Matthew Lynley

I’ve covered various segments of the tech industry, ranging from enterprise technology to social networking companies like Facebook and Twitter. I’m also dabbling in a little bit of Web (Python) and Android development. I studied mathematics at UNC-Chapel Hill, with an applied mathematics skew toward fluid mechanics, modeling and behavior of special functions.

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  • Pinterest’s camera search Lens gets a new look

    Pinterest’s camera search Lens gets a new look

    Pinterest’s camera search tool, Lens, is getting a makeover today with some updated including the ability to zoom in and out and tap to focus, and making it easier to search with Lens from photos they’ve already taken. Lens is very much a move to try to collapse the distance between the experience within Pinterest the app (or site) and the real world. Users point their camera… Read More

  • Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

    Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

    Rapid changes in the shipping industry has caught the attention of investors who are starting to pour large sums of money into the industry. And likely for good reason: as a future where trucks are run autonomously becomes ever clearer, the sensors and software behind that is going to have to be able to keep up. One company, Samsara, is working on just those kinds of sensors and products to… Read More

  • Meditation app Headspace hires a new chief business officer

    Meditation app Headspace hires a new chief business officer

    One of the first times Ross Hoffman met Headspace CEO Rich Pierson when talking about a role running the company’s business, Pierson was not talking a lot about business. Instead, he was peppering Hoffman with questions about himself, telling stories about users, and talking about work ethos. The business questions came later, of course, but that kind of introduction and vetting for… Read More

  • Winners and losers in Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods

    Winners and losers in Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods

    Amazon is taking a huge bite out of the fresh food business with its bid for Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion. But even though this is a deal between two companies, it’s not just the two of them being touched by it. The intersection between the food and tech industries has been playing out for years now, sprouting dozens of food startups; efforts from large tech companies to move… Read More

  • Here are all of Amazon’s acquisitions before Whole Foods

    Here are all of Amazon’s acquisitions before Whole Foods

    Amazon today said it would make a bid to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, making it the largest acquisition for the company by far. The next-closest acquisition in price is $1.2 billion for Zappos, which happened all the way back in 2009. Since then it’s made a few big-ticket purchases like Twitch (around $1 billion) and Kiva Systems (a bunch of robots for around $775 million)… Read More

  • How to make $300M in two months betting on groceries

    How to make $300M in two months betting on groceries

    Today, Amazon made a bid to buy Whole Foods — a grocery chain — for $13.7 billion. That promptly sent the stock up around 30%. And it also looks pretty good considering its history in the past year, in which its continuing major bump came as an activist investor went after the company in April. That investor, Jana Partners, has around an 8% stake in Whole Foods, which will turn out… Read More

  • M&A
    14 wildly hot takes we need on this Whole Foods + Amazon thing

    14 wildly hot takes we need on this Whole Foods + Amazon thing

    Amazon just bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion — which is a huge deal! This is one of the biggest deals of the year and is a big move for Amazon into grocery, a spot where it’s traditionally been extremely bad. It also means that Amazon is going to be a huge competitor with other retailers, starting the foodpocalpyse and sending other grocery stocks crashing. It’s probably… Read More

  • Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

    Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

    Slack is in the midst of raising another $500 million in financing at what could be a $5 billion valuation — money it will likely critically need as it goes after major corporate clients and construct a functional business — according to a report by Recode. Slack also got some interest with a $9 billion price tag from Amazon, according to a report from Bloomberg last night. All… Read More

  • Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash

    Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash

    Update: It happened! Snap fell down to its IPO price (for a few seconds) of $17 per share after its continued steady march south over the past several weeks. The company is now barely holding just above its IPO price. Snap’s last earnings report resulted in a disaster, and while the company still managed to stay above $20 for an extended period of time, a string of bad days for the… Read More

  • There’s another small tech IPO and we’re really just waiting for Blue Apron

    There’s another small tech IPO and we’re really just waiting for Blue Apron

    We have another filing for a tech IPO today, this one from a company called CompuLab coming in amid a continued flurry of IPOs. But, really, the story here is just that — it’s just another small tech IPO amid a flurry of filings. Snap started off the year with a bang, rattling off a highly successful IPO (though its continued performance is not so great) and opening up the… Read More

