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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  • IBM links with Indiegogo, Visa, Bosch and more in $3B IoT push

    IBM links with Indiegogo, Visa, Bosch and more in $3B IoT push

    IBM is today taking the wraps off its new Internet of Things headquarters in Munich — a $200 million project at over one year in the making. And to underscore its IoT push, IBM is announcing a series of related deals and partnerships with companies including Indiegogo, Visa, Bosch and French railway SNCF, among others. More on the deals below, but first, some context: IoT is part… Read More

  • Groupon closes up 23% after Q4 report, says it paid nothing for LivingSocial

    Groupon closes up 23% after Q4 report, says it paid nothing for LivingSocial

    Groupon, the daily deals platform that has been restructuring itself and trying to shift into more profitable areas of e-commerce, today reported its Q4 earnings. The company reported sales of $934.9 million but with a net loss of $50.2 million, and a non-GAAP EPS of $0.07. Both are a beat for the company: analysts were expecting revenues of $912.8 million, and non-GAAP earnings per… Read More

  • NewsWhip nabs $6.4M from the AP, more to shed light on what’s trending

    NewsWhip nabs $6.4M from the AP, more to shed light on what’s trending

    As publishers — scrambling for revenues and audiences in a rapidly changing media industry — try to get a grip on how to make the best use of social platforms like Facebook and Twitter (without simply conceding traffic to those social platforms), a startup that’s building tools to help them surface interesting content has raised $6.4 million in funding to grow its… Read More

  • SoftBank confirms $3.3B acquisition of Fortress Investment Group

    SoftBank confirms $3.3B acquisition of Fortress Investment Group

    Japan’s SoftBank has made another acquisition to widen both its business strategy and its portfolio of investments. Today the company announced it would pay $3.3 billion in cash to acquire the Fortress Investment Group, an asset manager and investor in its own right, with significant holdings in Lyft, ZestFinance, Xapo, Jawbone and other tech companies. This is SoftBank’s… Read More

  • Twitter plans to trim down its ads products

    Twitter plans to trim down its ads products

    Twitter continues to bleed cash and its advertising business has begun shrinking, so it’s time for a change. Twitter will pare down three areas of its ad product, according to sources who spoke to TechCrunch. Twitter foreshadowed the shift during last week’s lackluster earnings report that showed a year-over-year decline in Q4 ad revenue. Meanwhile it saw little growth in… Read More

  • Revel co-founder’s new startup aims to build a web of authentic identities

    Revel co-founder’s new startup aims to build a web of authentic identities

    As people continue to think about how the rise of “fake news”, psychometric big data, and other developments in the tech world could have influenced big elections this year, a new startup called Authenticated Reality is launching today with a mission to help fix that with a focus on real-name identities and reputation management. The basic idea with Authenticated Reality (URL… Read More

  • Snapchat pushes original, unscripted Shows with new A+E Networks deal

    Snapchat pushes original, unscripted Shows with new A+E Networks deal

    Now that Snapchat‘s parent Snap has signalled its intention to go public (in early March, is the date that we’ve heard through the grapevine), it’s stepping up a gear to show that its business is definitely worth $25 billion. Snapchat’s pitch: it is much more than just a place for 158 million, mostly American consumers between the ages of 18 and 34 to dip in and… Read More

  • Airbnb is buying Luxury Retreats for around $200M

    Airbnb is buying Luxury Retreats for around $200M

    Airbnb may have been founded on the premise of renting out spare sofa or bed space as a cheap alternative to hotels, but the company has moved upmarket in a big way, and is about to take that up another notch. The company is in the late stages of acquiring Luxury Retreats, an Airbnb-style service that focuses on high-end homes, for a price believed to be around $200 million, our sources… Read More

  • Kelvin Kwong leaves Jawbone for product VP role at Big Health

    Kelvin Kwong leaves Jawbone for product VP role at Big Health

    As Jawbone continues to work towards a pivot, the Up device maker also continues to talent that may not be core to its future. In the latest departure, Kelvin Kwong, who had been the Jawbone’s director of product management, has joined Big Health, maker of the Sleepio sleep improvement program, as VP of product management. Alongside that, Dr Jenna Carl is now the startup’s… Read More

  • Nokia to buy Comptel for $370M as it pushes deeper into carrier software

    Nokia to buy Comptel for $370M as it pushes deeper into carrier software

    Nokia, once the world’s biggest handset maker, really wants everyone to know that it’s a software company now. And today it made a big acquisition to that end: it is buying Comptel, a company that specialises in building software-based data communications solutions for mobile carriers. Nokia’s offer is to pay €3.04 in cash, valuing Comptel at €347 million ($370… Read More

