Greg Kumparak

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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  • American Airlines introduces mobile boarding passes

    Though nearly the entire pre-flight process has been tweaked to make use of modern technologies, one outdated aspect still lingers: the tickets. Every single time I fly, I find myself checking the location where I put my tickets once every 3-4 minutes. Are they still there? Did I remember to zip up after I last checked? When I pulled my hand out, did the ticket sneak out? I’ve never lost… Read More

  • Right on time, U.S. Cellular gets the Delve

    Jeez – With the Eternity for AT&T, the Saga and the Renown for Verizon, and now the Delve for U.S. Cellular, Samsung’s shipping crew must have had one hell of a week. When we first heard that this phone was on its way to U.S. Cellular, we expected it to launch in the middle of November. Sure enough, we’re one day from the dead middle of the month, and here it is. Read More

  • AT&T launches Samsung Eternity, makes us want the Omnia

    It’s not quite the Samsung Omnia that folks are eagerly awaiting for, but it’s a step or two in that direction. Launched this morning for AT&T, the Samsung Eternity sports a 3.2″ touchscreen, haptic feedback for a dash of vibration with every touch, an accelerometer, a 3.0 megapixel camera, and all that good ol’ 3G connectivity. While it may look the same up front… Read More

  • Verizon launches Samsung Saga, Samsung Renown

    Bam! Right off the bat, this morning brings not one, but two new Samsung phones to Verizon. First up is the WinMo 6.1 powered Samsung Saga, pictured on right. For 200 bucks and a 2-year contract, you’ll walk away with a QWERTY keyboard, 2.2″ touchscreen, optical mouse, and support for Stereo bluetooth. They’ve also packed in WiFi (802.11b/g), quad-band radio, and a… Read More

  • Verizon and Photobucket team up for instant photo uploading

    Whenever people remember to use that camera on the back of their phone, what do they do with it? Do they go out into the wild and try to capture what Ansel Adams’ work would look like through a crappy VGA sensor? No. They go and take pictures of themselves with the bathroom mirror, or snap a shot of their drunken friends for later uploading and sharing. Recognizing this, Verizon has gone… Read More

  • AT&T launches the S60-powered Nokia 6650

    Hey, there it is! After the Nokia 6650 missed its leaked release date and managed to stay off the radar for nearly a month, we were beginning to think they’d canned it. Turns out, the first S60 device to hit AT&T in a long was just taking its sweet time to make it to the shelves. So what do you get for $70 bucks and a 2-year marriage to AT&T? A 2.0 megapixel camera, 2.2″… Read More

  • Sprint offers employee buyouts to avoid layoffs

    With just about everyone pulling at their collars over the economy right now, more and more people are winding up on the chopping block. Amongst the many companies on layoff watch at the moment is Sprint; after bleeding out over 1.3 million customers over the last quarter, it’s pretty clear that Sprint was going to have to cut back their employee headcount. Forced layoffs are no fun… Read More

  • LG Swift lands in Alltels lineup

    A new LG handset was announced for Alltel (and in the long run, I suppose, Verizon) this morning. Don’t let its appearance fool you, my friends – this is no standard flip phone. This one will change your life. Okay, fine. It won’t change your life. In fact, with its defining features being a 1.3 megapixel camera and Bluetooth, it’s all pretty standard. It’s the… Read More

  • Rumor: Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshot shenanigans

    With Windows Mobile 6.5 now pretty much a sure thing for 2009, the churn of the rumor mill is growing ever louder. Smartphone France has supposedly dug up some screenshots of the new operating system. As these shots will no doubt pop up week after week on forums around the intertubes until 6.5’s eventual release, we’ll go ahead and weigh in now: fake. So, why are we calling… Read More

  • HTC MAX 4G: From Russia with WiMax

    Still fawning over the HTC Touch HD? Well, meet its bigger, badder brother: the HTC MAX 4G. Just announced today, HTC’s newest beast is the world’s first GSM/WiMax handset. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Aw man, a GSM/WiMax handset would be pretty much useless in the states”, you’re completely right – and HTC seems to agree. Read the rest at… Read More

