Lucas Matney

Lucas Matney

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Lucas Matney is a reporter at TechCrunch and has been covering emerging technologies and startups since 2015. He lives in San Francisco and can be reached via email at lucas@techcrunch.com

The Latest from Lucas Matney

Lunchclub raises $4M from a16z for its AI warm intro service

There are apps out there that help you find friends, find dates and find your distant family histories, but when it comes to “growing your professional network,” the options are shockingly

Facebook will let users disable storage of Portal voice snippets

As consumer tech companies come under fire for how they handle voice data from consumers, Facebook is announcing changes to how users can manage recordings and transcriptions that are stored on Facebo

Week in Review: Apple games the system

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Another high-flying, heavily funded AR headset startup is shutting down

While Apple and Microsoft strain to sell augmented reality as the next major computing platform, many of the startups aiming to beat them to the punch are crashing and burning. Daqri, which built ente

Apple’s HomePod set to gain some long overdue functionality this fall

It’s no secret that the HomePod’s software updates have been a bit sluggish, which made it all the more alarming that the device was barely touched on in yesterday’s Apple event. Wel

Apple debuts the triple-camera iPhone 11 Pro

Apple’s triple-camera iPhone is real and it’s the first phone the company has dubbed “Pro.” The iPhone 11 Pro comes in two flavors, with 5.8″ and 6.5″ varieties at

Apple debuts slightly bigger entry-level iPad

Today was supposed to be all about the iPhones, but Apple took some time to offer a hardware refresh to the entry-level iPad. Things are largely the same, but the updates aren’t driving the entr

Apple Arcade launches later this month for $4.99/mo

Apple finally delivered more details on its gaming subscription program, Apple Arcade. The ad-free gaming service will launch September 19 for $4.99 per month with a one-month free trial. Users will a

Smart grocery cart startup Caper bags $10 million

Caper wants to deliver a major update to the self-checkout aisle without keeping its dreaded catchphrases, i.e. “Unknown item in the bagging area,” “Please place the item in the bag.

Week in Review: Facebook’s newest feature might be arriving too late

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Adam Draper gives his oddball accelerator a makeover

Adam Draper, the son of that Draper, is changing things up a bit at his accelerator. Boost VC has been living life on the fringe of Bay Area accelerators, chasing trends like VR and crypto (and someti

Employee survey startup Culture Amp closes $82M round led by Sequoia China

Each unhappy startup may be unhappy in its own way, but there’s still wisdom in understanding what drives employee satisfaction and dissatisfaction across companies. Culture Amp is just one of t

Week in Review: Apple makes a rare apology, Nintendo tries to reinvent its invention

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AR mapping startup 6D.ai expands platform as it exits beta

World-mapping computer vision startup 6D.ai is expanding support to new devices as its augmented reality platform exits beta. The SF startup launched its beta in October and is now ready to let develo

Kleiner Perkins bets on a premium email service that’s bringing Slack-like Groups into Gmail

While Slack is trying to kill email, a new email startup backed by Kleiner Perkins is trying to make corporate email more like Slack. Consider is an email service for startups that balances some premi

Week in Review: Google rips out its sweet tooth

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Workplace digital assistant startup Capacity raises $13.2M from Midwestern VCs

Solving information scatter inside enterprises seems to be the founding idea behind dozens of enterprise software startups. Capacity, which recently rebranded from Jane.ai, is raising new cash to tack

Our 12 favorite startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 2

After two days of founders tirelessly pitching, we’ve reached the end of YC’s Summer 2019 Demo Days. TechCrunch witnessed more than 160 on-the-record startup pitches coming out of Y Combin

Here are the 82 startups from day 2 of Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Days

Team TechCrunch was back for Day 2 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Days, where we heard from another massive chunk of startups that are taking disruption very seriously, even if they’re

The 11 best startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

tY Combinator, the genesis for many of the companies that have shaped Silicon Valley including Airbnb, PagerDuty and Stripe, has minted another 200 some graduates. Half of those companies made their p
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