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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  • Payments startup Dwolla raises $6.85M more, debuts Access API

    Payments startup Dwolla raises $6.85M more, debuts Access API

    Some news today from Dwolla, the startup that competes with banks (but also works with them) to provide payments and money transfers with reduced fees by way of more efficient software. The company has raised another round of funding of $6.85 million, and at the same time it’s announcing the relaunch of its white-label API, which it is now calling Access API. The funding round was led… Read More

  • Rocket Internet closes $1B fund, the largest out of Europe to date

    Rocket Internet closes $1B fund, the largest out of Europe to date

    If you thought the problems Rocket Internet has had bringing its portfolio of startups and its business overall into the black would have spelled setbacks for future investing, think again. This week, the firm — based out of Berlin — reported that it had raised a new $1 billion fund, the biggest tech fund of any VC firm to date in Europe, it claims. The Rocket Internet… Read More

  • Accel names Luciana Lixandru as its newest partner

    Accel names Luciana Lixandru as its newest partner

    Accel, the VC firm that has been involved in some of the biggest deals in the most recent tech boom — startups backed include Facebook, Supercell, Dropbox, Deliveroo, Slack and Atlassian, Spotify, Flipkart and many more — has appointed a new partner, Luciana Lixandru. Her rise at Accel — she was previously a principal investor — speaks to the evolution of… Read More

  • Wix buys Flok to add loyalty and mobile CRM to its business tools

    Wix buys Flok to add loyalty and mobile CRM to its business tools

    Wix, the website building platform with more than 98 million users globally, is making another acquisition to build out the tools that it offers to businesses and individuals that use its platform to build and maintain websites and mobile apps. Today the company is announcing that it has acquired Flok, which makes CRM solutions such as loyalty cards and chat services and rewards programs… Read More

  • Russia-backed RT unblocked on Facebook, claims Dataminr also revoked access

    Russia-backed RT unblocked on Facebook, claims Dataminr also revoked access

    Russian state-funded media company RT (previously Russia Today) was temporarily banned from posting content to Facebook — a move that would have prevented the organization form posting articles, photos or video to the social network until Saturday, the day after Trump’s inauguration. However, Facebook says now that it has lifted the ban, and will look into the reasons behind… Read More

  • LinkedIn debuts new desktop version with ‘chatbots’, new search and more

    LinkedIn debuts new desktop version with ‘chatbots’, new search and more

    After a short preview in September last year, and the small matter of getting acquired for $26.2 billion by Microsoft, today LinkedIn — the social network for the professional world with close to 470 million users — is finally unveiling its redesign of its desktop site, complete with a simpler, app-like look; a new messaging experience that appears as a pop-up on the… Read More

  • DataSift connects with LinkedIn as its latest social marketing partner

    DataSift connects with LinkedIn as its latest social marketing partner

    DataSift, which taps and structures data from social networks to provide more insights into it, has added a new partner to its own network. The company has linked up with LinkedIn — the social network for the working world with 467 million users that was acquired by Microsoft recently for $26.2 billion — to help develop a stronger marketing profile for LinkedIn by parsing its… Read More

  • Maelle Gavet is the new COO at real estate startup Compass

    Maelle Gavet is the new COO at real estate startup Compass

    There has been another development at Compass, the real estate startup that recently hit a $1 billion valuation. The company has appointed a new COO, Maëlle Gavet. She will report to Robert Reffkin, the CEO and co-founder of Compass. Gavet was most recently at Priceline, the travel services giant, which she joined as EVP in 2015 tasked with integrating a number of its brands, and with a… Read More

  • Collibra nabs $50M led by ICONIQ to fix companies’ data governance

    Collibra nabs $50M led by ICONIQ to fix companies’ data governance

    Data governance and management startup Collibra — originally founded in Belgium but now based out of New York to help businesses in sectors like finance and healthcare to manage and comply with data retention policies — has raised $50 million in its latest round of funding. The company is not disclosing the valuation, but a $650 million figure is being publicly reported in at… Read More

  • Motive Partners, a new London/NYC fintech VC, is raising a $150M fund

    Motive Partners, a new London/NYC fintech VC, is raising a $150M fund

    The British pound may be at one of its lowest points of the last 50 years right now (and may still go lower…welp), but some investors see this as an opportunity. A new fintech VC called Motive Partners, founded by a team of fintech entrepreneurs and investors, is launching today with offices in London and New York. The company is not revealing its fund size but earlier this month it… Read More

