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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  • 9 Holiday Gifts For The iPhone Lover In Your Life

    It doesn’t matter how old they are. It doesn’t matter how many new phones come out. The iPhone lover in your life is going to upgrade their phone when Apple tells them that it’s time to. Hey, that’s cool. It doesn’t matter that there’s a lot of cool Android phones out there. This person loves everything about their iPhone, sleeps with it at night, busts it… Read More

  • Jeff Bezos’ Space Program Successfully Lands A Rocket

    Jeff Bezos’ Space Program Successfully Lands A Rocket

    Jeff Bezos took to Twitter for the first time to announce a milestone from his space company Blue Origin, and the Internet soaked it in. Read More

  • The Star Wars Virtual Reality Experience Drops On December 2nd

    The Star Wars Virtual Reality Experience Drops On December 2nd

    We’ve been waiting for an official Star Wars virtual reality experience for some time. With the movie coming out next month, that time is almost now. In an announcement today on StarWars.com, we got some updates on what to expect. Read More

  • I’ll Take The Google Self-Driving Car With Florence Swanson’s Artwork On It

    I’ll Take The Google Self-Driving Car With Florence Swanson’s Artwork On It

    Google’s fun little project called “Paint The Town” for its self-driving cars is a great way to connect with communities. It takes trust to allow vehicles that drive themselves for the most part, and Austin seems to be trusting Google quite a bit. That’s a good thing. I just want to say this: If I were to ride around in Google’s self-driving car, I want mine… Read More

  • Doc Brown Skypes With Back To The Future Superfans In Puente Hills, CA

    Doc Brown Skypes With Back To The Future Superfans In Puente Hills, CA

    Today, Microsoft’s Skype released a really fun video with Christopher Lloyd, aka Doc Brown of Back To The Future. In it he answers a bunch of questions from folks who are dressed up for the viewing of Back To The Future. It’s actually quite touching and a reminder of how powerful the movie has been for our generation…and for generations to come: Christopher Lloyd joined… Read More

  • Samsung’s Gear VR Commercial Is Surprisingly Good

    Samsung’s Gear VR Commercial Is Surprisingly Good

    With the Samsung Gear VR hitting shelves and faces all over the place last week, the company ran a new commercial to promote it this weekend. I saw it during the 49ers vs. Seahawks game. It’s.
    Surprisingly.
    Good. I say “surprisingly” because even we found out how difficult it was to show the potential of VR through a video during our review. After speaking with some folks in… Read More

  • Upthere’s Beta Users Have Uploaded More Than 3.5M Files

    Upthere’s Beta Users Have Uploaded More Than 3.5M Files

    Upthere launched their first apps into beta last week, and so far the beta period is off to a good start, the company tells me. No word on how many users have slipped through during the beta, but I’m told that invites are being slowly doled out. Over 3.5 million files have been uploaded to Upthere, which aims to be your personal computer in the cloud. Once your files are there… Read More

  • Samsung Gear VR Sold Out Online At Amazon And Best Buy

    Samsung Gear VR Sold Out Online At Amazon And Best Buy

    If you didn’t pre-order the new consumer version of Samsung Gear VR, you might have some difficulty finding it on your favorite online shopping destinations. Amazon and Best Buy, both places that have been touted as having a supply of the virtual reality accessory, are showing “temporarily out of stock” and “sold out online” messages… Read More

  • Trendquiz Is A Super Addictive Game Using Google Trends Data

    Trendquiz Is A Super Addictive Game Using Google Trends Data

    I’m a fan of Google Trends. Whenever a new meme pops up or some major news breaks, I head there to check how interested people are in said information and whether they’ve been interested all along, when it got really hot…and when it became not. A simple site called trendquiz uses Google Trends data to quiz you on whether you can pick out what the trend line is, and it gives… Read More

  • The Samsung Gear VR Is Your Window Into The Future

    The Samsung Gear VR Is Your Window Into The Future

    Virtual reality is a reality…in the sense that the hardware, software and content stars are finally aligning to make the platform approachable by more than just hardcore developers, gamers and hobbyists. There’s always a set of early adopters who take on the heavy lifting and Facebook’s Oculus has been doing just that. Since being acquired by Facebook, Oculus has been working… Read More

