Disrupt

  • 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

  • Disrupt Finalist Boomerang Commerce Raises $8.5M Series A Round For Its Price Optimization Service

    Disrupt Finalist Boomerang Commerce Raises $8.5M Series A Round For Its Price Optimization Service

    Boomerang Commerce, one of our six finalists at the latest Disrupt in New York, today announced that it has raised an $8.5 million Series A round. The round was led by Madrona Venture Group and Trinity Ventures. Both investors will also take seats on the company’s board. The company helps large e-commerce retailers set their prices based on comparing their prices with competitors and… Read More

  • It’s Hardware Alley Time!

    It’s Hardware Alley Time!

    It’s Hardware Alleyin’ time and we want to see you in San Francisco for Disrupt SF 2014, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great funders and VCs, and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware… Read More

  • The Road to Disrupt Preview

    Announcing ‘The Road To Disrupt’ Video Series

    Three times per year, TechCrunch activity converges in a flurry around the Disrupt conference for a few jam-packed days showing off the best and brightest in tech. The mornings at Disrupt are filled with sit-down interviews with some of the tech industry’s biggest established minds as well as its rising stars. And every afternoon, the Startup Battlefield gives the audience a glimpse into… Read More

  • Hardware Hackers: I Want To See Your Battlefield Applications

    Hardware Hackers: I Want To See Your Battlefield Applications

    The past few Disrupts have been amazing for fans of hardware. From Lock8 to Monsieur, we’ve had some amazing startups appearing on stage alongside the software makers of the world and it’s clear that hardware is where it’s at. That’s why I need you to submit your hardware project to Disrupt. It’s a great platform, a great way to grab attention, and a great way… Read More

  • Hardware Hackers: I Want To See Your Battlefield Applications

    Hardware Hackers: I Want To See Your Battlefield Applications

    The past few Disrupts have been amazing for fans of hardware. From Lock8 to Monsieur, we’ve had some amazing startups appearing on stage alongside the software makers of the world and it’s clear that hardware is where it’s at. That’s why I need you to submit your hardware project to Disrupt. It’s a great platform, a great way to grab attention, and a great way… Read More

  • Are Tech Companies Overvalued? | TC Disrupt NY 2014

    Are Tech Companies Overvalued? Top Investors Think So

    Is Winter coming? It’s already here, according to VCs like Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and John Lilly of Greylock. We asked some of the world’s most respected tech investors about “the bubble” at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. The consensus? Public tech company valuations soared too close to the sun, and the correction is now dragging down fundraising and IPO potential… Read More

  • Say What? The Quotable Disrupt NY

    All The Important Stuff From TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    So what happened at Disrupt NY? With 25 panels, 27 startup demos, and a hackathon, TechCrunch’s annual gathering in New York produced plenty of news, insight, and controversy. Even if you were there in person it was a lot to process, so we’ve compiled a cliff notes for the conference. Read More

  • Hardware Alley | TC Disrupt NY 2014

    A Random Walk Down Hardware Alley

    I’ve been in a lot of alleys and my favorite one is Hardware Alley. Every year at TechCrunch Disrupt I get to invite a few dozen hardware companies to show off their wares on our show floor. Every year we also get a chance to walk through the alley for a meet and greet where we get to see drones, security systems, and wireless bangles. Read More

  • Why I Go To Disrupt

    Why I Go To Disrupt

    It’s never good for someone inside an organization to defend its actions to the outside. It smacks of self-serving and one-sided debate, and, as the Bard wrote, “the lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Be here I go protesting too much. Read More

  • Vurb at the Disrupt NY 2014 Startup Battlefield Finals

    And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 Is… Vurb

    It’s been a long, tough road, but it’s finally time to crown the winner of the Disrupt Battlefield. This year’s batch was truly awesome. Twenty-seven startups took the stage to present. The six finalists were Boomerang Commerce, ISI Technology, Mimi, Mink, ShowKit, and Vurb. It was an amazing batch with multiple hardware startups, innovative business models and good… Read More

  • Watch The Disrupt NY Day 3 Live Stream Here!

