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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  • Facebook Tweaks The News Feed To Play Friendly With Slower Internet Connections

    Facebook Tweaks The News Feed To Play Friendly With Slower Internet Connections

    If you’ve ever tried to load up Facebook on a slow connection, you… probably didn’t have the best time. Unless you’re going out of your way to use something like Facebook Lite, the experience on slow connections takes a pretty sharp dive. With a massive chunk of its next billion users coming from places where 2G mobile Internet is still the widespread default, Facebook… Read More

  • We Drove Tesla’s Crazy Fast Model X SUV

    I was hoping I might walk away from my short test drive in Tesla’s Model X without the desire to throw down $130,000 I don’t have… Alas. After years of the Model X being seemingly right around the corner, the first few cars are being delivered to drivers tonight. I got to take one for a spin — and yes, I got to stomp the gas pedal. Read More

  • Tesla’s $140,000 Model X SUV Does 0-60 In 3.2 Seconds, Hits The Road Starting Tonight

    Tesla’s $140,000 Model X SUV Does 0-60 In 3.2 Seconds, Hits The Road Starting Tonight

    It’s here! I feel like I’ve been referring to the Model X as Tesla’s “upcoming SUV” for ages — but it has arrived. A few of them have, at least. At an event in Fremont, California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk disclosed a bunch of specs about the car and announced that the first handful have been delivered to owners. Read More

  • Here’s How To Watch The Live Stream For The Launch Of Tesla’s Model X SUV

    Here’s How To Watch The Live Stream For The Launch Of Tesla’s Model X SUV

    Tesla has a press announcement scheduled at their campus in Fremont tonight, and they’re not being too coy about the subject matter: it’s the Model X, the electric SUV they’ve been working on for years. Hell, they just went ahead and called the event “Model X Launch” on the invite. Want to watch it live as it happens? Alas, there’s no embeddable live stream… Read More

  • A Quick Hands On With The All New Chromecasts

    Amidst a flurry of announcements today, Google debuted not one but two new Chromecasts – one that works just like the original Chromecast, and an audio-only version meant to be plugged into your existing speaker systems. We took a quick peek at both devices and the new look of Chromecast in the video above. Read More

  • Live From Google’s Massive Hardware Event: Nexus, Android, Chromecast, And More!

    Live From Google’s Massive Hardware Event: Nexus, Android, Chromecast, And More!

    The day is finally here! The rumor mill has been whispering about a massive Google announcement for weeks, and we’re live on the scene. So what’s coming? According to whispers, we’re bound to see everything from a new Nexus 5 and Nexus 6, to a new Chromecast, to new details about Android Marshmallow. Tune in for details straight from the event! The event is scheduled to start… Read More

  • 15 Super Useful Ways To Use 3D Touch On The New iPhones

    Though the new iPhones pack improved cameras and better specs overall, the flagship feature is something completely unique to the iPhone line (and, really, smartphones in general): a touch screen that reacts differently depending on how hard you press it. Apple calls this feature “3D Touch”, and it’s damn cool — if you can figure out how and where to use it, that… Read More

  • Yes, Facebook Is Down (Update: It’s back up!)

    Yes, Facebook Is Down (Update: It’s back up!)

    Yes, friends, the (not really) unimaginable has happened: the titan that is Facebook is down. We don’t usually raise our eyebrows too high when Facebook goes down for a minute, but it’s been in and out for a good 20 (update: 30!) minutes now. For a company that makes millions in revenue per day, every minute is tens of thousands of dollars in ad revenue lost. We’ve hit up… Read More

  • Pebble Debuts Its First Round Smartwatch With The Pebble Time Round

    Pebble Debuts Its First Round Smartwatch With The Pebble Time Round

    Pebble, the company that arguably sparked the whole smartwatch trend with a $10M Kickstarter back in 2012, is shifting things up today. After years of sticking with square-faced displays, the company is today introducing its first round-faced smartwatch. It’s called, aptly, the Pebble Time Round. Pebble Time Round will come in a few different styles: a leather strap in a variety of color… Read More

  • EasyPaint Wants To Take The Pain Out Of Getting A Room Painted

    EasyPaint Wants To Take The Pain Out Of Getting A Room Painted

    If there’s one thing I dislike about owning a home, it’s when the time comes to paint a room. If I do it myself, I go crazy before the prep work is even done. So. Much. Masking. Tape. If I hire someone, I end up spending just as much time talking to friends/neighbors/the Internets trying to find a reputable local painter only to never be quite certain I made the right choice. Read More

