Lucas Matney

Lucas Matney

Senior Editor

Lucas Matney is a senior editor at TechCrunch based in San Francisco. He manages the team of reporters covering the cryptocurrency industry and leads strategy for TechCrunch’s web3 coverage, events and products.

Earlier this year, Lucas launched the Chain Reaction podcast. The podcast chronicles the chaotic growth of the cryptocurrency industry through news analysis and interviews with industry leaders and skeptics. Alongside the podcast, Lucas sends out a weekly newsletter breaking down insider moves to a mainstream audience of tens of thousands of subscribers.

Lucas has written thousands of stories on early stage startups and venture capital deals since joining TechCrunch in 2015. He has a degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill school.

He can be reached at lucas (at) techcrunch.com and followed on Twitter at @lucasmtny

Disclosures (updated 8/1/22): I have investments in exchange-traded funds but do not directly trade any individual stocks myself. I own a small amount of Ethereum tokens to engage with products in the web3 ecosystem for the purpose of learning more about them. I own an ENS handle. I do not day trade any cryptocurrencies or NFTs for speculative purposes.

The Latest from Lucas Matney

Crypto’s biggest powerhouse flexes on its competition

Welcome to Chain Reaction, where we unpack and explain the latest in crypto news, drama and trends, breaking things down block by block for the crypto curious. For our Thursday episode this week, we d

A video game industry veteran on making the art behind popular NFTs

Welcome back to Chain Reaction, where we unpack and explain the latest in crypto news, drama and trends, breaking things down block by block for the crypto curious. For our Tuesday episode this week,

Magic Eden looks to challenge OpenSea’s NFT dominance

Few startups in the crypto world boast the market dominance that OpenSea currently enjoys, but numerous venture-backed startups are looking to chip away at their lead. Welcome back to Chain Reaction,

Bitwise’s Katherine Dowling talks rules and regs at TC Sessions: Crypto

Crypto entities ranging from major exchanges to small projects are on the road to stateside regulation. Whether it comes through the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Commodity Futures Trading

How many Coinbases is FTX worth?

Welcome to Chain Reaction, where we unpack and explain the latest in crypto news, drama and trends, breaking things down block by block for the crypto curious. For our Thursday episode focused on majo

Crypto, where the fallen seek a fresh start

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about privacy in crypto and how it’s sometimes at odds with regulation. This week, we’re covering a larger-than-life founder who is per

Do Kwon’s Terra trauma and drama lives to see another day

There are some events in your life that you look back on and think to yourself, “Wow, that was a really tough time.” We all have memories like that and I think the crypto community definit

Uniswap Labs COO MC Lader on the incentives behind DeFi

Crypto lending and financial services companies have been at the forefront of the industry’s latest controversies ever since the collapse of the Terra stablecoin, with many drawing parallels bet

Why Twitter anons are sending crypto to celebrities

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about a hack that gave new, ironic meaning to the word “trustless.” This week, we’ll get into one of the most polarizing aspects

FTX Ventures’ Amy Wu is bringing her blockchain investing expertise to TC Sessions: Crypto

The world of crypto venture has had a whirlwind few years, with powerful new players inspiring furious catch-up among traditional VC firms aiming to make a name for themselves in the sector. All the w

A Tornado (Cash) flew around my room

It seems like there are always people butting heads in the crypto world, and this week was no different. Cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash was hit with sanctions by the U.S. and Binance and WazirX dis

Portal Ventures closes on $35 million debut fund for early-stage crypto startups

While plenty of crypto investors have scaled back their breakneck pace of startup investing as they wait for more clarity on the macro environment, the fact is there have never been more firms and mor

There’s always another nightmarish crypto hack around the corner

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we looked at the near-term future for crypto gaming as VCs zero in on where to place consumer bets. This week, we’re looking at hardware wallets and th

Sometimes, stealing crypto is the moral choice

The world of crypto moves quickly and sometimes, when there’s an ongoing heist, the best thing that technically savvy but ethically sound users can do is join in on the pillaging. That’s w

YC and a16z back virtual reality basketball app Gym Class

Despite Zuckerberg & Co. spending billions of dollars on virtual reality tech every fiscal quarter, the wider VR startup ecosystem has been having a tough few years coming down from the highs of 2

Arca’s David Nage on how regulatory scrutiny is impacting venture investment in web3

The regulatory environment surrounding crypto is shifting stateside as the SEC takes aim at major players in the web3 world, promising to shake up business as usual with aggressive action. This week o

Can VCs game crypto out of this downturn?

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we looked at Musk holding onto doge. This week, we’re talking about where all of this crypto VC money is possibly gonna go. To get this in your inbox e

Securities are in the eye of the beholder

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has brought down its wrath on Coinbase. The publicly traded exchange has been under investigation for allegedly selling crypto tokens on its platform that q

The outlook is getting more complicated for Meta’s virtual reality dreams

For an industry that rarely has major news anymore, this was an awfully big week for virtual reality. Unsurprisingly, all of the important data points are related to the industry’s sole benefact

FTC sues Meta to block acquisition of VR fitness app

The FTC filed an injunction today to block Meta’s acquisition of the virtual reality studio Within, which is best known more recently for its subscription VR workout app Supernatural. The regula
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