slightly increase productivity. Today, the Read Receipt is everywhere, oftentimes as a default, poking its devilish head into all parts of our life, from the mundane to the professional to the very personal. Though most people will tell you otherwise, the… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Food And Sex

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Food And Sex

    As the end of summer sends people on vacation and essentially stops time as we know it, a couple good distractions for this slow time include food and sex. That said, we take a look at the new Foursquare before awkwardly chatting about the new AutoBlow 2 and OhMiBod sex toys. Read More

  • Casper Mattress Startup Lands $13.1 Million Series A

    Casper Mattress Startup Lands $13.1 Million Series A

    Casper, the company looking to reinvent the way mattresses are made and sold, has closed a $13.1 million Series A round led by New Enterprise Associates, bringing its total funding to $15 million. Not unlike other up-and-coming ecommerce startups, Casper looks to cut out the commission-based middle man and sell well-made mattresses at a much lower cost. Read More

  • Our Favorites from DreamIt's NYC Class of 2014

    These Are Our Favorite Startups From The DreamIt NY Demo Day

    This week, we met 12 new companies that graduated from DreamIt’s NY Demo Day. We have the scoop on all of them here, from the shoppable Pinterest to an ID scanning app to a real-time CRM app for all businesses. But we also decided to take a lap around the room to meet some of our favorites. Read More

  • Path’s Dave Morin Will Hit Up Disrupt SF 2014 To Talk About How Social Has Changed

    Path’s Dave Morin Will Hit Up Disrupt SF 2014 To Talk About How Social Has Changed

    As August sets in and the tech world goes on vacation, it signals the return of the best part of every year: TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014. This is the big show, folks. This is the main stage. And luckily, we’ll have a true star of the tech world up on our stage in the form of Path founder Dave Morin. Dave Morin built Path as a way to fundamentally change the way we do social media. The… Read More

  • This Is The New Foursquare

    This Is The New Foursquare

    After five years of gamifying location-based sharing, Foursquare is today making its biggest change to date. Everyone, please meet the new Foursquare, a recommendations app that has nothing to do with location sharing and everything to do with smacking down Yelp using the force of a thousand suns. Earlier this summer, Foursquare announced that it would be splitting its main app into two… Read More

  • InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision, the design-focused prototyping tool, has today closed a $21 million Series B round, with participation from existing investors including Tiger Global Management (who led the round), as well as FirstMark Capital. That brings InVision’s total funding to $34.1 million, according to CrunchBase. InVision is a service built for designers, that lets these creatives not only draw out… Read More

  • Sosh Launches Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining

    Sosh Launches Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining

    Sosh, the recommendations app that helps find the best stuff to do in your city, is today launching a brand new branch of the service dedicated to restaurants. With the introduction of Sosh Concierge, Sosh will now give users same-day access to exclusive restaurants that are hard to book with on late notice, or perhaps that don’t take reservations at all. Sosh already provides ticketing… Read More

  • Drop, The Location-Based Messenger, Closes $1.25M From Atlas Ventures, Spark Capital

    Drop, The Location-Based Messenger, Closes $1.25M From Atlas Ventures, Spark Capital

    Drop Messages, the winner of the TechCrunch Boston Pitch-Off, has today announced the close of a $1.25 million seed round led by Atlas Ventures and Spark Capital. The location-based messaging platform has also introduced a new version of the app alongside the announcement. Drop Messages, for those of you who haven’t heard yet, is an app that lets you leave or send messages to people who… Read More

  • Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails

    Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails

    It’s clear that anonymity, in one way or another, is going to be a part of our digital future. But the folks over at JustLeak.it have looked to the past for inspiration in this brave weird new world. Leak is a web service that lets you send anonymous emails to people. Just put in a recipients’ email, choose the type of relationship you have with that person (friend, coworker, etc.)… Read More

  • No. Just… No.

    No. Just… No.

    This is never something I thought I’d have to explain, but I’m realizing that for some people who are new to the internet, the rules here may not be clear. Read More

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