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.

Crunchbase profile →

Featured Picks from Matt Burns


Latest from Matt Burns

  • Watch Nest unveil its next big thing right here

    Watch Nest unveil its next big thing right here

    Starting at 12:00 pm Eastern, Nest is set to unveil… something. There have been rumors and whispers and murmurs about what Nest could unveil but all will be revealed shortly. And then shortly after, Nest Co-founder and VP of Engineering Matt Rogers will speak at Disrupt SF about the new products. The company needs a hit and the product announced earlier today is not a hit in the same… Read More

  • This could be the Google Home Mini

    This could be the Google Home Mini

    There have been rumors for weeks about Google nearing the release of a smaller version of the Google Home. DroidLife just posted what it claims is the upcoming Google Home Mini. If true, the design speaks the same language of the Google Home. The little puck uses the same cloth covering found on larger version. Gone are the multi-colored lights, replaced by four soft-white lights on top of… Read More

  • Watch industrial robots play traditional instruments

    Watch industrial robots play traditional instruments

    Robots are stealing jobs, the narrative says, and, according to this video, robots are stealing the arts too. The video shows several industrial robotic arms playing the piano, guitar, drums and a keyboard. Through some stellar music production, it sounds amazing too. Read More

  • Vitalik Buterin explains Ethereum in his own words at Disrupt SF

    Vitalik Buterin explains Ethereum in his own words at Disrupt SF

    Today at Disrupt SF 2017 Vitalik Buterin sat down with AngelList founder Naval Ravikant to talk Ethereum. Because, well, Vitalik created Ethereum. Up front, Ravikant asked him to explain Ethereum and this is what he said. “You basically need to have some system that keeps track of how much money you have at any given time, how much money you have the right to spend,” Buterin said. Read More

  • A Google security chief considers the NSA a state-sponsored threat

    A Google security chief considers the NSA a state-sponsored threat

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 Google’s Manager of Information Security Heather Adkins sat down for a fireside chat. Among the varying topics discussed, she spoke about what’s like to have the NSA tap the company’s lines and how she views state sponsored threats. Moderator and TechCrunch Senior Editor Frederic Lardinois asked Adkins if she thinks of the NSA as a… Read More

  • Equifax security and information executives are stepping down

    Equifax security and information executives are stepping down

    Top executives at Equifax are retiring effective immediately, according to the WSJ. Susan Mauldin was the company’s chief security officer and David Webb was the chief information officer. The report says the executives are retiring though, in the wake of the company’s major security breach, “retire” feels like an euphemism for “fired.” Read More

  • South Park trolled Amazon Echo owners in the best way possible

    South Park trolled Amazon Echo owners in the best way possible

    This is one of the minor dangers of owning an Amazon Echo. Most anyone can activate the device by just saying the wake word, including Cartman. And in the season opener of South Park, that’s exactly what happened. Read More

  • Tesla files patent for mobile battery swapping rig

    Tesla files patent for mobile battery swapping rig

    Tesla is still exploring options to make swapping vehicle battery packs easier and faster. This patent filed in May reveals one option that would allow technicians to change out packs in less than 15 minutes. This isn’t the first of such ideas. Back in 2014 Tesla briefly played with an automated system that swapped Model S battery packs in less than 90 seconds. That idea seemed to be… Read More

  • I don’t want the new iPhone X and I can’t be alone

    I don’t want the new iPhone X and I can’t be alone

    Apple announced the latest iPhone yesterday. It’s thinner, faster and has a better screen than the previous model. But of course it does. That’s how these things go. But the phone also lacks things I consider part of my daily life. I’m lost. This iPhone is not for me. Without these two features, I’ll stick with the boring and passé iPhone 8. The iPhone X follows a… Read More

  • Jumia and Safaricom CEOs, Showmax and EchoVC heads top Battlefield Africa lineup

    Jumia and Safaricom CEOs, Showmax and EchoVC heads top Battlefield Africa lineup

    TechCrunch’s Battlefield Africa competition is set for Nairobi, Kenya on October 11. Along with 15 startups vying to become “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup,” the event includes an exciting lineup of speakers and judges from the area and abroad. It’s free to attend and we would love to have you there. Apply for tickets here. TechCrunch and event… Read More

