Jay Donovan

Jay Donovan
By night, Jay writes for TechCrunch and has been contributing to the blog since 2009. By day, he is Associate Director of Strategy for the digital agency Resource/Ammirati. You can reach him at jay at techcrunch dot com. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Jay Donovan

  • You Had Me At Vello

    You Had Me At Vello

    With short-form internet video reaching more and more consumers (Vine, Instagram), Vello’s timing for bringing their video greeting card app to market is excellent. In short, Vello is an app that creates these video greeting cards by allowing one or more people to capture six second videos of themselves celebrating or communicating to the greeting card recipient. The app then strings… Read More

  • Indoor Mapping Startup Meridian Adds Notification Zones To Their Strategy

    Indoor Mapping Startup Meridian Adds Notification Zones To Their Strategy

    Indoor mapping software startup Meridian, continues to evolve their product strategy with a recent update to their offering. Called Zones, the company’s newest update to their indoor mapping platform — and indoor is the key word here — allows geo-fence style app push notifications to be scheduled, by drawing polygons on location maps. Read More

  • The FitBark Pet Activity Monitor Is A Reasonable Device For Pet Owners

    The FitBark Pet Activity Monitor Is A Reasonable Device For Pet Owners

    I don’t want to awaken the ire of any committed pet owners but I would be lying if I said I didn’t cringe a little bit when I hear about extreme pet products and services like doggie treadmills, pet psychiatrists or pet fitness centers. Still, I came across FitBark on the floor at TechCrunch Disrupt and while it could, at first, seem “extreme” I found that after hearing… Read More

  • Siminars Learning Platform

    Education Startup Siminars Grabs Deepak Chopra For First Major Project

    The team at Siminars has developed what they call an “online platform with all the tools you need to build, publish and distribute highly effective courses.” It means that rather than just using a written text to teach a concept, Siminars’ web platform lets a teacher of a subject tie together many different media types into one unified experience that steps a learner through… Read More

  • Charge Your Phone While You Ride Your Bike With The Siva Cycle Atom

    Charge Your Phone While You Ride Your Bike With The Siva Cycle Atom

    While you are riding into work on your bike commute, why not charge your phone? There’s a bit more to it than that, but ultimately that is exactly what the Siva Cycle Atom does. A brilliant idea. Reaching their KickStarter goal of  $85,000 after only a week, the newly funded Atom is on display on the floor of Hardware Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013. Read More

  • Tell Stories Together With Skit

    Tell Silly Stories Together With Skit

    If  Skit had existed in the early 1970s, there is a chance that the career of Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam could have been stunted because Skit can produce videos reminiscent of the aforementioned great one’s seminal work. And that example is what comes to mind as the easiest way to describe how this TechCrunch Disrupt NY Startup Alley participant’s new app works and looks. Read More

  • Crowdfynd: Crowdsourced Lost And Found Network

    Crowdfynd: Crowdsourced Lost And Found Network

    Crowdfynd is a Startup Alley participant at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 that is taking a crack at the age-old problem of managing lost and found items. How does it work? If you lose an item, you can use either Crowdfynd.com or their iOS mobile app to post info about that lost item (last location, descriptions) as well as post a monetary reward amount that is held in escrow. Read More

  • TicketFire Co-Founder Tanisha Robinson Discusses Digitizing Tickets With Her New App

    TicketFire Co-Founder Tanisha Robinson Discusses Digitizing Tickets With Her New App

    TicketFire is an app that allows ticket holders to scan the their paper event tickets, and then share, sell or transfer those tickets to other people also using the TicketFire app. It’s an interesting idea and it offers several benefits and improvements over the current process. The coolest feature in my mind is the ability to buy or sell a ticket after an event has already started. Read More

  • Greentape Brings Reviews To Consumers And Data To Merchants

    Greentape Brings Reviews To Consumers And Data To Merchants

    With a plan of making product ratings social, Greentape is launching a new app that they hope will bring in-store product reviews to consumers while (hopefully) spawning more product purchases for merchants. The team is demoing this new app at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013. Read More

  • Purchext Keeps Your Kids From Buying Beer With Their Allowance

    Purchext Keeps Your Kids From Buying Beer With Their Allowance

    Purchext, a new app/service that increases communication between parents, their youngsters and the purchases their youngsters make, is on display at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013. The concept behind the startup is a way for parents to approve purchases their kids are making. In reality, it works more like a way for kids to submit expense reports to their parents. For each purchase a dependent… Read More

