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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  • Pantech gets back to the basics with $40 C630 for AT&T

    Looking out for all those crazies (read: the majority of people) who don’t seem to think that dropping a few hundred greenbacks for a phone is a good idea but still want their handset do to a few cool tricks, Pantech has announced the C630 candybar. For $30 after a 2-year contract and mail-in rebate, you’ll walk out with a bit of 3G, aGPS and AT&T Navigator, Bluetooth, a 1.3… Read More

  • Contest: Know your mobile trivia (or how to use Google)? Come win 50 bucks!

    Long story short, Virgin Mobile sent us an envelope full of $50 dollar gift cards, and we’re passing them on to our readers at a rate of one or two per day. (If you really want the whole back story, here you go.) The only catch is that they expire at the end of 2008, so if you nab one you’ll have to spend it quick. This is the second card we’ve given away so far. Find out how… Read More

  • Contest: $50 Giftcard Giveaway #2

    Long story short, Virgin Mobile sent us an envelope full of $50 dollar gift cards, and we’re passing them on to our readers. (If you really want the whole back story, here you go.) The only catch is that they expire at the end of 2008, so if you nab one you’ll have to spend it quick. This is the second one we’ve given away so far. As a bit of a bonus, we’re extending… Read More

  • Street View, walking direction find their way to Google Maps for S60 and WinMo

    With the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android platforms all getting their Street View wings a few months back, anyone running S60 and Windows Mobile might be feeling like they’ve been left out in the cold. Don’t worry – your time to come snuggle up next to the toasty street-perusing fire has come. Besides Street View, these newest releases also tote walking directions, transit… Read More

  • Verizon aiming for LTE rollout in 2009

    Wuh oh – looks like it’s time to start sweating for Xohm Clear. According to Verizon VP/CTO Dick Lynch, the first rollout of Verizon’s 4G offering should go down sometime in 2009: “We expect that LTE will actually be in service somewhere here in the U.S. probably this time next year.” While the “this time next year” bit technically only pins things a… Read More

  • Zeemote JS1 bluetooth controller rolls out in Mexico

    I don’t think I can express how much I wanted to add something about tacos to that headline. Yes, I realize Mexico has more to offer besides tacos. I just really loves me some tacos. Oh, right – back on topic. This morning, Zeemote, Inc is announcing a partnership with Telcel and Sony Ericsson to bring the Zeemote JS1 down to Mexico. Following Zeemote’s now standard practice… Read More

  • Android Market may be getting Ringtones, Wallpapers, and Google Checkout

    Can’t live without Fergie ringtones on your Android handset, but can’t take the time to throw together your own? You may be in luck. While rummaging around through the files tucked away within the Android Market package, the guys over at Phandroid noticed a couple of unused icons lingering. If these icons are any indication of functionality thus far unseen, we might be seeing… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Netgear EVA9000 Digital Entertainer Elite

    Looking to get a bit of a headstart on the madness that is CES, Netgear invited a handful or two of media members to a pre-CES showing tonight in San Francisco. While they asked us to keep hush about a few of the items they had on display until January 8th rolls around, they gave us the go ahead to blab away about the EVA9000 Digital Entertainer Elite media streaming box – so blab we shall. Read More

  • Contest: MobileCrunch is giving away $50 dollar gift cards all week

    When Virgin Mobile acquired Helio, they also acquired a fat stack of 50 dollar Prepaid AmEx cards that were originally intended for Helio promotions. I assume it was kind of like finding a $20 in a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a long time, except it was a whole bunch of pieces of plastic worth $50 each. Rather than filling the Virgin Mobile offices with PS3s, they figured our… Read More

  • Contest: We're giving away $50 dollar gift cards all week

    When Virgin Mobile acquired Helio, they also acquired a fat stack of 50 dollar Prepaid AmEx cards that were originally intended for Helio promotions. I assume it was kind of like finding a $20 in a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a long time, except it was a whole bunch of pieces of plastic worth $50 each. Rather than filling the Virgin Mobile offices with PS3s, they figured our… Read More

