Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak is an editor at TechCrunch.

Greg started at TechCrunch in May of 2008. He lead TechCrunch’s sister site MobileCrunch as editor until AOL acquired the company in 2010, at which point the editors of TechCrunch’s four main sites (TechCrunch, CrunchGear, MobileCrunch, TechCrunch UK) merged the sites under one domain.

Best known for his gadget coverage, Kumparak has broken hundreds of stories within the space — unearthing details on everything from abandoned Samsung smartphone prototypes to new Apple devices. He’s also one of the Internet’s most prolific “live bloggers”, having reported from the scene at dozens of international events for live audiences in the hundreds of thousands.

He was one of the earliest writers to highlight and report on a number of companies that have since become “unicorns” (reaching a valuation of $1B or more), including Zenefits and Twilio.

Kumparak is a frequent guest on TechCrunch’s Gadget, Apple, and Android podcasts, and often appears on stage as an interviewer or judge at TechCrunch’s meetups and Disrupt conferences.

In 2012, Greg was featured on the BBC, Wired, Mashable, Engadget and many other outlets for a side project he called the “tARdis”, or the Augmented Reality TARDIS. By combining augmented reality with a handmade physical model, Greg was able to replicate the otherwise physically impossible “bigger on the inside” visual effect that commonly appears on television’s Doctor Who series.

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  • Apple moves to patent iPhone gloves

    Nothing beats the smooth, silky glide of a capacitive touch screen – but nothing’s more annoying than trying to use one in the dead of winter. Unless you’re ultra-hardcore-extreme (or just too cool for school. or stupid.), you’ve got gloves on. Your phone rings; by the time you get your nice, snugly gloves off, you’ve missed your call. Apple feels your pain. At… Read More

  • Pantech Cupid IM-S390 is a phone, has "Cupid" in the name

    Women on Korea, prepare to have your minds blown in 5 days. How so, you ask? What could be so special about the Pantech Cupid IM-S390? It has a built-in DMB TV tuner. WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Wait, a ton of phones have that? Well, this one has support for external memory, an electronic dictionary, and built-in subway maps. None of that is too revolutionary, either, but get this: according… Read More

  • Me2: Swap contacts on your iPhone to the squeals of a 56k modem

    Me2, a new app that just went live on the App Store, allows users to transfer their contact information in a way that is sure to stir up some familiar (and perhaps not so fond) memories for any computer user over the age of 12. Using similar technology to the modems of yesteryear, the free application transfers data between two iPhones using a brief series of audible chirps. To send a… Read More

  • Exclusive First Look: BeeJiveIM 2.0 for iPhone

    digg_url = ‘http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/01/04/exclusive-first-look-beejiveim-20-for-iphone/’; If you’re a regular IM user with an iPhone, chances are you’ve heard of BeeJiveIM. Long established as a top choice IM app for BlackBerry, the iPhone release rocketed up to the #2 best selling application in the iTunes Social Networking category for 2008 –… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson C510 finally captured in focus

    The Sony Ericsson C510 is the friggin’ Big Foot of the mobile world. Put this thing in front of a camera, and said camera suddenly becomes incapable of taking proper photos. It’s like it magically generates blur. Fortunately, PhatTrance of DailyMobile got his hands on the C510, and was fortunate enough to have his anti-blur-generator charm on. Months after we first got wind of… Read More

  • Interview: Pytey of the iPhone Dev Team

    Have you ever jailbroken an iPhone? Ever used a software solution to “unlock” the iPhone’s SIM slot, freeing it from the shackles of its original carrier? Chances are, the iPhone Dev Team had something to do with it. This group, made up of some of the iPhone development scene’s finest minds, spends countless hours tearing apart the iPhone to make it do all of the… Read More

  • iPhone Dev Team posts cryptic message – what are they up to?

    Update: The Dev Team has released an image with further confirms our original suspicion. Check it out after the jump. On the eve of the iPhone 3G software unlock, the following text just went up on the iPhone Dev Team blog: 01110110 01110100 01100001 01100010 01100101 01110010 00100000 00110110 00110001 00110000 00110110 00110000 00110001 00110111 00110100 00100000 Now, any self-respecting… Read More

  • Got any questions for the iPhone Dev Team?

