Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak is an editor at TechCrunch.

Greg started at TechCrunch in May of 2008. He lead TechCrunch’s sister site MobileCrunch as editor until AOL acquired the company in 2010, at which point the editors of TechCrunch’s four main sites (TechCrunch, CrunchGear, MobileCrunch, TechCrunch UK) merged the sites under one domain.

Best known for his gadget coverage, Kumparak has broken hundreds of stories within the space — unearthing details on everything from abandoned Samsung smartphone prototypes to new Apple devices. He’s also one of the Internet’s most prolific “live bloggers”, having reported from the scene at dozens of international events for live audiences in the hundreds of thousands.

He was one of the earliest writers to highlight and report on a number of companies that have since become “unicorns” (reaching a valuation of $1B or more), including Zenefits and Twilio.

Kumparak is a frequent guest on TechCrunch’s Gadget, Apple, and Android podcasts, and often appears on stage as an interviewer or judge at TechCrunch’s meetups and Disrupt conferences.

In 2012, Greg was featured on the BBC, Wired, Mashable, Engadget and many other outlets for a side project he called the “tARdis”, or the Augmented Reality TARDIS. By combining augmented reality with a handmade physical model, Greg was able to replicate the otherwise physically impossible “bigger on the inside” visual effect that commonly appears on television’s Doctor Who series.

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  • Samsung goes green with the solar-powered Blue Earth

    Throwing down some sort of Captain Planet voodoo, Samsung has managed to take a bunch of plastic bottles and recycle them into the Blue Earth, a solar-powered touchscreen phone backed to the brim with eco-friendliness. Read More

  • Telefónica in Spain to get a slightly sightlier HTC Dream

    Lipstick on a pig? Still a pig. A bit of makeup and some chin surgery on the G1? It’s.. significantly more attractive. Though they’re not saying when, Telefónica has announced that they’ll be carrying the G1 – albeit under the name it was originally known by before T-Mobile went and rechristened it: the Dream. In addition to the name change throwback, it’s… Read More

  • Skyfire bumped up to 0.9, learns to be social

    Skyfire, a mobile browser for Windows Mobile and S60 which quickly became a favorite around these parts for its abilities to playback Flash video and a number of other rich media formats, has just gotten the update treatment. While it brings the obligatory bug fixes and optimizations that any pre-1.0 release should, the biggest new feature is what they’re calling the “real-time… Read More

  • Verizon picks up Alltel's My Circle, redubs it "Friends and Family"

    Looks like Alltel’s finally beginning to rub off on Verizon, with the latter adopting one of the finest features of their new found property. Earlier this morning, Verizon announced that they’d be taking on Alltel’s My Circle option, but under the name “Friends and Family”. The new plan option will make its way to Verizon customers on February 15th, allowing any… Read More

  • Telenav turn-by-turn for Android coming in 2 weeks

    Were you disappointed by this mornings news that the other nuvifone wouldn’t be sportin’ the droid? So were we. Then we realized it wasn’t so much because we cared for the new nuvifone, but because we just wanted turn-by-turn navigation on an Android phone. Turns out, we don’t have much longer to wait. According to their new product page, we should be using… Read More

  • More BlackBerry Storm firmware updates leak out

    Man, BlackBerry Storm users are gettin’ the unofficial goods left and right as of late. While the rest of us get to wait for updates to pass through weeks of carrier certification, it seems like someone is leaking these Storm firmware updates every time the code looks stable. This latest leak bumps the (unofficial) version numbers up to OS 4.7.0.106 for the BlackBerry Storm 9500 (GSM) and… Read More

  • BES 5.0 bringing Email Flagging, remote Windows file access, more

    Photo via AppScout Don’t the words “BlackBerry Enterprise Server update” just send a shiver of excitement down your spin? They do? Really? You’re kind of weird. Whether you’re awkwardly excited about BES 5.0 or not, it’s on its way – and RIM has dropped some details on whats in store for you, the end-user. Read More

  • Alcatel's LEGO(ish) phone looks like a horrible idea

    After many occasions during my childhood in which I sat down on LEGOs that I’d mindlessly jammed into my pockets during one of many amazing architecture sessions, the last thing I want is a LEGO phone. Seriously, if the brick’s little nubs don’t get you, the ridiculously sharp corners will. Alas, Alcatel is apparently crackin’ away at a LEGO-inspired phone, complete… Read More