  • Sense sleep tracker maker Hello is shutting down

    Sense sleep tracker maker Hello is shutting down

    Hello, the makers of the bedside sleep tracker Sense, is shutting down as after looking for a buyer, according to a blog post from the company. The news was first reported by Axios, which said the company has laid off most of its employees and sought a buyer of its assets. We’ve also heard that the details via Axios are on-point, including talks with Fitbit for the company’s… Read More

  • Here is a fun tech chart while the market falls over

    Here is a fun tech chart while the market falls over

    There are a lot of headlines today about tech getting a slap in the face on Wall Street — particularly Apple which is down more than 3%. These guys are actually down only a few percentage points but for the largest companies in the world, that translates to billions of dollars. But while we wring our hands around a bit of a sell-off today in some of the largest companies in the world… Read More

  • Stem raises $8M to get music artists paid more seamlessly

    Stem raises $8M to get music artists paid more seamlessly

    While music streaming has become more and more commoditized, artists still have a wide array of places to distribute their songs like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music — but getting paid properly can start to complicate things. That problem gets even more difficult when there are multiple people collaborating on the same song and it’s not clear who is getting how much of a cut from… Read More

  • Pinterest raises $150M at a $12.3B valuation as it makes a full press into visual search

    Pinterest raises $150M at a $12.3B valuation as it makes a full press into visual search

    Pinterest said today that the company has raised $150 million in additional capital at a valuation of $12.3 billion as it makes a further full-court press on its visual recognition and search pitch to investors and advertisers — and perhaps one day Wall Street. Pinterest last raised $367 million in additional financing at an $11 billion valuation in 2015. In recent years, the company… Read More

  • Meal ingredient delivery service Blue Apron is the next big consumer IPO

    Meal ingredient delivery service Blue Apron is the next big consumer IPO

    Amidst an array of enterprise companies that have jumped on the IPO bandwagon following Snap’s successful IPO (aside from its more recent whiff of an earnings report), Blue Apron appears to be the next major consumer IPO. That’s important, because it continues the tone that both enterprise and consumer companies see an opportunity to go public. Read More

  • Yext passes its first test as a publicly traded company

    Yext passes its first test as a publicly traded company

    Yext’s first earnings report as a publicly traded company seems to be a boringly pleasant one — but that’s a good thing for a company that needs to show strong performance out of the gate. Read More

  • Box looks to woo Wall Street with its positive cash flow story

    Box looks to woo Wall Street with its positive cash flow story

    Like Box’s last quarterly check-in, the company once again touted that it had free cash flow in the first quarter this year as part of its Q1 earnings report today — a signal that Wall Street may be looking for as a barometer of its future health as a company. Read More

  • Lob tries to maximize snail mail efficiency with another $20M

    Lob tries to maximize snail mail efficiency with another $20M

    You probably still get plenty of snail mail at your home — wedding invitations, bills, ads for new credit cards. But despite all the efforts to kill that snail mail and get it sent directly to an inbox, there really doesn’t yet seem to be a replacement to that experience of getting home and stepping over those letters from businesses. That’s a business Lob wants to lock up. Read More

  • Tips for mastering Magikarp Jump, the next Pokémon masterpiece

    Tips for mastering Magikarp Jump, the next Pokémon masterpiece

    The Pokémon company has come out with another true masterpiece. It’s called Magikarp Jump, which came out for iOS and Android earlier today. It’s about training Magikarp, the most beloved Pokémon in the universe, to jump as hard as it can and squash the hopes and dreams of its opponents. Here are some tips to get started. Read More

  • Pinterest opens up autoplay videos in home feed and search with new measurement tools

    Pinterest opens up autoplay videos in home feed and search with new measurement tools

    Pinterest is adding another ad to its array of products, now allowing advertisers to publish video advertising that will automatically play in the home feed and search, as it continues to bulk up and woo advertisers with a different pitch from Facebook and Google. Pinterest has had to make the argument to advertisers that its 175 million users behave differently on Pinterest when compared… Read More

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