Jay Donovan

By night, Jay writes for TechCrunch and has been contributing to the blog since 2009.

By day, he manages Digital Strategy for Alliance Data. Prior to that, he held Art Director and Designer jobs at GSW Worldwide and Resource Interactive leading interaction design and mobile prototype projects.

You can reach reach him at jaydonovan at crunchgear dot com.

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  • Video: Q&A With Yobongo's Caleb Elston At SXSW 2011

    Video: Q&A With Yobongo's Caleb Elston At SXSW 2011

    A while back, MG told you about Caleb Elston’s new location-based chat app and service called Yobongo which lets you chat with people in your general vicinity. Creepy for some, cool for others, it nevertheless is a new way to communicate with people you may or may not know. I caught up with Caleb at SXSW and he was able to give a few more details about the “Affinity Algorithm”… Read More

  • Another Group Messaging App At SXSW 2011 – Grouped{in}

    Another Group Messaging App At SXSW 2011 – Grouped{in}

    Group Text/Messaging is all the rage at SXSW 2011. One app in the genre that’s making its debut this week is Appconomy’s Grouped{in}. Just getting its app store approval on Friday, Grouped{in} surfaces with many features of similar apps like Beluga and GroupMe (group messaging, conference call, etc), however according to Appconomy’s President Brian Magierski, it has at least one… Read More

  • Video: Foursquare's Naveen Selvadurai Gives "One Year Update" At SXSW 2011

    Video: Foursquare's Naveen Selvadurai Gives "One Year Update" At SXSW 2011

    At last year's SXSW I caught a moment of Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai's time to briefly chat about the company and their plans for the upcoming year. We were able to speak again this year and Naveen gave me the update on what has changed for the company since our last conversation. The short answer is that both the company and user-base have grown significantly. When I last spoke with… Read More

  • Video: Peter Vesterbacka Gives The Angry Birds Update. A Franchise Is Flourishing!

    Video: Peter Vesterbacka Gives The Angry Birds Update. A Franchise Is Flourishing!

    I ran into Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka again at SXSW 2011 and he was kind enough to give me the update since I saw him last at the Mobile World Congress. Dude is everywhere…and busy. Here’s the short version, but watch the video below to get the info straight from the Mighty Eagle himself! Reached 100 million downloads Angry Birds Rio arrives March 22 Raised 42 million in Series A… Read More

  • SXSW 2011: Initial Thoughts?

    SXSW 2011: Initial Thoughts?

    Rolling into Austin, TX yesterday on a warm, sunny afternoon for SXSW 2011 was a nice change of pace for me considering that the typical mid-March day in the Midwest is cold and rainy. Fortunately, multiple preparatory tasks, like badge collection, registration and the like did not prevent me from wandering around the conference and city. Read More

  • Video: Hands-on with IK Multimedia's iRig Mic and VocaLive App

    Video: Hands-on with IK Multimedia's iRig Mic and VocaLive App

    IK Multimedia’s VocaLive app for recording live audio hits the iTunes App Store sometime today. Coupled with the soon-to-ship iRig Mic, the two make a formidable pair for creating many kinds of audio recordings: vocal performance, field recordings, etc. Video below. Read More

  • Gowalla 3 Launches For Android Today

    Gowalla 3 Launches For Android Today

    Adding existing features like third-party check-in and better photo support, the Austin based company updates the Android version of their location software today. Gowalla co-founder and CEO Josh Williams told me in a quick phone call that he feels like “we’ve created a better experience for our Android app than we even have for the iPhone version.” Strategically, supporting the… Read More

  • Gadg-Art: Love It, But Don't Really Use It.

    Gadg-Art: Love It, But Don't Really Use It.

    It looks like a tiny bugle. Maybe a new way to measure shots for a drink? Maybe a Cracker Jack toy? A fancy oil funnel? A tiny phonograph horn designed by Eero Saarinen? A mod megaphone? An egg separator? A microscope?  A straw for Tony Montana-style mountains of blow? A wicked monocle?  Read More

  • Video: Metaio Shows How New Mobile Hardware Benefits AR Performance

    Video: Metaio Shows How New Mobile Hardware Benefits AR Performance

    Shortly before the Mobile World Congress 2011, German Augmented Reality (AR) company Metaio launched a short Printer Demo to show some of the more practical uses for AR technology, namely instructional demonstrations. At the event itself, the team took a moment to show me a different demo illustrating how new hardware and chipsets provided by their partnership with ST Ericsson, will greatly… Read More

