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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  • Google Self-Driving Car’s Chris Urmson On California DMV: “Same Old Status Quo”

    Google Self-Driving Car’s Chris Urmson On California DMV: “Same Old Status Quo”

    Yesterday, the California DMV posted a draft of proposed regulations for self-driving vehicles. Obviously, Google was waiting to see what came down and now that they’ve had some time to look through it all, their head of the Self-Driving unit, Chris Urmson, has responded with a Medium post. Since these regulations are in draft form, the long back and forth between companies and the… Read More

  • Colopl Launches $50M Global Fund Dedicated To Virtual Reality

    Colopl Launches $50M Global Fund Dedicated To Virtual Reality

    There’s no shortage of ideas and projects in the virtual reality space. There are tons of studios popping up all over the world to create immersive content for the platform. With the Oculus, HTC and Sony offerings coming next year, now’s a better time than any to dabble in the space. If only there was money to be raised. Welp, Colopl, a company deeply rooted in mobile gaming… Read More

  • Google Dedicates $1M In Research Grants To Keep Google Drive Safe

    Google Dedicates $1M In Research Grants To Keep Google Drive Safe

    Google wants you to feel safe and comfy in storing your data with them on all of their properties. One particular product probably has your most important documents — Google Drive. Today, the company announced that it will be dedicating one million dollars next year to fund grants for independent security research. Here’s what the team said today: Our research grant program is one… Read More

  • First Round’s Holiday Video Will Have You Reaching For Your Cell Phone

    First Round’s Holiday Video Will Have You Reaching For Your Cell Phone

    In the tech world it’s just not the holidays until First Round Capital drops its annual holiday video. It’s that time again, folks. The annual festivities started way back in 2008, the year of our blog. Then it happened again and again. If you’d like to sing along, you’ll find the lyrics below the video. They are most certainly…special. I won’t ruin anything… Read More

  • CAH’s Max Temkin On ‘Secret Hitler’ And Making Fun Games For Money

    CAH’s Max Temkin On ‘Secret Hitler’ And Making Fun Games For Money

    If you’re a maker, getting people excited about what you’re doing can be difficult — no matter what it is you’re making. One guy, Max Temkin, has been “lucky” enough to strike gold with his project Cards Against Humanity. His next act? A game called “Secret Hitler.” In case you haven’t heard about it, it’s a card game for 5-10 players… Read More

  • The Latest Gear VR Ad Follows A Very Important, And Necessary, Narrative

    The Latest Gear VR Ad Follows A Very Important, And Necessary, Narrative

    Whether you can find a Samsung Gear VR in time for the holidays or not, the company behind the mobile virtual reality accessory keeps releasing ads that follow a very important narrative for the future of VR. The ad is extremely well done, and focuses on games this time. As I’ve noted, most of the questions that people ask about VR is “can I do this?” or “can I do… Read More

  • The Twitter Notifications Tab On The Web Is Down For Some

    The Twitter Notifications Tab On The Web Is Down For Some

    The recently moved Notifications tab on Twitter’s desktop version of the service isn’t working for some users. Everything seems to be working just fine on the official iOS and Android apps, though. twitter wont let me see notifications — Prompto (@colinjezek) December 15, 2015 Anyone else getting a fail on their notifications? — Michael Bolen (@MichaelBolen)… Read More

  • Google Play Books Gets A Feature To Make It Easier To Read At Night

    Google Play Books Gets A Feature To Make It Easier To Read At Night

    If you’re a night reader on your mobile device, then you know that it’s hard to get tired with the bright screen burning your eyeballs. This of course isn’t a problem with physical books, as you can add a soft light to the room to wind down. Read More

  • Google’s Project Fi Now Supports Data-Only Devices

    Google’s Project Fi Now Supports Data-Only Devices

    Project Fi, which is Google’s way of jumping in the middle of the great carrier race, has shared today that starting tomorrow, you can order a SIM for your data-only device. I’ve switched one of my phones over to Fi and I really haven’t had a problem with finding reception and the way they bill you is refreshing. Read More

  • Thanks To Google, Your Phone Now Doubles As A Lightsaber

    Thanks To Google, Your Phone Now Doubles As A Lightsaber

    Every single time I see something else pushing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” I roll my eyes. And then I try something else where I think “OK, that was pretty smart.” Disney has teamed up with every brand known to man to promote the film, which premiered last night in Los Angeles. One of the partners Disney has gone deep down into the bag of tricks with is Google. Read More

