Disrupt

  • Fly Or Die: Premature Opinions On Windows 8? We Got ‘Em Here!

    Fly Or Die: Premature Opinions On Windows 8? We Got ‘Em Here!

    Erick and I did a quick Fly or Die on the Windows 8 pre-release tablet they sent along with us from Build this year and we were split right down blue (screen of death) state/grey (screen of death) lines. I found the pre-release to be lacking and buggy (I’m not alone) but I know the future when I see it. Like it or not, this is the next Windows 8 and, as I noted, this is a… Read More

  • Remind101's Brad Kopf on the Imagine K12 Program

    Remind101 Is A Private Twitter For Teachers

    Ten companies from the Imagine K12 incubator in Palo Alto pitched their wares onstage this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt. In order to participate in the three-month Imagine K12 program, which runs out of the AOL offices, a startup has to have an education bent but otherwise can focus on any product. When I asked Imagine K12 participant Brett Kopf why start an incubator focused solely on… Read More

  • McClure’s Five “Million Dollar Points” For Startup Valuaton

    McClure’s Five “Million Dollar Points” For Startup Valuaton

    Today during TechCrunch Disrupt, Michael Arrington led a discussion between a panel of angel investors. There was a ton of good content, but one thing that sticks out as particularly interesting is the way 500 Startups’ Dave McClure thinks about valuations. He has what he calls “million dollar points” — and there are five of them. McClure brought them up when a… Read More

  • Kevin O’Connor To Entrepreneurs: Don’t Be Afraid To ‘Throw A Turd In The Punch Bowl’

    Kevin O’Connor To Entrepreneurs: Don’t Be Afraid To ‘Throw A Turd In The Punch Bowl’

    On stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, Kevin O’Connor, the former Co-founder of DoubleClick and current Founder and CEO of FindTheBest, offered some pointed advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. Having co-founded DoubleClick, which was acquired by Google in 2007 for over $3 billion, O’Connor said that a lot of people think he has more money — and perhaps more… Read More

  • Is Facebook Copying Google+ And Twitter? VP Of Engineering, Mike Schroepfer, Responds

    Is Facebook Copying Google+ And Twitter? VP Of Engineering, Mike Schroepfer, Responds

    Mike Schroepfer, Vice President of Engineering at Facebook, spoke with Jason Kincaid at this morning’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference. The topic of the conversation focused on many of Facebook’s newest features, including the recently launched Friend Lists and “Subscribe” option, which lets users follow others’ public updates in a model very similar to Twitter… Read More

  • BookLikes.com Attempts To Out-Suggest Amazon

    BookLikes.com Attempts To Out-Suggest Amazon

    One of the exhibitors at TC Disrupt was BookLikes.com, a Polish start-up dedicated to letting you know which book you should read next – among other things. The site is essentially a bookstore melded with a recommendation engine melded with a social network. It allows you to follow your friends reading lists, prepare reading groups, and see what you should read next based on your… Read More

  • Votizen Launches “Virtual Precinct Walk” For San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Election

    Votizen Launches “Virtual Precinct Walk” For San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Election

    Votizen, a new platform for connecting registered voters with elected officials, is launching the first-ever “virtual” precinct walk today, starting with San Franciscans for Jobs and Good Government, a committee supporting Ed Lee for Mayor of San Francisco. This virtual precinct walk is a modern update on traditional door-to-door campaigning, where previously… Read More

  • Most Of The Page Views On Facebook Contain Social Ad Formats

    Most Of The Page Views On Facebook Contain Social Ad Formats

    At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco today, TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld took the stage to chat with Facebook’s Product Director for Ads at Facebook Gokul Rajaram about the social network’s advertising operations. For background, Rajaram was known as the “Godfather of Google Adsense,” and joined Facebook last year through the acquisition of his company Chai… Read More

  • John Doerr On Apple: “The Steve Jobs Way Of Thinking Goes On”

    John Doerr On Apple: “The Steve Jobs Way Of Thinking Goes On”

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, Michael Arrington sat down with Kleiner Perkins’ partner John Doerr. They kicked off the talk by discussing Doerr’s history. When he started at Kleiner in 1980, the personal computer revolution was just starting. Doerr noted that he dabbled with many of the early PCs, but “the Apple was way more compelling”. Doerr recalled going to an… Read More

  • Watch TC Disrupt SF 2011 Live Day 3

    The third and final day of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011 has started this morning and you can watch live here. Over the past two days, 31 startups have battled in front of the judges and an audience of thousands to vie for the Disrupt Cup and $50,000. The final seven were chosen this morning for the semifinals and tune in to see who the winner is later today! Read More

