Matt Burns

Matt is a Managing Editor at TechCrunch.

He started at TechCrunch as a freelance writer in 2008 and moved up the ranks to become the Managing Editor in early 2017. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, he has a special place in his heart for mobility startups and gadgets.

At TechCrunch he manages the editorial side of the company’s events including TechCrunch Disrupt, TechCrunch Sessions and the company’s various worldwide events. Previously he was a freelance writer at Engadget and EngadgetHD where he hosted podcasts until he was removed from that role after saying a swear word. He’s very sorry and promises it won’t happen again.

His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call. And woodwork.

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  • Hear about the future of space propulsion at Disrupt Berlin

    Hear about the future of space propulsion at Disrupt Berlin

    If hardware is hard, rockets must be even harder. Natalya Bailey should know. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Accion Systems, a startup spun out of MIT’s Space Propulsion Laboratory that is developing a new type of propulsion for spacecraft. Today we’re announcing she’ll take the Disrupt Berlin stage along with Shasta Ventures founder and managing director Rob… Read More

  • HealthMatch wins TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Australia

    HealthMatch wins TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Australia

    TechCrunch is proud to announce HealthMatch is the winner of the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Australia and FluroSat is the runner up. A panel of expert judges picked the winner out of the batch of five finalists that also included CancerAid, Life Whisperer and Spalk. The startups from Australia and New Zealand were hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. Read More

  • Hear from leading venture capitalists at Disrupt Berlin

    Hear from leading venture capitalists at Disrupt Berlin

    TechCrunch Disrupt is returning to Berlin this December, and among the founders and developers speaking, we’re pleased to have leading venture capitalists on stage to talk about fundraising, entrepreneurship and the trends they’re looking to fund. The show is jam-packed, and just like every Disrupt, the focus is on startups and the bleeding edge of technology. Fifteen startups… Read More

  • Attending CES 2018? TechCrunch wants to see your company

    Attending CES 2018? TechCrunch wants to see your company

    CES is a horrible, god-awful experience that will shave years off your life. The casinos, the food, the people, the germs. Horrible. All of it. But we love it! And we’re sending a huge contingent to the show again this year and want to see your gadgets, toys and products. TechCrunch cares much more for the hardware startups than the big CE players. We want to see the future FitBits and… Read More

  • Demystify hardware startups at Disrupt Berlin 2017

    Demystify hardware startups at Disrupt Berlin 2017

    Hardware is hard, they say, and that’s why hardware will be a point of discussion at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017. We’re pleased to bring to the stage several companies that built, launched and live in the world of hardware. It’s our hope that through these panels and fireside chats, founders, devs and investors walk away from the conference a bit more comfortable… Read More

  • Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017 Agenda

    Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017 Agenda

    TechCrunch Disrupt is returning to Berlin for the first time since the original Disrupt Europe in 2013. Disrupt Berlin 2017 is one of the largest TechCrunch events we’ve held in Europe and general admission and exhibitor packages are still available. You’re not going to want to miss this. The show is jam-packed, and just like every Disrupt, the focus is on startups and the… Read More

  • Xbox One X review: This is the ultimate Xbox

    Xbox One X review: This is the ultimate Xbox

    This is the Xbox One X. It’s the fastest and smallest Xbox and the first to offer games in 4K. At $499 the higher resolution comes at a steep price. After a week with the console and hours of gaming, I can firmly state the Xbox One X is the best Xbox to date. This Xbox has everything. Think about it. The Xbox One X is the culmination of the Xbox project and, right now, at this moment… Read More

  • The Xbox One X Review: Unboxing and tearing it down

    This is the Xbox One X. A full review is coming, but until then, here are some pics of the outside and inside of unassuming gaming machine. The case is passe and boring. Inside are the chips and bits of the most powerful gaming console to date and they look great. Read More

  • The MSI Trident 3 Arctic packs crazy gaming power into a tiny case

    The MSI Trident 3 Arctic packs crazy gaming power into a tiny case

    Here’s the skinny: This computer is skinny. The MSI Trident 3 Arctic is a gaming rig in a surprisingly small package. During testing the found the computer capable of running the latest VR hardware and games even though the tiny computer lacks the traditional cooling found on standard cases. The MSI Trident 3 Arctic is a gaming console killer. Specs: Windows Home 10 Intel Core… Read More

  • This video shows the iPhone X’s crazy app switching swipe

    This video shows the iPhone X’s crazy app switching swipe

    The iPhone X is about to be released, and somehow, either officially sanctioned or otherwise, a handful of videos have appeared showing different functions of the device. What follows is a short video showing the novel way users will switch apps on the iPhone X. App switching on iPhone X looks pretty smooth. (via https://t.co/mXpNJhOwzw) pic.twitter.com/Lf9X3twx58 — Webastiaan the… Read More

