Lucas Matney

Lucas Matney

Senior Reporter

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

Facebook opens Oculus Store to 2D progressive web apps

Facebook wants to make its Quest 2 headset a productivity device for a new generation of remote workers, but in order to pull that off, it needs apps. Today, Facebook announced that they’re brin

OneRoof raises $1.25M to build a hyper-localized Nextdoor

As urban rental markets recover and people flock back to cities, people are once again finding themselves with plenty of new neighbors in communities that are trying to embrace a renewed vibrancy of p

DJI’s latest GoPro competitor is a stunner, but can’t handle the heat

DJI’s second-generation GoPro killer couldn’t look better… on paper. The stunning little Action 2 is compact and boasts a full-featured list of specs with a fascinating modular desig

Sequoia dramatically revamps its fund structure as it looks to rethink venture capital model

Sequoia Capital is debuting a big shift in strategy as they look to boost their returns amid increased competition in the market for startup financing. The storied venture capital firm announced in a

NFT sci-fi card game Parallel raises at $500M valuation from Paradigm

It’s no secret that NFTs have been a hot space for crypto speculators in the Ethereum ecosystem to diversify their holdings, and while some see a golden opportunity to shill bad art to suckers,

Sam Altman’s Worldcoin wants to scan eyeballs in exchange for crypto

As investors race to capitalize on surging interest in cryptocurrencies, startups are getting creative in how they onboard a generation of crypto users to their first wallets. Worldcoin is perhaps one

A nine-figure fund for JPGs?

The NFT craze of the past year has triggered an avalanche of crypto capital flowing into art, trading card games, luxury avatars and digital objects, but so far, institutional investment firms have la

Variant debuts a new $110M fund for crypto startups, announces Li Jin has joined as a general partner

While investors continue to question whether crypto will swallow up more traditional VC opportunities down the road, it certainly appears that today the blockchain space is eating up the attention of

Apple announces third-generation AirPods with new design, spatial audio

AirPods are nearly five years old, and while the product line has seen some major additions over the years, things have looked pretty similar for the entry-level product. Today, Apple debuted the thir

Does the NFT craze actually matter?

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, we talked about Apple’s subscription addiction. This week, I’m diving deep into whether there’s actually any meaning to

HTC reveals the $499 Vive Flow, a tiny VR headset with some big tradeoffs

Today, HTC has revealed their latest consumer-focused headset, the $499 Vive Flow. It’s designed for portability with a compact design and 189 gram weight, though there are some big caveats, whi

FourFront nabs funding to build an interconnected network of fictional TikTok stars

Every popular social media platform has opened up a new type of storytelling to a new generation of users, but TikTok’s impact has perhaps been the swiftest as the short-form video platform&#821

Coinbase is launching its own NFT platform to take on OpenSea

Coinbase is readying the launch of an NFT marketplace that will compete with existing major players in the space, like OpenSea, debuting a user waitlist for the desktop product that it hopes to launch

Seven years after raising $542M at a $2B valuation, Magic Leap raises $500M at a $2B valuation

Magic Leap has had one hell of a journey, and to their credit, it seems investors are still addicted to giving them money. The augmented reality startup announced today that they have raised $500 mill

The growing pains of Apple’s subscription addiction

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, we talked about how YouTube has managed to skate along while Facebook has gotten pummeled over platform responsibility concerns. This week

‘Fantasy startup investing’ NFT platform Visionrare shuts down paid marketplace after a day in open beta

Just over 24 hours into its open beta, Visionrare, which launched an NFT marketplace for “fantasy startup investing,” is temporarily shutting down and refunding users who purchased shares,

Twitter invests in avatar startup Facemoji

Avatar startups have come and gone over the past few years, but the future that many of the entrepreneurs behind them originally imagined has proven more or less accurate. Apple is increasingly intere

‘Fantasy equity’ NFT game wants you to spend real money buying fake shares of real startups

The meme-ification of ownership and the wild acceleration of private startup valuations have led us to this moment where a former VC firm associate has built a crypto marketplace designed for “f

Masterworks raises $110M to sell fractional shares of physical art — not NFTs

As investors look to diversify their holding amid exceptionally top-heavy traditional asset markets, more tech-enabled platforms are popping up to make the case for their alternative investment platfo

Co-streaming rolls out to all creators on Facebook Gaming

Co-streaming is rolling out to all users on Facebook’s game-streaming platform Facebook Gaming. The feature will allow users to team up and stream with one another, while enabling viewers to nav
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