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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  • 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

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    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

  • Roku files for $100M IPO

    Roku files for $100M IPO

    Roku has filed for an initial public offering and is looking to raise up to $100 million. The company will be listed on the NASDAQ appropriately under the ticker of ROKU. Read More

  • Nest invites press to a “big announcement” on September 20

    Nest invites press to a “big announcement” on September 20

    Earlier today Nest announced a new thermostat but it appears the company has more things to announce. Nest just sent invites to an event on September 20, saying it’s a big announcement. No other details were offered. The company needs a hit and the product announced earlier today is not a hit in the same league as the Learning Thermostat. Nest has been seemingly slow to roll out new… Read More

  • Bang & Olufsen and Sony launch AirPod rivals

    Bang & Olufsen and Sony launch AirPod rivals

    Everyone wants to get in on the wireless earbud rage and two firms just announced their entry into the market. Today at IFA 2017, B&O and Sony announced their first wireless earbuds that each compete in the space Apple made popular with the AirPods. Sound quality aside, these new earbuds have one thing over the AirPods: They don’t look like AirPods. The B&O Beoplay E8 sports… Read More

  • These 5 augmented reality apps show the future of the iPhone

    The next version of iOS will bring augmented reality to the masses through a software package called ARKit. As the following demos show, this will turn the iPhone into a window of a new world filled with people, objects and dreams that seemingly coexist with the real world. TechCrunch got an early look at some of the apps developers built using ARKit. They’re impressive: Ikea… Read More

  • Apple to remove home button in upcoming high-end iPhone, report says

    Apple to remove home button in upcoming high-end iPhone, report says

    The home button is headed to the trash bin, if a report by Bloomberg is to be believed. According to the report, Apple is ditching the button to make room for a larger screen in one version of the next iPhone. Instead of a home button, users will perform actions using on-screen gesture controls involving a sort of dock of icons. If true this would be the biggest change in iPhone design since… Read More

  • Overwatch finally adds Deathmatch and it kind of sucks

    Overwatch finally adds Deathmatch and it kind of sucks

    I haven’t played another FPS besides Overwatch in months, which makes me qualified to state that Overwatch is the best FPS on the market. That said, until today, it was lacking a deathmatch mode. And players wanted deathmatch. Though after playing a few rounds, it’s clear why adding this mode was not a priority. Before this update, the only way to play the game was through… Read More

  • Tech leaders will show how they’re solving societal problems at Disrupt SF

    Tech leaders will show how they’re solving societal problems at Disrupt SF

    The tech industry can’t seem to keep its hands off of politics, diversity and social initiatives. And that’s a good thing. At Disrupt San Francisco 2017, some of these tech leaders will speak not only about their tech, but also about how they’re tackling some of the biggest problems we face as a society. Read More

  • BMW adds a sport package to the i3 electric vehicle

    BMW adds a sport package to the i3 electric vehicle

    The BMW i3 will soon be available with a sport package that adds a few ponies, sportier wheels and a slightly different look to let other drivers know you’re serious about not using gasoline. The updated model is called the i3s and marks the first time the automaker added a dedicated sport package to the i3 or i7, though the i8 is already sporty enough. This package comes as part of… Read More

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