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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  • Faraday Future’s Chief Engineer Is Short On Answers, Full Of Buzzwords

    Faraday Future’s Chief Engineer Is Short On Answers, Full Of Buzzwords

    Faraday Future’s Nick Sampson joined me on the TechCrunch CES 2016 for what turned out to be a lively interview. Sampson is Faraday’s Senior Vice President of R&D and engineering and, I guess, moonlights as the company’s spokesperson. But he’s no Elon Musk. So far even after the company’s public reveal, very little is known about Faraday Future. Sampson… Read More

  • The GoSun Stove Cooks With Just The Power Of The Sun

    The GoSun Stove Cooks With Just The Power Of The Sun

    Fire is for prehistoric man. The modern man uses the sustainable and renewable energy of solar power to cook meats an veggies – like the GoSun Stove. The company was selected from the halls of CES as the Wild Card contender in Hardware Battlefield 2016 where it is competing with 14 other startups in a bid to win $50,000 and the Hardware Battlefield trophy. The stove is clever. It uses… Read More

  • Oculus Co-Founder Confirms The Rift Will Be Sold At Cost

    Oculus Co-Founder Confirms The Rift Will Be Sold At Cost

    The Oculus Rift will be sold with a $599 retail price. And Oculus is taking a wash on the hardware. Oculus Co-Founder and VP of Product Nate Mitchell revealed to TechCrunch’s Jordan Crook earlier today that the company is selling the hardware at cost in an effort to kickstart the VR ecosystem. This is in addition to giving away 7,000 Oculus Rift units to early Kickstarter backers. Read More

  • This Gadget Tests Food For Gluten In Under 2 Minutes

    This Gadget Tests Food For Gluten In Under 2 Minutes

    More people than ever are realizing that bread isn’t supposed to make a person bloated and sick and perhaps they have a sensitivity to gluten. Or worse, they’re allergic. The Nima from 6SensorLabs could change the lives of these people and not just those with a gluten allergy. Read More

  • Startups Are Taking Over CES

    Startups Are Taking Over CES

    The Consumer Electronics Show keeps on growing. Several years ago the show outgrew the massive Las Vegas Convention Center and started using part of the Sands Expo Center several blocks away. They called it Eureka Park and made the exhibit space less expensive in a bid to attract startups to the show. It worked. And it’s bigger than ever with startups filling both levels of the Sands. CES… Read More

  • Attending CES? TechCrunch Wants To See Your Company

    Attending CES? TechCrunch Wants To See Your Company

    CES is a horrible, god-awful experience that will shave years off your life. The casinos, the food, the people, the germs. Horrible. All of it. But we love it! And we’re sending a huge contingent to the show again this year and want to see your gadgets, toys and products. TechCrunch cares much more for the hardware startups than the big CE players. We want to see the future FitBits and… Read More

  • Uber Taps Vinli To Provide WiFi In Las Vegas Cars During CES 2016

    Uber Taps Vinli To Provide WiFi In Las Vegas Cars During CES 2016

    Las Vegas just got a touch more bearable. Uber is using Vinli and T-Mobile to equip its Vegas cars with Wifi. Thanks to Vinli’s hardware, the cars will become mobile hotspots. This is a limited time offer — just for CES. Vinli is working to add Wifi into the ridesharing equation. This is a good first step. And a wise one at that. Vegas is packed with the consumer industry’s… Read More

  • Crunchies Tickets Make A Great Holiday Gift

    Crunchies Tickets Make A Great Holiday Gift

    Can’t figure out what to get your friends and family members for the holidays? How about a ticket to the 9th Annual Crunchies award show in San Francisco? The Crunchies take place on February 8, 2016, at San Francisco’s beautiful War Memorial Opera House, and if your friend or family member is a fan of the Silicon Valley startup scene, the Crunchies are a show they simply… Read More

  • 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

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