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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  • Hey Bike Owners: Spinlister Can Make You Up To $100 A Week

    Hey Bike Owners: Spinlister Can Make You Up To $100 A Week

    It’s been about a month and a half since peer-to-peer bike rental service launched in San Francisco and New York. Since then, the New York-based startup has been busy trying to attract bike owners to list their bikes and improve its inventory, while also trying to improve the overall experience of using its site. Despite only being available in two cities and for six weeks, the startup… Read More

  • Comcast Kills Its 250GB Data Cap, Is Testing More Flexible Data Plans

    Comcast Kills Its 250GB Data Cap, Is Testing More Flexible Data Plans

    Comcast announced today that it is doing away with its 250 GB data cap, and will be moving to test out new plans will charge customers based on usage, rather than cutting them off. Since 2008, Comcast has had a data usage cap of 250GB for all its broadband plans. At that time, the cap was mainly meant to deter users from abusing the network, largely by downloading or distributing pirated… Read More

  • Time Warner Cable Customers Now Get HBO Go On Xbox, Roku & Samsung TVs

    Time Warner Cable Customers Now Get HBO Go On Xbox, Roku & Samsung TVs

    Time Warner Cable is on a roll with this whole TV Everywhere thing. Just a day after adding Viacom stations to its live streaming iPad app, the cable provider has announced support for HBO Go on the Xbox, Roku streaming boxes, and Samsung connected TVs. It’s been a long time coming: Time Warner Cable was one of the last holdouts to even hook up with HBO Go, the on-demand video service… Read More

  • Shortform Launches Bookmarklet And Facebook Open Graph For Seamless Video Curation And Sharing

    Shortform Launches Bookmarklet And Facebook Open Graph For Seamless Video Curation And Sharing

    Video curation platform Shortform is launching a few new features that will make it easier for its video jockeys (VJs) to curate and share content with friends and followers. The hope is that by introducing a browser bookmarklet, as well as implementing Facebook Open Graph, the startup will be able to continue its hockey stick-like growth in video minutes consumed. Shortform is introducing… Read More

  • Disney Video Launches In Beta, Bringing Kid-Friendly Clips And Trailers To All Your Devices

    Disney Video Launches In Beta, Bringing Kid-Friendly Clips And Trailers To All Your Devices

    There’s a new product that just came out of Disney Labs — a video portal for clips, movie trailers, and even a collection of curated YouTube videos, all designed to be watched online or on any of your mobile devices. The new Disney Video site, located at video.disney.com, combines the best of Disney past and present, with a whole lot of content that might not be found anywhere… Read More

  • Viacom Gives Up Fight Against Time Warner Cable, Adds Channels to TWC iPad App

    Viacom Gives Up Fight Against Time Warner Cable, Adds Channels to TWC iPad App

    Customers of Time Warner Cable have some reason to rejoice today, as the cable company has gotten the go-ahead to add channels like MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central to its live streaming iPad app. The addition of those channels comes after both Time Warner Cable and the networks’ owner, Viacom, have settled their differences and resolved litigation around the app. The legal fight erupted… Read More

  • Funny Or Die Gets Strategic Investment From Turner, Looks To Accelerate Growth

    Funny Or Die Gets Strategic Investment From Turner, Looks To Accelerate Growth

    Independent online video company Funny Or Die is about to get a lot of help from a traditional TV company, as it’s struck a strategic partnership with Turner Broadcasting to collaborate on multiplatform video content. As part of the deal, Turner is taking a small minority stake in Funny Or Die — terms of which have not been disclosed. “We’re at an inflection point… Read More

  • Electric Imp Raises $7.9M From Redpoint & Lowercase Capital To Power The Internet of Things

    Electric Imp Raises $7.9M From Redpoint & Lowercase Capital To Power The Internet of Things

    One trend we’ve been tracking is the “Internet of Things” — the idea that at some point, all devices will be intelligent and connected, allowing for things like whole home automation. The problem is that most new systems equipped to connect to the Internet are reliant on proprietary software and hardware usually tacked on by the vendor. So whatever devices do come to… Read More

  • Want To Reach Light TV Viewers? Put Ads On YouTube, Says YouTube

    Want To Reach Light TV Viewers? Put Ads On YouTube, Says YouTube

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The children are our future. You can learn a lot about the future by watching them, particularly by watching how they use technology and how they consume media, and how that will translate into future business models. Take newspapers, for instance: Somewhere along the line the younger generation stopped reading newspapers, opting instead… Read More

  • Wave Accounting Raises $12M from Social+Capital Partnership, Charles River Ventures & OMERS Ventures

    Wave Accounting Raises $12M from Social+Capital Partnership, Charles River Ventures & OMERS Ventures

    Wave Accounting, which makes 100 percent free accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses, has raised $12 million in a Series B round of financing from the Social+Capital Partnership (s23p), along with existing investors Charles River Ventures and OMERS Ventures. With the funding, Wave plans to continue aggressively increasing headcount, in engineering as well as sales and… Read More

