Jay Donovan

By night, Jay writes for TechCrunch and has been covering startups for the blog as a long-time freelancer since 2009. By day, he is Associate Director of Strategy for the creative agency Resource/Ammirati, (an IBM Company). He earned his MBA from Capital University. You can reach him at jay at techcrunch dot com.

Disclosure: Resource/Ammirati was acquired by the creative consultancy IBM iX in Feb, 2016. Jay holds no stock.

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  • CrunchGear Interview: "Gadget-Talk" With Cody Votolato From The Band TELEKINESIS

    While the SXSW Interactive Conference concluded days ago and is likely only a faint, buzzed memory in the minds of its tech-savvy attendees, the Music side of SXSW just closed shop today. I made it almost all the way through the epic music showcase, leaving within a few hours of  the brutal, bitter end but not before speaking with several musicians about the ways that mobile devices have… Read More

  • Video: Q&A With Red Laser's Rob Veres and PayPal's Laura Chambers

    Here in Austin, Texas the Interactive portion of SXSW, with the exception of the trade show, has come to an end. The conference rages on though as the music portion is really just getting underway. I can hear the music pumping outside my hotel room as I write this. But before the interactive side completed yesterday, I attended a fairly interesting panel called “What’s In Your… Read More

  • Video: Loopt's Sam Altman Gives “One Year Update” At SXSW 2011

    While there may not have been a cohesive theme to this year’s SXSW Interactive Conference in the way Location Based Services seemed to dominate SXSWi 2010, it’s important to note that many of these location-oriented apps and services are still around and flourishing. I took the opportunity to reach out to Sam Altman, founder of Loopt, and pick his brain about how things have… Read More

  • Video: Q&A With Yobongo's Caleb Elston At SXSW 2011

    A while back, MG told you about Caleb Elston’s new location-based chat app and service called Yobongo which lets you chat with people in your general vicinity. Creepy for some, cool for others, it nevertheless is a new way to communicate with people you may or may not know. I caught up with Caleb at SXSW and he was able to give a few more details about the “Affinity… Read More

  • Another Group Messaging App At SXSW 2011 – Grouped{in}

    Group Text/Messaging is all the rage at SXSW 2011. One app in the genre that’s making its debut this week is Appconomy’s Grouped{in}. Just getting its app store approval on Friday, Grouped{in} surfaces with many features of similar apps like Beluga and GroupMe (group messaging, conference call, etc), however according to Appconomy’s President Brian Magierski, it has at least… Read More

  • Video: Foursquare's Naveen Selvadurai Gives "One Year Update" At SXSW 2011

    At last year’s SXSW I caught a moment of Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai’s time to briefly chat about the company and their plans for the upcoming year. We were able to speak again this year and Naveen gave me the update on what has changed for the company since our last conversation. The short answer is that both the company and user-base have grown significantly. When I… Read More

  • Video: Peter Vesterbacka Gives The Angry Birds Update. A Franchise Is Flourishing!

    I ran into Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka again at SXSW 2011 and he was kind enough to give me the update since I saw him last at the Mobile World Congress. Dude is everywhere…and busy. Here’s the short version, but watch the video below to get the info straight from the Mighty Eagle himself! Reached 100 million downloads Angry Birds Rio arrives March 22 Raised 42 million in Series… Read More

  • SXSW 2011: Initial Thoughts?

    Rolling into Austin, TX yesterday on a warm, sunny afternoon for SXSW 2011 was a nice change of pace for me considering that the typical mid-March day in the Midwest is cold and rainy. Fortunately, multiple preparatory tasks, like badge collection, registration and the like did not prevent me from wandering around the conference and city. Read More

  • Video: Hands-on with IK Multimedia's iRig Mic and VocaLive App

    IK Multimedia’s VocaLive app for recording live audio hits the iTunes App Store sometime today. Coupled with the soon-to-ship iRig Mic, the two make a formidable pair for creating many kinds of audio recordings: vocal performance, field recordings, etc. Video below. Read More

  • Gowalla 3 Launches For Android Today

    Adding existing features like third-party check-in and better photo support, the Austin based company updates the Android version of their location software today. Gowalla co-founder and CEO Josh Williams told me in a quick phone call that he feels like “we’ve created a better experience for our Android app than we even have for the iPhone version.” Strategically, supporting… Read More

  • Gadg-Art: Love It, But Don't Really Use It.