  • Nokia "Wahoo" half-QWERTY clamshell details leaked

    If anybody but theBoy Genius managed to scrounge this one up, I’m not sure if I’d believe it. From the details of the leak, it seems that Nokia is working on something they’re referring to internally as “Wahoo”, which looks to have been designed by taking a dash of BlackBerry Pearl Flip and throwing in a whole lot of Motorola RAZR. Nothing too groundbreaking… Read More

  • HTC MAX 4G: From Russia with WiMax

    Still fawning over the HTC Touch HD? Well, meet its bigger, badder brother: the HTC MAX 4G. Just announced today, HTC’s newest beast is the world’s first GSM/WiMax handset. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Aw man, a GSM/WiMax handset would be pretty much useless in the states”, you’re completely right – and HTC seems to agree. Like the Touch HD… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 to hit U.S. shelves on Black Friday for.. wait, how much?!

    At long last, Sony Ericsson has announced U.S availability of the Xperia X1. Because it’s definitely the best day to send people to the mall, they’ll be launching the handset on Black Friday (November 28th). With a Black Friday launch date, at least it’ll come in at a bargain price, right? Try $800 bucks. As of right now, the X1 is only planned to be up for sale as an… Read More

  • Rumor: Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshot shenanigans

    With Windows Mobile 6.5 now pretty much a sure thing for 2009, the churn of the rumor mill is growing ever louder. Smartphone France has supposedly dug up some screenshots of the new operating system. As these shots will no doubt pop up week after week on forums around the intertubes until 6.5’s eventual release, we’ll go ahead and weigh in now: fake. Signs of Shenanigans: Start… Read More

  • Got a web conference scheduled? Attend via your smartphone with PhoneTopp

    It’s 8 am, and you’ve got a WebEx meeting at 8:30. Unfortunately, the kids need to be at school by 8:15, and it’s a 40 minute roundtrip to drop them off. Your options? Either you’re going to be hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop looking for parking lot WiFi, or the kids are playing hooky through first period today. PhoneTopp, a startup out of San Jose, California… Read More

  • 730,000 recycled phones later, Flipswap raises $14 million in Series B funding

    There comes a point in every cell phone’s life when it’s just time for retirement. Whether you’re all set for that 2-year upgrade or you’re just dying for the latest and great, sometimes you’re just ready to power down the old one for good. Rather than letting it sit in your sock drawer in its sad, purposeless state, why not make some cash and help the earth a bit? Read More

  • Opera Mini 4.2 beta released

    It has been just under six months since Opera last released an update to Opera Mini, but they’ve finally got a new beta to share. Released today, the Opera Mini 4.2 beta adds in a few new features (and revives a few old ones) to help keep the browser competitive in the never ending battle for the free mobile browser crown. The new stuff in the 4.2 beta: Skinning: It’s not quite… Read More

  • iPhone firmware 2.2 coming on November 21st?

    After not one, but two rounds of distribution to developers, it looks like v2.2 of the iPhone firmware might be ready for release. According to information obtained by iPhoneHellas, we’ll have our hands on this oft-discussed and much leaked software update come November 21st – just 10 days from now. The leak didn’t indicate anything new in the firmware that we… Read More

  • Nokia E63 review units show up before it’s even announced

    In a move that’s a bit removed from the standard procedure we’ve come to know from Nokia (and every other mobile company, for that matter), the Nokia E63 has made its first authorized debut by way of review units shipped out from Nokia’s WOM World blogger relations group. That’s right: the device hasn’t even been announced yet, and a few lucky bloggers out there… Read More

  • AT&T rebrands the HTC Touch Pro, launches it as Fuze

    Right on schedule, AT&T has launched their rebranded version of the HTC Touch Pro, which is known around the AT&T camp as the “Fuze”. While we haven’t snuggled up with a Fuze just yet, we’ve spent our fair share of time with the Sprint version of the Touch Pro. If you’re looking to rock a QWERTY Windows Mobile device, the Touch Pro’s a solid pick… Read More