    With the iPhone 3G software unlock being set loose tomorrow, we were hoping to sit down and have a chat with the ones behind the handy work. We got into contact with the Dev Team and, sure enough, they were down to spare a bit of time on the eve of their big release. We’ve only got a few hours before we’ve gotta finalize our questions, but we figured our readers might have a… Read More

  • Leaked: T-Mobile's release schedule for January and February

    If you’re the type of person that likes to be surprised by mobile handset releases, you might want to look away. Also, you might want to stop reading mobile blogs. Also, you’re weird. One of BG’s super sneaks managed to snap a shot of a blurp at the bottom of one of T-Mobile’s employee-only Daily News pages, detailing the next two months of handset releases. What’s… Read More

  • SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry Beta goes live

    As we mentioned a few days ago, the BlackBerry version of Sling Media’s SlingPlayer mobile has entered public beta. If past products are any indication, it’ll go for $30 bucks after a 30-day trial once they’ve worked out all the kinks. In the meantime, however, it’s free – so if you’ve got a Slingbox at home and a BlackBerry in your pocket, go grab it quick. Read More

  • Innov8 with AT&T-friendly innards passes through the FCC

    Even without any sort of US Carrier availability, the Samsung Innov8 managed to crack at least one of our Top Picks of 2008 lists. As usual, however, the fact that it’s superb doesn’t equate to it being easy to buy. Fortunately, it looks like that might be changing. Amazon just started peddling the International Version this morning, but with an oh-so-hefty $799 price tag. If… Read More

  • Samsung S8300 AMOLED Touchscreen Slider lacks kitchen sink

    While I can’t say I agree with the color scheme (Orange and black? I can’t decide whether it looks like a Halloween toy or a cheap pair of Reeboks), it looks like Samsung has managed one hell of an engineering feat with the just-leaked S8300. According to DailyMobile.se, this thing comes packed tight with a 2.8″ WQVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera with autoflash… Read More

  • T-Mobile to gift G1 owners with extended batteries?

    This one’s going to be shaky until T-Mobile makes an official statement or the first delivery is made, but it’s a nice enough idea that we figured it was worth a mention. GoogleAndBlog is reporting that T-Mobile is looking to pacify the complaints on the G1’s dismal battery by hooking up customers with a bigger, badder one. Read More

  • iPhone vs. OPhone: the side-by-side comparison

    Oh OPhone, you somber siren. You’ve managed to steal the throne from the HTC Touch HD in the realm of phones we want but will probably never get. You’re just as pretty, but with the added bonus of running Android rather than Windows Mobile. Alas, you’re probably never going to find your way out of China. Why must you tease us so, Lenovo? Looking to make our hearts pang a… Read More

  • RIM patents funky winged keypad design

    Apparently tired of having to conform keyboards to the shape of their devices, RIM is looking for ways to break out. According to a patent that just started its trek through the approval process, one concept floating around the is a fold out “Wing” keypad. Read More

  • Leaked 2009 Rogers/Fido roadmap is packed to the brim with smartphones

    Yo dawg – Rogers heard you liked smartphones, so they put smartphones in your smartphone so you can smartphone while you smartphone. But seriously, if you’re a smartphone fan on Rogers/Fido, your brain might just melt in 2009. HoFo-goer clearskies08 managed to sneak spy shots throughout the entirety of the recent employee-only roadmap presentation, bringing back just shy of 30… Read More

  • Blue Ranger, White Christmas

    Long before my interests turned to gadgets and gizmos, life was as simple as could be. Wake, bus, school, bus, Power Rangers. Sure, other stuff probably happened on any given day – but if it didn’t involve Rita Repulsa and the Rangers, I didn’t really care. I wasn’t alone, either. It seemed like every kid in town had latched on to the Rangers. We no longer played Tag… Read More

  • Sling Media bumps up Windows Mobile support for SlingPlayer Mobile

    Do you loves you some Sling Player Mobile? Ready to toss your old WinMo handset for a fresh one, but feelin’ a bit worried that Sling wont play friendly with the new guy? Good news! Sling Media has bumped up their Windows Mobile support, adding compatibility for 4 new resolutions across at least 15 new devices. Read More

  • SnaptureFlash adds light to your shots, bulk to your iPhone

    Sick of the lack of flash on the iPhone? No, not that flash – the other one. The one for pictures. Snapture has come up with a new solution: the SnaptureFlash, a slip-on case with a Xenon flash built-in. While the idea is novel, the execution isn’t without its faults. Read More

  • XP or Vista? Best Buy doesn't know the difference

    Flippin’ through this week’s Best Buy ad, CG reader Carlos spotted something amiss. “Surf and e-mail with the simplicity of Windows XP”, said the header above the netbook section. That’s a great line; it’s simple and to the point. Thing is, the display of every netbook below the header is showing not XP, but Vista. Read More