Matt Burns

Matt is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch.

Matt Burns is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch.

His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call.

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  • Stratos Sells To Ciright One To Avoid Collapse

    Stratos Sells To Ciright One To Avoid Collapse

    Stratos isn’t dead yet. The Michigan-based startup just signed an agreement with Ciright One LLC to take over the fledgling company. Under their agreement, Ciright One will manage and fulfill all outstanding consumer and commercial and Thiago Olson, Stratos co-founder, ensures me that Stratos Cards will continue to function as normal. There is a plan to reinstate customer support in… Read More

  • SpaceX Successfully Lands A Giant Falcon 9 Rocket For The First Time

    SpaceX Successfully Lands A Giant Falcon 9 Rocket For The First Time

    SpaceX has done it. Elon Musk’s rocket startup just successfully launched and then landed a Falcon 9 rocket some ten minutes later. This comes after several attempts that ended in fiery explosions. The rocket was carrying 11 satellites destined for low-Earth orbit. It’s important to note, this rocket isn’t a one-off affair, or a small rocket like the Blue Origin New Shepard… Read More

  • Watch SpaceX’s Latest Attempt To Land A Reusable Rocket

    Watch SpaceX’s Latest Attempt To Land A Reusable Rocket

    SpaceX is set to launch and then attempt to land a rocket at 8:29 PM Eastern Standard Time. This time around, though, SpaceX is attempting to land the rocket on solid ground rather than a robotic barge like previous attempts that resulted in fiery crashes. The Falcon 9 rocket is set to deliver 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit for ORBCOMM. Then, most of the rocket will attempt to return to… Read More

  • Stratos Card To Shut Down Just Six Months After Launching

    Stratos Card To Shut Down Just Six Months After Launching

    The Stratos Card is about to jump in the deadpool. The company behind the universal credit card is shutting down, TechCrunch has confirmed from several sources. Founded in 2012 by Thiago Olson and Chris Bartenstein, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based startup raised $6.63 million over three rounds of financing with the most recent being a $5.8M Venture round in October of 2014. We hear they ran out… Read More

  • 11 Fantastic Gifts From Cool Hardware Startups

    It’s no secret, we love startups. And yet, finding the perfect gift for a startup lover is challenging. The great thing is that some of our favorite startups are now making cool hardware products. This year, instead of buying yet another Apple gadget, look no further, we’ve rounded up eleven gifts. These aren’t Kickstarter campaigns. All these gifts are shipping today. Need… Read More

  • 7 Star Wars Gifts For The Jedi Knights In Your Life

    It’s impossible to escape Star Wars. And that’s great! What follows are some of the best Star Wars-themed gifts available right now. From droids, to LEGO kits, to plush toys, this list has a bit of everything. If nothing else, no one has ever turned down a Star Wars t-shirt. Read More

  • Announcing The 2016 TechCrunch Events Calendar

    Announcing The 2016 TechCrunch Events Calendar

    Buckle up because the TechCrunch Events Calendar is out. We want you to join us as we travel the United States to bring you insightful, fun and valuable experiences. Our events range from meetups where you can network and see great new companies to Disrupt where it all happens and startup legends are made. And all of these events are accessible, easy to attend, and ready for your pitches. Read More

  • Take A Stroll Down Memory Lane As We Revisit The First Annual Crunchies Awards Show

    Take A Stroll Down Memory Lane As We Revisit The First Annual Crunchies Awards Show

    It’s hard to believe the 9th Annual Crunchies will be happening soon. It seems like only yesterday we all gathered in Herbst Theater and celebrated the first Crunchies Awards; little did we know it was the just the first of many successful Crunchies to come. As the 9th Crunchies approaches, we thought it’d be fun to take a trip down memory lane and revisit past shows. Over the next… Read More

  • Blippar Demonstrates New Real-Time Augmented Reality App

    Blippar Demonstrates New Real-Time Augmented Reality App

    Ambarish Mitra just revealed Blippar’s next-generation app at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015. By just pointing the app at everyday objects, the app identifies and categories nearly everything in the frame. The app launches in two weeks in an effort to become a visual browser. Read More

  • Making The Case For Drones In Commercial Markets

    Making The Case For Drones In Commercial Markets

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015, the CEOs of Sky Futures, Verifly and Airware took the stage with TechCrunch writer Frederic Lardinois in an attempt to explain how drones can be used other than for taking selfies. But, before that can happen, common sense regulation is needed, the panel argued. Chris Blackford of SkyFutures stated that his company, which provides drone solutions… Read More

