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.

The Latest from Ryan Lawler

Inside Plaid’s plans to build a new, global finance network

When Visa announced plans to purchase Plaid for $5.3 billion in January 2020, the deal represented one of the largest acquisitions of a fintech upstart by an incumbent financial powerhouse. But 12 mon

BaaS served three ways: A closer look at a rapidly evolving market

There's no one-size-fits-all solution, but having a better understanding of how BaaS providers position themselves between banks and fintechs can help potential customers determine which model is best

Global startups raise $158B in Q3, an all-time record

We're beginning to see why it feels so busy out there. It is!

Who needs a BaaS partner, anyway?

Banking as a service will change not just the way financial services apps are built and embedded into new platforms, but also the way in which consumers and businesses alike interact with their financ

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
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