Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak

Editor

Greg Kumparak is an editor at TechCrunch.

Greg started at TechCrunch in May of 2008. He led TechCrunch’s sister site MobileCrunch as editor until AOL acquired the company in 2010, at which point the editors of TechCrunch’s four main sites (TechCrunch, CrunchGear, MobileCrunch, TechCrunch UK) merged the sites under one domain.

Best known for his gadget coverage, Kumparak has broken hundreds of stories within the space — unearthing details on everything from abandoned Samsung smartphone prototypes to new Apple devices. He’s also one of the Internet’s most prolific “live bloggers”, having reported from the scene at dozens of international events for live audiences in the hundreds of thousands.

He was one of the earliest writers to highlight and report on a number of companies that have since become “unicorns” (reaching a valuation of $1B or more), including Zenefits and Twilio.

Kumparak is a frequent guest on TechCrunch’s Gadget, Apple, and Android podcasts, and often appears on stage as an interviewer or judge at TechCrunch’s meetups and Disrupt conferences.

In 2012, Greg was featured on the BBC, Wired, Mashable, Engadget and many other outlets for a side project he called the “tARdis”, or the Augmented Reality TARDIS. By combining augmented reality with a handmade physical model, Greg was able to replicate the otherwise physically impossible “bigger on the inside” visual effect that commonly appears on television’s Doctor Who series.

The Latest from Greg Kumparak

EBay, Stripe and Mastercard drop out of Facebook’s Libra Association

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Avalow wants to be your gardening coach

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Delos uses satellite imagery and AI to help homeowners in wildfire areas get insurance

If your home is in a wildfire area, insurance companies tend to not want to go anywhere near it. But “wildfire areas” tend to be pretty broad. What if companies could evaluate the risk on

These are the top Y Combinator companies of all time, based on valuation

In October of 2018, Y Combinator published a mega list of the top 101 companies to have gone through the accelerator, as sorted by each company’s valuation. This morning they updated the list. V

Rune raises $2M to help you find new friends in mobile games, starting with Brawl Stars

Multiplayer games are more fun when you get to play with the same crew regularly. Playing with the same people means better cooperation, deeper strategies and, if all goes well, more wins. But what if

Cloosiv raises $1M to bring mobile ordering to every coffee shop

  A few months back we took a look at Cloosiv, a company aiming to provide smaller coffee shops a mobile ordering solution that can compete with those of the mega coffee chains. Today the Cloosiv

Alchemist Accelerator is launching a European program

Enterprise-focused startup accelerator Alchemist is expanding its footprint this morning with the launch of an initiative focused on European startups. While Alchemist was happy to accept European com

Wing will test drone delivery in the US with Walgreens and FedEx

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Marissa Mayer and Alfred Lin are coming to Disrupt SF 2019

Twenty+ startups, each with six minutes to tell the world what they’re about. If they can prove to our panel of judges that they’re the best of the best, they’ll walk away with $100,

Built Robotics raises $33M for its self-driving construction equipment

Built Robotics, a company aiming to make construction equipment autonomous, is announcing a $33 million Series B round this morning. With the construction industry facing a global labor shortage, Buil

Disney CEO Bob Iger resigns from Apple’s board of directors

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MoviePass will shut down on September 14th

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Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey are starting a weekly podcast about The Office

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Apple hid a secret message in its latest YouTube video

Shortly after Apple's iPhone 11 event yesterday, the company posted a drastically condensed "supercut" of everything they announced. Taking the two hour event and boiling it down to a little over two

Here’s everything Apple announced today at the iPhone 11 event

Like clockwork, Apple has used its annual September event to announce a new generation of iPhones. But they also crammed a bunch of other stuff in there for good measure. New iPads! New Apple Watches!

The Polaroid Lab uses the light from your phone’s screen to turn digital photos into Polaroids

When all of us are carrying phones that can snap a thousand photos a minute and are connected to cloud systems that can store millions, there’s an undeniable charm to physical photos. The ones d

Reach Robotics is closing up shop

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Is your Google Calendar flooded with spam? Google says it’s working on it

If you opened Google Calendar sometime in the last few weeks only to find your schedule filled with things like “WIN A FREE iPHONE!” or “CHEAP RAYBANS HERE”, you’re by no

Apple patents Watch band that could ID you from your wrist skin

It looks like Apple is playing with the idea of making the Apple Watch’s band a bit smarter. As spotted by PatentlyApple, the company was granted a handful of patents this morning, all focused o
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