  • SevenHugs Smart Remote Controls Devices By Just Pointing

    SevenHugs Smart Remote Controls Devices By Just Pointing

    Point and control. That’s the basis of the SevenHugs Smart Remote. Instead of selecting, say, a connected light bulb on a menu in the remote, a user simply points the remote at the light to control it. Want to control a Sonos speaker? Point the remote at the speakers and the remote knows to control the device. Read More

  • Nominations For The 9th Annual Crunchies End Today, Get Them In Now

    Nominations For The 9th Annual Crunchies End Today, Get Them In Now

    We’re just a few months away from the 9th Annual Crunchies, and your window to nominate your favorite tech startups, entrepreneurs and investors is closing today. Yes, today is the final day to get your nominations in, so be sure to head to our nominations page to support the best companies and people in the industry. Read More

  • GoPro Further Muddles Its Product Line With Hero4 Session Price Drop

    GoPro Further Muddles Its Product Line With Hero4 Session Price Drop

    GoPro now sells four different cameras for $299 or less. This comes as the firm drops the price on the new Hero4 Session to $199 — the price it should have sold for originally. The drop puts the Hero4 Session more in line with its capabilities. While I declared it the best GoPro yet after its release, the video quality is not as good as the Hero 4 Black or Silver, the cameras the… Read More

  • Hey VCs, Here Are The Companies On Display In Startup Alley At Disrupt London

    Hey VCs, Here Are The Companies On Display In Startup Alley At Disrupt London

    Attention all you investors out there. We’re excited to unveil the companies that will be participating in the Startup Alley at Disrupt London 2015, and you can catch a glimpse of all of them by visiting our new Startup Alley Hub. In addition to being generally awesome, the site is also mobile friendly so you can easily view info on all of your favorite Alley companies right from your… Read More

  • This Could Be The Mortgage Industry’s iPhone Moment

    This Could Be The Mortgage Industry’s iPhone Moment

    It took nearly five years and a team of 450 people, but today Quicken Loans is announcing Rocket Mortgage, an online mortgage that takes just a few minutes to complete. Quicken Loans sees Rocket Mortgage as the turning point in home financing. It’s home financing’s iPhone, Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert tells me. And he could be right. The process takes less than 10 minutes. Read More

  • Another Round Of Disrupt London Hackathon Tickets Is Now Available, And Introducing Our MCs

    Another Round Of Disrupt London Hackathon Tickets Is Now Available, And Introducing Our MCs

    Did you miss out on the first few waves of tickets to the Hackathon at Disrupt London 2015? Don’t fret. There’s another round of tickets just been released. To score your spot at the best Hackathon in London, just head over to our ticketing page to sign up. But definitely do so quickly, as previous batches of tickets have sold out pretty quickly, and there’s a very good… Read More

  • Nominations For The 9th Annual Crunchies End Soon — Get Yours In Today

    Nominations For The 9th Annual Crunchies End Soon — Get Yours In Today

    The 9th Annual Crunchies are right around the corner, and if we’re going to give out any awards to the great startups out there, we need your help. We need to know who to give the coveted Crunchies out to this year, so be sure to nominate your favorite startups to help us narrow down the field to the best and brightest startups around. Read More

  • Want To Work For Tesla? Elon Musk Turns To Twitter To Recruit Engineers

    Want To Work For Tesla? Elon Musk Turns To Twitter To Recruit Engineers

    Elon Musk is looking for a few good engineers. The Tesla CEO took to Twitter tonight to announce Tesla is ramping up its autonomous vehicle division and needs some new talent. Oh, and he said he’s going to do some of the interviews, so there’s that too. Ramping up the Autopilot software team at Tesla to achieve generalized full autonomy. If interested, contact… Read More

  • More Tickets Now Available For The Disrupt London Hackathon

    More Tickets Now Available For The Disrupt London Hackathon

    We quickly sold out of the first few waves of tickets to the Hackathon at Disrupt London 2015, but more tickets are now available on our ticketing page. These tickets sell out incredibly quickly, so be sure to act fast if you want to get in on the action. The Hackathon kicks off on Saturday, December 5 at 12:30 PM PT with networking and the formation of the Hackathon teams. On Sunday, December… Read More

  • 3DR Collaborates With AirMap Because Flying A Drone Can Be Hazardous

    3DR Collaborates With AirMap Because Flying A Drone Can Be Hazardous

    Flying a drone can be tough. Where are you allowed to fly? Is there an airport within 5 miles? What about a hospital or U.S. national park that has restricted airspace? AirMap is one of the best services to determine a safe flying zone and its data will now be built into the 3DR Solo app. This functionality will first hit 3DR’s consumer-grade Solo drone. When using the app, pilots will see… Read More

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