Ingrid Lunden

Ingrid Lunden

Ingrid is a writer and editor for TechCrunch, joining February 2012, based out of London.

Before TechCrunch, Ingrid worked at paidContent.org, where she was a staff writer, and has in the past also written freelance regularly for other publications such as the Financial Times. Ingrid covers mobile, digital media, advertising and the spaces where these intersect.

When it comes to work, she feels most comfortable speaking in English but can also speak Russian, Spanish and French (in descending order of competence).

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  • Gaming Company Razer Is Now Valued At $1B+

    Gaming Company Razer Is Now Valued At $1B+

    Razer, the San Diego-based high-end gaming tech company, is on a roll. In the wake of the latest models of its thin Blade gaming laptops, a partnership with Tencent in China, and preparing for the sale of a new wearable, it has recently closed a round of funding with Intel on at least a $1 billion valuation. The details come by way of a leaked internal memo to staff that was passed… Read More

  • Bookatable Tests Foodies’ Appetite For iBeacons In UK, Shopkick Passes 7,500 Beacons

    Bookatable Tests Foodies’ Appetite For iBeacons In UK, Shopkick Passes 7,500 Beacons

    iBeacon, the Bluetooth Low Energy technology that is being used by businesses to push offers and other messages to customers’ smartphones when they are in the physical vicinity of a small pinging device, is starting to see some decent traction. Businesses like Shopkick (recently acquired by SK planet for $200 million) have now rolled out some 7,500 of the devices across its retail… Read More

  • Alibaba Debuts Baichuan, Its Answer To Amazon’s Developer Services

    Alibaba Debuts Baichuan, Its Answer To Amazon’s Developer Services

    As newly public Alibaba continues to invest in startups to build out its presence in the U.S., it’s also looking at ways of expanding its ecosystem and platform at home. The latest move was announced this week, as the company unveiled Baichuan – Chinese for “hundreds of rivers.” Taking a page from Amazon — which has built up a large range of services for… Read More

  • Tablet Sales Growth Plummets In 2014 As Android Smartphones Continue To Soar: Gartner

    Tablet Sales Growth Plummets In 2014 As Android Smartphones Continue To Soar: Gartner

    As Apple gears up to unveil what many believe will be its latest iPad tablets and Mac computers on Thursday, Gartner has today published figures that underscore the challenge in the market for devices like these against the ineluctable rise of the cheaper, and ultimately more easily replaceable, smartphone. Gartner’s Q3 and annual figures for device sales worldwide — covering… Read More

  • Berlin’s Orderbird, A Tablet-Based Sales Platform, Orders Up Another $10M

    Berlin’s Orderbird, A Tablet-Based Sales Platform, Orders Up Another $10M

    Companies like Square, Groupon, PayPal and Amazon are all vying to be the primary tech partner for merchants at the point of sale in the U.S., and as more companies replace their legacy equipment with low-cost tablets, the race is heating up elsewhere, too. Orderbird, a startup out of Berlin, is today announcing a further round of $10 million to continue building out its own tablet-based… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg And Wife Priscilla Donate $25M To Fight Ebola

    Mark Zuckerberg And Wife Priscilla Donate $25M To Fight Ebola

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just announced on Facebook that he and his wife Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician, have made a grant of $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation in support of fighting Ebola — the deadly, viral disease that started in Africa, has infected over 8,000 people, and is spreading fast, with little in the way of a failsafe cure. Read More

  • Netflix Leads In U.S. Digital Video Subscriptions In Home And Among Millennials

    Netflix Leads In U.S. Digital Video Subscriptions In Home And Among Millennials

    Companies like Amazon, Apple, pay-TV operators, broadcasters and many others are working hard to be the leading consumer brands of the digital video world. For now, they are all chasing one: Netflix. A survey out today from comScore on video viewing habits found that Netflix is the leading brand among U.S. households that subscribe to paid digital video subscription services, and it’s… Read More

  • Yahoo Downsizes In The Middle East, Closing Its Office In Amman, Jordan

    Yahoo Downsizes In The Middle East, Closing Its Office In Amman, Jordan

    Another week, and another workforce reduction for Yahoo. Today the company announced to employees in Amman, Jordan, that it will be shutting down its offices in the country by the end of the year. It will instead funnel those operations — an Arab-language and English-language Arab-focused Internet portal that it picked up by way of its acquisition of Maktoob for $85 million in… Read More

  • iPhone 6 Comes To 36 More Markets This Month, Taking The Total To 69

    iPhone 6 Comes To 36 More Markets This Month, Taking The Total To 69

    With the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple is stepping up its game for how fast it is rolling out the product internationally to compete more sharply against the Samsungs of the world. Apple has announced that it will be adding 36 more countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa “by the end of October,” taking the total to 69. The aim is to… Read More

  • Delivery Hero Buys Brazil’s Subdelivery As It Beefs Up In Asia And LatAm

    Delivery Hero Buys Brazil’s Subdelivery As It Beefs Up In Asia And LatAm

    Delivery Hero, the startup that is now valued at over $1 billion and is raising a lot of cash to compete heavily against the likes of Just-Eat and FoodPanda in the food delivery market outside the U.S., is adding another acquisition to its list as it focuses on growth in Latin America and Asia. It has acquired Subdelivery, an online delivery service based in Brazil. Subdelivery’s… Read More

