Ryan Lawler

Ryan Lawler

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Ryan Lawler is Head of Content at Samsung NEXT. Ryan previously covered technology and business for publications such as TechCrunch, GigaOM, Contentinople, and Light Reading.

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With $4 million in funding, Kin wants to change how homeowners get insured

Insurance is one of those markets where startups see an opportunity to apply new technologies and data to lower costs and improve the consumer experience. And Kin Insurance is one of those startups

Eero acqui-hires smart home management startup Thington

Mesh Wi-Fi router company Eero wants to provide an easy way for consumers to connect and connect with all the smart devices in their home. As it looks to build more intelligence around how those dev

Judge rules Anthony Levandowski can be called to testify in Uber/Waymo trial

In the latest hearing to define the scope of the upcoming trial between self-driving technology rivals Waymo and Uber, District Judge William Alsup said Anthony Levandowski, the star engineer at the c

Stripe acquires Payable to help on-demand businesses manage 1099 tax reporting

With its Stripe Connect product, Stripe wants to make it easier for on-demand and marketplace businesses to not only process payments from their customers, but also make payments to contractors and

CPG investing platform CircleUp will now issue loans to help consumer brands grow

It's hard raising money as a consumer packaged goods (CPG) company, but one startup wants to make it easier. CircleUp, which already helps consumer brands raise millions in equity financing, is now go

After raising $70M, Betterment expands financial advice to all users

On the heels of announcing a fresh $70 million in funding led by Swedish investment firm Kinnevik AB, Betterment is launching a new messaging feature that will allow users to ask questions and get an

Visa makes strategic investment in card processing startup Marqeta

Since 2010, Marqeta has quietly established itself as the underlying tech provider for businesses that are looking to issue virtual and physical debit and credit cards to employees, partners and cus

Mobile banking startup Varo Money has applied for a bank charter

Varo Money, which provides a mobile-first banking product to consumers, wants to take on the big banks. In an effort to offer similar -- but better -- checking, savings and lending products to consum

SoFi loses another senior executive, as chief revenue officer Michael Tannenbaum departs

Online finance startup SoFi has lost yet another senior executive, TechCrunch has learned. Chief revenue officer Michael Tannenbaum is the latest exec to leave, following a string of departures in the

Affirm now has 1,000 retail partners

Today Affirm has announced that it has more than 1,000 merchants signed up to offer its financing options at checkout, helping to reduce the friction around making large purchases and, by extension, i

Vimeo promotes Anjali Sud to CEO after canceling SVOD plans

IAC-owned streaming video site Vimeo has a new CEO: Anjali Sud, who previously led the company's creator business. The appointment comes as the company has scrapped plans to launch a subscription vid

Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte opens for business in New York

Triplebyte wants to make it easier for tech companies to hire engineers by pre-screening them for technical ability and even flying qualified candidates to the Bay Area for in-person interviews with

After relaunching its accounting platform, FreshBooks has raised another $43 million

For a decade and a half, FreshBooks has worked to establish itself as one of the most popular accounting software platforms for small businesses and the self-employed around the world. To accelerate

Beginning this week, automated savings app Digit will start charging users $3 a month

In April, Digit announced that in 100 days it would begin charging $2.99 a month to people using its service to automatically save for a rainy day or help pay their bills. Well, 100 days have almost p

Collectly raises $1.9 million to move debt collection online

A few months ago I wrote about a little startup called Collectly going after the big, inefficient  debt collection industry by using modern tools to ease the process for debtors while also increasing

Blend releases a mobile app for mortgage lenders on the go

Since launching five years ago, Blend has helped major financial institutions make lending decisions to consumers, in many cases narrowing the time it takes to close a mortgage by seven to 10 days. To

With $1.6 million in funding, Zently now helps roommates split bills

Earlier in the spring we told you about Zently, a new app for renters that helps them pay rent on time and flag maintenance issues to their landlords. Now the app can hook into your bank account, all

PayPal makes it easier for its merchants to sell products globally

Payments provider PayPal has over the years made it easier for a wide range of businesses to accept payments from customers at home and abroad. Now with its Global Sellers initiative, the company is

With $50 million in funding, Brandless sells everyday essentials for $3 each

Brandless is a new consumer-packaged goods company that is looking to reduce the cost of grocery staples with a direct-to-consumer business model. Led by serial entrepreneurs Tina Sharkey and Ido Leff

Intuition Robotics raises another $14 million, this time from Toyota Research Institute

Intuition Robotics, maker of the ElliQ robotic elder care assistant, and opened an office in San Francisco. As it looks to grow staff and ramp up testing of the product, the company has raised anothe
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