Drew Olanoff

Drew is a geek who first worked at AOL when he was 16 years old. After a visit to the dark side (Tech Communications and PR), Drew returned to TechCrunch as a senior writer. He is now the Global Head of Communications for frontier tech investor Rothenberg Ventures.

(DISCLOSURE: Drew is a shareholder of EyeEm and his significant other is the head of communications at Postmates)

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  • Here’s What 10,000 Characters Looks Like

    Here’s What 10,000 Characters Looks Like

    So, Recode reported today that Twitter was tinkering around with the idea of expanding its 140 character limit to a number a bit higher….10,000 characters. But what, you ask (and I’m glad you did), does 10,000 characters look like? Well, hey. Let’s find out. Soooo, did you see the Warriors game last night? Crazy, right? It was nice to see Harrison Barnes back and the entire… Read More

  • Yahoo Shuts Down Yahoo Screen, Its Home For Original Content Like “Community”

    Yahoo Shuts Down Yahoo Screen, Its Home For Original Content Like “Community”

    According to a report by Variety, and confirmation by Yahoo, Yahoo Screen has closed its doors with its content being split among its various magazine properties. Screen launched in 2013 as a place to house Yahoo’s original content, which the company has since backed away from (remember the $42 million write-down?). From bringing back the show “Community” to airing an… Read More

  • Samsung’s ‘Rink’ Motion Controllers For Gear VR Look Pretty Great

    Samsung’s ‘Rink’ Motion Controllers For Gear VR Look Pretty Great

    A few days ago, Samsung shared a few items that they’d be showing on the floor at CES in Las Vegas. One of them, which barely caused a blip on the radar was the “rink.” It’s Samsung’s motion controllers for the Gear VR, something that is sorely needed for their mobile virtual reality experience. If you remember, Oculus just shared that their own motion… Read More

  • Oculus Pushes Back Touch Controller Launch To Second Half Of 2016

    Oculus Pushes Back Touch Controller Launch To Second Half Of 2016

    Sometimes timing creeps up on you and you have to move things back. It’s an ugly reality for hardware creators, but it happens. Today, Oculus announced that its Touch controllers will be shipping in the second half of 2016 instead of immediately with the Rift, which is still coming in Q1 2016 with preorders coming “soon.” Read More

  • We’re Close

    We’re Close

    All of the chatter about virtual reality shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Over the years, we’ve been forcing our way to get closer and closer to content of all types. For example, before we ever sat down to watch a movie, we’d hang out at a playhouse to watch a live show. The people who actually enjoyed sitting in the back were few and far between. They were probably… Read More

  • Slack’s New TV Commercial Is Adorable And Effective

    Slack’s New TV Commercial Is Adorable And Effective

    If you’re in the tech world, then you know exactly what Slack is and does. As you eke outside of our little techosphere, however, you might get some puzzled faces when you talk about your favorite work communication tool. Read More

  • Gabriel Stricker Returns To Google To Lead Policy And Communications For Fiber

    Gabriel Stricker Returns To Google To Lead Policy And Communications For Fiber

    During all of Twitter’s changes this year, one move stuck out as quite significant…its Chief Communications Officer Gabriel Stricker announced that he was leaving the company. A “shift in strategy” is the way the story went. Before Twitter, Stricker held down the role of “Director of Global Communications & Public Affairs” at Google. We’ve learned… Read More

  • Oculus Teams Up With LeBron James For Virtual Reality Journey

    Oculus Teams Up With LeBron James For Virtual Reality Journey

    On Christmas day, the world was given a gift by Oculus, UNINTERRUPTED, and LeBron James during the Warriors and Cavaliers game. The two companies paired up to launch a LeBron James experience in VR called “Striving for Greatness” with a fantastically iconic commercial for Samsung’s Gear VR, a hot ticket item this holiday season. [Correction: The VR experience… Read More

  • Reminder From Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey: “First To Market Is Hard”

    Reminder From Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey: “First To Market Is Hard”

    On the day before Christmas, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey took to Twitter to amp folks up about what’s to come sometime in Q1 next year, the consumer version of the Rift. There are tons of questions around the product itself including guesses on how Oculus will actually execute the distribution of the Rift. The original founder of the company has continued to support the original mission… Read More

  • Oculus Founder: Rift Launch “On-Target” For Q1 2016

    Oculus Founder: Rift Launch “On-Target” For Q1 2016

    One of the most asked questions about the Oculus Rift is “when are we getting them?” and the founder of the company continues to update those who are waiting patiently. According to a series of tweets from Palmer Luckey, the Rift is on-target to ship in Q1. @PalmerLuckey Preorders are coming soon after new year. Enjoy a stress-free holiday, we won't launch preorders… Read More