    Watch The Disrupt NY Day 3 Live Stream Here!

    This is the beginning of the end. Day 3 of TechCrunch Disrupt NY has officially begun, and we’ve saved some of the best for last. We’ll be hearing from Skype founder and Atomico partner Niklas Zennstrom, Whisper’s Michael Heyward and investor Roloef Botha, and Sophia Amoruso from Nasty Gal. Oh, and Marissa Mayer will be here, too. Read More

  • AirHelp Gets You Compensation for Airline Screwups

    AirHelp Lets You Claim Money For Messed Up Flights

    Airline websites are terrible. It’s hard to book flights, so imagine how hard it must be to claim compensation for delayed, canceled or overbooked flights. Meet AirHelp, the startup that will save you all the hassle and claim money for you. Today at Disrupt NY, the company unveiled a major new feature, making the claiming process much easier. “Before today, you had to go to our… Read More

  • DocSend Gives You Analytics for Documents

    DocSend Is The Analytics Tool For Documents We’ve All Been Waiting For

    Meet DocSend, a comprehensive toolbox for your documents. It doesn’t sound sexy, but it could rapidly become a major part of your workflow. A startup successfully raised $20 million by taking advantage of DocSend’s data — it’s that powerful. The company is launching today at Disrupt NY. “When you send a document to someone, you always wonder: did they look at it… Read More

  • ShowKit Brings Mayday-Style Customer Support To Any App

    ShowKit Brings Mayday-Style Customer Support To Any App

    When Amazon launched MayDay on the Fire tablet, thousands of sons-in-law breathed a sigh of relief. The same should be true today, as ShowKit launches out of private beta on the Disrupt Stage. The company offers an SDK that lets any app developer include a Mayday customer service button to their app. Read More

  • Evercam Makes It Easy To Integrate Cameras Into Any Project

    Evercam Makes It Easy To Integrate Cameras Into Any Project

    Programmers don’t like to leave the confines of their offices. Therefore, access to closed-circuit cameras would be a great addition to any programmer’s arsenal, at least to see if the pizza guy is outside. From this problem was born Evercam. The system works in three ways. You can connect your IP camera to the system to add “apps” to your stream. For example, you can… Read More

  • Roadie Keeps Your Guitar In Tune and More

    Audience Choice Winner Roadie Automagically Tunes Your Guitar

    Roadie is a nifty little robotic device. It’s a small box that you put on your guitar’s machine heads. You connect it to your phone and it automatically tunes your guitar, all by itself. Earlier today, the startup was selected as the audience choice in the Disrupt NY Battlefield. And it’s no surprise. Roadie is accurate, fast and easy — if you’re a musician, it… Read More

  • Hosain Rahman of Jawbone on the Value of UX Design and So Much More

    The Future Of Jawbone Could Be In Wearable Identity Tech

    Wearables so far have a pretty limited audience overall in terms of the global consumer market, but they could become a lot more integral to the lives of average people in the future. On stage at Disrupt NY today, Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman talked about what we might see in UP bands down the road, and there was a lot more than just activity tracking involved: worn tech knows you, he explained… Read More

  • Watch The Disrupt Live Stream Right Here!

    Watch The Disrupt Live Stream Right Here!

    TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 is officially underway, and the day could not be packed with more excitement. Not only do we have a Startup Alley filled to the brim with up-and-coming companies, but we will today be joined by Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures, Yancey Strickler from Kickstarter, Shane Smith from Vice Media, and Brendan Iribe from Oculus VR. And those are just but a few of the… Read More

  • Vrban | Disrupt NY 2014 Hackathon Winner

    Vrban Wins The Disrupt NY 2014 Hackathon Grand Prize, Indulge And MixTape Are Runners Up

    Yesterday, hundreds of hackers convened at the Manhattan Center for the Disrupt NY Hackathon. They have worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours. After a long night, they all took the stage to present a short and sweet one-minute demo to impress our judges and audience of talented hackers. Read More