• Lumier Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Lumier Adds A New Coat Of Paint To Windows

    If you’re looking to give Windows a facelift with some interesting UI tweaks, you may be interested in Lumier, a new startup that just presented at TechCrunch Disrupt. The company quietly raised a seed round from some top-tier angels like SV Angel and Founders Fund without sharing much about its future plans — now we have a better idea of what they do. Founder Cullen Dudas, who… Read More

  • Foretuit Sales Software Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Foretuit Tracks And Maps Sales Operations For Organizations

    Tracking the success and productivity for sales reps can be a challenge for any organization. Foretuit, which launches today at TechCrunch Disrupt, maps sales employees’ business behavior and determines patterns in order to provide predictive outcomes for sales operations. Foretuit says that the sales process is inefficient because of compliance (sales reps don’t actually put data… Read More

  • ThriftDB Startup Battlefield Presentation

    ThriftDB Wants To Be The Amazon Web Services Of Search

    TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington recently wrote a post praising the fighting spirit of a little startup called Octopart. The New York City-based startup is a search engine for electronic parts that enables users to find esoteric doodads and doohickeys through categorical or keyword searches. Once you’ve found your item, Octopart shows you which distributors sell the part and provides… Read More

  • CcLoop Email Management Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Can ccLoop Rid Us Of Our Collective Email Woes?

    Launching in public beta today at Disrupt is ccLoop, a previously stealth startup founded by serial entrepreneur Michael Wolfe that aims to tackle one of the biggest problems with modern communication: the disaster that is email. We heard the company had raised $3.5 million from Benchmark Capital, SV Angel and other investors earlier this year, but not how they were planning to solve that… Read More

  • Sneak Peeq Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Startup Battlefield At Disrupt: Day One, Session Three

    Round three from day one focused on “Disrupting Commerce.” These are companies that hope to displace giants like Amazon, eBay, and so on. Not exactly easy prey, but these guys think they’ve got a unique take on shopping and money management. The companies in this batch are SneakPeeq, StyleSeat, Spenz, and BillGuard. Plus, a wild startup alley company appears! Happy Toy Machine… Read More

  • Thinkfuse Status Report Management Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Thinkfuse, Unhappy With The Current Status Of Status Reports, Sets Out To Fix It

    Launching today at the Disrupt conference, Thinkfuse is all about TPS status reports, more specifically making it easier to share and manage weekly status reports in order to assist organizations in achieving their goals. Thinkfuse is armed with $500,000 in seed funding from Founders Coop, Ali & Hadi Partovi, Scott Banister, SV Angel, Todd Warren, Emil Michael, Travis Bogard and other… Read More

  • Getaround Car Sharing Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Getaround, The Airbnb For Cars, Finally Launches

    In the collaborative consumption space with startups like AirBnb and TaskRabbit, Getaround is a car rental market place where you can rent a car by the day, hour or week through a smartphone app. Getaround’s all inclusive package, which includes insurance, 24 hour roadside assistance, a Getaround car-kit, iPhone app and a web app makes it easy for people to conveniently car share any where. Read More

  • Spoton Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Startup Battlefield At Disrupt: Day One, Session Two

    The second round of presentations from our Startup Battlefield is here for you to enjoy, in case you missed them yesterday. This round focused on “Disrupting Location, Location, Location.” To be honest, we expected more Foursquare clones, but were disappointed, if that’s the right word. The companies in this round were SpotOn, Karizma, Sonar, Arrived, and Churn Labs’… Read More

  • Roelof Botha on Sequoia Capital's Investments

    Sequoia's Roelof Botha: R.I.P. Good Times Was No Mistake (And Yes, They Do Read Their Email)

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, Sequoia Capital partner Roelof Botha took the stage for an interview with Michael Arrington, where they discussed everything from startup valuations to Sequoia’s biggest misses. Early on in the conversation, Arrington asked Botha if Sequoia partners have a lot of internal pressure to perform, or if the firm is patient with investments. Botha says that the… Read More

  • MotherKnows Health Record Startup Battlefield Presentation

    MotherKnows Lets Parents View Their Children's Medical Records Anytime, Anywhere

    Parents worry about their kids. It’s what they do. Sometimes with reason, sometimes not. But now, thanks to MotherKnows, parents will be able to verify whether there is medical justification for their worrying. The California-based startup has created a full-service platform, available on mobile and the Web, that is designed specifically to allow parents to have 24-hour access their… Read More