  • Kim Kardashian’s Buttmoji Owns The App Store

    Kim Kardashian’s Buttmoji Owns The App Store

    It seems like 2015 was the year of the “emoji.” I mean, a damn emoji was the “word of the year.” This year is ending with a massive bang on the App Store thanks to Kim Kardashian and her…assets. Fire up the App Store on your devices and here’s what you’ll see for the top paid app: The app, KIMOJI, costs $1.99. What do you get? Well, emojis having to… Read More

  • Instagram Makes It Easier To Share From Boomerang

    Instagram Makes It Easier To Share From Boomerang

    Right before the holidays, Instagram snuck in an update for its most second-most popular spun-out app, Boomerang. The app currently sits in the top 250 on the App Store’s free apps. The changes, although subtle, will probably make its users super happy. The premise of the app is to make little clipped-together videos, similar to an animated GIF or an Apple Live Photo. It feeds into… Read More

  • Games Like Angry Birds Friends And Risk Hit The Chromecast Right Before The Holidays

    Games Like Angry Birds Friends And Risk Hit The Chromecast Right Before The Holidays

    We’ve gotten a fair bit of play out of Google’s latest $35 Chromecast leading up to the holidays. The games are pretty fun, and you can’t beat it for the price. In time for said holidays, a few more games are being shoved out to keep your family yelling at the screen. Angry Birds Friends and Driver Speedboat Paradise are two of the titles, created just for Chromecast… Read More

  • Oculus Shipping Early Builds Of Final Rift Hardware To Developers

    Oculus Shipping Early Builds Of Final Rift Hardware To Developers

    If you’re developing a launch title for the upcoming Oculus Rift, you may have gotten a little good news in your inbox this evening. The company says that it’s still shipping Rift hardware out to developers in the run up to launch, with the final hardware making its way into developer’s hands now, albeit still in an early build state. It’s tied to the Rift SDK 1.0. Read More

  • Are Tweeting Drones On The Way? Twitter Patent Tips Off Potential Future Of Selfies

    Are Tweeting Drones On The Way? Twitter Patent Tips Off Potential Future Of Selfies

    In today’s episode of “boring patents…wait, WHAT ARE THOSE???”, it looks like Twitter filed a patent for messaging with or from, or both, an unmanned vehicle (drone!) in June of this year. It was just published a few days ago. It’s probably something that was put together at a hackathon and someone at Twitter said “hey that’s cool let’s… Read More

  • Tesla’s Model S To Get Spotify Premium For Free Outside Of The US

    Tesla’s Model S To Get Spotify Premium For Free Outside Of The US

    If you’re buying a Tesla Model S, you can probably afford to bring your own tunes to the mix, but the company has announced today that you’ll get free Spotify Premium integration with your purchase in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong. Not for the US, but it’s still one final burn for the previously implemented and now acquired Rdio. Here’s what Spotify’s… Read More

  • Pinball In Virtual Reality? Yes Please

    Pinball In Virtual Reality? Yes Please

    OK, it doesn’t exist just yet, but one group called “Pinball Labs” has a new Kickstarter to bring back the feels you felt when you entered an arcade with tons of pinball games. There’s nothing like the sounds and visuals of old pinball machines (I love Addams Family) and it could become a…reality once again in VR. The Kickstarter recently went live and this video… Read More

  • Yahoo Renews Its Partnership With NBC Sports

    Yahoo Renews Its Partnership With NBC Sports

    Today, Yahoo announced that one of their crown jewels, its relationship with NBC Sports, has been renewed. In a post, Ian Weingarten, SVP, Corporate Development and Partnerships, said: We’ve renewed our partnership with NBC Sports Group, bringing even more content to Yahoo/NBC Sports viewers, including Premier League highlights, NBC Sports Regional Network team reports, and Golf Channel. Read More

  • Vine Gets A Personalized Channel Just For You

    Vine Gets A Personalized Channel Just For You

    If you’re a Vine user then you know that finding new clips can be difficult. I rely mostly on my network to surface really funny Loops, but the team wants to make it easier for you. Today it has introduced a new channel within the app called “For you.” Here’s what Vine had to say about it today: Our home feeds on Vine are filled with posts from the accounts we follow… Read More

  • FBI: We Did Not Seize Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Album

    FBI: We Did Not Seize Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Album

    In the latest episode of “holy shit, how is this guy not in jail…oh, he is…cool”, the FBI was forced to make a statement about today’s arrest of Martin Shkreli for securities fraud. In case you don’t know, Shkreli acquired an unreleased album by the popular rap group Wu-Tang Clan for $2M. There is only one copy of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”… Read More