Lucas Matney

Lucas Matney

Senior Reporter

Lucas Matney is a reporter at TechCrunch and has been covering emerging technologies and startups since 2015. He lives in San Francisco and can be reached via email at lucas@techcrunch.com

The Latest from Lucas Matney

‘Fantasy startup investing’ NFT platform Visionrare shuts down paid marketplace after a day in open beta

Just over 24 hours into its open beta, Visionrare, which launched an NFT marketplace for “fantasy startup investing,” is temporarily shutting down and refunding users who purchased shares,

Twitter invests in avatar startup Facemoji

Avatar startups have come and gone over the past few years, but the future that many of the entrepreneurs behind them originally imagined has proven more or less accurate. Apple is increasingly intere

‘Fantasy equity’ NFT game wants you to spend real money buying fake shares of real startups

The meme-ification of ownership and the wild acceleration of private startup valuations have led us to this moment where a former VC firm associate has built a crypto marketplace designed for “f

Masterworks raises $110M to sell fractional shares of physical art — not NFTs

As investors look to diversify their holding amid exceptionally top-heavy traditional asset markets, more tech-enabled platforms are popping up to make the case for their alternative investment platfo

Co-streaming rolls out to all creators on Facebook Gaming

Co-streaming is rolling out to all users on Facebook’s game-streaming platform Facebook Gaming. The feature will allow users to team up and stream with one another, while enabling viewers to nav

Robinhood finally brings on-demand phone support to all of its users

Robinhood announced Tuesday that it will be bringing “24/7” phone support to its 31 million users. It’s a long-overdue move for the stock and crypto trading company founded in 2013,

Facebook stock falls as global outage continues

Facebook’s stock took a dive Monday as the site suffered one of its worst outages of the past decade with services across its entire suite of products going offline while the tech company strugg

NFT startup Dapper Labs acquires virtual influencer startup Brud

Dapper Labs, the NFT startup behind NBA Top Shot, which was recently valued above $7.5 billion, made an interesting acquisition this morning, telling Decrypt that they have purchased virtual influence

Evil Geniuses CEO on the path toward esports ubiquity

The pandemic brought a new class of gamers online for the very first time, and the gaming space has never been larger or more diverse. At the same time, while esports saw some viewership gains in the

TikTok starts flirting with NFTs

The NFT space has had quite the year, and while it can be difficult to separate the billions of dollars in crypto speculation from the potential infrastructure shifts, plenty of mainstream tech compan

NBA Top Shot creator on the NFT craze and why Ethereum still isn’t consumer friendly

We caught up with the Dapper Labs CEO at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 last week to discuss the challenges facing the crypto space, the future of Ethereum, and how quickly NFTs blew up this year.

Mark Cuban and Coinbase back Eternal, an NFT marketplace for trading Twitch streamer clips

The NFT world collectively seems to be trying to turn internet memories into one big game — with a lot of cash involved, of course. The original “Doge” image sold for $4 million back

Ex-Apple designer’s ultra-premium audio hardware startup Syng raises $48.75 million

Audio startup Syng has been building on quite a bit more hype than the average fresh hardware startup, largely because of the team behind it. Founder and CEO Chris Stringer was Jony Ive’s first

Robinhood muscles deeper into Coinbase’s territory with new crypto wallet feature

The fervor around Dogecoin delivered big revenues for stock-trading app Robinhood, and the company announced Wednesday that it’s wandering deeper down the crypto rabbit hole, sharing that it wil

Facebook’s CTO to step down after 13 years at the company

Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer just announced that he will stepping down from the role next year and transition to a part-time position as a “Senior Fellow” at the compa

Fortnite likely isn’t coming back to the App Store anytime soon

While Apple and Fortnite’s big, dramatic lawsuit didn’t seem to reach the conclusion either party actually wanted, its resolution offered some hope for Fortnite lovers that the title could

Docs startup Almanac raises $34 million from Tiger as remote work shift hardens

As companies continue to delay their returns to the office and find temporary remote work policies becoming permanent, the startups building tooling for remote work-first cultures are finding a seemin

Evil Geniuses CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson is coming to Disrupt

As the opportunities in the gaming world continue to expand aggressively as part of post-COVID shifts to the entertainment sector, esports has found its own opportunities in reaching new audiences. Wh

Following SEC lawsuit threat, Coinbase cancels launch of ‘Lend’ product

Coinbase efforts to play hardball with the Securities and Exchange Commission didn’t last too long. The cryptocurrency exchange had garnered the ire of the regulatory commission over its plans t

Andreessen Horowitz’s crypto boss Katie Haun is coming to Disrupt

The crypto space has matured so much in so little time, but even amid a blockbuster year, it’s still facing down the existential risk of aggressive regulation from U.S. agencies. All the while,
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