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

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The 20 best startups from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day

With world events overtaking the tech world’s preferences to meet for coffees and convene at events, Y Combinator skipped its famous two-day live Demo event and went for a radical experiment: no

Can Apple keep the AR industry alive?

Augmented reality still has Apple’s enthusiasm behind it, but can that keep the whole industry afloat? On Wednesday, Apple debuted a new iPad Pro, the hallmark feature of which was a lidar time-

Virtual reality scales back its real world presence

While few things may me feel more like social distancing than suiting up in a haptic feedback suit and strapping a computer to your face, location-based virtual reality startups have begun closing up

Lightspeed-backed WorkOS launches to help startup services become enterprise-ready

With the explosive popularity of B2B services startups, it was only natural that a B2B startup would come along that’s offering a service to help startups become enterprise services themselves.

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part IV: Healthcare, Biotech, Fintech and Nonprofits

With YC's W20 Demo Day coming in at nearly 200 companies, we've decided to split our recap into multiple posts for easier reading. These are the Healthcare/Biotech, Fintech, and Non-profit companies.

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part III: Hardware, Robots, AI and Developer Tools

With YC's W20 Demo Day coming in at nearly 200 companies, we've decided to split our recap into multiple posts for easier reading. These are the hardware, AI/ML, and developer-focused companies

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part II: Consumer Companies

With YC's W20 Demo Day coming in at nearly 200 companies, we've decided to split our recap into multiple posts for easier reading. Here are this cohort's consumer-focused companies

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part I: B2B Companies

Y Combinator’s Demo Day was a bit different this time around. As concerns grew over the spread of COVID-19, Y Combinator shifted the event format away from the two-day gathering in San Francisco

Peloton stock spikes as the at-home fitness company finds potential customers stuck at home

As governments across the country weigh whether to push non-essential public venues like gyms to close, more people are searching out expensive gear from Peloton . The public markets are obviously see

Where’s the Zoom of VR?

Remote collaboration tools like Zoom are gathering massive amounts of attention as people begin working from home en masse. But, as with most trends, virtual reality seems to be sitting out this boom.

Epic Games buys UK facial mapping startup Cubic Motion

Epic Games announced today that it’s buying Cubic Motion, a computer vision startup that’s been building out a platform for capturing more realistic facial animations with a complex camer

Coda CEO Shishir Mehrotra on the future of the document

Productivity tools have been a white-hot space, with new startups seeming to nab funding on a daily basis. Coda has been one of the more impactful productivity tools, pitching a richer and deeper coll

Unity acquires Dublin-based deep learning startup Artomatix

Unity has acquired AI game developer tools startup Artomatix. The Dublin startup builds developer tools that allow game studios to more easily create deep learning-enhanced textures that scale more co

SF poised to pass Prop E, which could significantly reduce new supply of startup office space

San Francisco is poised to pass a controversial proposition that would almost certainly limit further office space development in the city, perhaps pushing more tech companies and startups to set up t

Lerer Hippeau’s Ben Lerer shares his priorities for scouring seed deals

Enterprise software startups are changing how they infiltrate companies, and investors are taking note. Last week, I chatted with Lerer Hippeau‘s Ben Lerer after his firm had just led a seed rou

GDC 2020 has been canceled

Well, after what I’m sure was a hectic few days for the folks planning the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the team announced today that they have officially decided to cancel the e

Pioneer founder Daniel Gross on bringing remote teams together

There are plenty of accelerators aiming to sway young startups to join their ranks rather than apply to Y Combinator, but Pioneer‘s sell is a bit different. First off, they are fully remote; fou

Superhuman CEO Rahul Vohra on waitlists, freemium pricing and future products

"No matter what Gmail — or any other company for that matter — does, it doesn't really change our focus on our customers."

Amazon is the latest to ditch GDC this year

GDC’s top sponsors continue to pull out of attending the San Francisco gaming conference. Today, Amazon announced it would no longer be sending employees to the event. In an update, the team sha

Microsoft withdraws from GDC gaming conference over coronavirus concerns

Xbox-maker Microsoft announced today that it will not have a presence at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this year, highlighting concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. The comp
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