  • App Store surpasses 20,000 iPhone Apps

    After smashing through the 10,000 app mark back in November and 15,000 as of Apple’s Q4 earnings call, it appears that the App Store has breezed on through to 20,000 apps. Apptism, an iPhone app monitoring site which updates their tally each hour, puts the current count at 20,410. Apple has yet to comment, though we’d expect an official acknowledgment of this landmark to come… Read More

  • Firefox Mobile (Fennec) released in early form for HTC Touch Pro

    It’s by no means a complete product and the overall experience might be all kinds of shaky, but the Fennec (that’s Firefox Mobile, if you missed it) team has released a “Milestone” version of their Windows Mobile browser. It requires a bit of beef in the processor/memory departments and is designed for 300 dpi at VGA resolution, so don’t expect a lesser phone than… Read More

  • NAM Nokia 5800 XpressMusic coming later this month for 400 bucks?

    We weren’t huge fans of the 5800 XpressMusic when we first laid hands on it, and that probably won’t change when they slap North American-friendly radio in it. But if you’re aching to put your own paws all up on Nokia’s first touchscreen phone, this latest news might please you. Read More

  • Upcoming Sprint handset launch windows leaked, Treo Pro now aiming for March 15th

    If yesterday’s news that the Treo Pro’s launch date had slipped from February 15th to “TBD”, this latest bit of hearsay probably won’t help: “TBD” apparently means a full month later, with Sprint now hoping to get the Treo Pro onto the shelves by March 15th. Worse yet, that’s not even set in stone – it’s just Sprint’s hopeful… Read More

  • Qik and Boingo Wireless to announce partnership today


    Like all mobile video broadcasting solutions, Qik works at its best when it’s granted access to a nice fat WiFi pipeline. But beyond their living rooms, their local coffee shop, and that one street corner where they can pick up WiFi signal if they hold their laptop just right, most people don’t have a very wide array of WiFi spots available to them – not without… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson announces the W395 to get it out of the way

    Joining Samsung in the mentality of “Lets announce small stuff before MWC so that people don’t notice our gigantic leaks” is Sony Ericsson, who has gone ahead and announced the W395 Walkman phone. It’s not quite the beastly beaut we’re expecting to see next week at Mobile World Congress, but it might be just enough to tide over the desire for more leaks in the… Read More

  • Why no multitouch on the G1? Because Apple said so.

    When the G1 launched back in October, a common question clanged through the halls: wheres the multitouch? When a few clever minds managed to patch in their own multitouch support, proving that the hardware could handle it, things got even more perplexing. Had Google just not ironed out the multitouch workings enough to support it in this first device, or had Apple’s patent… Read More

  • Google releases Android Firmware 1.1 (RC33) patch notes

    We’ve known about the Android RC33 update’s flagship features, such as Latitude and voice search, for some time now. But what about all of the less obvious enhancements, API changes, and bug fixes that managed to sneak their way in? A few of these incremental improvements have been discovered the good old fashion way, but Google has gone ahead and published the full bug… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson to announce 8-megapixel "Hikaru" Walkman phone at MWC09?

    Take the 8-megapixel shooter and slider form factor from the Sony Ericsson C905, up the screen from 2.4″ to 2.6″, throw in stereo speakers, dedicated music keys and an oh-so-necessary 3.5mm headphone jack, and stamp on the Walkman logo. What do you get? The Hikaru. According to the SEMCBlog, we’ll see this high-end camera phone/music phone hybrid get announced at Sony… Read More

  • Sprint Treo Pro not coming on February 15th

    If you’ve been keeping a tab on the Sprint Treo Pro lately, past hearsay might have you expecting it to hit the shelves (for real this time) on February 15th. Unfortunately, that’s just not going to happen – not anymore, at least. According to an internal news memo that found its way to BGR, the Pro’s launch has shifted from 2/15 to “TBD”, with dealers… Read More

  • Expansys steals Nokia's thunder, fully outs the E75

    It looks like Expansys is making a habit out of stealing people’s thunder, this being the second product page to go up prior to official announcement in the past week. This time it’s the Nokia E75 which, admittedly, wasn’t much of a secret at this point anyway. We’re a bit surprised this thing is actually making it to market, being that the timing and its chubby-bunny… Read More

  • Two more Samsungs sneak out of the oven

    Okay, seriously. Its gotta be intentional at this point. Samsung is a more than a dozen pre-MWC leaks deep, with everything from the lowest of lows to their higher-end stuff out on the table. Two more Samsung phones purported to be getting their announcements next week have now leaked. Neither are anything groundbreaking, but we’ll cover’em for the sake of completion. From left… Read More