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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  • Ford names Kumar Galhotra president of Ford North America

    Ford names Kumar Galhotra president of Ford North America

    Ford today announced key changes in the company’s leadership ranks after yesterday’s abrupt departure of Raj Nair, former Ford President of North America. Kumar Galhotra will take over Nair’s position effective on March 1. In this post he will be responsible for all of Ford’s North American business and report to Jim Farley, Ford EVP and president of Global… Read More

  • Ford’s president of North America exits the company due to ‘inappropriate behavior’

    Ford’s president of North America exits the company due to ‘inappropriate behavior’

    Ford today announced the departure of Raj Nair, Ford’s president of North America and former executive vice president, Product Development and chief technical officer. According to a press release, he is leaving the company following a recent internal investigation that found certain behavior by Nair was “inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct.” Nair worked at… Read More

  • ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ is now available on iOS and it’s wonderful

    ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ is now available on iOS and it’s wonderful

    Alto’s Adventure could be my most-played game on iOS. I spent countless hours on flights getting lost in the serene landscape offered in the game. To me it’s a satisfying mix of adventure and mindless pleasure. The sequel is now available on iOS and it’s even better than the first. As Darrell explains here, the new game has the same magic as the original, but this time Alto… Read More

  • Here’s how to make Alexa control a toilet — because why not?

    Here’s how to make Alexa control a toilet — because why not?

    Alexa-controlled toilets are a thing in 2018, but cost thousands. An enterprising person can make their own by following these instructions. It takes a bit of work, multiple components and about $750 (plus the cost of the toilet), but the end result is a voice-controlled toilet — and everyone needs that in their life. Read More

  • AT&T names Atlanta, Dallas and Waco first of 12 US cities to get 5G wireless

    AT&T names Atlanta, Dallas and Waco first of 12 US cities to get 5G wireless

    AT&T wireless announced on Tuesday the first cities to get its 5G network. The carrier plans on installing 5G in 12 cities by the end of 2018, and on top of the list is Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas and Waco, Texas. The remaining cities will be announced at a later date. Several carriers have been trialing 5G networks for some time. AT&T says this rollout will be based on the 3GPP… Read More

  • PicoBrew announces a modular and scalable professional brewing appliance

    PicoBrew announces a modular and scalable professional brewing appliance

    PicoBrew today announced a new product in its growing line of brewing appliances. Called the Z Series, this product targets serious brewers with a scalable design that allows for greater precision in repeatable larger batch sizes. And with the largest model, the Z4, the owner ends up with a stack of slick brewing appliances that reinforces the thought we’re finally living in the… Read More

  • Here’s how to make The Boring Company’s flamethrower

    Here’s how to make The Boring Company’s flamethrower

    Obligatory disclaimer: Don’t be dumb. What follows is a video showing high level instructions on how to build a nearly exact copy of The Boring Company’s flamethrower. Basically, gut this $125 Airsoft gun and insert a propane torch. The total bill of goods should be under $200, well under the $500 The Boring Company was charging until it sold out of the 20k units. As many pointed… Read More

  • Review: The Kube speaker is overpriced and underwhelming

    Review: The Kube speaker is overpriced and underwhelming

    This speaker is huge. It’s the size of a cooler a person would take camping for a week. It weighs 48 lbs. And for a good reason, too. The Kube speaker from Thomas and Darden is solid and packed with power. The company says it can put out 122 dB of sound. But it’s not a good sound. That’s the rub. This is a massive speaker that gets really loud but doesn’t sound great at… Read More

  • Furniture maker Floyd raises $5.6m to expand product line, move into new Detroit HQ

    Furniture maker Floyd raises $5.6m to expand product line, move into new Detroit HQ

    Detroit-based Floyd has announced a $5.6 million Series A funding round that will let the company expand its operations and release new products. The company has been in Detroit for the last five years and they’re dedicated to creating better furniture and a better experience around furniture. This injection of cash should go a long way in helping that mission. Floyd launched its… Read More

  • The Apple HomePod ships February 9 for $349, available to order this Friday

    The Apple HomePod ships February 9 for $349, available to order this Friday

    Apple is finally shipping the HomePod. The device will ship on February 9, seven months after its announcement at WWDC 2017. It will cost $349 and limited at launch to the US, UK and Australian markets. The news comes from Apple who is touting HomePod’s Siri integration, saying its voice assistant is able to “send a message, set a timer, play a podcast, check the news, sports… Read More