  • Video: Interview with Opera's Jon Von Tetzchner

    Video: Interview with Opera's Jon Von Tetzchner

    Back in the day, before the iPhone, before Android, before Webkit, before Skyfire, when we suffered through mobile web experiences using Pocket IE or worse yet maybe a preinstalled Motorola WAP 2.0 browser (dark times my friends), there was a bright and shining star that would aid those in need. That star was Opera. Its two flagship mobile browsers—Opera Mobile and Opera Mini—were a delight to… Read More

  • Powermat Expanding Into Europe

    Powermat Expanding Into Europe

    I stopped by the Powermat booth at Mobile World Congress 2011 last week to get the update on their line of wireless charging products. Their biggest announcement during the event was that they are expanding into the European market this year, which I suppose makes the MWC an appropriate venue for that communiqué. Other than that, they still had some products on display, previously mentioned at… Read More

  • CueThat: Add Any Movie On The Web To Your Netflix Queue

    CueThat: Add Any Movie On The Web To Your Netflix Queue

    The good people at Big Kitty Labs—a cadre of Central Ohio rapid prototypers whose various projects more resemble real products than prototypes—bring us yet another tool to make life easier…enter CueThat. CueThat is a browser plugin and bookmarklet that allows you to automagically add any movie title you find on the web to your Netflix queue. After you link the plugin to your… Read More

  • Video: Bill Gajda On Visa's Mobile Payments Strategy

    Video: Bill Gajda On Visa's Mobile Payments Strategy

    While attending the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, it became clear to me that, while many startups are entering the market with mobile payments solutions, the incumbent card networks are likewise devising their own strategies to be part of the new ecosystem. A quick Q&A with Visa’s head of mobile, Bill Gajda revealed a bit about their strategy for keeping their credit products… Read More

  • Video: Connected Medical Devices At The GSMA Embedded Mobile House

    Video: Connected Medical Devices At The GSMA Embedded Mobile House

    The Embedded Mobile House at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011? It sounded like science fiction to me or like one of those old IBM commercials hype-ing RFID for transportation logistics. It sounded painful…just where exactly was it embedded? Seriously, I figured it would be a “flying cars/kitchen of tomorrow” type thing where all the devices in the house were controlled by a… Read More

  • Video: Movilway Mobile Point Of Sale Terminal

    Video: Movilway Mobile Point Of Sale Terminal

    It looks like a mobile phone inside of a calculator (and that may be just about what it actually is). Regardless, Movilway, a payments platform serving the underbanked mostly in South and Central America, are further developing their self contained cellular POS system. It works mano-a-mano with their pre-paid system for money transfer in order to facilitate payments sans bank account or credit… Read More

  • Video Interview: Boku's Ron Hirson Describes Their Mobile Payments Service

    Video Interview: Boku's Ron Hirson Describes Their Mobile Payments Service

    Mobile Payments were a hot topic at this year’s Mobile World Congress. I mean HOT (well, if your into that kind of thing of course). Based on what I saw at the event though, there are a lot of people into that kind of thing. In fact, they had an entire day dedicated to the concept. Panels and speakers talking shop, standing room only crowds, hundreds and hundreds of suits – any… Read More

  • AC130 For Android: Turn Those Benjamins Into Little People And Then Destroy Them

    AC130 For Android: Turn Those Benjamins Into Little People And Then Destroy Them

    BeyondReality’s Jeroen Mol has an interesting concept for his new Augmented Reality game slated to go live in the Android Market in the next month or so. His clever idea of using paper money notes as AR targets (you know, those little black and white designs you usually have to print out first and view with your mobile device) eliminates the need to have a printer around before playing the… Read More

  • Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka Gives Us The Update

    Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka Gives Us The Update

    I’m covering a lot of mobile payments solutions and developments here at the Mobile World Congress 2011 and I can think of no better way to start off that segment than by speaking with the head honcho at Rovio (maker of the fabulously popular game Angry Birds)…Ladies and Gentlemen…your friend and mine…Peter Vesterbacka. Rovio is actually relevant in the payments space, as… Read More

  • Xperia Play Available In The U.S. In March On Verizon

    Xperia Play Available In The U.S. In March On Verizon

    The big announcement coming out of the Sony Ericsson press conference tonight – the evening before the opening of the Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona, Spain – is that their new Xperia Play “gaming device” will ship in the U.S.A. this March and will ride on Verizon’s network. That’s what everyone was interested in and the crowded demo booths were a… Read More

  • In The Future, We Won't Even Know How To Open A Cereal Box Without A Mobile Phone

    In The Future, We Won't Even Know How To Open A Cereal Box Without A Mobile Phone

    The Mobile World Congress kicks off next week in Barcelona and sure to be a relevant part of that week-long conversation will be Augmented Reality. With several companies bringing new AR services to the market, Metaio sent out a press release this morning with yet another demo illustrating the value of the concept. Hot on the heels of their recent campaign with USA Today, this little demo video… Read More