Lucas Matney

Lucas Matney

Senior Editor

Lucas Matney is a senior editor at TechCrunch based in San Francisco. He has written thousands of stories on early stage startups and venture capital deals since joining TechCrunch in 2015. Lucas has a degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill school.

These days, Lucas is focused on coverage of the crypto/web3 industry as well as gaming platforms and the AR/VR space. Since 2016, Lucas has also been writing the Week in Review newsletter, which is sent to hundreds of thousands of subscribers every Saturday morning.

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

Disclosures (updated 3/1/22): I have investments in exchange-traded funds but do not directly trade any individual stocks myself. I own a small amount of Ethereum and USDC 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

GameStop looks to diversify its meme money

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NFT brand loyalty platform Hang banks $16M from Paradigm

Crypto startups — fresh off a mind-boggling bull run — are preparing for the next phase of life where the mere mention of “NFT,” “DAO” or “DeFi” may not tempt i

NFT marketplace OpenSea lays off 20% of its staff: ‘We have entered … crypto winter’

Despite a significant depression in crypto markets, plenty of top players have been hesitant to say that the good times are over for the time being, but as NFT marketplace OpenSea announces today that

A meme stock’s second shot at the moon

Everyone’s favorite 2020 meme stock is back in the news, and this time it’s flexing on crypto industry incumbent Coinbase. GameStop, which largely operates brick-and-mortar retail stores f

Magic Leap details pricing for its next augmented reality device

It’s been an interesting life for Magic Leap, the augmented reality startup with big dreams and some big moments of hubris thus far. Today, the company detailed the availability and pricing of i

What Zuckerberg’s money can’t buy

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Levered up, doubled down

Ever since Celsius halted withdrawals last month, it seems like a new crypto project has been going under almost daily, with Peter Thiel’s Vauld and publicly traded Voyager being two of the late

Meta is dumping Facebook logins as its metaverse ID system

Despite the name change and metaverse hyperbole, Facebook has always been at the center of the Meta suite of software for users engaging with its wider ecosystem. While that may continue to be the cas

Ring ring ring ring Solanaphone

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about the NFT community being down bad but still down to party. This week, we’re looking at the desperation of web3 startups for a post-Apple

Crypto mega hedge fund Three Arrows Capital reportedly files for bankruptcy in New York

Crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in New York, according to a report in Bloomberg. The mega fund, founded by Credit Suisse traders Zhu Su and Kyle Davies

FTX US deal with troubled crypto lender BlockFi floats acquisition with ‘up to’ $240M purchase price

Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX is taking advantage of rampant instability in the crypto lending market to assert itself while propping up major institutions. The company’s U.S.-based arm has a de

Crypto wants its own iPhone

Apple’s relative hostility to the desires of crypto developers hasn’t gone unnoticed, and as the industry buckles down for a bear market, some of its proponents are pushing forward plans t

Web3 artist Latashá on educating creators about crypto’s ebbs and flows

Despite all the controversy surrounding the crypto world, one obvious bright spot of blockchain technology has been its ability to support creators and artists in monetizing their work. Rapper and vis

Formerly rich NFT buyers party through the pain

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about infinite pessimism in the crypto markets. This week, we’re talking about parties and tattoos and booze and fun. If you want to get this

NFT summer in New York is in full swing amid crypto winter

The NFT NYC conference this week has brought hordes of web3 enthusiasts to Times Square in an extravagant celebration that stands out against the much-less-exuberant crypto market. There have been yac

Cryptoys banks a16z funding to build NFTs for kids

The past several months haven’t been entirely kind to the NFT market — while transaction volume hasn’t stuttered too significantly, the dollar amount invested in the space has been i

Uniswap acquires NFT marketplace aggregator Genie

The past few weeks have been a dark time for NFT lovers and players in the cryptocurrency industry, but for startups and executives that are dug into the vision of a crypto future, it’s also bee

Box CEO Aaron Levie on where web3 doesn’t make sense

It’s been a rough week for the crypto community as top tokens have seen massive selloffs, pushing some in the space to double down while leaving others to take stock off how the industry got to

Down bad

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about layoffs and the Winklevoss rock gods. This week, we’re looking at a new layer of crypto doom and gloom. Get this newsletter in your inb

Bitcoin falls below $20,000 and Ethereum sinks past $1,000 as crypto market free fall continues

The crypto market suffered one of its most dramatic selloffs in years this week as the prices of top cryptocurrencies declined as much as 35% week over week as fears of a broad economic recession inte
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