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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  • How Pinterest’s visual search went from a moonlight project to a real-world search engine

    How Pinterest’s visual search went from a moonlight project to a real-world search engine

    Sometime around 2013 and 2014, deep learning was going through a revolution that required pretty much everyone to reset their expectations as to how things worked, and leveled the playing field for what people were doing with computer vision. At least that’s the philosophy that Pinterest engineer Andrew Zhai and his team have taken, because around that time he and a few others began… Read More

  • Hanging out at Snap’s unremarkable IPO roadshow

    Hanging out at Snap’s unremarkable IPO roadshow

    One of the remarkable things about the roadshow presentations for hotly-anticipated IPOs — where they’ll make a pitch to investors and answer questions — is that they are often unremarkable. That seemed about the same case for Snap, which was presenting to potential investors at the Mandarin Hotel in New York this afternoon. Over lunch, a packed ballroom 30 stories up at… Read More

  • Why Snap would lowball its IPO valuation

    Why Snap would lowball its IPO valuation

    The short answer for why Snap lowballed its initial valuation for its initial public offering is that it probably won’t be that low for long. Normally these prices are set by expectations the underwriters and executives can divine from their conversations with Wall Street. It’s essentially a matching game — how does Snap and its underwriters figure out where to price the… Read More

  • Playment gives companies on-demand workers to analyze data using mobile devices

    Playment gives companies on-demand workers to analyze data using mobile devices

    Pretty much every company, to some extent, has to power their algorithms with data and machine learning if they’re going to be competitive with anyone else in their space. The challenge there, though, is that not everyone can have the massive computational power and data of a company like Google — especially not startups. Siddharth Mall and his co-founders started Playment in… Read More

  • Twitter says product changes are main growth driver, not just the President’s usage

    Twitter says product changes are main growth driver, not just the President’s usage

    Twitter’s advertising business is stalling, but the company is trying to focus on some flashes of improvement among the service — which it’s attributing to product changes, and not just to major events like presidential debates or the President’s usage of Twitter. There were some questions as to whether President Donald Trump’s usage of Twitter would be something… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey says he’ll continue running both Square and Twitter

    Jack Dorsey says he’ll continue running both Square and Twitter

    As Twitter’s growth continues to stall and increasingly becomes an issue, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s double-time running both Twitter and Square has become a big question mark — and Dorsey says he’s staying the course. “This focus, and this team, allows me and gives me a lot of confidence I can continue to focus on the meaningful things at both companies and we… Read More

  • Twitter’s advertising business is stalling

    Twitter’s advertising business is stalling

    Twitter may have re-oriented itself and laid off part of its workforce to streamline its business, but it still doesn’t look like it is bringing in enough money to keep Wall Street happy. Here is the biggest data point from the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report: according to the company, advertising revenue totaled $638 million, which was down slightly year-over-year. A… Read More

  • Pinterest users can now jump to other products within an image

    Pinterest users can now jump to other products within an image

    Pinterest is looking to continually decrease the friction from finding something they’re interested in and drilling further into newer products and ideas, and it now has another product to try to close that gap. The company today said it’s launching a new feature that allows users to find and jump to additional products within a photo they’re currently viewing. So, for… Read More

  • Pinterest adds visual search for elements in images and through your camera

    Pinterest adds visual search for elements in images and through your camera

    Pinterest said today it’s launching three new products today that will point out specific elements in pictures — whether viewed live through a camera or through a typical image search — and use them as a jumping point for search. All of these are designed to keep Pinterest coming back over and over to discover ideas based on images. Pinterest has been increasingly trying… Read More

  • Here’s the 20th batch of 500 Startups companies

    Here’s the 20th batch of 500 Startups companies

    500 Startups’ last class will be presenting next week, which means the firm is already underway getting another new class up and running. The majority of the startups in the 20th batch consist of digital health, financial technology and companies that supply technology and address inefficiency within the government. It’s, naturally, particularly timely. More than a third of… Read More

  • NEA co-founder Dick Kramlich launches new $130M Green Bay Ventures fund

    NEA co-founder Dick Kramlich launches new $130M Green Bay Ventures fund

    Dick Kramlich, the co-founder of NEA, is launching a new $130 million early-stage fund called Green Bay Ventures with partner Anthony Schiller. The fund is geared toward companies Series B and down, focusing on applied artificial intelligence in areas like manufacturing, energy, transportation and logistics, a source tells us. The fund was disclosed in a regulatory filing, and the firm declined… Read More

