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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  • Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan Donate $120M To Bay Area Schools

    Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan Donate $120M To Bay Area Schools

    At a time when the boy kings of Silicon Valley are making the worst possible names for themselves, the original boy king, Mark Zuckerberg, and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan are setting a good example with a $120 million donation to Bay Area schools. The couple’s donation is part of a $1.1 billion pledge to the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which is roughly 3.7 percent of… Read More

  • Kim Kardashian Steals Most-Liked Instagram Photo From Bieber

    Kim Kardashian Steals Most-Liked Instagram Photo From Bieber

    If you’re wondering where we’re at as a society, this should help clear things up. The above photo, posted by Kim Kardashian of her wedding to Kanye West, now has more than 1.95 million likes, making it the most liked Instagram picture of all time. Before Kimye took the crown, Biebs and Selena Gomez held the title of most liked Instagram photo with this bad boy, which saw 1.82… Read More

  • The Moment Reading Rainbow’s Kickstarter Campaign Crossed $1 Million

    The Moment Reading Rainbow’s Kickstarter Campaign Crossed $1 Million

    Butterfly in the sky
    I can go twice as high
    Take a look Read More

  • Roger Easton, Father Of GPS, Dies At 93

    Roger Easton, Father Of GPS, Dies At 93

    Roger Lee Easton, Sr., the father of GPS and pioneer of modern day navigation, died May 8 at his New Hampshire home, according to BusinessWire. After attending Middlebury College and the University of Michigan, Easton began work as a physicist in 1943 in the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., where he would spend the rest of his 37-year career. Read More

  • Confirmed: Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel Is Kind Of An Ass

    Confirmed: Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel Is Kind Of An Ass

    I’ve known Evan Spiegel, Snapchat CEO and co-founder, for a while now. We have had more than half a dozen in-person conversations, far more phone calls, and even shared twenty minutes together on stage at Disrupt SF. And try as I might, I’ve had a hard time liking him. Now, after reading emails sent by Evan Spiegel during his undergrad time at Stanford, I clearly understand… Read More

  • Apple Silently Becomes One Of The Most Influential Companies In The Smartwatch Industry

    Apple Silently Becomes One Of The Most Influential Companies In The Smartwatch Industry

    Somehow, despite the fact that Apple hasn’t even announced a smartwatch product, the company is still the second-most influential corporate entity in the smartwatch industry, just behind Samsung. Read More

  • A New Yorker’s Take On Swarm

    A New Yorker’s Take On Swarm

    When foursquare split its app into two and launched Swarm, I decided to take some time before sharing thoughts on the app. As a New Yorker who has never been sold on social location apps, I’m pleasantly surprised by its ability to make me act, remember to use it, and to create the possibility for great experiences. That goes far beyond what any app like it has managed to do, for me at least. Read More

  • Toshiba Back to School 2014 Satellite Laptop Line

    Toshiba Unveils Bendy Laptops And A Few Tablets For Back-To-School

    Toshiba has just unveiled slightly more than a handful of new devices in anticipation of the back-to-school buying season. The new offerings include three laptops, all of which with some tricks up their sleeves, as well as three different new Toshiba tablets. Let’s start with the most exciting new products and work our way backwards, yes? As a follow-up to the Yoga bendy laptop, Toshiba… Read More

  • Surface Pro 3 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

    Forget everything you thought you knew about the Microsoft Surface tablet, as the latest generation of the Windows-powered Surface Pro is a clear step up from the Microsoft slates of yore. In terms of specs, the 12-inch tablet packs a Core i7 processor, and is thinner, lighter, and more powerful than anything Microsoft has put on the table. The Surface Pro 3 also sports a brand new… Read More

  • #Love: Wanderlust

    #Love: Wanderlust

    Over the years, I’ve run my passport ragged, each foreign visa and customs stamp an inked reminder of life experiences. I travel as much as possible, sometimes for weeks or months at a time. And even though I often wander solo and choose erratic destinations, I generally don’t get too lonely because I’m constantly encountering fascinating people or things. But one arena it… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Bug A-Salt, And OnePlus One

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Bug A-Salt, And OnePlus One

    It’s been a wild week in the land of gadgets. Microsoft unveiled its latest and greatest generation of the Surface Windows-powered tablet, while Matt discovered a fun new toy to help him conquer summer bugs in the house. Meanwhile, Darrell takes a closer look at the OnePlusOne smartphone, which offers premium Android specs at an affordable price. Read More

