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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  • 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

  • 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