  • Google Material Design principal Nicholas Jitkoff joins Dropbox as head of design

    Google Material Design principal Nicholas Jitkoff joins Dropbox as head of design

    Dropbox today said it has named Nicholas Jitkoff — former lead designer for Google’s Material Design team — as its VP of design. This comes on the heels of a suite of announcements Dropbox made last week, including the launch of its continuous synchronization product Smart Synd and the global launch of note-taking app Paper — as well as a redesign to its web experience. Read More

  • Tenka Labs raises $2.1 million to turn LEGO blocks into kids’ engineering projects

    Tenka Labs raises $2.1 million to turn LEGO blocks into kids’ engineering projects

    Nate MacDonald and John Schuster spent more than a decade in schools looking to teach students some basic principles of circuitry and engineering — but realized that just giving them a battery and a motor and saying “go” wasn’t enough. So the two have started Tenka Labs, a new company that designs small blocks that operate as parts of circuits that they can connect to… Read More

  • Chinese photo-sharing app Kuaishou planning U.S. IPO later this year

    Chinese photo-sharing app Kuaishou planning U.S. IPO later this year

    We’re hearing from sources that Kuaishou — a hot photo-sharing application in China — is planning to go public in the U.S. later this year. Sources tell us the app has more than 40 million daily active users against 100 million monthly active users, and was most recently valued at around $3 billion. The app is in some ways similar to Instagram, with photos (some of which… Read More

  • Snap paid $114.5M to acquire Vurb and gives acquisition details for Bitstrips and Looksery

    Snap paid $114.5M to acquire Vurb and gives acquisition details for Bitstrips and Looksery

    Now that Snap is revealing its financial guts to the world in its filing for its initial public offering, we’re getting a small glimpse at how much the company is paying to acquire startups. As Snap becomes a larger company and is able to amass more of a cash pile, it’ll be able to start picking off startups that can either fill out the company’s ranks with talent or add… Read More

  • Snap has finally filed publicly for its massive IPO

    Snap has finally filed publicly for its massive IPO

    This is another incremental step in the process of going public, but it’s probably the most important because we’re finally getting our first glimpse at the financial guts of the company. Snapchat has gone from a zeitgeist-y app among a younger audience to one with more than 150 million daily users — and one with a strong pitch to advertisers based on the engagement of… Read More

  • Visual search startup Clarifai beefs up its AI team with a new San Francisco office

    Visual search startup Clarifai beefs up its AI team with a new San Francisco office

    Clarifai — a startup that gives companies and developers a way to implement visual search into their products — said today it was hiring former Google Brain developer Andrea Frome as the company’s new head of research. Frome received her Ph. D. from Berkeley and worked at Google for more than seven years — 3 years of which were working on street view figuring out how… Read More

  • Pinterest begins rolling out search ads for keywords and shopping campaigns

    Pinterest begins rolling out search ads for keywords and shopping campaigns

    Pinterest is adding another piece to its arsenal of advertising services, opening up search advertising to its partners and with companies advertising through the Kenshoo marketing suite. With Pinterest looking to continue to grow into a must-have tool for advertisers, it’s begun building more and more products to capture all parts of a person’s buying behavior. Pinterest users… Read More

  • Apple’s services are buoying its return to growth as its iPhone engine stalls

    Apple’s services are buoying its return to growth as its iPhone engine stalls

    It looks like Apple’s big bet on building an array of services like iCloud, Apple Music and the App Store is starting to be the big business the company hoped it would be. Wall Street and Apple had expected to return to growth this quarter following the holiday season, though it was supposed to be largely incremental. And while it wasn’t exactly a blowout, Apple still… Read More

  • Zenefits launches new tools for employee compliance and looks to simplify pricing

    Zenefits launches new tools for employee compliance and looks to simplify pricing

    Zenefits today said it would be introducing new pricing tiers in an effort to simplify them, as well as add new tools for HR managers to ensure that employees are getting their documents in and they are compliant with regulations. The new tools — and pricing — are another way that Zenefits is trying to differentiate itself as an all-in-one platform for managing employee records… Read More

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