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 Senior Ediutor for TechCrunch, previously Ryan was a Writer. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Mobile Gaming Startup Zipline Games Raises $750,000 More From Seattle Angels

    Mobile Gaming Startup Zipline Games Raises $750,000 More From Seattle Angels

    So can we all agree that the future of gaming is mobile, and if you’re not building fun apps for your game studio, you’re missing out on a huge potential audience and huge monetization opportunity? If there’s any lesson from the success of Rovio’s Angry Birds or OMGPOP’s Draw Something, it’s that people love nothing more than putzing around on their… Read More

  • Big Data Startup Clustrix Raises $6.75 Million From Sequoia And Others To Build Scalable Databases

    Big Data Startup Clustrix Raises $6.75 Million From Sequoia And Others To Build Scalable Databases

    Big data is becoming big business. Pretty much everyone is chasing after the opportunity to take a shit-ton of unstructured data, and well, structure it. That means taking huge databases and making them searchable. Which is exactly the business that Clustrix is in. The company was founded in 2005 and about two years ago, it launched a proprietary database appliance that provides SQL… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Delight.io Lets Developers See What Beta Users Are Really Doing In Their Apps

    Y Combinator-Backed Delight.io Lets Developers See What Beta Users Are Really Doing In Their Apps

    Good developers are constantly trying to get feedback on the user experience and navigation of their apps, in an effort to improve them before launch. But few tools exist right now that allow them to do so, outside of just watching beta users over their shoulders to see how they interact with apps. Delight.io was launched to solve that problem. By just adding a single line of code to their… Read More

  • Over 1 Billion (Hours) Served: Netflix, Big Cable, And The Innovator’s Dilemma

    Over 1 Billion (Hours) Served: Netflix, Big Cable, And The Innovator’s Dilemma

    Netflix yesterday announced that its viewers watched over 1 billion hours of video over the course of June, which comes down to about an hour of video per subscriber per day. At the time I wrote about it, I pointed out that chances are, each hour of Netflix viewing means one less hour being watched of regular old live TV. BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield extrapolated that data and declared… Read More

  • Redux Partners With YouTube Stars To Sell Their Movie “Smiley” Directly To Fans

    Redux Partners With YouTube Stars To Sell Their Movie “Smiley” Directly To Fans

    Redux has been through a couple of iterations over the years: Originally launched as a platform for social discovery of video, the startup bet big on building an app for Google TV to create a “lean back” experience for navigating channels of online video. Now it’s adding a distribution platform for independent content creators to the mix. When Humble Bundle released its… Read More

  • Netflix Subscribers Watched 1 Billion Hours Of Video In June, Or More Than An Hour A Day On Average

    Netflix Subscribers Watched 1 Billion Hours Of Video In June, Or More Than An Hour A Day On Average

    Here’s more evidence that Netflix is slowly chipping away at traditional TV viewing. According to a public Facebook post by CEO Reed Hastings, Netflix subscribers watched a total of 1 billion hours of video for the first time in June. Do a little back of the envelope math, and that comes out to more than an hour of video per subscriber each day. The milestone comes as Netflix is trying… Read More

  • Seeking To Become The Eventbrite Of Japan, PeaTiX Raises $1 Million From 500 Startups And Others

    Seeking To Become The Eventbrite Of Japan, PeaTiX Raises $1 Million From 500 Startups And Others

    Like the U.S., Japan has a ticketing problem. Big incumbents keep independent event producers from managing ticket sales and growing their events. In the same way that Eventbrite helped to provide more efficient options for event organizers to get the word out and sell tickets in the U.S., PeaTiX is offering up a similar platform for managing event promotion online in Japan. And it’s… Read More

  • Online Video Ad Startup LiveRail Introduces Checkpoint To Let Publishers Block Unwanted Ads

    Online Video Ad Startup LiveRail Introduces Checkpoint To Let Publishers Block Unwanted Ads

    LiveRail provides an ad serving platform used by a number of premium video publishers to insert ads into their content. The LiveRail for Publishers platform is designed to provide targeting and yield optimization capabilities, as well as campaign management and real-time analytics. That’s all pretty standard fare for publishers, and so LiveRail is trying to sweeten the deal, with a… Read More

  • A Day In The Life of a Postmates Bike Messenger

    I Was A Postmates Courier For A Day

    I’ve been a big fan of the PostMates Get It Now delivery service ever since it was launched more than a month ago, and use it every couple of weeks to order lunch whenever I’m feeling particularly lazy, when I’m jonesing for some food that’s not within walking distance, or when I have a limited amount of time in between meetings. I’ve got much love for the… Read More

  • ‘Mint For Investments’ Startup SigFig Goes Mobile With New iPhone And Android Apps

    ‘Mint For Investments’ Startup SigFig Goes Mobile With New iPhone And Android Apps

