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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  • 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

  • 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