Ingrid Lunden

Ingrid is a writer and editor for TechCrunch, joining February 2012, based out of London.

Before TechCrunch, Ingrid worked at paidContent.org, where she was a staff writer, and has in the past also written freelance regularly for other publications such as the Financial Times. Ingrid covers mobile, digital media, advertising and the spaces where these intersect.

When it comes to work, she feels most comfortable speaking in English but can also speak Russian, Spanish and French (in descending order of competence).

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  • Click-to-WhatsApp messaging buttons are now rolling out in Facebook ads

    Click-to-WhatsApp messaging buttons are now rolling out in Facebook ads

    WhatsApp has always said that it has no plans to put ads into its own app, but this is not stopping Facebook, which now owns WhatsApp, from figuring out other ways of monetizing the hugely popular messaging service, which has around 1 billion daily users. Today, Facebook is launching a new ad unit that will let businesses create a link between the two platforms: advertisers can now include… Read More

  • EBay acquires Terapeak to provide more analytics to marketplace sellers

    EBay acquires Terapeak to provide more analytics to marketplace sellers

    EBay today announced another acquisition today that underscores the company’s current focus on building out better data tools for third-party sellers on its platform, to help it compete better with the likes of Amazon and other marketplaces to attract their business. It’s acquiring Terapeak, a Toronto-based startup that has built a platform that crunches data about supply, demand… Read More

  • Commerce platform iZettle raises $47M at a $950M valuation

    Commerce platform iZettle raises $47M at a $950M valuation

    iZettle — the commerce platform based out of Stockholm that competes against companies like Square, Paypal and SumUp to provide card transactions using smartphones and tablets as well as related accounting services — has raised another €40 million ($47 million) as it approaches a $1 billion valuation. CEO and co-founder Jacob de Geer told TechCrunch the money will go towards… Read More

  • Ed Lee, SF mayor who had a close relationship with the tech world, has died aged 65

    Ed Lee, SF mayor who had a close relationship with the tech world, has died aged 65

    Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco who worked closely with leaders in the city’s tech industry, has died after a heart attack aged 65. A statement issued by his office confirmed his passing after multiple media outlets reported the news (via CBS). It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee  passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. Read More

  • Apple confirms Shazam acquisition; Snap and Spotify also expressed interest

    Apple confirms Shazam acquisition; Snap and Spotify also expressed interest

    After we broke the story last week that Apple was acquiring London-based music and image recognition service Shazam, Apple confirmed the news today. It is purchasing the startup — one of earliest players in the world of mobile music — as part of its bigger ambitions in the music business. Here is the statement that Apple provided us. “We are thrilled that Shazam and its… Read More

  • LimeBike, the cycle-sharing startup, expands to Europe as it hits 1M rides in the US

    LimeBike, the cycle-sharing startup, expands to Europe as it hits 1M rides in the US

    LimeBike, one of the many startups hoping to steal a march in the crowded bike-sharing market, is today taking its first step to scale internationally. The Bay Area-based company — which lets people use an app to find and ride “dockless” bikes for $1 for 30 minutes (or $0.50 for students) and then leave them parked on sidewalks for future customers to use — is expanding… Read More

  • Time’s up for the Ticker? Facebook appears to axe feed for tracking your friends’ activity

    Time’s up for the Ticker? Facebook appears to axe feed for tracking your friends’ activity

    As Facebook continues to tinker with its layout and services to spur more interactions and engagement, it seems that not even the most well-known or oldest features are spared. In the most recent development, it looks like Facebook has quietly removed the Ticker, the box that used to appear to the right of your News Feed to summarize what all your friends have been liking, commenting on… Read More

  • Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

    Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

    Update: this story has now been confirmed. As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services. Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advert in seconds, by listening to an audio clip or (in the case of, say, an ad) a visual… Read More

  • Compass gets $450M from SoftBank; real estate portal now valued at $2.2B

    Compass gets $450M from SoftBank; real estate portal now valued at $2.2B

    Less than a month after raising $100 million led by Fidelity, real-estate startup Compass is striking while the iron is hot. The company has now picked up an even bigger investment of $450 million, this time from the SoftBank Vision Fund, plus another $50M in secondary deals, to fill out a vision of its own: taking its real estate rental and sales platform global. New York-based Compass is… Read More

