Lora Kolodny

Lora Kolodny re-joined TechCrunch in San Francisco in 2016 as emerging technologies editor and video host. Earlier, she worked at TechCrunch in New York as a cleantech writer and trends editor.

She returned to TechCrunch after spending four years on the venture capital beat with Dow Jones VentureWire and the Wall Street Journal in San Francisco.

Lora began her business and tech reporting career as a staff reporter for Inc. magazine during the dotcom bust.

She also covered the business of entertainment for The Hollywood Reporter. And she wrote a blog for the New York Times called “The Prize,” covering the winners, losers, innovation and deal-making around business and tech competitions.

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  • Kentucky Derby attendees can now order food, place bets from their seats

    Kentucky Derby attendees can now order food, place bets from their seats

    Getting around, drinking and dining at the Kentucky Derby this year should prove a lot easier for fans and employees. According to Churchill Downs’ General Manager Ryan Jordan, the famed horse racing venue on Friday launched a Churchill Downs Racetrack app, powered by VenueNext, to give attendees a better experience on-site. The new app, available for iOS and Android devices, will let… Read More

  • Video consumption on Snapchat more than doubled in less than a year

    Video consumption on Snapchat more than doubled in less than a year

    Snapchat may have started out as the ephemeral messaging and photo-sharing app, but a majority of users now consume video there too, according to a report from Bloomberg today. Daily video views on Snapchat have spiked to 10 billion, the report said. That’s up from 8 billion video views on Snapchat in February this year, 6 billion daily video views in November 2015, and 4 billion in… Read More

  • Gametime now lets users “snap and sell” printed tickets

    Gametime now lets users “snap and sell” printed tickets

    Mobile ticket sellers Gametime added a new feature to their app this week that could draw a larger supply of concert and sports tickets to their marketplace. Designed to make it easier for users to sell old-school printed tickets via mobile, the “snap and sell” feature in Gametime feels something like check scanning in mobile banking apps. A user who clicks the… Read More

  • Brought to you by the letters A and I: Sesame Workshop, IBM developing edtech for pre-schoolers

    Brought to you by the letters A and I: Sesame Workshop, IBM developing edtech for pre-schoolers

    If you think Tickle Me Elmo is freaky already, wait until those talking monsters can beat you at Jeopardy!. Sesame Workshop, the educational nonprofit behind Sesame Street and its iconic characters, this week announced a partnership with IBM Watson to develop edtech for pre-school children. Sesame Workshop is no newcomer to tech. The organization previously set up a venture fund in… Read More

  • Bolt Threads, Modern Meadow CEOs to speak at Disrupt NY 2016

    Bolt Threads, Modern Meadow CEOs to speak at Disrupt NY 2016

    The future of fashion isn’t all about internet-connectivity and electronics. A huge amount of innovation is needed in the realm of materials science and manufacturing to meet the fashion demands of a burgeoning world population without exhausting the planet’s resources. Two of the most intriguing companies bringing advanced tech and science to the materials side of fashion today… Read More

  • Willow Hill Ventures will fund and connect agriculture tech startups with farmers

    Willow Hill Ventures will fund and connect agriculture tech startups with farmers

    International Farming Corp. and Finistere Ventures have agreed to partner under the moniker Willow Hill Ventures to invest in growth-stage agricultural tech startups. International Farming Corp. owns and manages land that it, essentially, leases out to commercial farmers, helping them maximize the land’s yield and profitability. Finistere Ventures invests in early-stage tech… Read More

  • Jaguar partners with Tile to make sure drivers never leave without their wallets

    Jaguar partners with Tile to make sure drivers never leave without their wallets

    Automaker Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. today announced a partnership with Silicon Valley startup Tile Inc. to prevent drivers from leaving home, or any other place, without their essential personal items. Tile, which has raised $16 million in total venture funding to-date, makes small, waterproof tags that employ Bluetooth low-energy radio and GPS technology to locate objects to which they are… Read More

  • Google, Uber, Lyft join automakers in self-driving car lobby

    Google, Uber, Lyft join automakers in self-driving car lobby

    Google, Uber and Lyft have joined forces with automakers Volvo and Ford, creating a coalition to influence lawmakers, regulators and the public, Automotive News reported on Tuesday. The new lobby, dubbed The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, will be led by David Strickland, long-time safety watchdog who was formerly the head of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety… Read More

  • Naya Health raises $3.9 million to build a better breast pump

    Naya Health raises $3.9 million to build a better breast pump

    Redwood City-based Naya Health has raised $3.9 million in seed funding to make a breast pump that is sleeker, quieter and more comfortable for moms than the devices already on the market. Investors co-leading the round were Tandem Capital and Bojiang Capital, who were joined by S-Cubed Capital, Astia Angels, Stanford’s StartX and individual angels. According to married co-founders… Read More

