Disrupt

  • This Brammo Enertia Electric Motorcyle Was Just Spontaneously Given Away At Disrupt

    Enamored of the shiny orange Brammo Enertia electric motorcyle adorning the stage during the latest presentations here at Disrupt NYC, Michael Arrington decided that it should be given away. Never mind that it wasn’t ours to give, and that we were already significantly over time. Once the idea took hold of his mind, he was not to be dissuaded, and after a short talk with Brammo CEO… Read More

  • Betaworks CEO John Borthwick on Twitdeck's Possible Acquisition

    Borthwick: Paying Attention in the iPad Era

    With today’s announcement by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo of the Tweetdeck acquisition, the shape of the next layer of micro messaging begins to come into focus. What BetaWorks CEO and co-founder John Borthwick was calling hypothetical yesterday when we talked backstage at TechCrunch Disrupt is now a fait accompli, if it wasn’t already so then. He described how Betaworks was at… Read More

  • Kima, Morin And Brichter-Backed Sparrow 1.2 Is The World's First Social Email Client

    In four months simple Mac mail client Sparrow has been downloaded over 300K times, has raised $250K in funding from luminaries like Dave Morin and from Tweetie creator Loren Brichter. “We’re not adding social layers mail for the sake of it,” says CEO Dom Leca. The basic idea is pulling contextual information from your social network that is relevant to the users, and Leca… Read More

  • Rabois: There's A 95 Percent Chance Square Will Do Better Than PayPal Financially

    Square COO and angel investor Keith Rabois took the stage today with Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt to discuss the mobile payments product, his investment strategy and more. As you may know, Square just launched a new version of its disruptive mobile payments platform this week. The company also reached some important milestones—500,000 card readers shipped, one million… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: White iPad 2 and Nook Color #TCDisrupt

    We are live in New York for the last day of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC. We have heard from amazing speakers, seen some unbelievable startups, and have given away many prizes. Since we know many of you were not able to attend, we wanted to do something nice for our readers and viewers at home. Thanks to DailySteals.com, we have one white iPad 2 and one Nook Color to give away. The lucky winner of… Read More

  • Disrupting Publishing - from Links to Tablets

    'The Daily' Is About To Hit A Million Downloads

    At the “Disrupting Publishing from Tablets to Links” panel at TechCrunch Disrupt, ‘The Daily’ Publisher Greg Clayman revealed an interesting milestone about Rupert Murdoch’s foray into tablet publishing. When asked by editor Erick Schonfeld whether or not the iPad app was doing well, Clayman revealed that it has been downloaded close to a million times, in the… Read More

  • With 3.5 Billion Page Views A Month, CloudFlare's Speed And Security Hit Your Apps

    Speed and security are essential for the success of any website, so a free service that supercharges your site and pr Speed and security are essential for the success of any website, so a free service that supercharges your site and protects it from those many web-born threats? Priceless. This is why CloudFlare was a runner-up at Disrupt SF last year, because it is attempting to bring speedy… Read More

  • Airbnb About To Launch Sublets As Service Is Exploding With Activity

    Today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky had some news to share on stage when talking to our own Erick Schonfeld. Apparently, Airbnb will be launching a new option, sublets, in the next few days. Chesky didn’t dive into many details, but people will now be able to lease out their apartments for longer periods of time on the site (around 30 days). Read More

  • Uber CEO: I Think I've Got 20,000 Years Of Jail Time In Front Of Me

    Today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky took the stage with our own Erick Schonfeld to talk about the disruption they’re offering up in their markets. Notably, both have products that are so disruptive that they have legal challenges from not just other companies, but governments (on the city and state… Read More

  • Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company

    Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company

    Today, at TechCrunch Disrupt, editor Erick Schonfeld took the stage to interview Alex Rampell, TrialPay; Stephanie Tilenius, VP of Google Commerce and Payments, and Lewis Gersh, Metamorphic Partners; addressing online to offline mobile commerce. The panel was particularly interesting considering Google’s reported announcement regarding its near field communications and mobile… Read More

