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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  • US considering law to require audible shutter noise for camera phones

    Any frequent user of public transportation has probably seen it: Cute girl gets on the train/subway in a skirt that’s just a little bit too short. Within minutes, some creepy guy starts pretending to “play a game” on his cell phone, oblivious to the fact that his narrow squint and carefully positioned arms flag his voyeuristic image snapping intentions immediately. A new bill… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile releases Susan G. Komen Pink Flare because cancer sucks

    Though you may not have noticed, we’ve been trying to avoid writing about pink phones around here. Not because we have anything against them (and we know you love them, ladies), but there are just so damn many of them as of late. “X company is releasing Y phone again.. but in pink!” Now, figure out how to make that into 2 paragraphs – then do it 10 more times in a month. Read More

  • LG's ultra modular VX9600 Versa coming next month

    Well, consider me surprised. Even with pics of the hardware making their way out last week, my brain had haphazardly decided that the Versa was still a good number of moons away. Not so, according to BoyGenius‘ Best Buy spies. If the date in the inventory system is more than a best guess by a random blue polo jockey, we can expect the Versa to hit the shelves in all of its detachable… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson C903 shows its backside

    We caught the Sony Ericsson C903 (previously known as “Frances”) showing off its frontside last week, and now we’re getting a sneak peak of this not-yet-announced Cybershot’s rear. As you can tell by the side-by-side above, Sony Ericsson’s taking the “Camera” part of “Cameraphone” pretty seriously, with the backside designed to fit… Read More

  • T-Mobile stores in 3G-less regions to stock the G1 starting tomorrow

    Since the G1’s launch way back in October, the only folks who could walk into a T-Mobile retail store and walk out with Android in their pocket were those who lived in an area covered by T-Mo’s (still fairly limited) 3G network. Sure, you could order them at any store – but for the most part, that meant having a store employee walk you through the same online process you… Read More

  • LG VX9600 Versa is super modular, super caught on camera

    It’s a thought we’ve all had at one point or another: “Instead of having to decide between handsets with QWERTY and those without, why not just make the keyboard detachable?” Unfortunately, the majority of us aren’t major handset manufacturers with the power to make such things happen, so the idea slipped back into the “Things I wish other people would… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Frances becomes C903 – it's the C905 Lite!

    Long known only by its internal “Frances” moniker, the official model name of this not-yet-announced Sony Ericsson handset has been whispered into the wrong ear and has since found its way to SEMC Blog; from here on out, the Frances is now the Sony Ericsson C903. And, as we always love to see, this leak comes in pairs – tucked along in the note containing the final name was… Read More

  • Nokia shipped 500 thousand 5800 XpressMusics in a month

    We may not have been all that impressed with the 5800 XpressMusic when it launched back in October, but it looks like at least half a million other people were. During Nokia’s Q4 earnings call, CEO Olli Pekka Kallasvuo disclosed that over 500,000 5800’s have shipped in the last 30 days of the quarter alone. Then again, of course, he did say shipped, not sold. Now, before you go… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.90 leaks all over the place

    The BlackBerry Storm might have its faults, but I’ll give RIM one thing: they’re certainly cranking out these firmware updates at breakneck speed. Of course, no matter how fast they get the updates out, people will get impatient – which is why it’s always good news when a leak like this one occurs. Sometime last night, OS 4.7.0.90 for the BlackBerry 9500 and 9530 (the… Read More

  • Boost launches $50 dollar Moto in time for their $50 unlimited plan

    Right on time for today’s launch of their $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, Boost Mobile has announced that they’ll be carrying the ultra-basic Motorola i290. They’re going penny-for-penny with the new plan here, peddling the i290 at 50 bucks. So, what do you get in exchange for that greenbacked portrait of Ulysses S. Grant? Not a whole lot. Its flagship features are Push-to-Talk… Read More

