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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  • Sonos is testing a speaker with a mic and voice control

    Sonos is testing a speaker with a mic and voice control

    It looks like Sonos is nearing the release of a speaker that has a built-in voice control assistant. According to an FCC filing found by Dave Zatz, the company is seeking to get approval from the U.S. Government to sell a speaker that sports “integrated voice control functionality with far field microphones” and “multiple voice platforms.” It’s impossible to say… Read More

  • Of course Bonnie Tyler has the No. 1 song on iTunes right now

    Of course Bonnie Tyler has the No. 1 song on iTunes right now

    Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee have nothing on Bonnie Tyler and her classic song Total Eclipse of the Heart. And today that hit song from 1983 is on top of the iTunes charts, eclipsing (thank you) Despacito claim the number one song. The timing shouldn’t be a mystery. Tyler’s hit is perfect for #eclipse2017, which swept across the United States today leaving burning eyes and… Read More

  • Android Oreo vs iOS 11: What’s different and what’s the same?

    Android Oreo vs iOS 11: What’s different and what’s the same?

    Google just announced Android Oreo and it packs a handful of new features. Some are at the system level and speed up the system and extend the battery life, while others are features that will change the way users interact with their phone. Read More

  • DriveShare will let you rent out your classic ’57 Chevy

    DriveShare will let you rent out your classic ’57 Chevy

    Say you have a ’57 Chevy. Sky blue and white. It’s a beauty. But it sits in your garage most of the year. That’s where DriveShare comes in. Backed by Hagerty, the collectible car insurance company, this peer-to-peer rental service lets owners rent their classic and exotic rides. The idea has been done before. Peer-to-peer car rental is not new. There’s Getaround, Turo… Read More

  • Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 agenda

    Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 agenda

    General admission tickets are now available. We would love to see you at the show. ICOs and cryptocurrency are rapidly changing venture capital and we are bringing some of the top minds and companies to the stage to talk about how it all affects startups. Naval Ravikant and Vitalik Buterin will chat about Ethereum’s quest to balance decentralization and usability the right way. This is… Read More

  • Cadillac’s Super Cruise ‘autopilot’ is ready for the expressway

    Cadillac’s Super Cruise ‘autopilot’ is ready for the expressway

    “Wait for the green light and let go,” the Cadillac engineer instructed. That’s it. The car was driving itself. I, the person behind the steering wheel, was no longer the driver. Cadillac’s Super Cruise system was driving. The 2018 Cadillac CT6 sped along US-23 under the direction of Super Cruise. Traffic was light and the weather was perfect. The system held the… Read More

  • Watch a Boeing 787 Dreamliner draw a massive plane above the United States

    Watch a Boeing 787 Dreamliner draw a massive plane above the United States

    If you have to do a nearly 18-hour live engine test, why not do something fun? Boeing clearly likes fun because for the last 14 hours a 787 Dreamliner has been tracing the outline of a plane above the United States. By my count, this outline hits 17 states and spans from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the tip of Texas. As of this post’s writing, the outline is nearly complete. The… Read More

  • Only one more day to apply to Startup Battlefield Africa

    Only one more day to apply to Startup Battlefield Africa

    Alright, sub-Saharan African startups, if you want to get in on our inaugural Startup Battlefield Africa, the time to act is now. Seriously. Right now. Tomorrow is the last day to submit an application to the Battlefield, so be sure to get over to our application page right now and get your application in. Read More

  • The final 75 tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

    The final 75 tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

    The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. The deck around August Capital’s office is large but cannot hold all of Silicon Valley, so tickets are very limited and released on… Read More

  • Franklin Robotics’ Tertill wins the pitch-off at TC Sessions: Robotics

    Franklin Robotics’ Tertill wins the pitch-off at TC Sessions: Robotics

    We’re pleased to report that a so-called Roomba for weeds, Franklin Robotics’ Tertill, won the TC Sessions: Robotics pitch-off. Because if there’s a task that should be relegated to a robot, it’s weeding a garden. For winning the pitch-off, Franklin Robotics was awarded an exhibit table in Disrupt SF’s Startup Alley. “We actually tried to get away from… Read More

