Jordan Crook

Jordan Crook

Jordan Crook is a Senior Writer based out of Brooklyn, NY. She writes about internet culture, social networks, and consumer-facing technology. Jordan hosts many of TechCrunch's live events, including regional TC Pitch-Offs and the world-renowned TechCrunch Disrupt conference. She's also a co-host on the TechCrunch Radio show on Sirius XM each week.

She has written for publications such as Mobile Marketer and MobileBurn.

She is now a writer at TechCrunch.

You can email her at jordan@techcrunch.com.

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  • Tinder Goes Through A Small Round Of Layoffs

    Tinder Goes Through A Small Round Of Layoffs

    Tinder — one of the most popular dating apps currently available across the globe — laid off around 10 percent of its staff last week. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the company laid off six members of the 60-65 member team, including three marketing employees and three engineers. We’re told this wasn’t part of a re-structuring, or even a result of… Read More

  • Apple Just Turned The iPad Into A Real Computer With QuickType

    Apple Just Turned The iPad Into A Real Computer With QuickType

    It’s just a keyboard, and so it should be limited to keys. But with the new version of iOS 9 for iPad, announced at WWDC, the touch-sensitive QuickType keyboard now has the ability to transform into a trackpad whenever you set down two fingers on the keyboard portion of the screen. Simply move those fingers to the left and the cursor moves with them. This allows you to move the cursor… Read More

  • Apple Rebrands Passbook To Wallet

    Apple Rebrands Passbook To Wallet

    Apple just introduced a few new updates to the Apple Pay service at the WWDC conference in San Francisco. Alongside adding your usual debit and credit cards, Apple Pay now lets you add store cards as well as loyalty and rewards cards. With the help of PassBook, the Apple Pay also knows exactly which card you need when you’re in a given store and presents the right option. That said… Read More

  • Watch Apple’s WWDC Intro Video Starring Bill Hader

    Watch Apple’s WWDC Intro Video Starring Bill Hader

    For the first time, Apple is live streaming the WWDC Keynote (as well as more than 30 different developer sessions). And to open up the conference with a little style, the company tapped comedian Bill Hader to star in a fun introduction video. In true Apple style, most of the company’s press/developer conferences lean toward minimalism. Apple executives stand in pretty simple clothes, on… Read More

  • Snapchat Update Lets You Switch Between Front And Rear Cameras For Videos

    Snapchat Update Lets You Switch Between Front And Rear Cameras For Videos

    Snapchat just introduced an update that will let you switch between the front-facing camera and rear-facing camera while recording a snap. Users have long been able to switch between the front- and rear-facing cameras for still photos, but switching mid-video was impossible. Instead users had to turn the phone around to film themselves or their friends. It’s a small feature update… Read More

  • Want To Talk About Your Startup On The Radio?

    Want To Talk About Your Startup On The Radio?

    When you’re a startup on a budget, free publicity can be hard to come by. But TechCrunch wants to put the little guy in the lime light (at least for 60 seconds), and that’s just what we do during the TC Radio Pitch-off. Each Tuesday, John Biggs and I host a radio show on Sirius XM Insight 121, and the last half of each episode is dedicated to the TC Radio Pitch-Off. Five… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: GoPro, Pebble Time, Amazon Fire, And WWDC!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: GoPro, Pebble Time, Amazon Fire, And WWDC!

    Matt is huddled in Vail, Colorado. Why? To hang out with GoPro, as they “throw stuff into pools and dogs chase after it.” But more seriously, GoPro is reportedly unveiling a service that allows you to record something on your GoPro and instantly view/share it on the cloud. Big deal. Meanwhile, we discuss the Pebble Time (Darrell just finished his review), which Mr. Etherington… Read More

  • Hands-On With Doppler Labs’ Here Active Listening System

    On Tuesday, Doppler Labs unveiled their second audio product with the Here Active Listening System. In short, these are two independent ear buds that (with zero latency) give you complete audio control over your environment. If you want to reduce the volume of a crying baby or a screeching subway train (without turning everything down), the Here buds will let you do that. If you’re at… Read More

  • Swarm Now Lets You Message Friends Of Friends

    Swarm Now Lets You Message Friends Of Friends

    Swarm has just released an update that brings with it the ability message friends of friends. This means that whenever you come across a user in the app with whom you have a mutual friend, you’ll be able to send them a direct message. On the receiving end, you’ll be notified that the message is from a friend of a friend and be given the option to accept the message or block it. Read More

  • Instapaper Launches ‘Notes’ To Let Users Annotate Text

    Instapaper Launches ‘Notes’ To Let Users Annotate Text

    Instapaper, the app that lets you save and share online articles, has just launched a new annotation functionality called Notes. The feature allows users to select a piece of text from an article or other work, and make comments on that text. By default, Notes is set to private so no one can see your annotations. If they so choose, users can share their notes through the Twitter’s… Read More

  • Tinder Hires Hugh Williams As New VP Of Engineering

    Tinder Hires Hugh Williams As New VP Of Engineering

    Tinder has just announced that it has appointed Hugh Williams, formerly of eBay and Microsoft, to lead the Tinder dev team as VP of Engineering. Williams comes from Pivotal Software Inc. where he was SVP and led data and application fabric teams. Before that, he was a VP at eBay focusing on user experience, the search engine, big data technologies and platforms. Previous to that Williams worked… Read More

  • Reminder: Applications Close For Austin And Seattle Pitch-Offs On Friday!

