Sam O'Keefe

Sam is currently the Battlefield Editor at TechCrunch.

Previously, Sam directed the #HACKcelerator with AngelHack and ran their Global Sales/Partnerships team.

She is also a member of the executive team at Minds Matter San Francisco and is involved with Trudev, a social enterprise focused on water/sanitation in developing countries.

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  • 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

  • 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 Seconds

    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

  • Introducing The 14 Companies Participating In Disrupt London: Startup Battlefield

    Introducing The 14 Companies Participating In Disrupt London: Startup Battlefield

    We’re thrilled to introduce the impressive group of companies participating in this year’s Startup Battlefield. The Battlefield serves to showcase the best and most promising early-stage startups in the industry, and this batch does not disappoint. We’ve got something for everyone, from medical diagnostics, enterprise mobile tools and social curation to fintech and gaming. Read More

  • Meet The Disrupt Europe: London Hackathon Judges

    Meet The Disrupt Europe: London Hackathon Judges

    The Disrupt Europe Hackathon kicks off this weekend at Old Billingsgate in London! Coders and designers will have precious few hours to hack a project together before presenting to our illustrious group of judges. And just who are these judges you may ask? From developer geek to investor chic, these judges are ready for anything, and don’t think they’ll be holding back. Read More

  • Get Your Disrupt Europe Hackathon Tickets Now #hackdisrupt

    Get Your Disrupt Europe Hackathon Tickets Now #hackdisrupt

    Blimey! It’s happening already. TechCrunch’s Disrupt Europe Hackathon will be in London in just over a week! Get your tickets now! In case you’re in need of a refresher, our weekend long event kicks off on Saturday, October 18th at 12:30pm. On Sunday after just over 20 hours of building, teams will have 60 seconds to present their projects to our panel of judges. Teams that… Read More

  • PathSource Goes Mobile, Connecting Careers With Youth On The Go

    PathSource Goes Mobile, Connecting Careers With Youth On The Go

    Today, PathSource is launching a Kickstarter to connect students and careers on mobile. PathSource is aimed at giving students direct access to information about professional opportunities that are available to them based on their skills, interests and background. You may remember the company from last year when it launched a web application aimed at K12 students along the same lines. Read More

  • Hey, Hackers! Register Now For The Disrupt Europe Hackathon In London

    Hey, Hackers! Register Now For The Disrupt Europe Hackathon In London

    For the second year in a row, TechCrunch is jumping across the pond and bringing the iconic Disrupt Hackathon to Europe. We’re heading your way, London! Read More

  • Meet Black Girls Code, The 2014 TechCrunch Include Grant Recipient

    Meet Black Girls Code, The 2014 TechCrunch Include Grant Recipient

    TechCrunch is excited to announce Black Girls Code as the recipient of the first TechCrunch Include Grant of $50,000. The mission of Black Girls Code aligns perfectly with the founding goals of the Include Grant by aiming to increase participation of women and girls of color in technology and computer science by facilitating early involvement in the field, moving them from being consumers… Read More

  • Introducing The Disrupt SF 2014 Startup Battlefield

    Introducing The Disrupt SF 2014 Startup Battlefield

    We’re excited to introduce you to a remarkable group of companies participating in this year’s Startup Battlefield. The Battlefield serves to showcase the best and most promising early-stage startups in the industry, and this batch does not disappoint. We’ve got a little something for everyone, from connected devices, enterprise software and medical diagnostics to virtual… Read More

  • The Road To Disrupt: The Final Steps

    The Road To Disrupt: The Final Steps

    In the final videos of the Road To Disrupt series, all of the Startup Battlefield teams from Disrupt SF 2013 find out the results of the competition. This is it for the 30 startups involved with Startup Battlefield. It’s all on the line and the companies are about to see who will take home $50,000 and the Disrupt Cup. Read More

  • The Road To Disrupt: Bitcovery And Hammer & Chisel

    On this week’s Road To Disrupt, we’re back with Bitcovery and Hammer & Chisel and revisit their on-stage Startup Battlefield presentation at Disrupt SF 2013. Read More

  • Cocktails, Wireless Power And The Giant Disrupt Battlefield Stage

    Cocktails, Wireless Power And The Giant Disrupt Battlefield Stage

    Presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield is always an adventure, even with months of preparation. From last-minute hardware issues to the occasional tear, you never know what can happen when you combine cocktails, wireless power and a massive audience. Read More

  • Ansa Presents Their Messaging App | Road to Disrupt S1:E11

    The Road To Disrupt: A Look At Ansa, The Off-The-Record Messaging App

    On this week’s installment of the Road To Disrupt video series, we meet our final Startup Battlefield company, Ansa. Built for more utility that that other ephemeral messaging service, Ansa enables users to to have more control over their text, voice, photo and video communications. Ansa‘s founder Natalie Bryla designed the product to function the same way people already… Read More

  • Bitcovery's New Way to Share Digital Collections | Road to Disrupt

    Inside Bitcovery, The App For Finding Your Next Favorite Book, Movie, Or Album

    With the digitization of books, music and movies, there is no doubt that content discovery has changed. The days of browsing your friends’ bookshelves or leafing through CDs has passed. Yet, the iTunes store and other hosts of digital content have done little to support bringing social discovery into the digital age. This is exactly the experience that Bitcovery founder Raj Lalwani and… Read More

  • Hammer & Chisel Breaking the Mold in Tablet Gaming | Road to Disrupt

    Dive Into Fates Forever, Startup Battlefield’s First MOBA Game

    When Jason Citron launched Fates Forever in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield, it was impressive but many would say they weren’t surprised. Gamers have undoubtably heard of Jason’s previous success, OpenFeint, one of the first and most significant social platforms for mobile games on iOS and Android. Basically the Xbox live for the iPhone. Not bad for a 24-year-old. Read More

  • ClassWallet Is Bringing Classroom Money Management To A School Near You

    ClassWallet Is Bringing Classroom Money Management To A School Near You

    When it comes to keeping track of money for classroom expenses, collecting cash for field trips is just the tip of the iceberg. There are several common issues that every teacher faces when it comes to money, or lack of money, in the classroom. And most stem from how it’s managed. Today, ClassWallet is launching out of private beta to offer up a better way for teachers to collect… Read More

  • Monsieur the Robotic Bartender in a Box | Road to Disrupt

    How Monsieur Shook Up Disrupt SF With Its Bartending Robot

    And we’re back with episode two of our Road To Disrupt video series, which shows the good, the bad, and the ugly moments startups go through when competing in the Disrupt Battlefield competition. After enduring a few too many run-ins with the slow service at Applebee’s, the founders of Monsieur set out to shake up the bartending industry. In case you missed our coverage of the… Read More