  • TomTom acquires Autonomos to beef up in self-driving technology

    TomTom acquires Autonomos to beef up in self-driving technology

    Navigation and mapping company TomTom — which provides data to companies like Uber and Apple as well as for its own GPS systems — has made an acquisition to add more autonomous driving technology to its platform. It has acquired Autonomos, a Berlin startup that has worked in R&D consultancy for various self-driving projects out of Germany. Financial terms of the deal have not… Read More

  • Twitter is phasing out the “Buy” button, will continue to offer donations

    Twitter is phasing out the “Buy” button, will continue to offer donations

    There have been rumors for a while about Twitter preparing to retire its commerce operation. Now it looks like the company has finally started to wind down its partnerships in confirmation of that fact. Customers of e-commerce platform Shopify are receiving notices informing them that the Twitter sales channel is getting shut down “as a result of the Twitter team pivoting way from… Read More

  • OrderGroove nabs $20M to help brands raise their Amazon game

    OrderGroove nabs $20M to help brands raise their Amazon game

    OrderGroove, a company that helps retailers and brands to sell online by building tools for them to use that are similar to those used by online marketplace Amazon, has raised another $20 million in funding to expand its business. Originally focused on subscription commerce, OrderGroove’s CEO and founder Greg Alvo said the company is looking for the next frontier for frictionless… Read More

  • Shiftgig raises $20M more to connect hourly workers with open jobs

    Shiftgig raises $20M more to connect hourly workers with open jobs

    The rise in on-demand services from the likes of Uber, Lyft and Postmates is fuelling a new workforce of freelancers in the service industry who are not tied to single places of employment and can work hours that are more suitable to them. Now a similar kind of flexibility is finding its way into the world of hourly work, too. Shiftgig — a startup that has built a mobile platform… Read More

  • Alphabet’s smart home brand Nest expands to Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain

    Alphabet’s smart home brand Nest expands to Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain

    As Amazon, Apple and others tee up smart home strategies with apps, hubs and new devices, Google is also turning up the temperature, so to speak, on its own ambitions. Today, Nest — the smart home business that Google acquired for $3.2 billion a few years ago — announced at DLD in Munich that it would be expanding sales of its thermostat, camera and smoke alarm products in four… Read More

  • Timehop founder Jon Wegener replaced as CEO by design lead Matt Raoul

    Timehop founder Jon Wegener replaced as CEO by design lead Matt Raoul

    Some changes at the top of Timehop, the quirky app that shows you reminders of photos and other content that you’ve taken and posted on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and Flickr or from your camera roll. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Jon Wegener, who co-founded the company with Benny Wong, has stepped down as CEO. He has been replaced by Matt Raoul, who had… Read More

  • WalkMe acquires Abbi.io to add mobile A/B testing and engagement

    WalkMe acquires Abbi.io to add mobile A/B testing and engagement

    After raising $50 million last year on a $400 million valuation, WalkMe — a company that offers on-screen site guidance and engagement analytics — has made an acquisition to beef up its presence in mobile. The startup has acquired Abbi, specialists in mobile A/B testing and app engagement (“Abbi” is both a reference to A/B testing and BI, business intelligence). Terms… Read More

  • SoundCloud co-founder takes product role, Yahoo alum steps in as CTO

    SoundCloud co-founder takes product role, Yahoo alum steps in as CTO

    On the heels of losses that appear to be growing faster than revenues, and reported acquisition interest from Google, the music streaming service SoundCloud today announced some executive movements. Eric Wahlforss, who co-founded the audio streaming startup with Alexander Ljung, is stepping away from the role of CTO and taking a new position as chief product officer. Meanwhile, SoundCloud… Read More

  • Karhoo rides again: Nissan/Renault buys failed on-demand ride startup

    Karhoo rides again: Nissan/Renault buys failed on-demand ride startup

    It looks like one of the more notable stalls in the world of on-demand rides is going to get another change to see if it can drive ahead. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Karhoo — a failed on-demand offering that aggregated drivers and ride options from hundreds of existing fleets of car services in an Uber-like app — has been brought out of administration. It will… Read More

  • AWS moves into IT training and job placement with re:Start, a UK cloud skills program

    AWS moves into IT training and job placement with re:Start, a UK cloud skills program

    Amazon’s cloud storage business AWS has been gradually expanding into a range of cloud services for people not to simply host their business or app with AWS, but to use the platform for productivity and their own work purposes, too. Today came the latest development on that theme: AWS launched re:Start, a new program for IT skills training, specifically in cloud computing, and job… Read More

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