    Reminder: Applications Close For Austin And Seattle Pitch-Offs On Friday!

    The time has come, my friends. This time next week, we’ll have chosen around 20 amazing companies to participate in the TechCrunch Pitch-Offs in Austin and Seattle. Applications close on Friday, June 5. In other words, now is the time to apply if you haven’t done so. Selected entrepreneurs will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product on-stage to our audience and a panel… Read More

  • Sources: DST Global Led Mobile Shopping App Wish’s $500M Round

    Sources: DST Global Led Mobile Shopping App Wish’s $500M Round

    DST Global, Yuri Milner’s late stage VC fund, took the lead on the purported $500 million financing round invested in Wish, the mobile shopping app, according to people familiar with the matter. Forbes reported earlier that it had obtained SEC documents, which revealed Wish’s plans to raise $500 million by February. Forbes sources (as well as our own) pegged the valuation at $3… Read More

  • Doppler Labs Launches Here Listening System On Kickstarter To Curate Live Audio

    Doppler Labs Launches Here Listening System On Kickstarter To Curate Live Audio

    Doppler Labs, the same folks that introduced us to the totally mechanical Dubs ear plugs, is today unveiling its second product. The Here Active Listening System was just launched on to Kickstarter with a funding goal of $250,000. But what is Here? Read More

  • Applications For The Austin And Seattle Pitch-Offs Close On Friday, So Hurry!

    Applications For The Austin And Seattle Pitch-Offs Close On Friday, So Hurry!

    We are but a week from the application deadline for the Austin and Seattle Pitch-offs. So if you were thinking you could put it off and do it later, you were wrong. Time is of the essence. So if you want the chance to pitch your startup to a local audience of tech folks and VC judges, you should get movin’. Applications close officially on Friday, June 5. Luckily, tickets to the events… Read More

  • YC-Backed Lully Lands $2.1M In Seed Funding To Prevent Night Terrors

    YC-Backed Lully Lands $2.1M In Seed Funding To Prevent Night Terrors

    Lully, the YC-backed startup that built a device to help prevent night terrors, is today announcing the close of a $2.1 million seed round. The company is also presenting at the Highway 1 Accelerator demo day tomorrow, with plans to launch the non-beta generation of the device at the end of this month. Lully is a device that pairs with a smartphone app and is placed under the mattress of a… Read More

  • Canary Smart Home Security System Locks Down $30 Million In Series B

    Canary Smart Home Security System Locks Down $30 Million In Series B

    Canary, the smart home monitoring system, has just closed on $30 million in Series B funding led by Walden Riverwood Ventures, with participation from Cota Capital, Khosla ventures, Flextronics, Two Sigma Ventures and WTI. Canary is a small device, packed with sensors and cameras, that sits in the home and monitors everything from temperature to air quality to home security. Users are notified… Read More

  • Foursquare, Via Button, Now Lets You Order An Uber Directly In The App

    Foursquare, Via Button, Now Lets You Order An Uber Directly In The App

    Foursquare and Uber are teaming up, with the help of mobile deep-linking startup Button, to offer Foursquare users a button within the app to call an Uber. The idea is that, as you look up restaurants or fun destinations on the Foursquare app, you could also execute on that plan far more easily with a button directly inside the app. For users without the Uber app installed, a discount will… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google I/O

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google I/O

    Google I/O blasted us in the face with news, mostly around the new and improved Android M. Greg was live at the Moscone Center in San Francisco the whole time and reported back to John and I (stuck in New York) as Matt continued the struggle with his microphone. Google Now on Tap, which reads the text on the screen and taps Google Now for relevant info, has Greg jazzed, as does… Read More

  • TwoDots Tops 30 Million Downloads, 5 Billion Games Played

    TwoDots Tops 30 Million Downloads, 5 Billion Games Played

    Crossing 4.8 billion TwoDots games played, the creators of both Dots and its successor have admitted they are working on new games. CEO Paul Murphy told TechCrunch that the company has shelved around six different games while continuing to build out new worlds on TwoDots, but that the company does intend to release at least one new game in 2015. For those of you who are not yet familiar with… Read More

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