  • Tripping.com sees non-hotel lodgings draw “420-friendly” travelers

    Tripping.com sees non-hotel lodgings draw “420-friendly” travelers

    A search engine that lets travelers find and book a stay in non-hotel lodgings, Tripping.com, has detected a burgeoning “budbnb” trend in Colorado. San Francisco-based Tripping.com aggregates vacation rental listings from the likes of HomeAway, Booking.com, VRBO and other sites, and shows travelers the best prices on available lodgings. It currently lists about 8 million… Read More

  • The Shade Room is back on Facebook, other media startups still “in jail”

    The Shade Room is back on Facebook, other media startups still “in jail”

    The celebrity gossip and news startup The Shade Room is back on Facebook, the startup announced today, albeit under a new moniker. Its previous page, which had racked up more than 4 million followers, was “facebook.com/theshaderoom;” the new profile is “facebook.com/shaderoominc.” The startup said earlier its page had been removed from the Facebook ecosystem without… Read More

  • PrecisionHawk raises $18 million to bring drones safely into U.S. airspace

    PrecisionHawk raises $18 million to bring drones safely into U.S. airspace

    Mandatory drone registration and a massive national database of drone owners is already under way in the U.S. But simply knowing who owns what won’t stop unmanned aerial vehicles from collisions or becoming a public nuisance. A Raleigh, North Carolina company called PrecisionHawk Inc. has raised $18 million in a Series C round of venture funding to help companies use drones for… Read More

  • Rinse raises $6 million to expand its laundry pick-up and delivery service

    Rinse raises $6 million to expand its laundry pick-up and delivery service

    Rinse Inc. has raised a $6 million Series A round of venture funding to pick up and clean anything in its customers’ closets. According to Chief Executive Ajay Prakash, who cofounded Rinse in 2013 with Chief Operating Officer James Joun, “We never wanted to b Uber for laundry, and don’t consider ourselves an on-demand business.” The startup provides garment care services… Read More

  • The Shade Room is in Facebook jail, missing its 4 million followers there

    The Shade Room is in Facebook jail, missing its 4 million followers there

    Facebook 86’ed The Shade Room from its platform today for unknown reasons. The celebrity gossip and news publisher attracted about 4.2 million followers on Facebook. We reached out to The Shade Room and to Facebook to learn why its page disappeared. Facebook did not yet reply to our inquiry, but we’ll update this story as it develops. Angie Nwandu, The Shade Room founder, and… Read More

  • ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

    ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

    ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects educators to students’ parents, and helps them communicate consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development at school. Communicating throughout the year, and even throughout the school day, means parents are apprised of what their kids are experiencing and how… Read More

  • Beacon, the all-you-can-fly travel startup, closes shop

    Beacon, the all-you-can-fly travel startup, closes shop

    Another tech startup seeking to transform aviation has closed its doors. Beacon sought to bring an all-you-can-fly option to business and leisure travelers starting on the East coast. The company’s approach was to charge membership fees, handle customers at the gate with a white-glove service and partner with regional aviation businesses to get passengers to their destinations. The… Read More

  • Naked Labs enters the fitness tech fray with body-scanning mirror

    Naked Labs enters the fitness tech fray with body-scanning mirror

    What if your reflection in the mirror could tell you to get your lazy butt back to the gym? We have the technology. A San Francisco startup called Naked Labs began taking preorders for its 3-D body scanning system today. CEO and co-founder Farhad Farahbakhshian says the company’s Naked 3D Fitness Tracker was designed for individuals or families who want to measure their progress on… Read More

  • Regina Dugan exits Google to lead Facebook’s Building 8, a new R&D lab

    Regina Dugan exits Google to lead Facebook’s Building 8, a new R&D lab

    Talent wars may never cease in Silicon Valley. Facebook today announced it has hired former Google vice president of advanced technology and projects, Regina Dugan, to head up a new group dubbed Building 8. According to a company statement, Dr. Dugan’s department will combine R&D with product development, and focus on technologies that “fluidly blend physical and digital… Read More

  • Nauto raises $12 million for driverless car technology that’s street-legal today

    Nauto raises $12 million for driverless car technology that’s street-legal today

    Even before the blockbuster acquisition of Cruise Automation by General Motors for more than $1 billion, venture firms were looking for big ideas in autonomous vehicles. The latest company to attract a round of funding for driverless car technology is Palo Alto-based NAUTO, co-founded in 2015 by CEO Stefan Heck and CTO Frederick Soo. Andy Rubin’s hardware focused venture fund… Read More

  • Pure Watercraft brings boaters a Tesla-style motor

    Obviously, water and electricity don’t mix. But one Seattle company called Pure Watercraft has taken up the engineering challenge of building a Tesla-like EV motor for boats. The startup began taking pre-orders for its Pure Outboard today with a $500, refundable deposit via its own website. A former rowing coach, Andy Rebele started Pure Watercraft in 2011 with a mission to replace… Read More

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