  • G1 and Diamond push HTC to record profits in November

    Curious as to why Sony Ericsson (and 13 others) might have hopped on board with the Open Handset Alliance? Take a look at the November numbers of HTC, the folks behind the only Android handset currently on the market, and it all becomes clear. Read More

  • White HTC Touch Diamond appears just in time for Christmas, unless you actually want to buy it

    If there was ever any doubt that a White HTC Touch Diamond was in the works, let said doubt be cast away. Sometime earlier this morning, snowflakes began falling across HTC’s front page (kind of like a 1996 Geocities website, except classy. They should add a guestbook for us to sign.), underneath the headline “Wishing you a more connected holiday season”. Sitting at the very… Read More

  • At long last, Skyfire browser gets VGA support

    When we wrote about the not-quite-official soft launch of Skyfire v0.85 a few weeks back, one little morsel slipped through the cracks. While we properly noted that registration requirements had been removed from the mobile browser, the newfound support for folks in the UK, and an “experts only” download link which essentially freed Skyfire of its geographical limits, one newly… Read More

  • Rogers launches the BlackBerry 8900 Javelin

    After some many months in the works, the BlackBerry 8900 (otherwise known as “Javelin”) has finally made its way out of the labs and onto a shelf near you. Well, by “a shelf near you” we mean “on a shelf at Rogers locations in Canada”. Not, say, the shelf in your bathroom. Essentially a BlackBerry Bold Lite, the Javelin’s missing 3G, and has a… Read More

  • Broadcom jams FM radio, 802.11n, and Bluetooth into a single package

    Back in October, Broadcom made a promise to announce a new combo-chip every 60 days. First came the BCM2049, which packed FM and Bluetooth onto a single die. A bit past their self-imposed deadline (albeit still with impressive haste), they’ve managed to one up themselves with the BCM4329. Read More

  • Leaked: 8-Megapixel Samsung "Memoir" headed for T-mobile

    Though just about everyone is pushing out 8-megapixel phones at this point, it’s surprising how few (read: pretty much none) of them have made it to US carriers. Looks like that might be about to change, if this latest leak from TmoNews rings true. Essentially a bigger, badder version of the Behold, the handset the whispers are naming as the Samsung “Memoir” purportedly… Read More

  • Rogers launches the BlackBerry 8900 Javelin

    After some many months in the works, the BlackBerry 8900 (otherwise known as “Javelin”) has finally made its way out of the labs and onto a shelf near you. Well, by “a shelf near you” we mean “on a shelf at Rogers locations in Canada”. Not, say, the shelf in your bathroom. Essentially a BlackBerry Bold Lite, the Javelin’s missing 3G, and has a… Read More

  • Google now hawking fully unlocked G1s to developers

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/gadgets/Google_now_hawking_fully_unlocked_G1s_to_developers’; It didn’t take long before people started hacking away at the T-Mobile G1, the first phone to ship with Google’s Android platform, and now it looks like Google wants to make it even easier. Starting today, Google is offering a development version of the G1 that is both SIM… Read More

  • An Interview with Ethan Lowry of Urbanspoon

    With iPhone app downloads having just blown through the 300 million mark, we jumped at the opportunity to talk to Ethan Lowry. As a founding member of the trio behind Urbanspoon, one of the most downloaded iPhone applications of 2008 , Ethan knows a thing or two about iPhone app downloads. Back in early November, Urbanspoon had just cracked 1 million downloads – 4 months after the… Read More

  • Grains of War will curb stomp your appetite

    http://www.g4tv.com/lv3/35316 Perhaps I’m a cynic, but I really expected this Gears of War parody spot, made by the folks on G4’s X-Play, to suck something fierce. Then Cole Train dumped cereal all over his face, and my worries drifted away. Read More