  • DJI’s latest drone leaks ahead of launch

    DJI’s latest drone leaks ahead of launch

    DJI is supposed to announce a new drone tomorrow but this appears to be it. Called the Mavic Air, the small drone looks to be a combo of foldable Mavic Pro and the affordable Spark. I’m interested. According to DroneDJ, the small drone will have four foldable legs, a 4k camera, 3-way gimbal and a obstacle-avoidance system. But what about the price and range? DJI will likely reveal… Read More

  • Fli Charge demonstrates its charging pad with Craftsman power tools

    Fli Charge demonstrates its charging pad with Craftsman power tools

    Don’t call Fli Charge wireless charging. Fli Charge is conductive charging. It’s just like plugging something into a wall but uses powered surfaces to distribute power. And thanks to proprietary tech, it’s safe to the touch and just as fast as a wall outlet. The company stopped by TechCrunch’s CES 2018 booth to show off their latest generation. It works and… Read More

  • Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack was my surprise hit of CES 2018

    Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack was my surprise hit of CES 2018

    Peak Design announced its line of bags on Kickstarter in 2016. It’s my favorite thing at CES 2018. The project raised $6.5 million on Kickstarter and now the company has a full product line designed for photographers and bloggers and people who just like nice things. That’s me. To be clear this is not a new bag. The bag has been out for a bit but I purchased Peak Design’s… Read More

  • The Zeeq smart pillow tracks sleep, plays music and more

    The Zeeq smart pillow tracks sleep, plays music and more

    It’s 2018, so it’s high time pillows gain a bit of technology. Rem-Fit’s Zeeq pillow is packed with the goods to, hopefully, improve a person’s sleep in various ways. Some people need music to fall asleep while others need help with snoring and analyzing sleep patterns. The pillow comes in three different flavors. The snore pillow features a vibration feature that… Read More

  • Boeing’s prototype drone can carry 500 lbs of cargo

    Boeing’s prototype drone can carry 500 lbs of cargo

    Boeing just revealed a prototype drone capable of carrying much more than a camera. The company tasked engineers with designing and building a cargo drone and the prototype they came up with is able to haul 500 lbs of goods. The vehicle is huge and much larger than anything DJI sells. It weighs 747 pounds and is 15 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet tall. Four arms hold two props each. It… Read More

  • LiveMap shows off latest prototype of augmented reality motorcycle helmet

    LiveMap shows off latest prototype of augmented reality motorcycle helmet

    LiveMap launched in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield CES 2014 and is getting closer to producing its augmented reality helmet. Since launching, the product has evolved to a working prototype. I tried it on at CES and it seemed to work fine. The current version of helmet features a small transparent screen mounted on the visor. A small projector is mounted in the chin of the helmet. Read More

  • Loomo Robo Companion

    Segway Robotics’ Loomo wants to be your little buddy

    Everyone needs a robotic friend and the Loomo might be the best yet. Part pack mule, part Segway, part voice assistant, the Loomo packs a lot of goods into its self-balancing frame. The device is from Segway Robotics, which is backed by Intel and Xiaomi. Intel’s RealSense provides sensors to make it safe to use indoors and out and the Segway platform lets it self-balance and travel at up… Read More

  • Watch the trailer for season five of Silicon Valley

    Watch the trailer for season five of Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley is about to come back for a fifth season and things are about to change, according to this trailer. The fifth season will also apparently feature “The Tech Awards,” which appears to be the show’s take on the Crunchies — TechCrunch’s long-running award show for the tech industry. Read More

  • Kodak stock price up 89% after announcing ICO

    Kodak stock price up 89% after announcing ICO

    The 130-year-old Eastman Kodak company announced an ICO yesterday because it’s 2018 and nothing matters. Since the announcement, the stock price is trading up 89 percent, currently at $11.90. The stock price has not been this high since March 2017. Kodak isn’t the first company to see explosive stock gains after announcing a cryptocurrency product. Others like Veltyco, LongFin… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 to be announced in February

    Samsung Galaxy S9 to be announced in February

    The next version of the Samsung Galaxy S9 is to be announced next month at Mobile World Congress. The word comes from DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile business, speaking at a CES 2018 event. Samsung has used MWC to launch several Galaxy phones including the Samsung S7 Edge in 2016. The massive annual show in Barcelona is traditionally a stage for Motorola, LG, Xiaomi and Huawei… Read More

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