  • Google Hangout Participants No Longer Need A Google Account For Work Meetings

    Google Hangout Participants No Longer Need A Google Account For Work Meetings

    If you’re an avid user of Google Hangouts at work, then this update will make you happy. Google Apps for Work users were able to invite outside guests to video calls as of last year, but the team has upped the ante, making a Google account unnecessary to join in. Read More

  • Sean Rad Of Tinder, Ladies And Gentleman

    Sean Rad Of Tinder, Ladies And Gentleman

    Today, the world woke up to a profile of sorts from the London Evening Standard. The profile was about Tinder CEO Sean Rad. And it was, well, special. Where to start? First, let’s get the serious stuff out of the way. Rad’s parent company Match recently filed to go public. So the company is in a quiet period, right? Sure. Unless you’re Rad. Read More

  • Behind The +1: Meet The New Google+(Plus)

    Behind The +1: Meet The New Google+(Plus)

    Google+ has always been a project for Google, regardless of what you’ve read in the media. With projects, come changes…and there have been quite a few for Google+ this year. The Photos product that got pulled out of G+ is doing pretty damn well, and YouTubers were happy when the service was unbundled from the video-sharing site. The shift continues today with a complete… Read More

  • Google Open Sources Two Tools To Import Mail Into Gmail

    Google Open Sources Two Tools To Import Mail Into Gmail

    If you’ve ever been stuck using another email service and want to move over to Gmail, importing all of your mail is a real pain in the ass. Think Apple’s Mail client tied to, say, an exchange account. Today, Google open sourced two projects that’ll help make moving over much easier. Read More

  • Are You Happy Now? Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of The Year Is A Damn Emoji

    Are You Happy Now? Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of The Year Is A Damn Emoji

    I was raised to trust everything the dictionary told me, but damn. What is going on with the world? Today, Oxford Dictionaries named its 2015 “Word Of The Year” and it’s not a word at all. It’s the “tears of joy” emoji. This. 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 Read More

  • Not Into The Hearts? Twitter Appears To Be Testing Multi-Emoji Reactions

    Not Into The Hearts? Twitter Appears To Be Testing Multi-Emoji Reactions

    Yes, the fav turned into a like. The star turned into a heart. Some tweeters were not very happy about this change even though Twitter said engagement was just fine — increased among new users, in fact. Today, we’ve learned that Twitter, which tests many things all of the time, is letting folks play with the ability to share reactions in multiple ways by way of emojis. Forget… Read More

  • Dungeons & Dragons Comes To Virtual Reality Thanks To AltspaceVR

    Dungeons & Dragons Comes To Virtual Reality Thanks To AltspaceVR

    If you’re a Dungeons & Dragons fan, and happen to have some virtual reality gear on you, drop what you’re doing. Social VR company AltspaceVR has shipped an immersive version of your beloved tabletop role playing game. AltspaceVR teamed up with D&D publishers Wizards of the Coast for the experience. Read More

  • Evernote’s Freshly Minted COO Linda Kozlowski Is Leaving The Company

    Evernote’s Freshly Minted COO Linda Kozlowski Is Leaving The Company

    Evernote made a name for itself as the platform where you could store your ideas and notes for life, and beyond. But the same permanence does not apply to the people who work there. We’ve confirmed through multiple sources that Linda Kozlowski, Evernote’s COO, has put in her notice and will be leaving the company by the end of this year. It’s the latest in a series of… Read More

  • Fallout 4 Is More Powerful Than Porn

    Fallout 4 Is More Powerful Than Porn

    Pornhub, an internet web portal site for videos of people that are naked doing things, which I have never ever visited, ever, shared some interesting traffic. Speaking of things I don’t do, a game called Fallout 4 came out on the 10th. And that’s where Pornhub’s story begins… Read More

  • Let’s Have A Chat About Virtual Reality

    Let’s Have A Chat About Virtual Reality

    “Virtual reality” according to Wikipedia: Virtual reality (VR), which can be referred to as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated life, replicates an environment that simulates physical presence in places in the real world or imagined worlds and lets the user interact in that world. Virtual realities artificially creates sensory experiences, which can include sight… Read More

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