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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  • This Is Your Final Reminder: Buy Tickets To The Austin TC Meetup Right Now

    This Is Your Final Reminder: Buy Tickets To The Austin TC Meetup Right Now

    Today is the big day. TechCrunch has already descended on the weirdest city in Texas, and we’re ready to talk to some of Austin’s weirdest startups, too. Tonight, we’ll be posting up at the Palm Door on Sixth Street from 6pm to 10pm. Read More

  • Viber Hits 100 Million Concurrent Users

    Viber Hits 100 Million Concurrent Users

    Viber, the VoIP and messaging app recently acquired by Rakuten for $900 million, has today announced that it has crossed 100 million concurrent active users. Thus far, Viber has only ever released metrics around registered users, but as we all know, there’s a big difference between registered users and active monthly or daily users. As of now, Viber has 350 million unique registered… Read More

  • Spydy Contacts Is An Android-Flavored Launchpad For All Your Communication, Copy That?

    Spydy Contacts Is An Android-Flavored Launchpad For All Your Communication, Copy That?

    I have 17 contacts named John in my phone’s Address Book. Some I talk to every day. Some I can’t remember who the hell they are. Enter Spydy Contacts, an app built by 18-year-old Ryan McKinney to help keep the people on your phone organized. The app is currently available for Android, and integrates with your social media and address book to offer more informative contact profiles. Read More

  • A Brief History Of Tinder

    A Brief History Of Tinder

    This week, Tinder yet again took online dating to a new level. After gamifying the experience of flirting in a bar, and putting it in your pocket, the app has now turned into a pseudo-social network that lets you send photos to all your matches as a single blast, upping the chances for a connection. But as we look forward, it’s worth taking a look at the history of this breakaway success. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: WWDC, iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, And WWDC!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: WWDC, iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, And WWDC!

    WWDC! Apple might have skimped on hardware announcements, but the improvements to Apple’s desktop and mobile software are plenty. iOS 8 offers badass messaging, new camera software, and of course, Continuity, which lets you leave one task and pick it up from device to device. Meanwhile, OS X Yosemite offers a “dark mode”!! But at the end of the day, it’s the developers… Read More

  • You Could Be A Character In Game Of Thrones

    You Could Be A Character In Game Of Thrones

    The only thing better than Game of Thrones, that I can imagine at least, is being in Game of Thrones. And now, for those with pockets full of cash, the dream can actually become a reality. Using Prizeo, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is trading away tons of GoT-themed prizes to help out with some of the causes he’s most passionate about, wolves and ending hunger. Prizeo… Read More

  • YouTube Co-Founders Split As Hurley Spins Out MixBit And Chen Joins Google Ventures

    YouTube Co-Founders Split As Hurley Spins Out MixBit And Chen Joins Google Ventures

    Consider this the end of an era. After 15 years of working together, first at PayPal and then at YouTube and most recently at incubator Avos Systems, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are headed in different directions. Avos is pivoting, in a sense, and transforming from an incubator into a single company working on a single product: MixBit. MixBit has been Hurley’s baby… Read More

  • Meet The Judges For The Seattle TC Pitch-Off (And Get Tickets!)

    Meet The Judges For The Seattle TC Pitch-Off (And Get Tickets!)

    In one week, TechCrunch will invade Seattle. Matt will climb the Space Needle. I’ll sip a latte at the original Starbucks. Maybe we’ll squeeze in a stroll around Pike Place Market. And still, none of it will compare to the magic of the TechCrunch Meetup and Pitch-Off going down on June 12 at 6 p.m. We’ll have good drinks, good conversation, and some awesome startups that… Read More

  • Aereo Lands On Chromecast

    Aereo Lands On Chromecast

    Aereo, the streaming TV service that lets you tune into live television and watch it from any device, has today expanded its support to Chromecast, Google’s $35 smartTV dongle, via the Android app. Aereo has been available on Android since last year, but this latest development lets those same users watch Aereo on an actual TV through Chromecast, as opposed to being limited to tablets… Read More

  • WTF
    No, A16Z Didn’t Buy Y Combinator For $266 Billion

    No, A16Z Didn’t Buy Y Combinator For $266 Billion

    No, Andreessen Horowitz isn’t buying Y Combinator for $266 billion. In fact the post, which looks an awful lot like a real TechCrunch post, is actually a hoax and never appeared on the TechCrunch site at all. How was a forgery accomplished so easily and how did it spread so virally that it garnered over 25,000 views in 12 hours? Read More