  • Comcast’s Non-Denial Denial On Traffic Prioritization And Net Neutrality

    Comcast’s Non-Denial Denial On Traffic Prioritization And Net Neutrality

    Ever since Comcast unveiled the VOD service on the Xbox, it’s come under criticism from those who believe the service violates the spirit of net neutrality, not to mention also violating some of the FCC’s conditions on its big NBC Universal deal from last year. After weeks of staying out of the discussion, the top cable provider in the U.S. explained in a blog post how the content… Read More

  • Meet The First 5 Companies To Join Toronto Incubator Extreme Startups

    Meet The First 5 Companies To Join Toronto Incubator Extreme Startups

    The Canadian startup incubator scene has taken off lately, and the one of the latest to appear was Toronto-based Extreme Startups. The accelerator, which was officially announced in January, has gone through the application selection process and has had five startups taking part in the program since mid-March. So who are they? And what was the incubator looking for when choosing startups… Read More

  • Lenddo Raises $8M To Use Online Reputation For Lending In Emerging Markets

    Lenddo Raises $8M To Use Online Reputation For Lending In Emerging Markets

    Online reputation and lending startup Lenddo has raised an $8 million Series A Round from institutional investors Accel Partners, Blumberg Capital, Omidyar Network, iNovia Capital, and Metamorphic Ventures, as well as angel investors such as Geoff Judge, David Kidder, Scott Heiferman, and Barry Silbert. The startup plans to take that funding and help make loans available to customers who… Read More

  • Founder Swap: Like Wife Swap For Startup Execs

    Founder Swap: Like Wife Swap For Startup Execs

    On June 1, Founder Swap aims to take six different startups and get them to exchange founders, in an effort to get a fresh set of eyes on whatever they’re working on and foster new ideas. The New York City-based project was dreamed up by ScrollKit founders Kate Ray and Cody Brown, along with Jonathan Basker, VP of People at BetaWorks. Founder Swap hopes to mix and match founders for… Read More

  • First Look: Want To Know Who Got Funded? WhoGotFunded.com Has Got You Covered

    First Look: Want To Know Who Got Funded? WhoGotFunded.com Has Got You Covered

    A lot of you have come to depend on TechCrunch for your startup funding news — and hey, we’re happy to be the first place you come when you’re looking to see who’s raising money. Which is why this new site, WhoGotFunded.com, is both a blessing and a curse: On the one hand, it’ll be an awesome tool for those of us hoping to catch all the latest funding news first. Read More

  • Twitter Now Putting Tweets In Your Inbox With A Weekly Email Digest

    Twitter Now Putting Tweets In Your Inbox With A Weekly Email Digest

    Not content just to be your source of 140-character communications on the web, in its desktop app and on your mobile device, Twitter is now trying to creep into your email inbox. Twitter announced on its company blog Monday that it is launching an email digest, which will highlight Tweets that you might not have otherwise seen. The email digest, which will start appearing in users’… Read More

  • Exec Goes Out To The Ball Game, Will Deliver Hot Dogs And Stuff To Lazy Giants Fans

    Exec Goes Out To The Ball Game, Will Deliver Hot Dogs And Stuff To Lazy Giants Fans

    If you’re like me, the worst part about going to a baseball game — other than watching your team lose — is having to deal with lines at the concession stands. You inevitably end up missing at least half an inning wandering throughout the ballpark trying to find the stand you want. And once you do, you inevitably find yourself behind the one person who somehow doesn’t… Read More

  • Postmates Get It Now Users Spend $100+ A Month — At Least In Month One

    Postmates Get It Now Users Spend $100+ A Month — At Least In Month One

    Last December, Postmates launched with the plan to offer up a courier delivery service for local businesses throughout San Francisco. But then the team had a brilliant idea: What if it gave its couriers pre-paid debit cards, which would let them purchase goods for customers and then deliver them anywhere in the city? That idea evolved into the Get It Now app, which Postmates launched in… Read More

  • Viddy Confirms $30M Round From NEA, Goldman, Khosla & Battery Ventures

    Viddy Confirms $30M Round From NEA, Goldman, Khosla & Battery Ventures

    Alexia said this was coming a few weeks ago, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but… Viddy announced this morning that it has closed a $30 million Series B funding round. The new financing comes from investors that include NEA, Goldman Sachs, Khosla Ventures, and Battery Ventures, and the round closed just a few months after Viddy raised $6 million in a Series A round back… Read More

  • The Answer to All Mark Zuckerberg’s Wall Street Problems: Betabrand’s Executive Pinstripe Hoodie

    The Answer to All Mark Zuckerberg’s Wall Street Problems: Betabrand’s Executive Pinstripe Hoodie

    Let’s say you’re Mark Zuckerberg. You’ve got more money than god. You’re running a company that’s about to IPO with a $100 billion valuation. Hell, you’ve already had a movie made about you, and you’re only like, 27 years old. But you just can’t shake the haters. Somewhere out there, there’s some stuffy finance guy who thinks that your… Read More