  • HTC revamps the Touch Cruise, smoothing curves and adding geotagging

    We hadn’t heard anybody complaining that the HTC Touch Cruise (released at the beginning of 2008) had grown stale – but then again, we hadn’t heard anybody saying much of anything about it lately. Regardless, HTC has taken last years design and given it a polish job, shaving down the dimensions (102 x53.5 x14.5mm, down from 110mmx58mmx15.5mm) and about 21% off of its… Read More

  • TruPhone now available for Android

    In the weeks leading up to the G1 launch, rumors were abound that the lack of a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) stack in Android meant that VoIP applications were a no go. Of course, such nonsense has since been proven wrong by the likes of Skype lite (and its unofficial predecessors, such as iSkoot) – and now it sees that the VoIP train is chugging away at full speed. The latest to… Read More

  • Apple pushed 4.4 million iPhones in the last quarter

    We’re just minutes into Apple’s quarterly earnings call, and the iPhones sales numbers for the first fiscal quarter of 2009 (which ran from Oct. 1, 2008 to Dec. 31st, 2008) are already in. Over the past 3 months, Apple has sold over 4,363,000 iphones. Compared to the 2.3 million iPhones sold in their fiscal first quarter of last year, this number is astronomical. Compared to the… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 in action – blurry, blurry action

    The always incredibly prompt folks over at XDA-Developers managed to get their mitts on a ultra early beta release of what’s purported to be Windows Mobile 6.5, and then proceeded to tweak and tune it to load on an HTC device. Which HTC device, you wonder? Might it be the gorgeous and relatively new HTC Touch Pro, or the ever elusive HTC Touch HD? Hell no – they’re… Read More

  • T-Mobile rehashes the Sony Ericsson TM506 in Scarlet Red

    Back in September when T-Mobile launched the Sony Ericcson TM506 as their first ever 3G handset, it was a mighty fine lookin’ flip phone – except for that horrible green color. It wasn’t a bad color initially, really. It was kind of like that tattoo you got when you were drunk. At the time, you were like “Green phone?! No one has those! That will be friggin’ awesome! Read More

  • A Closer Look At The Helio That Almost Was

    Last month, an eBay auction appeared for a Helio phone that wasn’t supposed to exist. Now, we’d heard whispers of this phone before, but we only really knew two things: 1) It was a Helio-branded and modified version of the Samsung F400, and 2) It was cancelled. Being the fairly obsessed Helio geek that I am, I just had to play with one – but somehow in the stir of craziness… Read More

  • SRS launches TruMedia in hopes of improving cell phone audio

    Yeah, this definitely isn’t the first time we’ve heard an audio company promising that they’re going to blow your face off with the audio quality improvements they’re bringing to your cell phone. Hell, it’s probably not even the fifth. Regardless, SRS has just announced TruMedia, a fancypants new sound engine for mobile handsets. According to the announcement… Read More

  • Leaked screenshots of Visual Voicemail for the BlackBerry Bold

    Whispers of Visual Voicemail coming to the BlackBerry Bold have been lingering for a few weeks now, and now things are about as concrete as they come. Doin’ what they do with their ninja leak squad, BGR has managed to finagle a set of shots detailing the new Visual Voicemail functionality from head to toe. It all seems fairly simple – tapping into any voicemail in the list brings… Read More

  • Those Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots might be real. Maybe.

    We still say that they look too crappy and fake to be real, but the same folks who broke the SkyBox/SkyLine/SkyMarket story this morning are saying that they’re at least partially legit. According to them, the shots (which first leaked out back in November) are conceptual images for Windows Mobile 6.5’s new “Honeycomb” theme. So it’s a concept shot for a… Read More

  • Microsoft to challenge MobileMe and App Store next month?

    Mobile World Congress is still almost a month away, and the rumors of who’s doing what are already starting to heat up. According to Neowin, Microsoft is prepping a series of “Sky” branded products purposed with taking on Apple’s MobileMe and App Store offerings. SkyBox: Over-the-air syncing of contacts, SMS, email, calendar items, and pictures. SkyLine: The… Read More