Matt Burns

Matt Burns

Senior Editor

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.

The Latest from Matt Burns

Lyft will soon let riders pay for rides with Venmo

Lyft riders will soon have the option for paying and splitting fares using Venmo, the company said in a blog posting this morning. Venmo joins Lyft’s other payment methods of PayPal, credit card

Tesla is a chain of startups, Elon Musk explains

Today during a call with investors and journalists, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was asked to expand a tweet from yesterday. In it, he stated: “Tesla should really be thought of as roughly a dozen techno

Ford outs 4th-gen self-driving platform with better sensors, cleaning tech and improved batteries

Ford and Argo AI today released details about its fourth-generation self-driving test vehicle. Built on the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, the vehicle has everything needed to stand up a self-driving servic

Watch GM unveil the $80,000 GMC Hummer EV right here

GM just took the wraps off the Hummer EV and it looks great. The vehicle is coming to dealers in 2022, with pre-orders starting in 2021. You can watch the unveiling here. The vehicle is detailed here.

GMC reveals the Hummer EV: 1,000 HP, 350-mile range and 0-60 in ‘around 3 seconds’

General Motors today revealed the GMC Hummer EV, its first electric pickup. The vehicle has a 350-mile range, 1,000 HP and up to 11,500 pound feet of torque (through fuzzy math). And with a starting p

Meadow launches a powerful mobile marketing tool for cannabis dispensaries

Meadow was once called the Amazon of weed. Now it’s trying to be the Salesforce of weed, too. Meadow, the maker of a popular point-of-sale system for cannabis dispensaries, is today launching ne

The Polaris Slingshot R is a 3-wheel pocket rocket begging for electrification

The Polaris Slingshot has always wowed. Three wheels, open cockpit and a design reminiscent of the Batmobile. It draws a crowd and is a blast to drive. I spent several weeks in the reworked Polaris Sl

Nanoleaf adds large and small triangles to its revamped Shape product line

Nanoleaf launched the next generation of its light panels in July. Called Shape, this new product looks like the company’s original offering, but sports better connectors, a simpler mounting solutio

Nabis raises $5m Series A to grow its cannabis distribution platform

The cannabis industry is quickly growing up, and companies like Nabis play a critical role. Today, the company is announcing it raised $5 million in Series A funding, which will help it grow and expan

Elon Musk tweets the Model S will be priced at $69,420, because he’s a child

The Tesla Model S is about to get a bit less expensive. Tesla CEO and resident meme maker Elon Musk just tweeted that the Model S sedan will soon be priced at $69,420. This pricing wasn’t done o

Lucid reveals the price of its base Air sedan — $77,400 minus $7,500 US tax credit

Electric car company Lucid finally revealed the price of its least expensive vehicle: it will start at $77,400. U.S. buyers also qualify for a $7,500 tax credit, making the vehicle eventually cost $69

Polestar CEO defends the Polestar 2’s recall and 233-mile EPA rating

Polestar is a young automaker spun out of Volvo and Geely. Now, just four years old, it has two cars on the market with more launching soon. Like many startups, the company is weathering early storms

Porsche is researching synthetic fuels to make gas-powered cars sustainable

The road to sustainable vehicles likely ends at electric cars, yet the route to this goal isn’t clear. There are multiple ways to get there, and Porsche is looking at synthetic fuels as a potent

General Motors finally gets serious about in-car tech, taps Unreal Engine for next-gen interface

The upcoming GMC Hummer EV will feature a new in-car user interface powered by Unreal Engine . This powerful platform underpins the latest video games and is well-suited to provide vehicle occupants w

Hear how Porsche is preparing for the electric future at TC Sessions: Mobility

Detlev von Platen is a car guy, and in this age of new mobility, that’s important. von Platen has been at Porsche for more than 30 years, and is currently on Porsche’s executive board as t

Trym raises $3.1M seed to grow its cannabis cultivation platform

Commercial cannabis operations often rely on software platforms to track and forecast crops from seed to sale. Trym today is announcing a $3.1 million seed round that will help the company expand its

Cannabis vape companies are experiencing a sales boom during the pandemic

The global pandemic is driving interest toward cannabis, and device makers are recording record sales. From startups to major players, several leading manufacturers told TechCrunch that their companie

Netflix finally comes to the Amazon Echo Show

Amazon announced the Echo Show line in 2017, and today, it’s finally gaining access to Netflix. The video service joins Hulu and Prime Video as the only officially supported video streaming apps

Amazon redesigns the Echo line with spherical speakers and swiveling screens

Amazon today announced a lot of new products including the new Echo speaker line. And the products look dramatically different. Gone are the cylinders. They’re spheres now and look like nothing else

Amazon removes the $500 Prime Bike, says it has nothing to do with the Peloton knock-off

Yesterday, a fitness equipment maker called Echelon Fitness announced its latest product, the so-called Prime Bike. At $500, it’s nearly a clone of Peloton’s $1,900 product. The company sa
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