Ryan Lawler

Ryan Lawler

Senior Reporter

Ryan Lawler is a technology writer for ExtraCrunch focused on the B2B fintech market. He most recently served as Head of Content for Samsung Next and has covered business and technology for publications that include GigaOM, Contentinople, and Light Reading.

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Goldman says $2.2B purchase of BNPL provider GreenSky will help expand Marcus

The acquisition is positioned to bolster the firm's consumer business and offer new products and new ways to attract consumers to its Marcus by Goldman Sachs brand of finance products.

Better.com acquires UK-based Property Partner ahead of SPAC close

The deal could give Better a way to augment its lending business with the potential to enable fractional ownership of properties in the U.S. and other markets.

Anatomy of a SPAC: Inside Better.com’s ambitious plans

“We aren't so easily categorized,” said Better CEO Vishal Garg.

All the reasons why you should launch a credit or debit card

To learn more about the pros and cons, we spoke with executives from Marqeta, Expensify and Cardless.

Ramp and Brex draw diverging market plans with M&A strategies

From a high level, all of the recent deal-making in corporate cards and spend management shows that it’s not enough to just help companies track what employees are expensing these days.

Why fintechs are buying up legacy financial services companies

As more fintech companies find their way to higher and higher valuations in both the private and public markets, expect to see more legacy banks and lenders be gobbled up by newer entrants.

What Square’s acquisition of Afterpay means for startups

The main takeaways? "Buy now, pay later" may be effective at driving retail conversion, but scale matters and long-term margins look slim for BNPL startups.

A requiem for The Creamery

The Creamery was not a place you went for the memories. It was located firmly at the apex of convenience and comfort -- which is why it was the perfect place for the SF technorati to see and be seen.

Amitree raises $7 million to provide a Gmail assistant for real estate agents

Real estate tech startup Amitree is making life easier for real estate agents, which it hopes will make life even easier for the homebuyers they work with. The company has raised $7 million to grow

Mortgage technology provider Blend raised another $100 million led by Greylock

San Francisco-based Blend is simplifying the process of mortgage applications for both borrowers and lenders, but is looking to expand into other lending products. To do that the company has raised $

With $2.6 million in funding, Gabi wants to get you a better deal on insurance

Most people are overpaying for car or home insurance, but many don't know by how much or even how to compare different plans or carriers. That's where Gabi comes in. The startup, which has raised $2.6

All the companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day (Day 2)

We once again braved the traffic of the 101 to bring you all the companies presenting on the second of Y Combinator's day of demos, for what is the 25th batch of startups that have gone through the pr

Pre-owned jewelry marketplace TrueFacet now sells brand-new bling

Since launching in 2014, TrueFacet has emerged as the go-to place for fans of high-end jewelry and watches to find quality pre-owned merchandise for sale online. Now, after establishing itself as a t

All 50 startups from Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day 1

Biotech and artificial intelligence have emerged as the top startup trends at Y Combinator‘s 25th Demo Day. The 124 companies presenting at the entrepreneur school’s twice-yearly graduatio

bxblue wants to move payroll-secured loans online in Brazil

Payroll-secured loans are a $40 billion a year business in Brazil, but that business largely happens offline. A startup in Y Combinator called bxblue wants to change that by creating a marketplace f

Original Tech helps banks offer better loan applications

Americans apply for more than 250 million new financial products each year, but the majority of those applications are completed on paper or over the phone. A startup called Original Tech wants to c

ZeroCater expands from meal catering to office snacks

San Francisco-based ZeroCater is one of a growing number of startups hoping to disrupt the lunch rituals of businesses by providing catered lunches to small and medium-sized businesses in cities arou

In a bid for more unique designs, Bucketfeet moves to on-demand shoe manufacturing

Bucketfeet wants to allow any artist to create an interesting shoe design. And it's take one more step in that direction, by moving its production fully on-demand and opening up its site to support h

Homelight raises $40 million to help home sellers find the best real estate agents

HomeLight was founded in 2012 to connect home owners looking to sell with real estate agents in their area who are likely to close quickly and get the best price for their homes. With its business q

Uber board ‘disappointed’ by Benchmark’s lawsuit against former CEO

The Uber saga continues, and the board of directors has weighed in on the brewing battle between early investor Benchmark and former CEO Travis Kalanick. In wake of a lawsuit filed by Benchmark again
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