Elin Blesener

Elin Blesener
Elin is the Community Manager for TechCrunch. Previously, she was one of the first Community Managers at Slide and was in charge of one of their most successful products, SuperPoke! Pets. Slide went on to be acquired by Google for $182 million. Originally from Huntington Beach, Elin attended California State University, Chico, where she studied Organizational Communications and Art History. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Elin Blesener

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: iPad 2 Loaded With Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience

    TechCrunch Giveaway: iPad 2 Loaded With Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience

    We have an Apple iPad 2 to give away today. Do you want it? Would you say you’re a big Jimi Hendrix fan? Then you’re in luck. Not only are we giving away an iPad 2, but we are giving one away that has a pretty awesome Jimi Hendrix app already installed on it. Sony Music, The Hendrix Estate and Universal Mind have joined forces to create this super immersive experience —… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Free Ticket To LeWeb’11 #TechCrunch

    TechCrunch Giveaway: Free Ticket To LeWeb’11 #TechCrunch

    If the words Path and Milk mean something to you in more ways than one, or you happen to have heard of a few little companies called Airbnb, Flipboard or Instagram, boy do we have a treat for you. For this week’s TechCrunch Giveaway, we’ll be offering you a way to get up close and personal with some of the greatest minds in today’s startup scene: a ticket to LeWeb’11. Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Apple iPad 2 #TechCrunch

    TechCrunch Giveaway: Apple iPad 2 #TechCrunch

    It’s been a big week in the news. We’ve wrapped up our first international Disrupt event in Beijing, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg & co-founder and former Ning CEO Gina Bianchini invested in Levo League, Apple promised an iOS 5 update to help with battery life, we have two new amazing writers joining our team, Google announced a change to its search algorithm, and Kevin… Read More

  • The Hackathon: Your Ticket To Disrupt Beijing, Great Prizes, And More

    The Hackathon: Your Ticket To Disrupt Beijing, Great Prizes, And More

    Hackers, are you ready? The Disrupt Beijing Hackathon is almost here. Not only is this our fifth time hosting the Hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt, but it is our very first time hosting it overseas. The Hackathon has become an incredibly popular event, where hackers of every stripe come together to build cool products and businesses — from funny to useful, from bizarre to essential. The… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Toshiba Thrive 10-Inch Tablet #ChannelCaster

    TechCrunch Giveaway: Toshiba Thrive 10-Inch Tablet #ChannelCaster

    Thanks to OneLouder, we have a Toshiba Thrive 10-inch tablet to give away! This tablet is 8GB and valued at around $379.99. Not only will the winner of this giveaway win the tablet, but the ChannelCaster app will also be included in it. It’s an app that makes it simple to create custom content Channels based on any person, topic, or trend by mashing together multiple content sources… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Two Free Tickets To Disrupt Beijing #TCDisrupt

    TechCrunch Giveaway: Two Free Tickets To Disrupt Beijing #TCDisrupt

    Disrupt Beijing is almost here. With speakers like Pony Ma, Lin Bin, Peter Vesterbacka and Niklas Zennström, it’s going to be an amazing conference. This October 31st to November 1st, our very own Jason Kincaid, Alexia Tsotsis, Leena Rao, Greg Kumparak, John Biggs and many more will be flying to China to shake things up. Of course, our own Sarah Lacy will be hosting, along with… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: One DROID Bionic #TechCrunch

    TechCrunch Giveaway: One DROID Bionic #TechCrunch

    Last week we ran a giveaway for one whole week, giving away a DROID Bionic. A huge congratulations to Scott Leither for winning last week’s DROID Bionic! Since the giveaway was so popular, we wanted to give all of you another shot. Thanks again to Verizon, we are giving one more DROID Bionic away to one lucky reader. Just like before, the giveaway will run for one full week and we… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: DROID Bionic #TechCrunch

    TechCrunch Giveaway: DROID Bionic #TechCrunch

    After being teased for months and months, nine months to be exact, of when Verizon and Motorola would release the DROID Bionic, the wait is finally over. The DROID Bionic is now out in stores and the reviews have been nothing but positive. In fact, people are so in awe of the phone, some even believe it will be the only phone to compete with the up-and-coming iPhone 5. So, since this is… Read More

  • Paul Graham's Office Hours Tips for Startups

    Applications For Paul Graham’s Office Hours Close Today. Get Your Applications In Now.