  • The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank

    The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank

    Any seasoned investor knows that past performance is not indicative of future returns. That is as true with public stocks as it is with venture capital firms. But if someone were to ask you to rank the top VC firms today based on their probability of success, how would you do it? Remember, looking at past returns won’t help you. Chris Farmer, a VC at General Catalyst Partners, has come… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt, Day 3, Livestreaming For You Right Here, Right Now

    TechCrunch Disrupt, Day 3, Livestreaming For You Right Here, Right Now

    Hey, we’d love to hit 3 billion views today, too. It’s the third day of TechCrunch Disrupt, and it just keeps getting better and better. Tune into the event live after the proverbial jump – you can check the agenda for the day right here. You can also follow along by tracking the #TCDisrupt hashtag on Twitter. Read More

  • David Karp on Tumbler's Directory Launch

    Tumblr Revamps 'Directory' To Better Surface Great Content (Video)

    Exclusive - In a conversation with TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid after his panel on scaling fast-growing Internet businesses, Tumblr CEO David Karp talks not only about his lazy dog but also some new product developments that should be going live right about now. In short, Tumblr has given Directory, where people looking for great content on the network have had the chance to find their fix… Read More

  • Ron Conway: 'New York Tech Is Here To Stay'

    Today, at Disrupt NYC, CEO & Co-founder of Hunch Chris Dixon, Ron Conway of SV Angel, CEO of Betaworks John Borthwick, Managing Partner of High Line Ventures Shana Fisher , and former CEO of The Huffington Post Eric Hippeau took to the stage to discuss the current entrepreneurial landscape in New York and how it’s changed in recent years. Read More

  • Introducing Your TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield Finalists

    Thirty new startups have battled it out in front of a live audience and judges over two days at TechCrunch Disrupt: New York. Tomorrow at 3:30 EST six of those startups will show their stuff again in front of a new set of judges. One of them will take home the Disrupt Cup and $50,000 in cash. These are the finalists, in alphabetical order, based on judges’ scoring: Read More

  • Hackathon Hacker Builds Working iPhone-based Torrent Streamer

    Carnegie Mellon student and a future Google intern Sohail Prasad built a working torrent streamer at this weekend’s TC Hackaton and demoed it to us today after tweaking a few things. The product will be available soon at Nowstrea.am and Sohail is trying to figure out a more, shall we say “legal,” use case for the product. Read More

  • Video: Check Out BlaBlabLabs' 3D Body Scanner/Printer At TC Disrupt

    BlablabLab and 3D Systems (along with some help from Sonos) set up an amazing exhibit at Techcrunch Disrupt. Essentially, it’s a 3D scanner/printer that grabs a 3D copy of your body and then prints it out into a 3-inch high figurine. It is, in short, magical. Read More

  • CodeGuard Is A Simple Time Machine For Your Website

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York, the winner of the audience award was CodeGuard. The idea can be summed up simply: “We are a time machine for your website,” notes their founders. Essentially, they allow you to automatically and simply backup your FTP data so that if you need to revert your website to some earlier version. CodeGuard does this by taking a snapshot of your… Read More

  • Tracks Is Sort Of Like Color For Normal People

    Of all the things written about the heavily funded Color, there is no denying that it’s confusing to a lot of people, at least at first. Updates have helped this a bit, but the app relies so much on technology in the background, that it almost seems as if you’re doing something wrong when you’re using it. Tracks, a new app launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York… Read More

  • Kohort Is Group Management Done Simple, Yet Robust

    Groups are all the rage right now. Facebook is focusing on them. Google is thought to be focusing on them. GroupMe, Beluga, etc. The fact that so many companies are focusing on them shows a common belief that they’re extremely important. Kohort, a new service launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York, believes this as well. They just believe that everyone else has failed at them… Read More