Lora Kolodny

Lora Kolodny

Emerging Tech Editor, Video Host

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.

The Latest from Lora Kolodny

Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about US $900), Musio is no

Luminar reveals sensors that could make self-driving cars safer than human

Cameras help autonomous vehicles read street signs and the color of traffic lights. But LiDARs, aka light detection and ranging systems, do the important work of sensing and helping cars avoid obstacl

Marble and Yelp Eat24 start robot food delivery in San Francisco

Rules governing the use of food delivery robots remain to be seen across the US. But major food businesses are investigating the possibilities already. In the latest deal, Yelp Eat24 has begun testing

Full Harvest raises $2 million to stop farmers from tossing ‘ugly’ fruit and veggies

Full Harvest, a San Francisco-based startup, has raised $2 million in seed funding to reduce food waste at the farm level. Founded by Christine Moseley, formerly the head of business development for c

Why Flybrix skipped crowdfunding to launch its LEGO drone kits

Flybrix first dreamed up a drone that kids could build with LEGO bricks in 2015. At the time, the co-founders debated the merits of launching with a crowdfunding campaign. They craved the exposure tha

Bext360 is using robots and the blockchain to pay coffee farmers fairly

Coffee is the world’s second-most-traded commodity, after petroleum. Some 125 million people make a living growing coffee. Most are smallholders, or small-scale farmers whose families live on less t

A $150 million fund, The Engine, will back startups others find ‘too hard’

A fund and accelerator for advanced technology startups, The Engine, closed its debut fund at a robust $150 million this week, according to its president, CEO and managing partner, Katie Rae. Last yea

SkyX drones are half-helicopter, half-plane and built to fly long distances

A Markham, Ontario startup called SkyX Ltd. emerged from stealth today to share with TechCrunch details about its unique industrial drone designs. The company’s SkyOne drones take off and land like

How Osmo decides to make its tangible, high-tech toys

Many toys today include high-tech and interactive components that keep kids in front of screens. But when it comes to health and educational development, studies have found that kids benefit from thin

LocusBots can now ‘talk’ to each other and collaborate in warehouses

Locus Robotics today unveiled a navigational system that makes it possible for their LocusBots to work more effectively together, and alongside humans in crowded, bustling warehouses. The LRAN system,

Amino raises $25 million to match patients with doctors best qualified to help them

Find-a-doctor site Amino has raised $25 million in a Series C round of venture funding, according to CEO and co-founder David Vivero. Highland Capital led the investment joined by Accel, Aspect Ventu

Apple Fellow Rich Page on ‘stealing jobs’ and Chowbotics’ salad-making robots

When we first wrote about Chowbotics, their salad-making robot stirred a bit of controversy. The company promises to bring nutritious dining options to offices that don’t have a big cafeteria and bu

New Clerky tools help startups hire and raise funds without running into legal problems

Clerky may not be a household name like TurboTax today, but the company’s business formation software has been called a "secret weapon" by startup founders in Silicon Valley for years. Many Y Combin

How marine biology inspired Soft Robotics’ industrial grippers

On Valentine's Day at Soft Robotics a staff member places heart-shaped marshmallow Peeps on a conveyor belt. A mechanical arm snatches them up, one by one, setting them gently in a nearby box. It isn'

Matternet cleared to fly blood samples in delivery drones over Swiss cities

The Swiss Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) has granted Matternet a certification allowing their delivery drones to fly autonomously over cities at any time of day or night. Clearing this regul

JoyRun, a food delivery app with a twist, raises $8.5 million

A Santa Clara, Calif. startup called JoyRun has raised about $10 million in Series A and seed funding for its peer-to-peer food and drinks delivery app. It may be hard to believe that VCs are still pu

6 River Systems unveils warehouse robots that show workers the way

When Amazon acquired Kiva Systems in 2012, other retailers and third-party fulfillment centers panicked. The e-commerce giants took Kiva's robots off the market, leaving their competitors without an i

GE invests $2 million in Alchemist Accelerator to back industrial IoT startups

Alchemist Accelerator has raised $2 million from GE Digital to start a new program for industrial IoT startups. Stanford lecturer Timothy Chou, formerly President of Oracle On Demand, will chair Alche

Domino’s and Starship Technologies will deliver pizza by robot in Europe this summer

We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again– the food delivery robots are coming! This time, they’ll be carting piping hot pizzas to Domino’s customers. The tech-loving pizza com

Wrench raises $4 million to bring auto repairs to your door

A Seattle startup called Wrench has raised $4 million in Series A funding for an app that sends certified auto mechanics to the customer’s door. The round was led by Madrona Venture Group, accor
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