  • Parrot releases drones for firefighters and farmers

    Parrot releases drones for firefighters and farmers

    Parrot is continuing its push into the commercial drone space with two new drones. The Bebop-Pro Thermo and Bluegrass are aimed at specific targets namely firefighters and farmers. Both join Parrot’s Professional range of drones that include the Disco-Pro AG and Bebop-Pro 3D Modeling. At this point, if there’s an industry that could use a drone, Parrot seems to be building one… Read More

  • Delphi buys Nutonomy for $400 million to scale and deliver autonomous vehicles

    Delphi buys Nutonomy for $400 million to scale and deliver autonomous vehicles

    Delphi today announced it is purchasing the self-driving car company Nutonomy for $450 million. Founded in 2013 by Dr. Karl Iagnemma and Dr. Emilio Frazzoli, Nutonomy is Boston-based company that develops autonomous vehicle technology. The core thought behind this purchase is to accelerate the pace of developing autonomous vehicles with Delphi. Delphi CTO Glen De Vos noted on a conference… Read More

  • Here are the cars that support iPhone 8 and iPhone X wireless charging

    Here are the cars that support iPhone 8 and iPhone X wireless charging

    The iPhone 8 and iPhone X sport wireless charging and there are a handful of car manufacturers that already include Qi charging pads. Basically, Apple says, most of these wireless charging pads will work though there are some outliers. The main exception is some of the pads are not large enough for the iPhone 8 Plus so in that case, you’ll have to plug your phone into a cable to charge. Read More

  • Dubai startup raises $1.5m to use AI to reduce vehicle accidents and opens US office in Detroit

    Dubai startup raises $1.5m to use AI to reduce vehicle accidents and opens US office in Detroit

    Derq aims to make cars smarter and recently raised $1.5 million in seed funding after graduating from Techstars Mobility Accelerator. In addition to growing its team and opening an office in Detroit, the company plans on using the cash to advance its tech that aims to reduce vehicle accidents by improving how cars and infrastructure talk to each other. The company sees its product integrating… Read More

  • Watch the Amazon HQ2 video pitches from Detroit, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philly, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and DFW

    Cities, regions and states are throwing everything at Amazon in the hopes the giant company will pick them to house its second headquarters. Amazon says 238 cities submitted proposals and many cities included sizzle videos in their pitch. Here are the videos from Detroit, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Dallas and Fort Worth. Each are different. Some show building… Read More

  • Touchscreen Google Home device evidence spied in official app code

    Touchscreen Google Home device evidence spied in official app code

    There’s now more evidence Google is testing a touchscreen Home device. AndroidPolice points to sections of code of the latest Google app that refers to a device that sports a new on-screen interface. The APK teardown of 7.14.15 beta version revealed a long list of on-screen menus and functions that are utilized by a device with the code-name of Quartz. These abilities include YouTube… Read More

  • Nintendo to release SNES-themed 3DS XL in the U.S.

    Nintendo to release SNES-themed 3DS XL in the U.S.

    Nintendo is going to ride the retro cash cow to the bank. The company recently announced an SNES-themed 3DS XL for Europe and apparently its coming to the States, too. The handheld is available for pre-order for $199 and ships two weeks after the European release on November 27. To sweeten the deal, a download code for Super Mario Kart is included with the system. wait what, New Nintendo 3DS… Read More

  • Duo Security raises $70 million at a valuation north of $1 billion

    Duo Security raises $70 million at a valuation north of $1 billion

    Duo Security today announced its Series D funding that puts the company in unicorn territory. The company raised $70 million led by Meritech Capital Partners and Lead Edge Capital at a valuation of $1.17 billion. This funding round brings the company’s total amount raised to $119 million. This round included new investors, Index Ventures and Workday, that latter of which joins as a… Read More

  • BlackBerry ditches the keyboard in latest handset

    BlackBerry ditches the keyboard in latest handset

    Yesterday at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, BlackBerry announced the Motion, an all-screen smartphone with a massive battery. Made by TCL under the BlackBerry Mobile brand, the Motion packs a 5.5-inch screen and running on a Snapdragon 625 SoC platform. The phone will be initially available in Middle Eastern markets for around $460 USD. North American availability was not announced. The… Read More

  • Porsche’s Mission E caught testing alongside Tesla vehicles

    Porsche’s Mission E caught testing alongside Tesla vehicles

    Ignore the exhaust tips on the back. Those are just to throw off casual onlookers. According to our friends at Autoblog, there’s a good chance this is the electric car Porsche hopes to throw down against Tesla. Called Mission E in previous concepts, Porsche has talked about this car for several years though this is one of the first photos of the production car. The photos show a car void… Read More

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