Lora Kolodny

Lora Kolodny

Emerging Tech Editor, Video Host

Lora Kolodny re-joined TechCrunch in San Francisco in 2016 as emerging technologies editor and video host. Earlier, she worked at TechCrunch in New York as a cleantech writer and trends editor.

She returned to TechCrunch after spending four years on the venture capital beat with Dow Jones VentureWire and the Wall Street Journal in San Francisco.

Lora began her business and tech reporting career as a staff reporter for Inc. magazine during the dotcom bust.

She also covered the business of entertainment for The Hollywood Reporter. And she wrote a blog for the New York Times called “The Prize,” covering the winners, losers, innovation and deal-making around business and tech competitions.

The Latest from Lora Kolodny

Airobotics scores authorization to fly autonomous drones in Israel

A startup based in Petah Tikva, Israel, Airobotics, has scored the right to fly drones autonomously for business purposes in Israel. The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) was the first in the

Arable raises $4.25 million to demystify farming with sensors and data

Believe it or not, farmers in the U.S. have faced a labor shortage for years. U.S. citizens aren’t drawn to agriculture the way they were in previous generations. The labor trend has pushed farmers

NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronauts

NASA has always embraced emerging technology for visualization, even if that tech was seemingly developed for frivolous entertainment. We recently covered its holographic Mars exhibit, and the man

A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent ruling

Apple has bigger fish frying in the world of intellectual property. But it must be a relief that an IP court in Beijing has handed the smartphone pioneers a win. On Friday, the courts overturned a May

Japanese authorities decry ongoing robot failures at Fukushima

Six years ago, a massive earthquake, consequent tsunami and nuclear crisis struck Japan. International organizations rushed to help the country’s devastated residents, and to figure out how to clean

Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi on the future of two-wheeled EVs

Electric cars and buses have already begun to take over the world, but the motorcycle industry has been much slower to put out all-electric and hybrid models. TechCrunch recently caught up with Zero M

Causes of the global water crisis and 12 companies trying to solve it

Mythic launches a chip to enable computer vision and voice control on any device

Hardware that responds to voice commands is already out there and probably in your hand or house right now. Whether it’s a smartphone, smart speaker or wearable, it has to connect to the cloud to de

The Mednet launches its ‘Quora for cancer,’ an online medical knowledge base

A New York City startup called The Mednet today launched a platform that gives physicians a knowledge-sharing tool that’s as easy to use as Quora, but provides them with expert answers about the lat

DeepScale raises $3 million for perception AI to make self-driving cars safe

Automakers are scrambling to develop cars with advanced driver-assistance systems that are so good they’re “crash-proof,” or fully autonomous vehicles, each safer than the next. But automakers a

Google.org grants $50 million to nonprofits striving for equal access in education

Google.org is donating a $50 million block of grant money to education tech nonprofits striving to create equal access to education around the world. The money, and in-kind services from Google, will

Vinsight gives grape and almond growers a high-tech crystal ball

Farmers know how hard it is to predict yield accurately. High-value crops like grapes or almonds prove particularly challenging. Farmers expect, and settle for, twenty to forty percent uncertainty wit

PlateIQ cooks up $4 million for restaurant management platform

As any fan of Kitchen Nightmares may know, the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart, nor is it likely to generate fat margins. Now, a startup called PlateIQ has raised $4 million in 

An eBay for grain trading, FarmLead, raises $6.5 million Series A

Farmers work to feed the world. Yet somehow, corn, wheat and rice sales are still happening at a local level through antiquated paperwork and phone negotiations. Now, an Ottawa-based startup called Fa

Y Combinator has a new AI track, and wants startups building ‘robot factory’ tech to apply

Y Combinator Partner Daniel Gross today announced that the accelerator-turned-venture-fund will offer its first “vertical” track exclusively for AI startups. YC gathers founders from di

Santa Fe enlists Rubicon Global to curb waste and ramp up recycling

Santa Fe has enlisted tech startup Rubicon Global to figure out what its residents toss in the trash, recycle or send to compost. Using data gathered by garbage collectors and trucks on their normal r

Utilis takes top water innovation prize at Imagine H2O for tech that finds leaks underground

Carbon moves into high-volume manufacturing with SpeedCell system, and bigger 3D printers

Additive manufacturing startup Carbon is on a mission to help manufacturers and designers cut their costs, waste less energy and materials while speeding up the time it takes to get from concept to p

Makeblock raises $30 million for robot-building kits for kids

OceanGate plans an expedition to 3D scan the Titanic

Seattle-based OceanGate Inc. this week announced plans for a manned expedition to study the R.M.S. Titanic, the world’s most famous shipwreck. Fewer than 200 people have ever visited the Titanic sin
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