  • This is the last week to apply for Startup Battlefield Africa

    This is the last week to apply for Startup Battlefield Africa

    We’re excited to be partnering with Facebook to bring our illustrious startup competition, the Startup Battlefield, to Nairobi, Kenya later this year. We gave you an extension, but if you’re part of a startup in sub-Saharan Africa, the time to act is now. You have just five more days to put together an application to TechCrunch’s inaugural Startup Battlefield Africa. Read More

  • Here are some of the groundbreaking robots you’ll see at TC Sessions: Robotics next week

    Here are some of the groundbreaking robots you’ll see at TC Sessions: Robotics next week

    TC Sessions: Robotics takes place on Monday, July 17 at MIT, and the agenda is stacked with the best minds, engineers and founders in the robotic industry. And many are bringing some mechanical friends. Throughout the event, a bunch of robotic demos will take place. Some will happen during fireside chats, others in workshops, and there’s even a pitch-off event where three robotic… Read More

  • Deadline to sign up for Startup Battlefield Africa extended by one week

    Deadline to sign up for Startup Battlefield Africa extended by one week

    We’re excited to bring our illustrious startup competition, the Startup Battlefield, to Nairobi, Kenya later this year. And we’re giving you a one-week extension to apply. The Battlefield will feature several prominent startups from the region, each vying to be crowned the most promising startup in sub-Saharan Africa. Don’t miss out. Read More

  • Vizio files $100M lawsuit against LeEco

    Vizio files $100M lawsuit against LeEco

    Last summer LeEco announced it intended to purchase the U.S.-based TV maker Vizio for $2 billion. The deal fell through in March amid myriad problems surrounding LeEco, including a major cash crunch. Allegedly the deal included a $100 million buyer-termination fee and now Vizio has filed suit in a California court to collect payment. Read More

  • LeEco delays payroll until August due to ‘financial constraints’

    LeEco delays payroll until August due to ‘financial constraints’

    Some LeEco employees in China will not get paid until August. According to an official statement provided to TechCrunch, Leshi Holdings, LeEco’s holding company has decided to postpone July’s payroll until August 10th. This is at least the third time this year LeEco has delayed paying some of its workers. Right now, it seems only employees in China will not get a paycheck into August. Read More

  • There are now more tickets available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

    There are now more tickets available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

    The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Read More

  • Astronomer raises $3.5M to make data analytics more accessible

    Astronomer raises $3.5M to make data analytics more accessible

    Astronomer aims to ease the pain around data analytics. Collecting data is just part of the operation. After the data has been collected, it needs to be assembled and organized and sometimes that’s the most time-consuming part of the process. Astronomer says its solution helps with this process, freeing up engineering resources to actually analyze the data. The Cincinnati-based company… Read More

  • GoPro selects ten brands to be first to use the Fusion spherical camera

    GoPro selects ten brands to be first to use the Fusion spherical camera

    If you’re just now hearing that GoPro is shipping the Fusion, chances are you’re not on the list. The company selected nine organizations and one travel blogger to be the first to receive the camera company’s spherical camera. This pilot program clearly shows that GoPro expects the Fusion to be mainly used by professional content creators and brands instead of moms and dads… Read More

  • Five reasons to attend TC Sessions: Robotics next week at MIT

    Five reasons to attend TC Sessions: Robotics next week at MIT

    Next week TechCrunch is hosting its first ever one-day event centered around robotics. Called TC Sessions: Robotics, there are still a few general admission tickets left which grant the holder access to the conference, workshops, and networking events. Plus there are going to be robots as far as the eye can see. We hope you can make it and here’s why. Discover how and why robotics are… Read More

  • Faraday Future is one step closer to the deadpool

    Faraday Future is one step closer to the deadpool

    Faraday Future might as well pack it up and call it a day. The company has reportedly abandoned plans to build a massive factory in the Nevada desert. This facility was going to cost $1 billion to build and employ 13,000 people. This is the second factory the company has announced that would not be built. Read More

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