  • Android Wear Now Sports Designer Watch Faces

    Android Wear Now Sports Designer Watch Faces

    If you’ve stuck with your Android Wear watch, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a slew of new downloadable watch faces from some notable designers. Read More

  • The Future Of In-flight Entertainment Is Virtual Reality

    The Future Of In-flight Entertainment Is Virtual Reality

    I fly a lot for work, be it a quick two hours or less to Seattle to 10+ hours to Germany, and everything in between. I don’t really like to fly all that much, and I’m not sure that a lot of people enjoy it either. Everyone has their list of things to bring on a flight and their own little routine to make them feel as comfortable, and entertained, as possible. Speaking of Virgin… Read More

  • VP Of Design At Twitter, Mike Davidson, Stepping Down In February

    VP Of Design At Twitter, Mike Davidson, Stepping Down In February

    According to a tweet from Mike Davidson, Twitter is about to lose its Vice President of Design: :) To be a little more clear, I am leaving @Twitter permanently, but it will always be with me! — Mike Davidson (@mikeindustries) December 15, 2015 It’s a pretty high-profile loss for the company, that is hoping to pick up the pace when it comes to signing up more users with flashy… Read More

  • Reddit’s Official Android App Is Coming Soon

    Reddit’s Official Android App Is Coming Soon

    If you’ve been using third-party apps or the mobile version of Reddit on your Android device, you’ll be happy to know that the company is finally going to offer an official app for the platform. Over on Reddit last week, the team shared the news: Hi everyone! I’m the product manager for native mobile here at Reddit.
    As many of you know, the team here has been working hard… Read More

  • 9 Etsy-Made Gifts That Keep Holiday Giving Weird

    I’ve always found that the weirder gifts, no matter how much they cost, are the ones that people appreciate the most. Sure, you could send someone a boring gift card or a basic-ass iPhone case, but why? Spend some extra time on the always awesome Etsy and give back to the community while gifting some of the funniest and weirdest stuff you’ll find. And a lot of it is customizable. Read More

  • Artificial Intelligence Nonprofit OpenAI Launches With Backing From Elon Musk And Sam Altman

    Artificial Intelligence Nonprofit OpenAI Launches With Backing From Elon Musk And Sam Altman

    Today, OpenAI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence research company was announced to the world. Its director, Ilya Sutskever, is a research scientist at Google. This comes a day after Facebook open-sourced its AI hardware. Its reason for existing was explained in an introductory post: Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a… Read More

  • YouTube Gaming For Android Gets A “Cardboard Mode” For More Immersive Viewing

    YouTube Gaming For Android Gets A “Cardboard Mode” For More Immersive Viewing

    YouTube Gaming, Google’s answer to Twitch, is trying to stay ahead of the curve by adding new functionality quickly. One such feature is only available for Android right now, and it’s a “Cardboard Mode” that allows you to watch any video with a theater-type big-screen setting feel. Read More

  • Get A Free Star Wars Edition Google Cardboard

    Get A Free Star Wars Edition Google Cardboard

    The Star Wars: Force Awakens train is a rollin’ and Google has gotten involved in a few different ways. One was by offering a special edition Google Cardboard in four Star Wars limited edition themes in Verizon stores on December 2nd. They were handed out to Verizon customers for free, but I was told that a lot of stores ran out. Welp. If you want one, you can still get one. For free. Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Live Photos Now Work On Tumblr

    Apple’s iPhone Live Photos Now Work On Tumblr

    If you’re a Tumblr user who happens to have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, today is your lucky day. The Tumblr team dropped an update that includes support for both 3D Touch and Live Photo. The Live Photo bit is super interesting because Tumblr is a place where GIFs and animated images tend to get shared and re-shared at pretty rapid rates. The best part is that you can view them even if… Read More

  • Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Yahoo Mail So We Put Gmail In Your Yahoo Mail

    Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Yahoo Mail So We Put Gmail In Your Yahoo Mail

    If you’re a real fan of the newly redesigned Yahoo Mail, but also use Gmail, today is your day. Seriously, throw a damn party. The Yahoo Mail team announced that you can now manage your Gmail from the friendly confines of Yahoo Mail, to go along with previous support for Outlook, Hotmail and AOL Mail (you know, the other email services that nobody uses unless it’s for… Read More

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