  • Avado Startup Battlefield Presentation at Disrupt NY 2011

    Avado Aims To Be The Salesforce.com Of Personal Health Records

    Healthcare is expensive, and it’s increasingly suffering from overinflation. It seems that, while what we pay for consumer goods has tended to increase at a normal rate, healthcare costs have sky-rocketed in comparison. Quite a few startups have popped up of late that are attempting to bring disruptive vision to healthcare costs in the U.S., like the National Surgery Network, a sort… Read More

  • SHL Telemedicine Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Smartheart Turns Your Mobile Phone Into A Heart Monitor

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. As this is the case, there are many of us in the U.S. — and across the globe — who have had heart disease or cardiac illnesses affect our lives in many unpleasant ways. Today, thanks to advances in modern technology, we are beginning to see services… Read More

  • Desmos Education Software Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Build And Share Rich Educational Content With Desmos

    From kindergarten through college, today classrooms are more wired than ever before. Touchscreen devices and next generation projectors are becoming the norm, WiFi proliferates, and seemingly every other student has more facility with a laptop than I do. Next, it will be tablets. Of course, while technology continues to press forward in opening educational doors, each piece of hardware… Read More

  • Read Bing Gordon's Poem About TechCrunch Disrupt

    Aside from being a partner at Kaulfield Perkins and Byers, Bing Gordon writes poetry. When our very own Mike Arrington asked him to write one up on the fly about 45 minutes before he went on stage. This is what he came up with (disclosure: it’s pretty good). “Chris Dixon apparently has a hunch
    That it’s only Internet news if it’s in TechCrunch –
    And you can… Read More

  • PCH International Launches Business Accelerator Program; Lark Named First Startup

    PCH International Launches Business Accelerator Program; Lark Named First Startup

    PCH International is one of those quirky, successful mid-size companies you’ve probably never heard of. For starters, PCH is a Chinese manufacturing company named after a California highway that has headquarters located in Ireland. If you have a lot of gadgets lying around, you’ve probably used one and you may not even know it. PCH designs and produces electronics and gadgets… Read More

  • Kevin Systrom on Instagram's Growth Prospects

    Instagram Surpasses 4.25M Registered Users, Is Now Posting 10 Photos A Second

    Here at TechCrunch Disrupt Kevin Systrom has just announced a new milestone for photo service instagram, at 10 photos per second, up 6 photos per second a couple of months ago. “That growth we saw last month was really large, until we saw today,” said Systrom. When asked whether David Karp had any advice for Kevin, “Kevin seems to be a few steps ahead of me.” Read More

  • Bing Gordon on Investing in Zynga

    Bing Gordon: The Zynga/Facebook Credits Battle Was The Cuban Missile Crisis Of Tech

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, gaming industry vet and KPCB partner Bing Gordon took the stage with our own Michael Arrington for a special fireside chat that covered a broad range of topics, including Gordon’s investment strategy and ngmoco, which was his first exit as a Partner. And the conversation got particularly interesting when it steered toward a company that’s very near… Read More

  • Lark Startup Battlefield Demo at Disrupt SF 2010

    Lark's Silent Alarm And Sleep Monitoring System Lands At Apple Retail Stores

    Lark, a silent waking system that wakes you silently and naturally, is announcing big news today. After launching at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco last Fall, the company is announcing the public availability of its product and a retail deal with Apple stores in North America. Lark’s system involves an iPhone app and a small band that you wear across your wrist while sleeping. You… Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher on His Media and Tech Investments

    What Investor Ashton Kutcher Looks For In Tech Companies

    What many people do not know about actor and angel investor Ashton Kutcher is that he’s been interested in science and technology from a young age, starting out at the University of Iowa as a biomedical engineer. That obviously didn’t work out and he went the “Dude Where’s My Car” route until years later he launched Blah Girls at TechCrunch 50, which did not work… Read More

  • Facebook Ad Sales Chief: There Are 50 Million Likes Per Day For Pages

    Facebook Ad Sales Chief: There Are 50 Million Likes Per Day For Pages

    Today, TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld sat down with Moat’s Mike Walrath, Facebook’s ad chief Carolyn Everson, Medialets’ Eric Litman and RadiumOne’s Gurbaksh Chahal to address the disruptions in display advertising on social and mobile platforms. On the panel, Everson revealed some interesting information about where advertising on Facebook is heading… Read More