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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  • An Interview with Ethan Lowry of Urbanspoon

    With iPhone app downloads having just blown through the 300 million mark, we jumped at the opportunity to talk to Ethan Lowry. As a founding member of the trio behind Urbanspoon, one of the most downloaded iPhone applications of 2008 , Ethan knows a thing or two about iPhone app downloads. Back in early November, Urbanspoon had just cracked 1 million downloads – 4 months after the… Read More

  • Grains of War will curb stomp your appetite

    http://www.g4tv.com/lv3/35316 Perhaps I’m a cynic, but I really expected this Gears of War parody spot, made by the folks on G4’s X-Play, to suck something fierce. Then Cole Train dumped cereal all over his face, and my worries drifted away. Read More

  • Moto Chaser for the iPhone modified to support TV-out as a proof of concept

    Last week, Ars Technica uncovered an undocumented class in the iPhone SDK which allows applications to push visuals to an external monitor rather than the device’s built in screen. Lightbulbs flicked on above the noggins of iPhone developers everywhere, all with the same idea: this could be used for games! Read the rest of this entry » Read More

  • Is this Nokia's next top-secret touchscreen handset?

    After blatantly boasting about how well they’d managed to keep the N97 off the radar, you’d think that Nokia would be incredibly wary of letting on details of future handsets. That is, you wouldn’t think they’d slide a shot of an unannounced touchscreen handset into a presentation in New York yesterday. Well, if this thing turns out to be legit, that’s exactly… Read More

  • Moto Chaser for the iPhone modified to support TV-out as a proof of concept

    Last week, Ars Technica uncovered an undocumented class in the iPhone SDK which allows applications to push visuals to an external monitor rather than the device’s built in screen. Lightbulbs flicked on above the noggins of iPhone developers everywhere, all with the same idea: this could be used for games! Read More

  • Is this Nokia's next top-secret touchscreen handset?

    After blatantly boasting about how well they’d managed to keep the N97 off the radar, you’d think that Nokia would be incredibly wary of letting on details of future handsets. That is, you wouldn’t think they’d slide a shot of an unannounced touchscreen handset into a presentation in New York yesterday. Well, if this thing turns out to be legit, that’s exactly… Read More

  • Vodafone Americas Foundation launches $3 million fund to fuel mobile innovation

    Have you got some outstanding idea for the mobile world rattling around in your brain, but can’t afford to make it happen? Vodafone wants to hear from you. This morning, the Vodafone Americas Foundation is launching a $3 million fund to help them find “wireless technology that can change the world.” Coming out swinging, they’ve announced that the first $600,000 of that… Read More

  • Sony Ericcson "Kate" becomes C510, details of two new handsets leaked

    When word of this Sony Ericsson cybershot handset got out waaaay back in September, rumors indicated that it would be on the shelves by October. October came and went.. then we burned through November.. and now we’re marching right through December without any real indication of a release date better than the always slipping “next month”. While we’re not sure… Read More

  • The history of the Easter Egg hidden within the Helio Connect press image

    When I clicked my way through to the image attached to this morning’s Helio Connect press announcement, I couldn’t help but laugh. Not because I find social news site aggregators inherently funny, mind you – but because there’s a little Easter Egg hidden inside and, oddly enough, it’s somewhat related to yours truly. If you haven’t spotted it by now, take… Read More

  • Easter Egg hidden in Helio Connect press image

    When I clicked my way through to the image attached to this morning’s Helio Connect announcement, I couldn’t help but laugh. Not because I find social news site aggregators inherently funny, mind you – but because there’s a little Easter Egg hidden inside and, oddly enough, it’s somewhat related to yours truly. If you haven’t spotted it by now, take a glance… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile launches "Connect", a social networking dashboard for Helio

    (Disclosure: I’ve done consulting work for Helio, prior to their acquisition by Virgin Mobile) With the almost silly number of social networking applications available for the major smartphones, it’s easy to forget how much of a pain it can be to scratch that social itch on a feature phone. Sure, you can generally use a feature phone’s built-in browser to navigate to each… Read More

  • AT&T laying off 12,000 more employees

    Following the announcement of 4,600 “job reductions” back in April, AT&T has announced 12,000 more layoffs this morning. The first notes should start hitting desks sometime this month (“Merry Christmas! Oh, and also, you’re fired.”) and continue trickling out through 2009. As for who’s at risk: While AT&T is reducing jobs in some areas, it continues… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct gets Exchange/Lotus Notes calendar sync

    Are you an Instinct owner on Sprint, constantly living in fear that Friends re-run schedule on your handset may not be perfectly up-to-date with the one lingering on your Exchange server? I understand. Ross and Rachel are serious business. Fortunately, Sprint’s got a little something to help you with your anxiety. This morning, they pushed an update to their Mobile Email Work… Read More

  • How-to: Enable transitional effects on the T-Mobile G1

    Feeling as if your G1 is a little bland in the animation department? Want those fancy screen-to-screen sliding animations generally reserved for Google’s demonstrations? Worry no longer – afbcamaro from XDA Developers noticed that you can use a development package from the Android SDK that allows for you to access some fun features (such as sliding transitions) that didn’t… Read More

  • Software unlock for BlackBerry 8000/9000 series released

    Got just about any GSM BlackBerry laying around that you want to take to another carrier, but just can’t seem to find anyone who can get the job done? You’re in luck. From the darkest pits of who-knows-where, someone has gone and released the MFI Multiloader required to free BlackBerry 8000 and 9000 devices from their reins. Want to take a BlackBerry Bold off of AT&T? Sure… Read More

  • Land Rover partners with Sonim for rugged phone line

    In today’s most perplexing bit of news, Sonim Technologies is announcing a partnership with Land Rover to bring out a series of rugged handsets bearing the British all-terrain vehicle manufacturer’s logo. While they’ve announced two devices, the Land Rover S1 and the Land Rover S2 G4, only the former has been pictured (see right). Awkwardly, the S1 looks almost exactly like… Read More

  • Software unlock for BlackBerry 8000/9000 series released

    Got just about any GSM BlackBerry laying around that you want to take to another carrier, but just can’t seem to find anyone who can get the job done? You’re in luck. From the darkest pits of who-knows-where, someone has gone and released the MFI Multiloader required to free BlackBerry 8000 and 9000 devices from their reins. It’s not for the faint of heart – coming in… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm brings along memories of the mothership

    Not too long ago, someone opened their new iPhone only to find test shots from the factory still floating around in the memory. In what I’m sure is a complete coincidence, the same thing has now happened with the BlackBerry Storm – albeit without the cute asian girl. Photos like this always creep me out a little bit. They seem.. wrong. It’s like if a baby were to come out with… Read More

  • T-Mobile UK cutting back prices on the G1, early adopters not getting screwed for once

    If you’re in the US and just dropped $179 on your G1, you might have been a bit disappointed to hear that G1 buyers over in the UK were gettin’ them gratis on a £40-a-month (roughly $60) plan. Well, prepare for a bit more disappointment. In preparation for the holiday season and the rush of competitive devices they’re expecting to be up against over the next few months (and… Read More

  • Live in Russia? Love Windows Mobile 6.1? Friend, does RoverPC have a G7 for you.

    So, you’re real keen on that fancypants G1 thing, are you? Hah. RoverPC’s newest device already has, like, seven times more Gs than that. Fear not, early Android adopters – the similarities between the HTC G1 and the RoverPC G7 stop at the name. This one’s running Windows Mobile 6.1, and packs a 3 megapixel shooter, quad-band GSM, 3G, WiFi, a 624Mhz processor, 128MB of… Read More