    It looks like a tiny bugle. Maybe a new way to measure shots for a drink? Maybe a Cracker Jack toy? A fancy oil funnel? A tiny phonograph horn designed by Eero Saarinen? A mod megaphone? An egg separator? A microscope?  A straw for Tony Montana-style mountains of blow? A wicked monocle?  Read More

  • Video: Metaio Shows How New Mobile Hardware Benefits AR Performance

    Shortly before the Mobile World Congress 2011, German Augmented Reality (AR) company Metaio launched a short Printer Demo to show some of the more practical uses for AR technology, namely instructional demonstrations. At the event itself, the team took a moment to show me a different demo illustrating how new hardware and chipsets provided by their partnership with ST Ericsson, will… Read More

  • Video: Interview with Opera's Jon Von Tetzchner

    Back in the day, before the iPhone, before Android, before Webkit, before Skyfire, when we suffered through mobile web experiences using Pocket IE or worse yet maybe a preinstalled Motorola WAP 2.0 browser (dark times my friends), there was a bright and shining star that would aid those in need. That star was Opera. Its two flagship mobile browsers—Opera Mobile and Opera Mini—were… Read More

  • Powermat Expanding Into Europe

    I stopped by the Powermat booth at Mobile World Congress 2011 last week to get the update on their line of wireless charging products. Their biggest announcement during the event was that they are expanding into the European market this year, which I suppose makes the MWC an appropriate venue for that communiqué. Other than that, they still had some products on display, previously mentioned… Read More

  • CueThat: Add Any Movie On The Web To Your Netflix Queue

    The good people at Big Kitty Labs—a cadre of Central Ohio rapid prototypers whose various projects more resemble real products than prototypes—bring us yet another tool to make life easier…enter CueThat. CueThat is a browser plugin and bookmarklet that allows you to automagically add any movie title you find on the web to your Netflix queue. After you link the plugin to… Read More

  • Video: Bill Gajda On Visa's Mobile Payments Strategy

    While attending the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, it became clear to me that, while many startups are entering the market with mobile payments solutions, the incumbent card networks are likewise devising their own strategies to be part of the new ecosystem. A quick Q&A with Visa’s head of mobile, Bill Gajda revealed a bit about their strategy for keeping their credit… Read More

  • Video: Connected Medical Devices At The GSMA Embedded Mobile House

    The Embedded Mobile House at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011? It sounded like science fiction to me or like one of those old IBM commercials hype-ing RFID for transportation logistics. It sounded painful…just where exactly was it embedded? Seriously, I figured it would be a “flying cars/kitchen of tomorrow” type thing where all the devices in the house were controlled by… Read More

  • Video: Movilway Mobile Point Of Sale Terminal

    It looks like a mobile phone inside of a calculator (and that may be just about what it actually is). Regardless, Movilway, a payments platform serving the underbanked mostly in South and Central America, are further developing their self contained cellular POS system. It works mano-a-mano with their pre-paid system for money transfer in order to facilitate payments sans bank account or… Read More

  • Video Interview: Boku's Ron Hirson Describes Their Mobile Payments Service

    Mobile Payments were a hot topic at this year’s Mobile World Congress. I mean HOT (well, if your into that kind of thing of course). Based on what I saw at the event though, there are a lot of people into that kind of thing. In fact, they had an entire day dedicated to the concept. Panels and speakers talking shop, standing room only crowds, hundreds and hundreds of suits –… Read More

  • AC130 For Android: Turn Those Benjamins Into Little People And Then Destroy Them

    BeyondReality’s Jeroen Mol has an interesting concept for his new Augmented Reality game slated to go live in the Android Market in the next month or so. His clever idea of using paper money notes as AR targets (you know, those little black and white designs you usually have to print out first and view with your mobile device) eliminates the need to have a printer around before playing… Read More