  • Review: The Timbuk2 Espionage Camera Backpack

    Review: The Timbuk2 Espionage Camera Backpack

    The tale of this backpack review is one of love and regret; I love how this backpack works and I regret that I did not take it on my last trip. In short, it’s a good pack, generally does what it is designed for and does it well. As I know a lot of you are photographers (or at least enjoy carrying around thermos-shaped objects from place to place), I thought I’d talk a bit about… Read More

  • “I Would Like OUYA To Be On Every Television” Says OUYA’s Julie Uhrman

    “I Would Like OUYA To Be On Every Television” Says OUYA’s Julie Uhrman

    Julie Uhrman, the CEO/Founder of the smash Kickstarter-project-turned-gaming-console known as OUYA, was the third keynote speaker at SXSW Interactive 2013. Interviewed by The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky, the two dove in the intricacies and challenges of crowd funding and creating a new hardware startup. Read More

  • Jifiti Lets You Teleport Products To Your Friends…Sorta

    Jifiti Lets You Teleport Products To Your Friends…Sorta

    The idea for Jifiti came about because Shaul Weisband — one of the creators of the app and company behind it — wanted to “teleport” gifts to friends. While teleportation is still not really possible, the team at Jifiti has done the next best thing and is aiming to incorporate this into a new way of shopping. And I think retailers are going to like it. Read More

  • “The US Is A Country Of Explorers” Says Elon Musk As He Plans For A Texas-Based Spaceport

    “The US Is A Country Of Explorers” Says Elon Musk As He Plans For A Texas-Based Spaceport

    Wired’s Chris Anderson interviewed Mega-Entrepreneur Elon Musk about hs many projects, which include SpaceX AND Tesla Motors. Throughout their fairly technical and detailed conversation, Elon when into detail about the rigors of launching rockets and dealing with bad press about cars. Read More

  • Bravo Extends Their PLAY LIVE TV Platform And Advertisers Sign Up

    Bravo Extends Their PLAY LIVE TV Platform And Advertisers Sign Up

    Cable TV channel Bravo is extending their acceptably popular Play Live interactive/voting platform so that it can now be used for pre-recorded television shows broadcast on the network, allowing you to interact with programs in real-time. Before you yawn and click over to The Oatmeal, hear me out. This is interesting. Read More

  • Mobile World Congress 2012 Flashback: Jerzy Drozd Basses (Video)

    Mobile World Congress 2012 Flashback: Jerzy Drozd Basses (Video)

    Up a steep hill, far away from the hustle and bustle of the Plaça d’Espanya in Barcelona is a small Luthier shop called Jerzy Drozd Basses. Last year in February of 2012, as my travels to Barcelona approached for the Mobile World Congress, I realized that Jerzy Drodz was actually based in Barcelona. What luck and what a shame it would be to travel 8000 round-trip miles  and not see… Read More

  • Metaio Develops First Chipset To Improve Augmented Reality Performance In Mobiles

    Today, Metaio announced the development of a new Augmented Reality hardware chipset called the “AR Engine”. The German AR firm also announced a partnership agreement with ST-Ericsson that will lead to the integration of Metaio’s AR Engine into the Swiss semiconductor maker’s new mobile platforms. What does this mean? It means improvements in power consumption for… Read More

  • Ogio Renegade RSS Backpack Makes For A Solid Hackathon Carry-All

    Ogio Renegade RSS Backpack Makes For A Solid Hackathon Carry-All

    The backpack arrived in the mail about 3 days ago — perfect timing for a business day trip I needed to make and a great test of this backpack’s capability. How did it work for me? Great. I love it. But why? Read More

  • An App Called PAUL Predicts The Videos You Want

    An App Called PAUL Predicts The Videos You Want

    With tablets and smartphones consuming more and more video content, a new app for Android simply called “PAUL” aims to ease that ever-increasing network strain by using a predictive cache/download algorithm. Similar to peak-shaving in electrical grids, PAUL begins to predict your video consumption habits and downloads videos that it thinks you’ll like, whenever… Read More

  • Cincinnati Startup ChoreMonster Makes Chores Fun And They Even Made A Beastie For Us

    Cincinnati Startup ChoreMonster Makes Chores Fun And They Even Made A Beastie For Us

    ChoreMonster launched an update to their app a few days ago which includes: a parents section, a redesign of the kids section, a new Monster Carnival and yes…even a new character named TeeCee exclusively for all the TechCrunch readers out there. We never asked for this, but I have to say… “Damn it feels good to be a Monster.” Read More