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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  • Flirtey flies pies for Domino’s in New Zealand

    Flirtey flies pies for Domino’s in New Zealand

    Domino’s Pizza Enterprises has demonstrated delivery of hot pizzas by drone in Auckland, New Zealand. The company has a long history of embracing high-tech concepts. Last year, they tested out a four-wheeled, driverless pizza delivery vehicle. And in 2012, Domino’s launched a casual build-a-pizza game that also let players order the pizza they built digitally for real life… Read More

  • SelfScore raises $7.1 million to help international students get credit in the U.S.

    SelfScore raises $7.1 million to help international students get credit in the U.S.

    A startup called SelfScore has raised $7.1 million in new venture funding to help bring much-needed financial services to international students at U.S. colleges and universities. SelfScore co-founder and CEO Kalpesh Kapadia grew up in India, but moved to the U.S. for graduate school in 1995. That’s when he first noticed the challenges of assimilating into what he says is the… Read More

  • DroneDeploy raises $20 million to help any business put drones to work

    DroneDeploy raises $20 million to help any business put drones to work

    A San Francisco-based startup called DroneDeploy has raised $20 million in Series B funding to grow their drone data management platform. The drone tech startup closed its Series B deal just before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is scheduled to implement new rules governing commercial and industrial drone use. The Part 107 rules, announced by the FAA in June this year, will take… Read More

  • PowerEgg, the ovoid flying robot, lands this October for $1,288

    PowerEgg, the ovoid flying robot, lands this October for $1,288

    Today, Beijing-based PowerVision made its ovoid camera drone, the PowerEgg, available to international customers via pre-order on the company’s website for $1,288. Customers who pre-order a PowerEgg will also get a backpack designed to fit the drone, its charging station, decorative stand and remote controls along with their orders. The company says the backpack is valued at… Read More

  • Karmic rolls out the Kyoto, an e-bike for women

    Karmic rolls out the Kyoto, an e-bike for women

    Karmic Bikes today began accepting pre-orders for their newest model, the Karmic Kyoto, a “pedelec” (or pedal electric bike) designed for women. The upright street bike features a 500Wh battery, Shimano’s SLX 11-speed components, a step-through frame, fenders, lights, and hydraulic disc brakes. It is available in white, light blue, and purple. The Kyoto was created in… Read More

  • Proxy raises $1.6 million to kill the card key, and make the internet of things more accessible

    Proxy raises $1.6 million to kill the card key, and make the internet of things more accessible

    A startup called Proxy has raised $1.6 million in seed funding to help people use internet-enabled devices of every kind without all the annoying login processes and standalone apps for each separate device. Proxy’s cofounders Denis Mars and Simon Ratner said they were inspired to create their technology, in part, by the overwhelming number of IoT devices seen in recent years at… Read More

  • Newsela rolls out Library to help students read beyond the news

    Newsela rolls out Library to help students read beyond the news

    When Newsela was created in 2012, the edtech startup aimed to help students master reading at their own pace, specifically with news articles adapted to different reading levels. The company’s app has racked up 800,000 teachers, and 7.7 million students as users and counting, according to Newsela CEO and co-founder Matthew Gross. But when it comes to teaching English Language Arts, the… Read More

  • SmartSite uses sensors to monitor construction workers’ health and safety

    SmartSite uses sensors to monitor construction workers’ health and safety

    A startup called SmartSite has released hardware and cloud-based software to help the construction industry track what their employees are exposed to and take measures to protect them from harm. Cancer, respiratory problems, dermatitis from skin exposure to hazardous substances, and health problems from high levels of exposure to noise and vibrations are among the occupational safety and… Read More

  • Drone startup Aptonomy introduces the self-flying security guard

    Drone startup Aptonomy introduces the self-flying security guard

    Aptonomy Inc. has developed drone technology that could make prison breaks, robberies or malicious intrusions of any kind impossible for mere mortals. Dubbing it a kind of “flying security guard,” the company has built its systems on top of a drone often used by movie-makers, the DJI S-1000+, a camera-carrying octocopter. To that skeleton, Aptonomy adds a new flight… Read More

  • ZeroCater raises $4.1 million to keep office workers well-fed in the U.S.

    ZeroCater raises $4.1 million to keep office workers well-fed in the U.S.