  • Spotify and AccuWeather team to match music, mood and monsoons

    Spotify and AccuWeather team to match music, mood and monsoons

    The weather and its many faces have served as an inspiration for many musicians, who have crooned about the London fog, the Sun coming out, stormy weather and the clothes you wear for a season. Now Spotify is teaming up with AccuWeather to build on that, with a new service called Climatune — playlists that are based on the weather in your location in real time, and the mood that… Read More

  • Hootsuite acquires AdEspresso as it moves into paid content, social ads

    Hootsuite acquires AdEspresso as it moves into paid content, social ads

    Hootsuite, the startup and platform that lets marketers manage a company’s interactions across a range of social media networks, is getting into the business of paid content. Today, it is announcing that it has acquired AdEspresso, a company that has built a set of tools to create, A-B test, and post advertisements on Facebook and Instagram. It will sit in a relaunched version of… Read More

  • YouTube opens mobile live streams to those with 10k+ fans, paid Super Chat exits beta

    YouTube opens mobile live streams to those with 10k+ fans, paid Super Chat exits beta

    Google’s video powerhouse YouTube is today taking its latest step to compete with Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope to be the go-to platform for live video streaming, specifically of the unscripted, on-the-fly kind. YouTube today is turning on live video recording directly from its mobile app for creators who have at least 10,000 subscribers. And on top of this… Read More

  • Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

    Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

    Since first being unbundled back in 2015 in the U.S., Alexa Voice Service — the voice-response software that powers the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot — has been one of Amazon’s chief tools to spread its services to a range of connected devices. Now Amazon is taking its strategy international. Today it announced that AVS will now also work in the UK and Germany, and will… Read More

  • Mobile carrier Three buys UK Broadband for up to $373M in spectrum grab

    Mobile carrier Three buys UK Broadband for up to $373M in spectrum grab

    After getting its proposed merger with O2 blocked by regulators last year, today Three UK announced another strategy to increase its presence in the market, specifically by growing spectrum capacity. The carrier is acquiring UK Broadband in a transaction valued at £300 million ($373 million) — £250 million up front with “a deferred £50 million “made available as a… Read More

  • Welsh Carson takes majority stake in Revel, Scott Betts replaces Falzone as CEO

    Welsh Carson takes majority stake in Revel, Scott Betts replaces Falzone as CEO

    After many months of speculation about a potential acquisition by IBM or private equity firms, today, finally some official news from point-of-sale payments company Revel Systems. The company announced that Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe (WCAS) has led a large growth round in the company that will make it the company’s majority shareholder. Alongside that, the company’s… Read More

  • BBC jumps into Snapchat Shows with Planet Earth II; Snap expands Snapcodes

    BBC jumps into Snapchat Shows with Planet Earth II; Snap expands Snapcodes

    Snapchat may be facing slowing user growth, and relatively no revenues, outside of the U.S. at the moment, but it is also tapping the international opportunity in other ways. Today, its IPO-bound parent company Snap announced a new deal with the UK’s BBC Worldwide to produce a new, six-episode Snapchat Show for North America based on the Beeb’s wildly popular Planet Earth… Read More

  • Klarna buys BillPay, the PayPal of Germany, for $75M from Wonga

    Klarna buys BillPay, the PayPal of Germany, for $75M from Wonga

    Some chopping and changing is afoot in the world of payments in Europe. Today, Klarna, the startup out of Sweden that works with online merchants to enable flexible payment options, confirmed that it has acquired BillPay, a payments company based in Germany, from its previous owner Wonga, the startup that once achieved notoriety for predatory payday loans. The companies are not disclosing… Read More

  • Jawbone looks to drop consumer wearables for clinical services

    Jawbone looks to drop consumer wearables for clinical services

    Make way for one more pivot from Jawbone. The fitness band maker that originally started out in headsets and later made speakers, has abandoned selling and supporting consumer hardware following a deluge poor reviews and media reports that it has run out of money. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Jawbone is preparing to shift its business yet again — moving from a focus… Read More

  • Snapchat paid Reggie Brown $157.5M to settle his ‘ousted founder’ lawsuit

    Snapchat paid Reggie Brown $157.5M to settle his ‘ousted founder’ lawsuit

    Ousted Snapchat early employee Reggie Brown was paid $157.5 million in a settlement in September 2014 to close off a 2013 lawsuit he had brought against other co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, alleging that they had taken his original idea and run with it, pushing him out of the company without compensation in the process. The details were made public for the first time in… Read More