  • Red Cross to start testing drones in disaster relief efforts

    Red Cross to start testing drones in disaster relief efforts

    The American Red has teamed up with the UPS Foundation and drone manufacturer CyPhy Works to bring drones to sites of natural disasters. The goal is to use drones tethered to the ground to assess damages through constant aerial observations. This is where CyPhy Works comes in. The pilot program utilizes CyPhy Works’ Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) platform. In… Read More

  • Dan Gilbert confirms he’s trying to get Amazon to build its second HQ in Detroit

    Dan Gilbert confirms he’s trying to get Amazon to build its second HQ in Detroit

    Dan Gilbert wants Amazon in Detroit. The real estate mogul confirmed to TechCrunch that he has formed internal and external teams to fully explore the possibility of Amazon locating its second HQ in Detroit. Amazon would join General Motors, Quicken Loans, Ally Financial, Comerica and others in having a headquarters in the city’s bustling downtown region. Read More

  • Equifax data breach help site leaves consumers with more questions than answers

    Equifax data breach help site leaves consumers with more questions than answers

    Equifax just announced a massive data breach that could affect 143 million consumers. It’s shaping up to be one of the largest hacks of all time. The information came mostly from U.S. residents, but a percentage also involved U.K. and Canadian citizens and the company is working with authorities from these countries. Read More

  • High-end iPhone to ship after standard models

    High-end iPhone to ship after standard models

    Apple is preparing to announce a new series of iPhone at an event next week. Two models are on tap and TechCrunch has learned from trusted sources the more expensive, fancier version will ship at a later time. By staggering the release and selling one phone at a much higher price, Apple could relieve some of the pressure on its supply chain to process and fulfill orders. Read More

  • GoPro says things are looking great, sends stock soaring

    GoPro says things are looking great, sends stock soaring

    GoPro’s stock is up 12% [NASDAQ:GPRO] as of noon Eastern on Thursday. This jump was caused after the company released a statement stating that its revenue and gross margin will be at the top of its guidance range. This should put the company’s revenue close to the amount Wall Street is expecting. The company also expects the third quarter to be profitable on a non-GAAP basis… Read More

  • Tome Software and Trek Bicycle are looking to AI to make biking safer

    Tome Software and Trek Bicycle are looking to AI to make biking safer

    Tome Software has teamed up with Trek Bicycle to reduce the number of bike to vehicle collisions. To achieve this goal, the partners have turned to using artificial intelligence at the autonomous vehicle testing facility, Mcity. The project will be conducted at Mcity’s TechLab, a partnership between the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Mcity around… Read More

  • Here’s the complete list of tech CEOs supporting the repeal of DACA

    Here’s the complete list of tech CEOs supporting the repeal of DACA

    1)
    2)
    3) (There are none.) Meanwhile, here’s how the leaders of tech’s biggest companies have responded to the repeal. Drop us a comment below if you see any tech leader who supports the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and we’ll update our list. Read More

  • Moleskine’s next paper planner will automatically sync with Google Calendar and Apple’s iCal

    Moleskine’s next paper planner will automatically sync with Google Calendar and Apple’s iCal

    I use a Hobonichi Techo Weeks as a daily planner. Like John found when reviewing planners, it’s the perfect size and has just enough space for my to-do list, appointments and a bit of journaling. But it doesn’t sync to my Google Calendar like Moleskine’s upcoming planner. I mean, my planner is just normal paper. The Moleskine version is a combination of a smart pen and… Read More

  • The Lily drone is kind of back

    The Lily drone is kind of back

    Remember the Lily drone? It was the drone a person could launch by throwing it in the air and then it would follow the user gallivanting around Dolores Park. It was also the company that couldn’t live up to its crowdfunding campaign and ultimately shut down last January. It’s now available. Sort of. It’s called the Lily Next-Gen and looks much like the original with a blue… Read More

  • 10 of the most-funded startups to fail in 2017

    Startups rise and startups fall. 2017 has seen some prominent startups go under. What follows are 10 of the best-funded companies to close in the first nine months of 2017. Ultimately not all is lost. Experience is gained and lessons are learned. But as companies fall, more jump up in the spirit of entrepreneurship. Read More

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. ...