Disrupt

  • The Truth About Why Path Turned Down A $100 Million Acquisition Offer From Google

    The Truth About Why Path Turned Down A $100 Million Acquisition Offer From Google

    So this is interesting. At TechCrunch Disrupt, Path’s co-founder Dave Morin sat down with our own Jason Kincaid to discuss Path’s strategy and growth. During the conversation, Kincaid asked Morin about that $100 million acquisition offer from Google that we reported previously. As our report goes, in early December Path had a signed term sheet with Kleiner Perkins and Index fpr a… Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher Teams With UberMedia To Launch A.plus, His Own Custom Twitter App

    Ashton Kutcher fans who can’t get enough of the star on Twitter are about to get some very good news. And the rest of you — even if you aren’t necessarily huge Ashton fans — will want to pay attention too. Mr. Kutcher, who will be interviewed by Charlie Rose at TechCrunch Disrupt tomorrow, is teaming with UberMedia to launch a customized, branded Twitter client… Read More

  • David Lee and Ron Conway Bust Entrepreneur Myths on Stage at Disrupt

    Entrepreneurs are inherently individuals, so rolling their experiences up into trends isn’t easy. That’s made worse because 95% of the returns come from 5% of the companies. So what everyone does, doesn’t really matter. It’s what that 5% does that really matters. David Lee and Ron Conway of SV Angel has done a deep dive into the top of the top of their portfolio and… Read More

  • Ron Conway and David Lee Hint at New Fund. By "Hint" I Mean Mike Breaks Their News For Them

    Here’s the awful thing about having Mike Arrington as an investor in your fund. You don’t get to control over when you announce it. Arrington is on stage with Ron Conway and David Lee of SV Angels right now, and he’s being a bulldog in the best sense of the world. He asked about the firm’s new fund and Lee said “We aren’t supposed to comment on it, so no… Read More

  • Revealed: The Huffington Post Wanted To Buy TechCrunch Back In The Day

    My boss, Michael Arrington, sat down with his boss (and my boss as well), Arianna Huffington for a brief chat at TechCrunch Disrupt, where Huffington revealed that she tried to ‘merge’ the Huffington Post with TechCrunch before AOL bought us last September. Of course, now we are all one big happy family now that AOL also scooped up The Huffington Post for $315 million, and we are… Read More

  • Textingly Adds Live Chat And Twilio Hosting To Beef Up Realtime Customer Interaction

    There are a lot of startups out there trying to make SMS messaging more affordable. I won’t even name them all here. But, I’d argue there isn’t a clear market leader as of yet, so with the right team, the right product, and a full suite of services, there still seems to be plenty of room in this space to be successful. Since Textingly launched at the first TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • Dennis Crowley's Mom Actually Bought Him That Gap Ad Outfit

    Local darling and Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt to talk to Mike Arrington about anything but acquisitions, partnerships, valuations or the rumors of a possible Groupon partnership or anything that’s you know, breaking news. But what Dennis did talk about? “You’re a bit of a rockstar here,” said Mike Arrington. “I don’t… Read More

  • Foursquare To Power INQ Mobile's Location Based Services

    INQ, one of the first partners to add the Facebook layer to its Cloud Touch phone has announced today that it will be using the Foursquare location layer to visualize location content for its users. The Foursquare INQ phone will have all of the requisite Foursquare features, including checkins, places nearby, tips, to do, all powered by the FourSquare API. “Playing with this… Read More

  • Fred Wilson: Be Your Own Bitch

    At TechCrunch Disrupt, Erick Schonfeld interviewed prolific investor Fred Wilson, an early investor in Twitter, Foursquare, and Zynga. When Schonfeld asked him about the Twitter ecosystem, and the company’s recent moves to discourage app developers from building Twitter clients, he replied with this one liner, “Don’t be a Google Bitch, don’t be a Facebook Bitch… Read More

  • Fred Wilson More Or Less Confirms Twitter Stock Sale, Says Secondary Sales Often "Prudent"

    To kick off TechCrunch Disrupt today in New York, Erick Schonfeld took the stage to interview investor Fred Wilson, of Union Square Ventures. For background, Wilson was early investor in Twitter, Zynga, Foursquare, Tumblr, and Etsy and is also a prolific blogger. Wilson sort of revealed that Union Square Ventures has sold some of its stock in Twitter. When Schonfeld asked if he sold stock… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt: Watch It Live!