  • Michigan Is Building A Fake City To Put Automated Vehicles In Real-World Situations

    Michigan Is Building A Fake City To Put Automated Vehicles In Real-World Situations

    With all the talk surrounding Google’s self-driving cars — as cute as they are — questions still remain. For one, how will these automated vehicles handle unexpected road conditions, traffic signals, or law-ignoring pedestrians? Just like us, the University of Michigan’s Engineering College is hungry for answers, which is why the organization has plans to build out… Read More

  • Meet The Judges For The TechCrunch Pitch-Off In Austin

    Meet The Judges For The TechCrunch Pitch-Off In Austin

    Howdy, y’all. As a Texan myself, I’m thrilled to announce the judges for our Austin Pitch-Off going down next week at Palm on 6th St. (BTW, tickets to the Austin Meetup are still available but are running out quickly so grab one here before it’s too late). Read More

  • Conan Shows Us A World Where Google’s Self Driving Car “Has A Few Bugs”

    Conan Shows Us A World Where Google’s Self Driving Car “Has A Few Bugs”

    Last week, Google showed off the prototype for its self-driving cars. Designed from scratch, the little bug-like vehicles look like gumdrops on wheels (and they even have little faces,) inviting us into a relatively uncertain future where technology and a set of sensors literally take the wheel. Some are stoked about it. Others are more skeptical. Conan O’Brien, ever the jokester, seems… Read More

  • Slidebean Launches To Give Prezi A Run For Its Money

    Slidebean Launches To Give Prezi A Run For Its Money

    If you’re looking for an easier way to turn the content in your head into a beautiful presentation, Slidebean has launched to give users presentation tools right on the web. Of course, such tools have been around for years and years, but Slidebean is different in that it’s one of the only presentation builders that separates the content from the format. Read More

  • Sam Altman Names Y Combinator’s New “Board Of Overseers”

    Sam Altman Names Y Combinator’s New “Board Of Overseers”

    Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, has just posted a blog post announcing the Board of Overseers at the world’s most successful accelerator. The list includes Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky, Homejoy’s Adora Cheung, John and Patrick Collison of Stripe, Dropbox’s Drew Houston, longtime partner and co-founder at YC Jessica Livingston, Weebly founder and CEO David Rusenko… Read More

  • If Baking Is A Science, The $99 Drop Scale Is Your Lab Assistant

    If Baking Is A Science, The $99 Drop Scale Is Your Lab Assistant

    They say cooking is an art and baking is a science, and “they” are right. I once tried to make a half-portion of cheesecake that ended in catastrophe. Luckily, a new startup out of Ireland has plans to simplify the science of baking. Using a special Bluetooth-connected scale, and an accompanying app, Drop promises that you don’t need measuring cups anymore. And because… Read More

  • Apple Introduces iOS 8

    Apple Introduces iOS 8

    Last year, Apple revealed the biggest change to-date of iOS, the mobile operating system that many of us have been using for years. Now, the true evolution begins. Jony Ive and the iOS team have had plenty of time to listen to feedback and dig deeper into features introduced before Ive ever took control of software. And finally, iOS 8 is here. We’ve been expecting a new Healthbook… Read More

  • TechCrunch Meetups Invade Austin And Seattle In One Week, Get Tickets Now!

    TechCrunch Meetups Invade Austin And Seattle In One Week, Get Tickets Now!

    One week. We have exactly one week until TechCrunch invades Austin and Seattle with the TC Meetups and Pitch-Off competitions, where a few lucky startups will have a chance to pitch their product to a panel of local VC judges and an audience of hundreds. Read More

  • Mitro Access Lets You Give Someone Temporary, Limited Access To Your Online Accounts

    Mitro Access Lets You Give Someone Temporary, Limited Access To Your Online Accounts

    Mitro, a company that helps corporate companies and SMBs manage shared passwords, has recently introduced a new extension of their platform called Mitro Access, which grants temporary access (with restrictions) to your various online accounts. Here’s how it works: Read More

  • Kim Stolz on "Unfriending My Ex" #Love

    #Love: Kim Stolz On “Unfriending My Ex”

    You may know reality TV celebrity Kim Stolz as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, or perhaps from MTV News, but what you might not know is that she’s spent the past few years researching many of the topics we cover in this #Love column for an upcoming book called Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do. (She also now works in finance with Citi Group.) That… Read More