    While it seems like a new food delivery business launches or gets funded every season in the U.S., several have scaled back, like Sprig, or shut down entirely like Spoonrocket. Among those that have survived, however, are smart sites and apps serving the office-catering corner of the industry, a $20 billion market in the U.S. alone according to research from Technomic. Now, one of the… Read More

  • Women 2.0 has new leadership, and is launching a tech recruiting service

    Women 2.0 has new leadership, and is launching a tech recruiting service

    Women 2.0, a for-profit for-good media business that works to bring women into the tech industry and help them succeed there, has appointed Kate Brodock as President and Elisa Miller-Out as COO, according to founder Shaherose Charania.   Charania will maintain a board seat, she said. The changing of the guard comes for Women 2.0 after a phase of scaling back. Founded in April 2006… Read More

  • ApolloShield’s new system detects and sends unwanted drones home

    ApolloShield’s new system detects and sends unwanted drones home

    ApolloShield, which was originally incorporated as Airfence Inc., has launched an anti-drone system that detects drones flying where they’re not authorized or wanted, and forces them to fly home. The startup intends to sell its technology to owners or managers of venues that have intense security needs such as oil refineries, nuclear facilities, airports, prisons, stadiums or hotels… Read More

  • Intel unveils a ready-to-fly drone, the Aero, to win over developers

    Intel unveils a ready-to-fly drone, the Aero, to win over developers

    At the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday, Intel unveiled a new, hardware product — a ready-to-fly drone; specifically, a quadcopter, aimed at software developers rather than casual hobbyists or commercial drone operators. Intel’s drone is a fully assembled unit that runs on Intel’s Aero Compute Board with a Linux operating system, RealSense for vision and comes with Santa… Read More

  • Simbi raises $1.2 million to make bartering services easy online

    Simbi raises $1.2 million to make bartering services easy online

    A startup called Simbi has raised $1.2 million in seed funding to popularize its marketplace where people can barter skills and services online. Greylock Discovery fund, Crunchfund and Ranch Ventures invested in the round along with Y Combinator. The company is part of Y Combinator’s current batch. Founder and CEO Kjerstin “KJ” Erickson said her five-person team intends to… Read More

  • Polybit’s stdlib helps developers spend less time on infrastructure, more time coding

    Polybit’s stdlib helps developers spend less time on infrastructure, more time coding

    A startup called Polybit has introduced what it’s calling the Standard Library of the Internet in open beta, a resource to make back-end coding easy for developers, even beginners. The Standard Library, or the “stdlib” as the startup is calling it, allows developers to upload the functions they write to the cloud, and make their “microservices” or logic portable… Read More

  • A first look at the Alta Motors all-electric-motorcycle factory

    Motorcycle makers Alta Motors have opened the doors to their new factory in Brisbane, California, and TechCrunch was on the scene for a first look. A quick trip from downtown San Francisco, the factory is in a low and unassuming concrete structure. Inside, it’s surprisingly quiet, thanks in part to the fact that the motorcycles Alta makes are all-electrics, and final assembly of these… Read More

  • Fixed-wing drones not quite taking off in commercial market, a new DroneDeploy study finds

    Fixed-wing drones not quite taking off in commercial market, a new DroneDeploy study finds

    DroneDeploy released a new study of the commercial and industrial drones market this week, revealing bad news for the makers of fixed-wing drones — quadcopters are far outpacing this type of unmanned aerial vehicle in every industry. Fixed-wing drones, like the SenseFly eBee Ag, 3DR Aero-M and PrecisionHawk Lancaster, promise performance benefits, including endurance and… Read More

  • MegaBots CEO Gui Cavalcanti, and a giant fighting robot, are coming to Disrupt SF

    MegaBots CEO Gui Cavalcanti, and a giant fighting robot, are coming to Disrupt SF

    An Oakland-based startup called MegaBots is making giant fighting robots a reality, and forming a league for them to fight each other under clear and fair rules, something akin to Formula 1 or UFC. Taking time away from all the test drives and trash talk that entails, MegaBots’ CEO Gui Cavalcanti will join us at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco to discuss the unique design and… Read More

  • Blab shuts down, founders promise new app on the way

    Blab shuts down, founders promise new app on the way

    Livestreaming app Blab, which amassed 3.9 million users in just one year, shut down this weekend, its CEO Shaan Puri announced with a post on Medium late Friday. The app, which competed with Twitter’s Periscope, Facebook Live, IBM-owned UStream.tv and other media companies in the livestreaming game, was created at Monkey Inferno, a tech incubator self-funded by the founders of Bebo… Read More

  • Quizlet launches a redesign with an eye towards international expansion

    Quizlet launches a redesign with an eye towards international expansion

    Quizlet, the popular app that lets students create interactive study sets and prepare for tests in any subject, is unveiling a redesign today, including a new website, logo and redesigned mobile apps soon to come. The new Quizlet was created with an eye on international expansion. The San Francisco edtech startup now offers translated and localized versions of its study tools in German… Read More

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