Ryan Lawler

Ryan Lawler
Ryan has spent more than five years covering business, technology, and telecom-related subjects for a variety of publications based in New York and San Francisco. Ryan currently works as a writer for [TechCrunch](/company/techcrunch). CrunchBase profile →

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  • Make It Social: VEVO Sees 600% Increase In Facebook Traffic After Redesign

    Make It Social: VEVO Sees 600% Increase In Facebook Traffic After Redesign

    In March, VEVO launched a bold new redesign that provided TV-like viewing, with instantaneous and continuous playback. But the biggest addition to the platform, other than a beautiful new full-screen player, was a new social sharing feature that takes advantage of Facebook Open Graph. Not surprisingly, VEVO seen a dramatic increase in the number of videos that are watched and shared on the… Read More

  • DISH Rolls Out International Streaming Video Channels On Roku For $19.99 A Month

    DISH Rolls Out International Streaming Video Channels On Roku For $19.99 A Month

    A number of cable, satellite, and IPTV providers have introduced TV Everywhere services that let viewers watch TV content online. But satellite TV provider DISH will be the first to introduce a standalone subscription TV service over-the-top, with the launch of its new DISHWorld package of international channels rolling out on the Roku streaming box. DISHWorld is made up of a series of… Read More

  • YuMe Adds Another $10 Million From WestSummit Capital

    YuMe Adds Another $10 Million From WestSummit Capital

    Online video advertising startup YuMe has picked up another $10 million in financing from WestSummit Capital, closing out a $22 million strategic round that was originally announced last November. The round was led by Samsung Ventures and also included Translink Capital. YuMe founder Jayant Kadambi confirmed the raise, and told me by email that the funding will be used primarily to expand… Read More

  • Government Innovation: Why Tech Companies Need to Pay Attention With Greg Ferenstein, Todd Park (US Chief Technology Officer), and Steven Van Roekel (

    U.S. Launches Digital Roadmap To Open Up Government Data And Court Developers

    There’s all sorts of data that the government has, but very little of it is actually accessible by developers. But the U.S. Government is trying to change that: Wednesday at TechCrunch Disrupt, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel announced a new initiative within the government to open up data that was previously locked up in… Read More

  • Startup Battlefield: Apptegic Presents at #TCDisrupt

    Apptegic Uses Big Data Analysis To Help Companies Retain And Upsell Their Customers

    For SaaS companies, whose customers are usually signed up on recurring monthly billing cycles, the art of retaining customers is just as important as winning them over in the first place. In fact, it’s probably more important, since customers aren’t tied in to long-term deals. It’s also a lot cheaper to retain a customer than to acquire a new one. So they need to better… Read More

  • From SF Disrupt To 500 Startups, CardFlick’s Next Trick Is Managing Your Personal Connections

    From SF Disrupt To 500 Startups, CardFlick’s Next Trick Is Managing Your Personal Connections

    The winner of the Audience Choice Award during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, CardFlick launched with an application for building digital business cards on your mobile device and sharing them with new contacts. Rather than bumping to share those cards, users “flick” them to other users who have downloaded the app. After that, the next step was refining things. To do that… Read More

  • Startup Battlefield: TalkDesk Presents at Disrupt

    Talkdesk Puts Your Company Call Center In The Cloud

    Most businesses need to be able keep in touch with their customers and provide customer service over the phone, but rolling out a call center can be expensive. Not just that, but most call center software today isn’t very good at keeping tabs on customers and presenting all the information that businesses need to serve them better. That’s why Talkdesk is launching its cloud-based… Read More

  • To Capture New Users, Socialcam Redesigns Its Website And Introduces A Leaderboard

    To Capture New Users, Socialcam Redesigns Its Website And Introduces A Leaderboard

    Social mobile video startup Socialcam is rolling out a new website today, which is designed to create more engagement for users that might not have the mobile app installed. The company has also introduced a leaderboard to help highlight users to celebrities, brands and top producers on the Socialcam platform. For Socialcam, the new release is all about community, according to CEO Michael Seibel. Read More

  • Fireside Chat With Kim-Mai Cutler and Harjeet Taggar of Y Combinator (Full Session)

    With A 50% Increase In Applications, The Next Y Combinator Class Will Be 80 Strong

    At TechCrunch Disrupt on Tuesday, Y Combinator’s Harjeet Taggar said that the incubator’s next class will have at least 80 startups, up from 65 in the prior group. Even though Y Combinator is hosting its largest class ever, it was also the most selective class the incubator has ever had, with just a 2 percent acceptance rate. While Y Combinator grew its class size by about 20… Read More

  • ooVoo Rolls Out Video Chat Apps For iPad And Facebook

    ooVoo Rolls Out Video Chat Apps For iPad And Facebook

    Consumer video chat provider ooVoo, which has more than 46 million users worldwide, is rolling out new applications that will make its service even more attractive. And the service, which is popular among kids and young adults, will remain free on all those platforms, with monetization provided primarily through advertising served up to web users. ooVoo allows customers to create chat rooms… Read More