    Most banks have begun to provide native apps — or at the very least, mobile-friendly websites — to give users access to their funds and information about their accounts. But when it comes to their investment accounts, few have very much transparency into where their money has been invested, how much they are paying in fees, how their investments are performing and the like. San… Read More

  • Steve Would Be Proud: How Apple Won The War Against Flash

    Steve Would Be Proud: How Apple Won The War Against Flash

    Late Thursday, an extraordinary thing happened: Adobe announced in a blog post that it would not provide Flash Player support for devices running Android 4.1, and that it was pulling the plugin from the Google Play store on August 15. The retreat comes five years after the introduction of the iPhone, the device which led to Flash’s mobile ambitions, almost even before they began. That… Read More

  • YouTube’s Next New Creator Program Is Meant To Bring In The LOLs

    YouTube’s Next New Creator Program Is Meant To Bring In The LOLs

    Over the past year, YouTube has been busy with outreach to its community of independent creators through its YouTube Next program. The idea is to identify the next big YouTube stars and to provide them with the resources they need to improve the quality of their content, as well as help build their audiences. So far, the YouTube Next Creator program has focused on a couple of different verticals. Read More

  • Directr Raises $1.1 Million To Help People Make Beautiful Mobile Movies

    Directr Raises $1.1 Million To Help People Make Beautiful Mobile Movies

    There’s been a lot of talk about how mobile video applications are poised to break out and become mainstream over the next few years, as users take advantage of the cameras they have in their pockets and share the videos they shoot with others on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. This has given rise to the whole “Instagram for video” meme, in which app makers compete… Read More

  • Crowdfunding Startup GoFundMe, Which Is Like KickStarter For The Rest Of Us, Is Pulling In $2 Million A Month

    Crowdfunding Startup GoFundMe, Which Is Like KickStarter For The Rest Of Us, Is Pulling In $2 Million A Month

    Crowdfunding has become a big industry, as people are increasingly seeking ways to finance new creative projects and technology ideas. But one crowdfunding startup is focusing more on helping people raise money for personal needs, and is starting to process some serious funding in the meantime. That startup, called GoFundMe, was actually founded in 2008, long before Kickstarter made it big… Read More

  • Wait, What? No Update For Google TV?

    Wait, What? No Update For Google TV?

    Heading into Google I/O, there was one thing that confused me: Sony and Vizio announced new Google TV products a few days before the annual developer conference. Which I thought was pretty silly, because like, why would anyone release new hardware days before Google announces new software capabilities at the conference? And then the conference happened, and the answer became clear: Because… Read More

  • Google Launches Compute Engine To Take On Amazon Web Services

    Google Launches Compute Engine To Take On Amazon Web Services

    Google has spent the last decade building a huge amount of infrastructure to support its own services and applications. Now anyone will be able to take advantage of all that investment, as Google is rolling out a set of infrastructure-as-a-service products that could compete with industry heavyweight, Amazon Web Services. Google has already built one of the largest data centers and networks… Read More

  • Google’s Chrome Browser Now Works On The iPhone And iPad

    Google’s Chrome Browser Now Works On The iPhone And iPad

    Today at Google I/O, the company announced that it is launching a new version of its Chrome browser, which will be available for iPhone and iPad users. The new app should be on the Apple App Store today, allowing users to sync all their tabs, bookmarks, and credentials across all their devices. Importantly, it’s not just the iPhone and iPad through which users can sync all their… Read More

  • Blip Gets Into The Original Content Game, With A New Studio And Three Exclusive Series

    Blip Gets Into The Original Content Game, With A New Studio And Three Exclusive Series

    Video startup Blip has spent the last several years helping independent creators to distribute and monetize their videos across the web. But like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and others, it sees a great opportunity to produce some original content of its own. With that in mind, it’s introducing Blip Studios, a production banner that will launch with three exclusive distribution… Read More

  • Google’s First Foray Into Hardware Is All About The Ecosystem

    Google’s First Foray Into Hardware Is All About The Ecosystem

    It’s Day One of Google I/O, and the company set out to prove that it’s not just about software and algorithms and whatnot, introducing a neat set of hardware devices that are available — or will be soon — to take advantage of its Android mobile operating system. But while Google is historically a software provider, it was its hardware that stole the show. Take a close… Read More

  • Google Adds Movie Purchases, TV Shows, And Magazines To Google Play

    Google Adds Movie Purchases, TV Shows, And Magazines To Google Play

    The Google Play store already had thousands of movies for rent, as well as millions of songs from major labels available for purchase. It also had a pretty extensive collection of e-books — the largest in the industry, Google claims. But it’s bringing even more content to its Google Play store, with the added availability of movie purchases, TV shows, and magazines on Android… Read More