  • Discovr Labs Brings Virtual Reality To The Classroom, Lets Teachers See What Students See

    Discovr Labs Brings Virtual Reality To The Classroom, Lets Teachers See What Students See

    As consumers, we tend to focus on how virtual reality will work in our homes — the new types of games it allows, the insane 360-degree cinematic experiences, etc. Some of VR’s greatest potential, though, lays not at home but in the classroom. Hell, you can boil VR’s potential as a learning tool into just three little words: Magic. Friggin’. Schoolbus. Think shared… Read More

  • 15 Hidden New Features Tucked Away In iOS 9

    After months in beta, iOS 9 hits iPhones and iPads today! Hurrah! Want to be the master of all things iOS 9? We’ve compiled a list of some of the neat but not-so-obvious features, many of which are tucked away enough that you might not otherwise stumble upon them on your own. We’ll expand this list throughout the day as we poke out the new features. Let us know if you find any… Read More

  • Sony’s “Project Morpheus” Virtual Reality Headset Is Now Just “Playstation VR”

    Sony’s “Project Morpheus” Virtual Reality Headset Is Now Just “Playstation VR”

    No one really expected Sony’s upcoming VR headset to keep its “Project Morpheus” code name when it eventually made it to the shelves — but no one knew what its actual name would be… until now. Alas, just about anyone with three guesses and a brain could have worked out the name that Sony’s marketing team ended up at: Playstation VR. It’s less creative… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Toutes Les Pommes

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Toutes Les Pommes

    In case you missed it, which would actually be quite difficult, Apple had a press event this week. The company unveiled new Apple Watch wristbands, a new Apple TV and remote, the iPad Pro (which is massive), the Apple Pencil (lol) and two new generations of the iPhone. Suffice it to say, it’s been a long week, even with Labor Day Monday. We discuss all this and more on this… Read More

  • Hands On With The New Apple Watch Options

    Hands On With The New Apple Watch Options

    Among this morning’s torrential blast of Apple news were a handful of new options for would-be Apple Watch buyers, from new finishes to fancy new watch bands. The Watch Sport now comes in a pinkish “rose” gold and a more traditional gold. Meanwhile, they’ve introduced a bunch of new colors for the plastic Sports band, adding pinks, brown, red, and a few blues to the… Read More

  • Apple’s “Hey Siri” iPhone Announcement Live Blog

    Apple’s “Hey Siri” iPhone Announcement Live Blog

    It’s time! After weeks of speculation, today is the day that Apple is taking over the massive Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco to announce… a whole lot of things! According to the whispers from around the rumor mill, today could bring everything from new iPhones, to the release details of iOS 9, to an overhauled version of Apple TV. The event starts at 10 AM… Read More

  • Nextbit’s Robin Is An Android Smartphone That Taps The Cloud For Bonus Smarts

    Nextbit’s Robin Is An Android Smartphone That Taps The Cloud For Bonus Smarts

    A little over a year ago, we broke the news that Nextbit, a company founded by early Android veterans, had raised $18 million dollars for… something. Something secret. Today, they’re finally pulling back the curtain. After weeks of teasing out little details on Twitter, Nextbit has finally spilled the beans on what they’ve been working: Robin, a “cloud-first”… Read More

  • Nest’s Smart Thermostat Gets Updated With A Bigger, Brighter Screen

    Nest’s Smart Thermostat Gets Updated With A Bigger, Brighter Screen

    Back in June, Nest overhauled just about every product they make… save for one curious exception: the smart thermostat that most know them for best. Two months later, Nest’s thermostat is getting an upgrade of its own. So what’s new? If you walked by the new version without having seen the previous one in a while, you… might not notice a difference. This new third-gen… Read More

  • Chrome Starts Telling Autoplaying Videos To STFU

    Chrome Starts Telling Autoplaying Videos To STFU

    We’ve all been there: you’re exploring the vast interwebs, opening tabs rapid fire like the middle-clickin’ master you are. Suddenly one of the zillion tabs you’ve got open in the background starts autoplaying some terrible ad — now your laptop is yelling to your entire office about man part pills or free ipads or something. Google wants to end this. Read More

  • This App Snaps A Pic Of Your Friends If They Try To Swipe Through Your Phone’s Photos Uninvited

    This App Snaps A Pic Of Your Friends If They Try To Swipe Through Your Phone’s Photos Uninvited

    We’ve pretty much all been there: you hand your phone to a friend to show them a picture. They look at the photo, they chuckle… and then they casually swipe to the next photo in your camera roll like it ain’t no thing. NO. BAD FRIEND! BAD! Read More

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