  • Juniper Networks Invests In Video Conferencing Startup Vidyo, Bringing Total Funding To About $100M

    Juniper Networks Invests In Video Conferencing Startup Vidyo, Bringing Total Funding To About $100M

    Video conferencing startup Vidyo announced Tuesday that it has received a strategic investment from Juniper Networks as part of the network equipment vendor’s Junos Innovation Fund. The funding comes alongside existing Vidyo investors such as QuestMark Partners, Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Star Ventures, and Four Rivers Group. Vidyo makes video conferencing software that allows… Read More

  • Machinima Gets $35M In Funding, Led By Google

    Machinima Gets $35M In Funding, Led By Google

    After weeks of speculation, online video distributor Machinima announced Monday that it has closed a $35 million funding round led by Google, which also included existing investors Redpoint Ventures and MK Capital. The new financing comes as Google’s YouTube has been investing heavily in bringing in all sorts of new original programming. The Machinima network is the largest single page… Read More

  • Startup Battlefield: UberConference Presents at Disrupt

    UberConference Aims To Fix Crappy Conference Calls

    We all hate conference calls — having to dial in, manually enter a room code and sometimes having to enter a passcode on top of that. Once you’ve actually logged in, there’s a whole lot of talking on top of one another, and a lot of re-introducing yourself so that everyone knows who’s talking at any given time. UberConference, which was created by Firespotter Labs and… Read More

  • CrunchFund Took A Stake In Tumblr, Buying From Existing Investors

    CrunchFund Took A Stake In Tumblr, Buying From Existing Investors

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, CrunchFund’s MG Siegler took the stage to interview Tumblr CEO David Karp. But not before disclosing that his fund was now an investor in the New York City-based blogging platform. Neither provided further details of the investment on stage, but we’ve been able to find out a little bit more about the CrunchFund’s stake in Tumblr. For one thing… Read More

  • MG Siegler Chats With David Karp, Founder & CEO of Tumblr

    David Karp: Tumblr’s Revenue Model Is All About Telling Stories

    In a fireside chat with MG Siegler at TechCrunch Disrupt Monday, Tumblr founder David Karp described how his company thinks differently about advertising than Facebook or Google, and how they hope to make it less distracting and more meaningful to users. In short, it’s all about telling stories. Karp said that for Tumblr, the stuff that appears in the main feed is pretty sacred, as… Read More

  • Comcast Is Finally Rolling Out The X1, Its Set-top Box In The Cloud

    Comcast Is Finally Rolling Out The X1, Its Set-top Box In The Cloud

    Comcast announced Monday that it will make its newest set-top box available in Boston over the coming weeks, with a rollout planned across the entire country later this year. It’s also introducing a mobile app to control the set-top box from the iPhone or iPad. The new set-top box comes after several years of development. Comcast has been working hard to develop a new set-top box that… Read More

  • B-Ball, Travel, And Spoilers, Oh My! Hulu’s New Slate Of Exclusives and Originals

    B-Ball, Travel, And Spoilers, Oh My! Hulu’s New Slate Of Exclusives and Originals

    Hulu announced a new slate of original and exclusive programming Monday morning, as the video site ventures further into creating its own content. For Hulu, it’s a way to begin controlling its own destiny and distinguishing itself from all the content produced by parents and part-owners Fox, NBC and Disney. For its originals, Hulu is teaming up with Hollywood big shots like Kevin Smith… Read More

  • Tremor Video Launches Platform For Building Ads That Work On Any Mobile Phone

    Tremor Video Launches Platform For Building Ads That Work On Any Mobile Phone

    Until recently, mobile video ads have mostly been pretty boring. That’s because, frankly, they’re difficult to make and scale across all the different devices that brands, agencies and marketers want to serve them in. So instead, they serve up boring old display ads, or maybe pre-rolls, against mobile video. Ad network Tremor Video is hoping to change all that, with the release of… Read More

  • $150,000 Is Up For Grabs At Stanford’s BASES Finale This Week

    $150,000 Is Up For Grabs At Stanford’s BASES Finale This Week

    Stanford has been a hotbed of startup activity for decades, and it’s not just the engineering department. It’s student-run organizations like the┬áBusiness Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) program. And the group, which has been instrumental in promoting startup activity at the university for the last 15 years, will be awarding $150,000 in prizes to… Read More

  • The Free Ride Is Over For Streaming Video

    The Free Ride Is Over For Streaming Video

    Comcast’s plans to do away with its 250 GB data cap and charge users based upon usage marks the end of an era for cable TV providers, and for the online video industry. No longer will users be able to endlessly stream all the content their hearts desire. Not just that, but the fact that usage-based pricing is arriving at the same time that more, higher-quality content is appearing… Read More