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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  • P2P car marketplace Shift pauses DC operations, lays off 10% of staff

    P2P car marketplace Shift pauses DC operations, lays off 10% of staff

    After Beepi shut down its service and transferred its operations to stealth Fair.com, its closest competitor Shift is facing some downsizing, too — a measure of the challenges of the peer-to-peer car selling business model that both had been trying to establish. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Shift has laid off just under 10 percent of all its staff, or 25 people, and it… Read More

  • Alphabet to sell Terra Bella satellite unit to Planet, also talked with Climate Corp.

    Alphabet to sell Terra Bella satellite unit to Planet, also talked with Climate Corp.

    Sources tell TechCrunch that Google parent company Alphabet is in advanced discussions to sell its Terra Bella satellite business — originally acquired as Skybox Imaging in 2014 — to Planet Labs. Alphabet also considered a sale to at least one other company, Monsanto’s Climate Corporation, for around $300 million. A potential sale to Planet was first reported earlier… Read More

  • Google took down 1.7 billion dodgy ads in 2016, over twice as many as in 2015

    Google took down 1.7 billion dodgy ads in 2016, over twice as many as in 2015

    Google has been under the gun when it comes to the power of its massive ad network — the biggest on the internet — being used for nefarious purposes, but the search giant is intent on using its tech to battle that problem. Today the company published its latest update on how its fighting spam, bots and other problematic “ads” on its network, and said that in 2016 it… Read More

  • Secret Double Octopus nabs $6M for a stronger, easier alternative to regular 2FA

    Secret Double Octopus nabs $6M for a stronger, easier alternative to regular 2FA

    Israel is home to around 450 active startups in the field of cybersecurity, according to a recent report in Reuters. Now, the one with perhaps the most distinctive name of them all is announcing some funding for a novel approach to authentication. Secret Double Octopus — which borrows a concept from the world of nuclear launch codes to build extra-secure, but simple, keyless… Read More

  • Microsoft Ventures backs Illusive Networks, a cybersecurity firm that protects with deception

    Microsoft Ventures backs Illusive Networks, a cybersecurity firm that protects with deception

    Illusive Networks, a cybersecurity startup based out of Israel that protects networks by building “deception” frameworks to identify and trap malicious hackers, is today announcing that it has added Microsoft Ventures — the software giant’s young investment arm — as its newest strategic investor. In keeping with the its name and purpose in this world, Illusive… Read More

  • Sprint takes 33% stake in Tidal, plans streaming music for its 45M users

    Sprint takes 33% stake in Tidal, plans streaming music for its 45M users

    Here’s an interesting turn of events in the ongoing story of the streaming music industry. Today, Sprint, itself owned by Softbank, announced it would take a 33 percent stake in Tidal, the streaming music startup originally founded in Norway that was majority acquired by Jay Z and relaunched in 2015 as a platform to compete against the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, offering… Read More

  • SoundCloud amps up advertising with programmatic buying in the US

    SoundCloud amps up advertising with programmatic buying in the US

    On the heels of hiring a new CTO from Yahoo and trying to position itself either as a stronger acquisition target or standalone entity, SoundCloud is getting a lot deeper into the business of advertising. Today the audio startup — which streams both licensed music tracks and is also a go-to platform for user-generated content (similar to YouTube) — announced that it would be… Read More

  • 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

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