Matt Burns

Matt Burns

Senior Editor

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.

The Latest from Matt Burns

Cannabis and banking vets launch credit card for dispensaries

Most consumer cannabis transactions are done in cash, legal or not. Since the United States classifies cannabis as a Title IV drug, the banking industry is unwilling and unable to provide services to

Gift Guide: Give the gift of cannabis with these 9 high-tech smoking devices

Cannabis is quickly going to the nerds. As it gradually becomes legal around the world, startups have responded with innovative products from laser-powered water bongs to CNC machined vapes to AI-powe

Check out the incredible speakers joining us on TechCrunch Live in December

TechCrunch Live (previously known as Extra Crunch Live) is ending the year strong with a slate of fantastic speakers. We’re speaking to Eugenio Pace from Auth0 and Sunil Nagaraj from Ubiquity Ve

Meadow launches Dynamic Delivery to bring mobile cannabis dispensaries to California

Meadow’s new Dynamic Delivery helped Cannable cut delivery times from hours to 20 minutes. How? The delivery vehicle is stocked with pot available for purchase, and customers can order, through

Agrify aims to be the fastest-growing cannabis company

Agrify currently sells computer-controlled vertical farming units for cannabis. But that’s just the starting point for Agrify. The company is quickly going vertical itself, adding features and a

The DJI Mavic 3 is the company’s best consumer drone yet

Let’s get this out of the way: The $2,199 DJI Mavic 3 is excellent and I didn’t even get to try all the new features yet. The Mavic 3 is DJI’s latest top-of-the-line consumer drone.

Puffco keeps innovating dabbing

Puffco is announcing a new upgrade to its over-the-top Peak Pro vaporizer that increases the smoking experience and improves battery life. This upgrade requires users to swap the cooking chamber of th

Cannabis investment jumps 82% the second half of 2021, 165% over 2020 levels

Cannabis equity fundraising is quickly hitting new highs. An analysis of Crunchbase data reveals cannabis companies are seeing larger checks from equity financing, and the number of rounds is seemingl

Vlad Novakovski and Nicole Quinn to elucidate Series A fundraising

Vlad Novakovski co-founded Lunchclub in 2017 as a way to improve professional networking. In 2020, the company made a large push toward videos (thanks, COVID) and eventually saw enough traction to rai

Review: The Surface Pro 8 with Windows 11 is fast and fresh

The latest Surface Pro is packed with new goodness. The screen is new and the chassis is new. It runs the latest Intel chipset and finally supports Thunderbolt 4. The Surface Pro 8 even packs Windows

First drive: The electrifying GMC Hummer EV

The $110,000 GMC Hummer EV is a wild mashup that can keep up with the best off-roader, has the comfort of a luxury sedan and has the speed of a sports car. And it has a truck bed. GM calls it a super

Here are the 5 Startup Battlefield finalists at Disrupt 2021

Over the last two days, 20 companies took the stage in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield in a bid to win $100,000 and the Startup Battlefield Cup. They had six minutes to present their pitch decks an

Seth Rogen explains how Houseplant promotes cannabis without breaking the rules

"That's us, developing a relationship and trust with customers in places where weed is not legal yet."

Storz & Bickel new Mighty+ vape features faster heating, USB-C and UL certification

Storz & Bickel finally updated the Mighty vaporizer. The original hit the market in October 2014 and quickly became a fan favorite despite its unwieldy form factor and market-topping price. Users

Curio Wellness rebrands retail biz, expands its cannabis retail franchises to new states

Curio Wellness announced its innovative franchise program in 2020, and today it’s bringing the program across the United States. The company is now accepting franchise applications in 10 states, inc

Cannabis e-commerce startup Jane Technologies raises $100M after stellar growth

Don’t call Jane Technologies the Amazon of weed. Instead, think of Jane Technologies as the Shopify of weed, and it’s an important distinction. While other startups attempt to build a dest

Trym adds crop steering to its cannabis seed-to-sale platform

Crop steering turns growing carrots or cannabis from an art into a science. Indoor growers have long turned to this practice to improve yields, which involves precisely controlling and manipulating th

Eaze to become America’s largest cannabis delivery service after buying Green Dragon

Eaze this week announced significant plans to expand into one of the U.S.’s largest cannabis delivery services. One of the original on-demand cannabis delivery services, the Bay Area-based comp

Blumira raises $10.3M Series A to bring cloud-based SIEM to mid-market companies

Blumira today announced it raised a $10.3 million Series A financing round. The Ann Arbor-based cybersecurity company says the capital will be used to expand its product offering, double its headcount

Seth Rogen is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt to talk about the weed business

TechCrunch is thrilled to announce Seth Rogen is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt this September. The movie-star-turned-pot-businessman is speaking on his latest venture: Houseplant, his privately funded
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