  • Finnish Prime Minister Can’t Stop Blaming Apple For Finland’s Economic Woes

    Finnish Prime Minister Can’t Stop Blaming Apple For Finland’s Economic Woes

    When in doubt, blame someone else. Alexander Stubb, the Finnish prime minister, said today that Apple was responsible for bringing down two of Finland’s biggest economic exports — Nokia and paper. “The iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the paper industry, but we’ll make a comeback,” he said earlier today in an interview with CNBC. It’s not the first… Read More

  • With ShopWings, Instacart Gets A Wink And A Clone From Rocket Internet

    With ShopWings, Instacart Gets A Wink And A Clone From Rocket Internet

    Instacart, the fast-growing grocery ordering and delivery service that earlier this year closed a $44 million round to expand to new markets, has a new clone in Europe, courtesy of Rocket Internet, the newly-public German company that has made a very big business out of replicating and building out e-commerce businesses in Europe and developing markets.   ShopWings, launching today… Read More

  • Facebook’s Internet.org Works With Carriers To Speed Up Networks, Indonesia First

    Facebook’s Internet.org Works With Carriers To Speed Up Networks, Indonesia First

    Facebook has long been promoting the the idea of free, zero-rated mobile services in emerging countries to drive more Facebook (and wider mobile data) usage. Now, its Internet.org initiative has crafted another way to promote growth: by working with directly with carriers to analyse and fix their networks, with a recent trial in Indonesia — the fourth-biggest country for… Read More

  • SoundCloud Posted A $29M Loss In 2013 On Revenues Of $14M

    SoundCloud Posted A $29M Loss In 2013 On Revenues Of $14M

    SoundCloud, the popular online music and audio sharing platform, is now exceeding 175 million listeners each month and is on track to reach 200 million. But its rapid growth has seen the company’s costs run away from its revenues. According to recent annual filings for 2013, Soundcloud posted turnover of €11.2 million ($14.1 million) in 2013, up 40% from 2012’s revenues… Read More

  • Snapchat: Our Servers Were Not Breached In The ‘Snappening’, Blame 3rd Party Apps

    Snapchat: Our Servers Were Not Breached In The ‘Snappening’, Blame 3rd Party Apps

    In the last day, news has been circulating that a database of some 200,000 Snapchat photos is being leaked after a third-party app used to save people’s otherwise-disappearing pictures got hacked. While some people argue over which third-party app is responsible for the breach, and whether the whole thing is actually a hoax, Snapchat has issued a statement distancing itself from… Read More

  • Forget LinkedIn, Conspire Analyses Email To Be Your Next Networking Tool

    Forget LinkedIn, Conspire Analyses Email To Be Your Next Networking Tool

    LinkedIn — now with over 300 million users — has become the go-to platform for networking in the business world. Now, a new startup called Conspire is hoping to dig into that marketshare (and mindshare) with a new approach for how to meet people. It taps into your communications platforms — starting first with email and those who use Gmail or Google Apps email — and… Read More

  • OpenSignal Ports Its Crowdsourced WeatherSignal App To iOS, Courtesy Of iPhone 6

    OpenSignal Ports Its Crowdsourced WeatherSignal App To iOS, Courtesy Of iPhone 6

    OpenSignal, the London startup that uses crowdsourced data picked up from sensors on its users’ devices, to power apps, such apps to suss out the best mobile networks or the real weather, is today rolling WeatherSignal, the latter of these two apps, for the iPhone — specifically the new iPhone 6 models. WeatherSignal has already seen a fair degree of popularity on Android… Read More

  • Oceanleap Launches A Cloud Platform For Building Apps For Wearables

    Oceanleap Launches A Cloud Platform For Building Apps For Wearables

    The swirl of attention around products like the Apple Watch, the Moto 360 and the Fitbit is only the latest sign that wearables and health-tracking apps could be making a push into mainstream use. A new startup called Oceanleap is hoping to capitalise on that, with the launch of a cloud-based platform for developers to build and host health and fitness apps for the rush of smart watches… Read More

  • EU Hangs Up On Fixed-Line Call Regulation Amid Mobile And Broadband Shift

    EU Hangs Up On Fixed-Line Call Regulation Amid Mobile And Broadband Shift

    Here’s an interesting sign of the times and the huge rush of mobile and broadband usage. Neelie Kroes, the outgoing VP for the European Commission overseeing communications and technology, has just announced that the EC will no longer regulate fixed-line calls, effective immediately, so that it can focus more of its attention on mobile and broadband — services that are seeing… Read More

  • Directory App Truecaller Raises $60M At A $300M Valuation Led By KPCB, Atomico, Sequoia

    Directory App Truecaller Raises $60M At A $300M Valuation Led By KPCB, Atomico, Sequoia

    Truecaller, a mobile phone directory and called ID app that lets people search for other mobile users by name or number, is dialling up something else at the moment: its funding. TechCrunch has learned that the company, based out of Stockholm, Sweden with operations in Silicon Valley, has raised a Series C round of funding at a valuation of $300 million. The exact size of the round… Read More

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