    TechCrunch Disrupt: Watch It Live!

    While there’s no replacement for actually being at TechCrunch Disrupt, we realize that not everyone can make it for one reason or another (like me, for example, due to massive volcanic activity). As such, we’re happy to offer the next best thing: a full live stream of the event. We’ve embedded the stream above, be sure to tune in at 9 AM ET. Additionally, you can also watch… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Disrupt NY Drinking Game: Day One

    It’s that time of the half-year again! Time for TechCrunch Disrupt – or as it’s officially titled this year: AOL-HuffingtonPost-TechCrunch Disrupt, Part III: Back In Training. For me, the highlight of the event is when Heather and Mike take to the stage and announce that they’re selling the company to someone ridiculous (this year my money’s on 4Chan!). For the… Read More

  • The List Of Startups Launching At TechCrunch Disrupt New York

    We are only a few hours away from kicking off the third TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York and we are thrilled to announce the 29 startups that were chosen out of nearly 1,000 applicants to pitch ideas and applications over the next few days. We will also hear pitches from the two StartupAlley companies that receive the most votes over the next two days. You can watch the livestream… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt, Indeed

    TechCrunch Disrupt, Indeed

    TechCrunch Disrupt kicks off in New York City in about 3 hours. So naturally I’m sitting in a bar in Iceland. Why? Well, the entire story is kind of long and many parts are probably more appropriate for a Paul Carr book than this post. But the keyword is “Grimsvotn”. Yes, it just so happens that a giant volcano under Vatnajokull (Iceland’s largest glacier) decided to… Read More

  • Hackathon Winner Docracy Is A GitHub For Legal Documents


    One of the winners at today’s TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is Docracy, an open source site where users can share and sign legal documents, similar to what GitHub provides for code. The site is the brainchild of mobile app developers Matt Hall and John Watkinson, who are the founders of app development startup Larva Labs. Docracy is an online, opensource hub for quality legal documents… Read More

  • An Interview with JoystiCC

    Another Hackathon Runner-Up Lets You Control Human Chess Pieces Via iPhone

    A 5:45 this morning, a man told another man to walk into traffic blindfolded. Using an iPhone app connected to their service, joysti.cc, Jarod Reyes moved Jon Gottfried through light traffic in what amounted to a real-life game of Frogger. While I often think that we’d be better off if most start-up founders went to play in traffic, I never meant that they had to do it in real life… Read More

  • Hackathon Backstage Dispatch.Io Creators Interview

    Dispatch.io, Hackathon Runner-Up, Tames The Cloud

    Three friends, including a 17-year-old high schooler, who met at New Work City, a co-working space, built Dispach.io to solve the problem of disperse information. The product, as it exists currently, is a Chrome extension that allows you to grab Word files and PDFs and automatically place them into Google Docs or Dropbox. Future iterations, probably available in the next month, should support… Read More

  • Watch The Demos That Pwned The Disrupt Hackathon

    So you think you have what it takes to build a ground breaking app that will change the world? Do you have what it takes to accomplish that in just a little under 24 hours? Starting yesterday, 500 hackers and the like spent 24 hours on Pizza, Pop Chips and Red Bull trying to come up with the next big thing, or at least something that people want. The competition was rough, and the pitch format… Read More

  • Meet This 14-Year-Old Self Taught Hacker

    In case you missed it, hackers were busy building new ideas and products at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hackathon in New York last night. Fueled by RedBull, coffee, and massive quantities of junk food, hackers burned the midnight oil last night, preparing to show off their designs to the judges, who included VC Jeff Clavier and Canv.as founder Christopher Poole, and Google VP of Product… Read More

  • Gilt-ii Takes Top Prize At The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

    Gilt-ii Takes Top Prize At The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

    It’s been a whirlwind twenty-four hours: yesterday, hundreds of talented coders poured into New York City’s Pier 94 for a marathon session of coding that ran through the night. At 9:30 AM this morning, they pushed their last lines of code. And beginning at 10:30 AM, each of them took the stage for a rapid-fire series of quick pitches showcasing what they’d built. Now… Read More