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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  • Inventory Management Startup Stitch Labs Now Offers Shipping Through ShipStation

    Inventory Management Startup Stitch Labs Now Offers Shipping Through ShipStation

    Founded on the premise of making it easier for independent creators to interact with their customers, Stitch Labs launched to offer a cloud-based solution for small businesses that wish to manage CRM, product orders, and inventory management. Now it’s taking that a step further by helping SMBs complete the full cycle of sales transactions through an integration with Austin-based… Read More

  • Kicksend Releases An Android App For Sharing All Your Photos, Videos, and More

    Kicksend Releases An Android App For Sharing All Your Photos, Videos, and More

    Last December, file-sharing startup Kicksend went mobile, with an iPhone app designed to enable easy sharing of photos and videos that are captured from your mobile device. Now, six months later, the startup is taking that same functionality and making it available to Android users as well. Kicksend, which was incubated as part of the Y Combinator Summer 2011 class, aims to make file-sharing… Read More

  • SimplyUs Brings Couples Closer, With An App For Organizing Their Lives Together

    SimplyUs Brings Couples Closer, With An App For Organizing Their Lives Together

    The latest entrant into the couple-sharing mobile app space is SimplyUs, a Toronto-based startup that aims to make couples happier by adding a little organization into their lives. While other apps built for couples are primarily built for keeping a private collection of photos and memories, and providing private communication tools, SimplyUs takes a whole different approach: It’s focused… Read More

  • Umbel Gets Strategic Investment From Knight Foundation To Change The Way Online Audiences Are Measured

    Umbel Gets Strategic Investment From Knight Foundation To Change The Way Online Audiences Are Measured

    Reporting and analytics firm Umbel wants to provide new metrics for measuring content online, to help publishers better monetize their content. And it’s getting some validation from the Knight Foundation, which was just announced as a strategic investor in the startup. Umbel uses big data analysis of publisher data to better measure audiences that view their content. By using public… Read More

  • Yahoo Courts Second Screen App Developers With New Tools To Connect Phones And TV

    Yahoo Courts Second Screen App Developers With New Tools To Connect Phones And TV

    Launched in 2009, Yahoo’s Connected TV was one of the first platforms to introduce an open app development kit (ADK) for Internet-capable TVs. Now it’s making those apps even more powerful, by allowing developers to build apps that integrate TV and mobile capabilities. At a meeting with developers Thursday evening, the Yahoo Connected TV team is rolling out the newest version of… Read More

  • 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