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  • Welcome to Include 2.0, TechCrunch’s Diversity Program

    Welcome to Include 2.0, TechCrunch’s Diversity Program

    In June of 2014, TechCrunch launched Include, a program designed to direct TechCrunch’s resources to improve diversity in the startup community. In year one, our approach was simple. The headliner was a $50k grant to support an organization making strides in line with Include’s mission. The recipient last year was Black Girls Code, a wonderful non-profit run by Kimberly Bryant… Read More

  • Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Competitor Cinder

    Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Competitor Cinder

    Disrupt SF 2015 is right around the corner, so we thought we’d catch up on one of last year’s Battlefield contestants — Cinder. Cinder didn’t win the competition, but they’ve been doing some pretty good things since the show. Here’s a bit more about the company and what they’ve been up to since Disrupt SF 2014. Read More

  • Where Are They Now? Battlefield Alumn FOVE Has Successful Kickstarter

    Where Are They Now? Battlefield Alumn FOVE Has Successful Kickstarter

    We got our first look at FOVE, the virtual reality headset that’s controlled by eye movement, at Disrupt SF 2014. FOVE was one of the entrants in the Startup Battlefield, and while the company didn’t win the competition, there were definitely some good times ahead for the company that started in the academic collaboration facility at the University of Tokyo. Read More

  • Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Competitor QuickFire Networks

    Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Competitor QuickFire Networks

    QuickFire Networks launched its QuickFire TV platform at Disrupt SF 2014 during Startup Battlefield. Perhaps best described as a Pied Piper-esque solution for video, QuickFire TV is a custom hardware and software platform that reduces video file sizes and upload times so individuals and companies can get their videos out faster. Read More

  • Hurry! You Have Just 24 Hours To Apply To The Startup Battlefield

    Hurry! You Have Just 24 Hours To Apply To The Startup Battlefield

    Sorry, procrastinators, but the application window for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2015 is now closed. As always, we’ve been blown away by all of the startups vying for a spot at the coveted competition, and we’ve got a lot of work cut out for us as we sift through the impressive batch of applications. Read More

  • Startup Battlefield Deadline For Disrupt SF Extended!

    Startup Battlefield Deadline For Disrupt SF Extended!

    Have you been putting off getting your application in to the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF? Well, the good news is that you now have one extra week to get your applications in. The deadline to apply to participate in this year’s show has been extended to June 29 at 9 a.m. PDT, giving you a little bit of breathing room to get your act together. Don’t delay too much, however… Read More

  • Apply Now For Startup Battlefield At Disrupt San Francisco

    Apply Now For Startup Battlefield At Disrupt San Francisco

    Applications for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF are now open! The event will take place on September 21st-23rd at the lovely Pier 70. Each day of Disrupt, Startup Battlefield companies pitch for six minutes on-stage with the world watching through a live video stream. Founders then face a live question and answer session with our judges — investors, founders and CEOs. Former… Read More

  • Liquidity: Safe Drinking Water Anywhere, Anytime

    Liquidity Launches To Bring Clean Water To Everyone

    Liquidity Nanotech is trying to change the world. But for once, the cliché could actually be applicable. The company is launching today onstage at Disrupt NY 2015 with the Naked Filter, a consumer water bottle with its proprietary water-filtration membrane built-in. Liquidity doesn’t look like an average startup. Built on over 15 years of patented university research, the team is a… Read More

  • Meet The Startup Battlefield Companies Of Disrupt NY 2015

    Meet The Startup Battlefield Companies Of Disrupt NY 2015

    TechCrunch is pleased to announce the 25 startups selected to participate in the Startup Battlefield of Disrupt NY 2015. Over the next two days, these companies will compete on the massive Disrupt stage for $50,000 and the Disrupt Cup. Read More

  • Get Your Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon Tickets Now

    Get Your Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon Tickets Now

    That’s right. You read correctly. Tickets are now available for the Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon. The event takes place May 2nd and 3rd at the Manhattan Center in good old New York, New York. Get them now! The weekend long hackathon kicks off on Saturday, May 2nd at 12:30pm. On Sunday, just over 20 hours of building, teams will have 60 seconds to present their projects to our panel of… Read More

  • TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off is Coming To Seoul Next Month

    TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off is Coming To Seoul Next Month

    TechCrunch is thrilled to be heading to South Korea in a few short weeks, and we want to see all you Seoul techies there! On April 16, several TechCrunch writers and editors will head to Seoul for the latest TechCrunch Meetup and Pitch-Off, presented in collaboration with Google’s Campus Seoul. Read More

  • Accredible Partners With Udacity To Provide Context To Nanodegrees

    Accredible Partners With Udacity To Provide Context To Nanodegrees

    Accredible, which provides online credentials as a service, is announcing a partnership today to provide digital certificates for Udacity’s burgeoning nanodegree program. The startup has created an API that pulls data from existing online learning platforms — in this case Udacity — and creates an online certificate that summarizes the student’s behavior and learning in… Read More

  • YC Backed Gradberry Curates Technical Talent

    YC Backed Gradberry Curates Technical Talent

    Gradberry is launching today out of Y Combinator to connect companies with vetted technical talent. Candidates quickly build a talent profile, connecting their GitHub, online portfolios and projects, and LinkedIn account. The talent profile is then vetted by the Gradberry team and approved candidates are passed along to specific employers. Read More

  • YC-Backed Valor Water Helps Utilities Keep The Water Running

    YC-Backed Valor Water Helps Utilities Keep The Water Running

    Disrupt Battlefield finalist Valor Water is graduating out of Y Combinator just in time to help solve the world’s water crisis. Valor provides a suite of business-intelligence tools for water utilities. In a drought, consumers are encouraged to conserve water and they often do. In California this past December, conservation was up from 10 percent in November to 22 percent in December… Read More

  • Introducing The Startup Battlefield Hub and Leaderboard

    Introducing The Startup Battlefield Hub and Leaderboard

    TechCrunch’s startup launch events go back to 2007 with TC40. That inaugural event surfaced some pretty amazing companies, including Mint, TripIt, Xobni and ZocDoc. The conference grew and in 2010, was re-named Disrupt featuring the Startup Battlefield competition. Over the years it grew into a Mecca for young teams to lay it all it on the line in front of top VCs, CEOs and technologists. Read More

  • What To Expect At The Crunchies This Year

    Is this your first trip with TechCrunch to the Davies? We give you everything you need to know about the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards.  Read More

  • Disrupt NY Battlefield Applications Are Now Open

    Disrupt NY Battlefield Applications Are Now Open

    Holed up in your apartment for #Blizzard2015? Already whipped your roommate in Settlers? Binge-watching your favorite show isn’t cutting it? Well, friends, it sounds like a perfect time to get going on your application for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY. Read More

  • Meet The Hardware Battlefield 2015

    Meet The Hardware Battlefield 2015

    Today, we are tickled to introduce the Hardware Battlefield 2015 participants. The 14 startups represent what we at TechCrunch feel are the most interesting, most promising early stage hardware companies being built. Whether drones, connected homes, robots or 3D printing are your fancy, we’ve got you covered with this batch. Over the past month these companies have been working tirelessly… Read More

  • AdmitHub Launches AboutAdmissions To Make College Counseling Available To All

    AdmitHub Launches AboutAdmissions To Make College Counseling Available To All

    Today, AdmitHub launched AboutAdmissions, a free, Reddit-style Q&A forum for students and parents to post questions and receive answers about the college admissions process. Every year in the U.S., almost 2 million students apply to college. The application process itself is a complicated dance of school selection strategy (What is a safety school that I know I’ll get into and what is… Read More

  • Disease Diagnostic Group Can Diagnose Malaria In A Second

    Disease Diagnostic Group Can Diagnose Malaria In A Second

    Malaria, a disease rarely found in the US, is a global epidemic, with 219 million cases reported by the CDC in 2010. Caused by a parasite and spread from person to person via mosquito, the disease easily go undetected in its early stages with symptoms that mirror those of the flu. Early detection of Malaria is critical to treatment but is done too infrequently or too late, usually due to… Read More

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