    One of the most popular Disrupt sessions is Paul Graham’s Office Hours. (See video below). We are bringing it back to Disrupt SF on Monday, September 12th. If you are attending Disrupt and would like to be considered, be sure you fill out the form below and fill it out soon. Applications are going to close this Saturday, September 10th, at midnight PDT. Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: 4 Free Tickets To Disrupt SF #TCDisrupt

    TechCrunch Giveaway: 4 Free Tickets To Disrupt SF #TCDisrupt

    Disrupt SF is literally right around the corner. We are kicking things off this weekend with the incredibly popular Hackathon, where we have more contests and prizes than ever before. Disrupt starts on Monday, September 12th, with Reid Hoffman, Tom Conrad, Peter Thiel and Paul Graham kicking things off. This is one event you do not want to miss. Be sure to check out the full agenda. Ticket… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Tickets To BoxWorks Featuring A Live Band #TechCrunch

    TechCrunch Giveaway: Tickets To BoxWorks Featuring A Live Band #TechCrunch

    Want to attend an enterprise software conference after party with Third Eye Blind? Cloud content management startup Box.net is holding its first-ever customer conference, BoxWorks, on September 28th in San Francisco. To celebrate, they’re throwing a big after party featuring Third Eye Blind. The party gets started at 6pm at the Bently Reserve, and runs until 11pm. There will be an open… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: iPad 2 #TechCrunch

    TechCrunch Giveaway: iPad 2 #TechCrunch

    We all know by now. Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple. The outpouring of emotion from this news is something we have never really seen before and this very well may be one of the biggest stories we will ever see in this space. Even though this may be the end of an era, Steve Jobs will still be with Apple and continue to touch lives of millions. In light of all the news, Pursuitist… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Free Tickets To Disrupt SF #TCDisrupt

    TechCrunch Giveaway: Free Tickets To Disrupt SF #TCDisrupt

    We just announced a couple more speakers who will be joining us onstage at Disrupt SF, which is only one month away! You can follow along with the growing list of speakers here. Disrupt SF is going to be packed with all-star guests, speakers, insightful discussions, after parties and much more. It’s going to be held at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse, with after parties at Roe… Read More

  • Don’t Miss Out: Last 5 Days To Get TechCrunch Disrupt SF Early Bird Tickets

    Don’t Miss Out: Last 5 Days To Get TechCrunch Disrupt SF Early Bird Tickets

    Disrupt SF is going to be huge. There are only 5 days left to get the best price on tickets, so be sure to get your early bird tickets now HERE. We have just announced more all-star speakers and you can continue to follow along with our announcements of speakers on the Disrupt SF site here. Some of the speakers who will be joining us on the Disrupt SF stage include: Elon Musk, Vinod Khosla… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Three Free New Relic Pro Accounts #NewRelic

    TechCrunch Giveaway: Three Free New Relic Pro Accounts #NewRelic

    What do Groupon, Zynga, Airbnb, Crunchbase and LinkedIn have in common? They know site performance is critical to their success, so they use New Relic app monitoring to make sure their apps are quick and fast. Every second on the web counts and New Relic has been on a tear since raising $10 million in October from Benchmark, Allen & Co., and Trinity Ventures. They now measure over 20… Read More

  • Michael Arrington’s New Executive Assistant Did It All For The Labradors

    Michael Arrington’s New Executive Assistant Did It All For The Labradors

    Michael Arrington decided to test the limits of what his new Executive Assistant, Greg Barto, can actually do by asking the TechCrunch readers to suggest tasks he should complete for one day. Using Zaarly, Greg was sent on a day long adventure fulfilling tasks (risking his life and dignity?) offered up by the community and doing it all for charity. Luckily, it is all captured in the video below. Read More

  • Elon Musk, Dustin Moskovitz, And Eric Ries Are Ready To Shake Things Up At Disrupt SF

    Elon Musk, Dustin Moskovitz, And Eric Ries Are Ready To Shake Things Up At Disrupt SF

    As you know, Disrupt is coming to San Francisco this September and we have some amazing speakers and judges to announce. Tickets for Disrupt SF are on sale here. We have already announced a few of the key speakers: Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Marissa Mayer, Mike McCue, and Vinod Khosla. Who else is going to be there? Well, today we are announcing a few more key speakers. Not only will we have… Read More

  • Cut The Rope Teaser

    TechCrunch Giveaway: An iPad 2 Loaded With “Cut The Rope” Games #CTRExperiments

    It’s Friday and today we are giving away an iPad 2! Thanks to ZeptoLab, not only are we giving away an iPad 2, but we are giving one away that is loaded with all of the Cut The Rope games, including ZeptoLab’s brand new game, Cut The Rope: Experiments. Cut The Rope was the first game ever to come along and knock Angry Birds from their #1 spot back in October of 2010. The game has… Read More

  • Dare Mike’s Assistant To Do Anything You Like — For The Labradors!

    Dare Mike’s Assistant To Do Anything You Like — For The Labradors!

    Today’s the day Mike Arrington’s new assistant Greg will be wandering the streets of Silicon Valley, doing everything — and anything — that you ask him to do. We’ve already received a bunch of hilarious tasks (dares?) — but we want even more to make sure Greg is thoroughly embarrassed occupied, so please keep them coming. Since all of the money is going… Read More

  • Make The TechCrunch Executive Assistant Do Anything You Want On Zaarly Tomorrow

    Make The TechCrunch Executive Assistant Do Anything You Want On Zaarly Tomorrow

    Many of you may know this, or may not, but Michael Arrington has an amazing new assistant, Greg Barto. Greg came to us from Hollywood and we have been kindly teaching him the ropes of TechCrunch and what to expect. However, we are not sure we prepared him for this. Since Greg is somewhat new to San Francisco, he still doesn’t know the city that well. So, Mike has decided to give Greg… Read More