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

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

WeWork acquires Israeli startup Unomy to boost its enterprise sales efforts

Global co-working behemoth WeWork is best known for providing flexible office rentals to startups and other small businesses, but enterprise clients are becoming an increasingly large portion of its

PayPal to acquire Swift Financial to bolster small business lending

Global payments processing company PayPal announced this morning that it has agreed to acquire Swift Financial, which provides small business owners with working capital. Terms of the deal were not di

Mens activewear startup Pistol Lake raises $600K from Slow Ventures

Los Angeles-based Pistol Lake has developed what it thinks could be the next thing in men's activewear -- a line of shirts and other products made with new fabric that could be worn at the gym or out

Guideline raises $15 million led by Felicis to make 401(k)s more widely available

Everyone should be saving for retirement, but not everyone has an employer that offers a 401(k) plan. Guideline wants to change that, and the company has raised $15 million to grow its base of small

With $5.3 million in funding, CarDash wants to change how you get your car serviced

For car owners, getting their vehicle repaired or even dealing with routine maintenance can be a pain. Launching today, a company called CarDash wants to make auto service less painful and more trans

Savings app Qapital now offers a checking account and debit card

Savings app Qapital wants people to make more conscious decisions around their money. While to date that meant helping its users build up savings, now Qapital will help manage their day-to-day spendi

Online learning startup Codecademy launches paid Pro courses

Codecademy has spent the last several years building a large community of learners with free lessons aimed at teaching its users the basics of how to code. But now it's betting that many of them will

Juvo raises $40 million to bring financial inclusion to emerging markets

San Francisco-based startup Juvo wants to help mobile users in emerging markets improve their financial standing by combining data and identity to provide micro-loans. It's an ambitious goal, and to

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
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