  • Dating App Coffee Meets Bagel Ditches Twilio With New IM Features

    Dating App Coffee Meets Bagel Ditches Twilio With New IM Features

    When I wrote about the Coffee Meets Bagel dating service more than two years ago, I hoped (but didn’t quite believe) that it would last this long. Yet, here we are. The company has received $2.8 million in funding and is today launching the biggest update yet to the app. Read More

  • Foursquare Co-Founder Naveen Selvadurai Joins Expa Startup Studio As NY Partner

    Foursquare Co-Founder Naveen Selvadurai Joins Expa Startup Studio As NY Partner

    Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai is joining the Expa startup studio, founded in May 2013 by former Uber and StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp. Selvadurai joins Expa as a partner focused on New York operations for the organization, which is not to be confused with your standard accelerator, incubator, or investment firm. Instead, Expa runs much more similarly to a betaworks… Read More

  • Apple Is Winning The Smartphone Game… For Now

    Apple Is Winning The Smartphone Game… For Now

    Since the dawn of smartphone time, Apple and Samsung have been battling for the throne. Today, according to research by Counterpoint, Apple currently wears the crown, selling the more iPhones this quarter than any other smartphone and handily beating out all other rivals with the iPhone. Samsung, however, sold more handsets than any other retailer. Still, Android is the OS of choice for many… Read More

  • Giphy Taps Alphaworks For The Final $100K In Its $2.5M Series A

    Giphy Taps Alphaworks For The Final $100K In Its $2.5M Series A

    Giphy, the betaworks-backed search engine for gifs, is today opening up a slice of its $2.5 million Series A on the equity crowdfunding site Alphaworks. Alphaworks is a site run by Nick Chirls, in collaboration with betaworks, that lets accredited investors within a startup’s community invest a small amount of funding to get a cut of equity. It follows a similar model to Kickstarter… Read More

  • Who’s Excited About The TechCrunch Meetups In Austin And Seattle?

    Who’s Excited About The TechCrunch Meetups In Austin And Seattle?

    Since Austin and Seattle have very little in common (other than awesome startups), I don’t have a very clever way of starting out this post. Luckily, I don’t really need one. The TechCrunch Meetups are awesome all on their own. In June, TechCrunch is hitting up Austin (June 10) and Seattle (June 12) to bring our TC Pitch-Offs out West. Select startups will have exactly sixty seconds… Read More

  • Drizly Booze Delivery Service Drinks Up $2.5M In Seed Funding

    Drizly Booze Delivery Service Drinks Up $2.5M In Seed Funding

    Drizly, the East Coast-based Uber for liquor, has today closed a $2.5 million seed round of funding to expand into new markets and build out the team. The round was led by Continental Investors of Chicago, with participation from Gary Vaynerchuk through Vayner RSE ventures and Suffolk Equity, which will fold into an existing $2.3 million seed round. Drizly, as a company, is pretty… Read More

  • Indiegogo Pulls In Additional Investment From Max Levchin, Sir Richard Branson And Others

    Indiegogo Pulls In Additional Investment From Max Levchin, Sir Richard Branson And Others

    Following a massive $40 million Series B, Indiegogo has just announced it has secured additional investments from Sir Richard Branson, Max Levchin, Megan Smith, and Maynard Webb. Additional investors include Dan Benton, Tim Draper, Dawn Lepore, and Hans Morris. Read More

  • Google Launches An Instagram Account

    Google Launches An Instagram Account

    Instagram is so hot that no one can resist joining in. Not even Google. The search giant, in a joint-celebration over the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube (??), has today launched its own Instagram account. So far there is one video post, showing today’s time-sinking Google Doodle. In other words, Google’s first Instagram is kind of, sort of (though not technically)… Read More

  • I Dare You Not To Spend Your Entire Day Playing The Rubik’s Cube Google Doodle

    I Dare You Not To Spend Your Entire Day Playing The Rubik’s Cube Google Doodle

    The Rubik’s Cube, both a torture and a delight to many of us, today celebrates its 40th birthday, and Google has joined in with an interactive Rubik’s Cube Google doodle. I’ve already spent about 15 minutes playing around with it, so before you type in “www.google.com” to your browser just take a moment to prioritize the tasks of the day. Otherwise… Read More