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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  • 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

  • Sources: Spotify may delay IPO to 2018 as it rethinks licensing deals

    Sources: Spotify may delay IPO to 2018 as it rethinks licensing deals

    Spotify — the music streaming company with over 100 million users (40 million of them paying) — has long been seen as one of the more likely candidates among larger tech startups to go public in 2017, but it looks like this plan may be shifting. TechCrunch has heard from multiple sources that the company is now weighing a plan to delay an IPO until 2018. The delay… Read More

  • Messaging app Viber names mobile ad vet Djamel Agaoua as new CEO

    Messaging app Viber names mobile ad vet Djamel Agaoua as new CEO

    While messaging app watchers are waiting for Snap Inc. to announce its IPO, another app has appointed a new CEO. Viber — the messaging app that was acquired by Rakuten in 2014 — has announced Djamel Agaoua as its new CEO. This is significant because Viber — which has had a promising 800 million downloads but has seen active user growth stall as others like… Read More

  • Salesforce acquires Sequence to build out its UX design services

    Salesforce acquires Sequence to build out its UX design services

    Salesforce has made another acquisition that underscores how the CRM and cloud software giant is looking to sell more services to its customers that complement the software they are already buying. It has acquired Sequence, a user experience design agency based out of San Francisco and New York that works with brands like Best Buy, Peets, Apple, Google and many more. The news was announced… Read More

  • Take-Two moves into mobile games, buys Social Point for up to $276M

    Take-Two moves into mobile games, buys Social Point for up to $276M

    Some more consolidation is afoot in the gaming industry. Take-Two Interactive, the games maker behind big titles like Grand Theft Auto, Civilization and BioShock that once rebuffed a $2 billion acquisition offer from EA, has made a definitive move into the world of mobile gaming: it has acquired Social Point, a publisher based out of Barcelona, for $250 million with additional earn-outs of… Read More

  • Slack takes aim at the corporate sector with Enterprise Grid, adds bots from SAP

    Slack takes aim at the corporate sector with Enterprise Grid, adds bots from SAP

    Slack, the business app that lets teams of users communicate, share files from other services, and work on them with each other, has taken off like wildfire since launching three years ago, with 5 million daily users, 1.5 million of them paying today. Now, Slack is embarking on the next step in its ambition to be the go-to platform for all workplace collaboration, no matter how big… Read More

  • CB Insights: 3,358 tech exits in 2016, ‘unicorn births’ down 68%

    CB Insights: 3,358 tech exits in 2016, ‘unicorn births’ down 68%

    We’ve kicked off 2017 with a surprise acquisition of what was planned to be the first big IPO of the year — Cisco snapping up AppDynamics for $3.7 billion, just days before its public listing — and what many believe will be an IPO filing for Snapchat’s parent Snap. But in contrast, it appears that 2016 represented a shift less frothy times. CB Insights has published… Read More

  • Eventbrite buys Ticketscript, a self-service ticket platform for music events

    Eventbrite buys Ticketscript, a self-service ticket platform for music events

    Eventbrite, the billion-dollar event-management platform that some tip for an imminent IPO, has made another acquisition in Europe to build out its presence here, and to move deeper into ticketing services. It has acquired Ticketscript, a startup based out of Amsterdam that offers a popular platform for event organisers to set up and sell tickets online for live events like music… Read More

  • Razer acquires Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone

    Razer acquires Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone

    Three months after acquiring iconic audio tech company THX, Razer is making another move to expand its business beyond hardware and software for the gaming community. The company has acquired Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone, founded by Android veterans who had set out with high hopes (and some decent funding) to rethink how to build a mobile phone that leaned on cloud… Read More

  • Report: Trump plans H-1B and other work visa reforms

    Report: Trump plans H-1B and other work visa reforms

    As the tech world continues its strong opposition to the executive order that has restricted entry to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, it appears the Trump administration is gearing up for chapter two. According to a report in Bloomberg today, the Trump administration has drafted another immigration executive order, this one aimed at overhauling work visas such as… Read More

  • Daimler close to buying Taxibeat in Greece for around $43M

    Daimler close to buying Taxibeat in Greece for around $43M

    Automakers are continuing to ramp up their holdings in the world of on-demand transportation services, and in the latest development, Germany’s Daimler is closing in on a deal to acquire Taxibeat, a profitable ride-hailing app based out of Athens, for a price of around €40 million ($43 million). The deal — which would roll Taxibeat into the same Daimler division that includes… Read More

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