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

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  • 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

  • Google To Take On Sonos With Its First Android@Home Product, The Nexus Q

    Google To Take On Sonos With Its First Android@Home Product, The Nexus Q

    Google is getting into the hardware game, and not just with its purchase of handset and set-top box maker Motorola. The company is announcing today the launch of its first Android@Home product, the Nexus Q. Shaped like a big black octopus, the wireless music streaming box looks like a direct competitor to Sonos, and will let users connect all their mobile phones and tablets to the device… Read More

  • Airbnb Redesigns And Introduces Wish Lists To Make Curating And Discovering New Destinations A Breeze

    Airbnb Redesigns And Introduces Wish Lists To Make Curating And Discovering New Destinations A Breeze

    As the premier spot online for listing and booking short-term housing accommodations, Airbnb has already seen huge growth since being founded in 2008. It announced just last week that it had hit 10 million guest nights booked in total, with 200,000 active property listings on the site. But now that Airbnb has kind of reached critical mass, it wants to make discovering new spaces a little easier… Read More

  • T3Media Opens Up Its Media Licensing Platform, Letting Anyone Sell Photos Or Videos Online

    T3Media Opens Up Its Media Licensing Platform, Letting Anyone Sell Photos Or Videos Online

    Nowadays nearly everyone has a mobile device with a video and still camera on it, and nearly everyone puts the best of that media to the Internet, whether it be to post photos to Flickr or Facebook, or uploading videos to YouTube. But even though there’s a growing demand for more of this amateur and semi-professional content, there aren’t very many great tools for making it… Read More

  • Video Company Big Frame Raises $3 Million To Discover The Next Wave Of YouTube Stars

    Video Company Big Frame Raises $3 Million To Discover The Next Wave Of YouTube Stars

    Last July, a new talent agency called Big Frame emerged to help YouTube stars increase their audiences and better monetize the videos that they were creating, and quickly signed up some of the most-watched independent producers on the site. Now, with YouTube clearly defining itself as a place where premium content can thrive, that agency has raised a little bit of funding to grow its team and… Read More

  • Online Video Platform Provider Kaltura Nabs Groupon Deal, Also Announces European Expansion

    Online Video Platform Provider Kaltura Nabs Groupon Deal, Also Announces European Expansion

    Video platform provider Kaltura might pitch itself as providing an open-source video distribution offering, which would allow anyone to build their own enterprise video site for free. But increasingly, it’s winning the business of big paying customers, who are choosing its software and using additional paid features — which is how Kaltura makes its money. The latest to do so is… Read More

  • To Speed Up The Web, EdgeCast Has Added Google PageSpeed Technology To Its CDN

    To Speed Up The Web, EdgeCast Has Added Google PageSpeed Technology To Its CDN

    EdgeCast Networks has quietly emerged as a major competitor in the content delivery network (CDN) market, signing up big ISPs as partners and giving industry heavyweights Akamai and Limelight a run for their money. Well now, EdgeCast is working to make its customers’ page loading times faster than ever, by integrating Google’s PageSpeed front-end optimization technology into its CDN. Read More

  • Home Swapping Startup CasaHop Raises $1.2 Million From First Round, Lerer Ventures, Betaworks, And Others

    Home Swapping Startup CasaHop Raises $1.2 Million From First Round, Lerer Ventures, Betaworks, And Others

    New York City-based CasaHop aims to be the go-to place for home swapping on the web, and it’s signed up a pretty impressive lineup of investors. The company just raised a $1.2 million seed round led by First Round Capital, with participation from Lerer Ventures, Betaworks, hotelier Andre Balazs (who owns The Standard and The Mercer), MTV co-founder and Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman… Read More

  • Mobile Video Sharing Startup Klip Launches Its ‘Best-Looking App Yet’ On Android Devices

    Mobile Video Sharing Startup Klip Launches Its ‘Best-Looking App Yet’ On Android Devices

    Klip is one of those mobile video-sharing apps — you know, the ones that let you take a video with your phone and upload it to an app to share it with people who have the app. And then, if it’s really awesome you share with other people, like on Facebook and Twitter. There’s a lot of ‘em right now, with Socialcam and Viddy tops among them — at least on iOS. But… Read More

  • Brightcove Open Sources App Cloud, Bets Big On Dual-Screen Apps For Apple TV

    Brightcove Open Sources App Cloud, Bets Big On Dual-Screen Apps For Apple TV

    It was just a year ago that video distribution specialist Brightcove announced it was entering a new market, with a cloud-based product for quickly building multiplatform mobile applications called App Cloud. Well at this year’s annual Play conference, Brightcove will make App Cloud available for free with an open source license. It’s also making a set of tools available that it… Read More

  • With Half A Billion Video Recommendations Daily, Taboola Gets $10 Million From Marker

    With Half A Billion Video Recommendations Daily, Taboola Gets $10 Million From Marker

    Over the last several years, Taboola has quietly emerged to offer video recommendations on a number of top publisher websites in the U.S. Now it’s setting its sites on international growth and a whole set of new devices that it can make recommendations on. To expand those capabilities, Taboola has raised a $10 million Series C round led by Marker LLC, a New York City-based fund founded… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Rentobo Helps Landlords Fill Apartments Without All The Messy Paperwork

    Y Combinator-Backed Rentobo Helps Landlords Fill Apartments Without All The Messy Paperwork

    Looked for an apartment lately? It sucked, right? You showed up and you had to fill out an application and submit all sorts of stupid paperwork — credit check, proof of employment, utility invoice (apparently to prove that you can pay a bill), etc.
    And then, if you’re lucky, your name will be pulled out of a hat amongst the other half-dozen people who applied for the same property. Read More