  • The 2011 Disrupt SF Battlefield Final Round Companies

    The 2011 Disrupt SF Battlefield Final Round Companies

    We are two days into Disrupt SF, and 31 startups have battled in front of the judges and an audience of thousands to vie for the Disrupt Cup and $50,000. The caliber of the startups across the board was so strong that seven of them are advancing to the final round. After tallying up the judges scores and conferring with the TechCrunch writing staff, Heather Harde and I have selected the… Read More

  • Turntable.Fm Co-Founders at Disrupt SF 2011

    Billy Chasen And Seth Goldstein: Turntable.fm Was Less Of A Pivot And More Of A Restart

    Turntable.fm founders Seth Goldstein and Billy Chasen sat down with TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch Disrupt to talk about the rise of Turntable.fm from the ashes of Stickybits, among other things. “It was less of a pivot and more of a restart,” Chasen said, on why he decided to dump the team’s original intent of making random barcode scanning an… Read More

  • Kevin Systrom on Instagram's Expansion Strategy

    How Instagram Has Stayed Nimble As They Approach 10 Million Users

    Earlier today at TechCrunch Disrupt, Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom was on a panel with Eric Ries and Scott Cook talking about Ries’ “Lean Startup” concept. In many ways, Instagram can now be viewed as perhaps the poster child of running lean — they have just six employees and they’re just shy of 10 million users. But it’s about more than just… Read More

  • CardFlick Hopes You’ll Never Use Paper Business Cards Again

    CardFlick Hopes You’ll Never Use Paper Business Cards Again

    Today’s TechCrunch Disrupt audience choice winner was digital business card sharing app CardFlick, a recently launched iPhone app that allows you to trade contact info either with other people who have downloaded the app or via email. Founder Ketan Anjaria tells me that what sets the app apart from competitor Bump is that it goes beyond data exchange, “We’re about… Read More

  • Rentlord Launches A Socially Connected Market To Let Landlords And Tenants Manage Their Rent

    Rentlord Launches A Socially Connected Market To Let Landlords And Tenants Manage Their Rent

    You know what’s not that fun? Apartment searches. Also landlords. Luckily, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt is Rentlord, a social platform that allows landlords and lessees to painlessly create and manage their rent, leases, contracts, and much more. Rentlord boasts a socially-connected market that lets users find homes and apartments based on a trust gradient enabled by… Read More

  • GoInstant Is Browser Sharing With No Downloads

    GoInstant Is Browser Sharing With No Downloads

    Vanguard browser collaboration technology Go Instant launches in private beta today at TechCrunch Disrupt, for the first time allowing people to surf the web with each other without having to download an extra plugin or software. Whether you are on a Mac, PC or a mobile device like iOS, Android, Blackberry or other web browsing device, Go Instant lets users who want to collaborate with each… Read More

  • PlaySay Uses Facebook To Help You Learn A Language

    PlaySay Uses Facebook To Help You Learn A Language

    Launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt, PlaySay is a Facebook app that takes advantage of the social graph and the fact that most of us spend an inordinate amount of time on Facebook in order to help people learn a language. PlaySay uses images to represent the fundamental components of language learning, allowing basic language learners to build or deconstruct Facebook status updates word by… Read More

  • ReadMill’s Disrupt Encounter Makes Them Launch Early

    ReadMill’s Disrupt Encounter Makes Them Launch Early

    ReadMIll, a young Berlin-based startup subjected themselves to a withering interrogation by YCombinator founder Paul Graham at yesterday’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference ni an on-sage Office Hours session. They haven’t launched yet, and Graham repeatedly told them should launch now – “Why wait?” he said. Indeed, why wait. So today ReadMill has taken that advice… Read More

  • Vocre Lets You Instantly Converse In Foreign Languages

    Vocre Lets You Instantly Converse In Foreign Languages

    It’s almost magical how Vocre works, speak into the app while the phone is vertical and it translates it directly, while the phone is horizontal. All users need to do is give the language and the gender of the person they’re talking to, and the app does the rest. Vocre views its competitive landscape as Google Translate and JibbGo, holding that what it does differently is focus… Read More

  • Meexo: Bringing Game-ified Dating To Your Smartphone

    Meexo: Bringing Game-ified Dating To Your Smartphone

    If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it one thousand times. Online dating has grown into big business, but it’s still pretty creepy. There are a lot of startups out there trying to do it better, trying to innovate and iterate, but given the very nature of the beast, it’s a tough obstacle to tackle. Meexo, a startup launching this afternoon at TechCrunch Disrupt is trying… Read More