• Barry Diller Is Going To Give Us A Piece Of His Mind At Disrupt

    Barry Diller Is Going To Give Us A Piece Of His Mind At Disrupt

    One of my favorite Barry Diller stories comes from Clicker CEO Jim Lanzone, who used to work for Diller when he was the CEO of Ask. Diller was driving Lanzone in a white luxury convertible to a conference in New York City where he was speaking. He parked the convertible in the middle of Times Square, got out of the car, put on his sunglasses, and looked at Lanzone to see what was holding him up. Read More

  • 7 Reasons Why You Need to Hack at Techcrunch Disrupt

    The San Francisco Techcrunch Disrupt Hackathon is the weekend of September 25th and 26th. It’s shaping up to be even bigger than our NYC event, which drew more than 300 hackers. One of the projects from last May, GroupMe, even ended up getting funded. You could be next. Sign Up Today! If you haven’t already made plans to attend a fun weekend of caffeine and code, we’re… Read More

  • Michael Moritz And Reid Hoffman To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

    Michael Moritz And Reid Hoffman To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

    The last few weeks have been insane here at TechCrunch as we put the finishing touches on our next Disrupt conference, which begins September 27 in San Francisco. We’ve gone through more than 500 applicants to select the best two dozen to launch in our Startup Battlefield. Only one of them will win the coveted Disrupt Cup. The main event will be preceded by an awesome Hacakthon (sign… Read More

  • Reminder: Apply To Launch At TechCrunch Disrupt SF By This Weekend

    Reminder: Apply To Launch At TechCrunch Disrupt SF By This Weekend

    Sure, VCs may be headed out of town for their August vacations, but we’re hard at work here at TechCrunch getting ready for our fall conference TechCrunch Disrupt, September 27-29 at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse. If you’re a new startup that will be ready to launch this fall, we want to hear from you. Apply to the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt. The deadline… Read More

  • The Best Of The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

    Last week on the final day of TechCrunch Disrupt, the TechCrunch Hack Day winners got to present onstage just before the Startup Battlefield finalists went into Round Three. It was an opportunity for the Disrupt audience to meet a few of the best and brightest from the past weekend’s event. When Daniel Raffel, Chad Dickerson and myself imagined the event we saw it as a chance to open… Read More

  • The Best Of The Best #TCDisrupt Hackers Show Off Their Creations

    The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon saw over 300 hackers battling through the night, fueled by pizza and caffeine. Three projects were selected and the people that hacked those together got a free pass to the conference, and more importantly some stage time alongside the five Startup Battlefield finalists. Read More

  • Venture Capitalists Get Grilled (And Pitched At Urinals) At #TCDisrupt

    It doesn’t always have to be the venture capitalists grilling the entrepreneurs – at TechCrunch Disrupt, we’ve disrupted that notion (see what I did there?) and hosted an open-mic session for entrepreneurs to challenge VCs, live and uncensored. The investors in question were Mark Davis (Associate at DFJ Gotham Ventures), Rick Heitzmann (Managing Director, FirstMark… Read More

  • How Can Technology Impact Social Change?

    As digital tools create communities, how will they meet society and the larger world? That’s the question that an interesting trio tried to answer at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. This is what Scott Heiferman (CEO of Meetup), Chris Hughes (co-founder of Facebook and now Executive Director at Jumo) and Reshma Saujani, Congressional Candidate for the 14th district in New York, had to… Read More

  • Clickable Introduces The Master Campaign At #TCDisrupt

    It’s the last day of the first edition of the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, and our awesome program continues to be, well, awesome. Earlier this morning, we had Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey do a demo of Square, and we also had David S. Kidder, CEO of search advertising startup Clickable, show off a brand new product the company is cooking up. Read More

  • A Taste of Startup Alley

    A hundred startups lined-up the Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt. Here’s just a small taste of some of the interesting companies that over 1,700 attendees were able to see: 6rounds, which we wrote about in a previous post can be best described as a snazzy one-on-one video chat product. At TechCrunch Disrupt, 6rounds announced a new API for developers of game, entertainment and… Read More

  • Survival Of The Fittest: The Startups That Made The Second Round At #TCDisrupt

    We were fortunate enough to witness a lot of fascinating startups strut their stuff here at TechCrunch Disrupt, not just on the main stage but also in the Startup Alley and beyond. But of course the event is and remains a competition, so the experts have been working hard to select those startups with the most potential to be genuinely disruptive, and vote them into the second round of the… Read More

  • You Vote, We Go: Startup Alley Twitter Challenge

    If you’re watching our livestream of Techcrunch Disrupt, you’re getting every minute of every keynote, panel and Startup Battlefield presentation, but you’re missing out on the dozens of companies in Startup Alley. We’re trying to fix that. Yesterday, we did a quick tour of the Alley during lunch, for day 2 we plan to do the same but take it up a notch. Instead of a… Read More

  • LiveIntent Turns Static Social Media Sharing Buttons Into Dynamic Ones

    Launching today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference (the audience voted them up on stage), LiveIntent aims to help publishers create meaningful connections on social networks. What that means? Read More

  • Publish2 Wants To Disrupt The Associated Press With An Online News Exchange

    Online news aggregation and curation startup Publish2 is today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference launching a new product dubbed Publish2 News Exchange, with the ambitious goal of disrupting the entire reason for being of The Associated Press. The AP being the cooperative owned by its contributing newspapers, radio and TV stations in the US, which operates a monster news and photo… Read More

  • VideoGenie Aims To Help Brands And Consumers Connect Through Video

    Launching at TechCrunch Disrupt this afternoon, VideoGenie aims to transform the way consumers and brands connect with each other using video. Text-based interaction between brands and consumers is inadequate, the startup claims, because a palette of 94 ASCII characters doesn’t provide people with enough flexibility to express the full spectrum of human emotion. A better way, they say… Read More

  • Textingly Lets Companies Manage Their Text Messaging Efforts

    Launching this afternoon at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Textingly aims to enable businesses to interact with their customers via text messages as easily and cost-effectively as possible. Textingly provides businesses with a texting address, a browser-based management console and a set of APIs to create immediate dialog with customers using text messages, arguably still one of if not… Read More

  • Appbistro Is Building An Application Marketplace For Facebook Pages

    Appbistro launched at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference what can best be referred to as an application marketplace for Facebook Pages. Using the Web-based service, Facebook Page administrators, be it global brands or small local businesses, can quickly discover relevant applications that they can (and should) swiftly integrate into their Facebook presence(s). Read More

  • A "Blippy For Voicemail," Audioo Is A Fun Privacy Disaster Waiting To Happen

    Audioo bills itself as the “Blippy for Voicemail”. As you’re probably aware, Blippy lets users share information that’s considered to be really private by most people (credit card transactions) with others – and sometimes, much more than just transactions. Audioo basically lets you do the same thing, but with voice mails. Read More

  • Comcast's Tunerfish Jumps Out Of The Water At #TCDisrupt

    We told you Comcast was introducing something fresh and exciting at TechCrunch Disrupt this year. Say hello to Tunerfish, incubated by the Plaxo team (Comcast acquired Plaxo in 2008) and led by former Plaxo VP of Marketing John McCrea. Tunerfish is driven by people’s passion for TV shows, and revolves around the ability for people to share what they are watching in real time. Launching… Read More

  • TweetUp Launches “AdSense For Twitter” Product At #TCDisrupt

    TweetUp, the Twitter-focused search and advertising startup that was incubated by idealab – the original Overture founders – is launching today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City. Serial entrepreneur Bill Gross took the stage for the event’s first ‘for show launch’ and publicly debuted TweetUp’s core service – the startup had… Read More