  • WorldRemit nabs $40M at a $670M valuation to boost its money transfer business

    WorldRemit nabs $40M at a $670M valuation to boost its money transfer business

    WorldRemit, a London-based startup with some 2 million users that offers a quick way for people to send money to each other with a focus on developing markets, has raised more funds to help it take on the likes of Western Union in the remittances market, estimated by the World Bank to be worth some $596 billion globally this year, and ramp its user number to 10 million. The company has picked… Read More

  • Contentful, a Stripe for content management, raises $28M led by General Catalyst

    Contentful, a Stripe for content management, raises $28M led by General Catalyst

    There has been a veritable explosion of connected devices that people are using these days to interact with apps and the internet, from smartphones and computers, to cars, watches, home speakers and refrigerators. Now a startup out of Berlin called Contentful has raised $28 million to position itself as the platform to manage how all that information is delivered via a set of APIs. The Series… Read More

  • Chase closes WePay acquisition, a deal valued up to $400M

    Chase closes WePay acquisition, a deal valued up to $400M

    Banking giant J.P Morgan Chase is taking another step into tapping fintech startups not just for investment, but for growing its business more directly. The company has officially closed its acquisition of WePay, the payments startup that powers payments for crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe and competes with the likes of Stripe to provide payments infrastructure to any business that… Read More

  • GoFundMe drops 5% Platform Fee for U.S. personal campaigns, adds tips

    GoFundMe drops 5% Platform Fee for U.S. personal campaigns, adds tips

    GoFundMe, the popular fundraising juggernaut that now has 50 million users and has raised over $5 billion in funding for causes to date, is making an interesting change today that could see those numbers getting a boost — or at least help it fend off competition from other fundraising platforms like Facebook’s. GoFundMe is dropping the five percent Platform Fee that it charges… Read More

  • Uptake nabs $117M at $2.3B valuation for industrial predictive analytics

    Uptake nabs $117M at $2.3B valuation for industrial predictive analytics

    A company that is seizing the opportunity to provide predictive analytics to the industrial world — regardless of whether a business has made the (often costly) transition to internet-of-things “smart” systems — is today announcing that it has raised a significant round of growth funding to double down on the opportunity. Uptake, a SaaS startup that uses machine learning… Read More

  • Meet the man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account

    Meet the man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account

    As Twitter tries to figure out how to lock down the parts of its platform that enable harassment, as well as the spread of misleading information and illicit content, there have been a number of moments that highlight how the service, and its levers of control, are far from perfect. Read More

  • Mapping company Here buys ATS to boost its over-the-air tech

    Mapping company Here buys ATS to boost its over-the-air tech

    Here, the mapping company that powers location services in 100 million cars, is today announcing an acquisition to vastly improve how it distributes and updates its data. The company is buying Advanced Telematic Systems (ATS), a Berlin-based developer of secure over-the-air (OTA) technology, the basis for how wireless devices — including not just cars but smartphones and other… Read More

  • Navdy contacts would-be creditors, prepares to liquidate

    Navdy contacts would-be creditors, prepares to liquidate

    No one ever says hardware is easy, and today it looks like another promising startup has hit a wall. Navdy, which made an in-car heads-up display that projected info like navigation on to your windscreen, has been sending out notices to customers and others who might have claims against the company, as part of a General Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors. Read More

  • David Karp is leaving Tumblr by the end of the year

    David Karp is leaving Tumblr by the end of the year

    As Verizon’s digital media business Oath rolls on with its merging of Yahoo and Aol (which includes TechCrunch), today comes news of a significant departure. David Karp, who founded and led the Tumblr business, is leaving by the end of the year to be replaced by the social media site’s president and COO, Jeff D’Onofrio. The news was making the rounds on Twitter, and we… Read More

  • Cyber Monday hits record-breaking $6.59B in US online sales

    Cyber Monday hits record-breaking $6.59B in US online sales

    This holiday e-commerce spending season is off to a flying start after Cyber Monday posted the largest-ever single day of online sales in the U.S. According to Adobe, consumers purchased $6.59 billion online during Cyber Monday, with purchases made on smartphones also breaking a record with $2 billion in sales. The figures come from Adobe, which has been tracking shopping online in the last… Read More

  • McAfee acquires cloud security startup Skyhigh Networks, last valued at $400M

    McAfee acquires cloud security startup Skyhigh Networks, last valued at $400M

    After spinning out as a standalone security business from Intel earlier this year, McAfee has made its first acquisition. The company has acquired Skyhigh Networks, a specialist in cloud security, the companies announced today. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but here are a few data points: Skyhigh had raised over $106 million in funding, according to Crunchbase… Read More

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