Today I'm pleased to announce that four of our key partners will be giving an aggregate of $1 million in advertising to TechCrunch50 companies. Facebook, Google (Youtube), Microsoft (Bing) and MySpace are all participating with substantial donations. We expect more partners to join shortly.
One of the cooler additional ideas was proposed by the Bing team. They'll make tshirts that say “Bing Loves [company/logo]” and Bing staff will wear these tshirts, each one promoting a different TechCrunch50 startup, to various events and conferences they'll attend throughout the year. They promise that the team will be familiar with the startup/product they're promoting on their tshirts and be ready to talk about it when people ask. Crazy idea right? I love it.
YouTube is offering in-video advertising, and MySpace and Facebook will give substantial advertising credits on their ad platforms. So there are lots of ways TechCrunch50 companies will get exposure even after the event is over.
Also, sponsor Perkins Coie (which is also our law firm) will be giving away free legal services to one of the winners.
Thanks to MySpace, Bing, YouTube and Facebook for helping these young startups get just a little more much-needed exposure.
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