Disrupt

  • Eric Schmidt On The Future Of Search — A Move Towards A "Serendipity Engine"

    Today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Google CEO Eric Schmidt took the stage to give a speech about his thoughts on the future. It was a very interesting talk which spanned a variety of topics. Naturally, the most important topic that Schmidt talked about was search. “We want to give you your time back,” Schmidt said. He noted that we live in an age of… Read More

  • Google's Schmidt: It's A Bug That Cars Were Invented Before Computers

    Google's Schmidt: It's A Bug That Cars Were Invented Before Computers

    “Something interesting is about to happen.” That was what Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s opening remark at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco today. He continued on to say that the people in the audience represent another transition in the ways people use computers. We now have “an augmented version of humanity,” Schmidt said. The future is about… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt: The Backstage Pass, Day One (TCTV)

    While the main focus was center stage on Monday for day one of TechCrunch Disrupt, there was plenty of action backstage— or rather just a few yards to the right to the stage, where our ad-hoc TechCrunch TV studio is located. Throughout the day, we ran follow-up interviews with a string of Disrupt notables, like KPCB’s John Doerr and Bing Gordon, Founders Fund’s Peter… Read More

  • SnapDragon Wants To Simplify Product Check-Ins And Entice Users With Comics

    We started with location check-ins. Then we moved to media check-ins. Now we’re onto product check-ins. The space is starting to fill up quickly, but are they all too convoluted? If SnapDragon takes off, the answer in hindsight may end up being “yes”. The new startup launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt isn’t trying to pull you into a specific store (like Shopkick). Read More

  • CheckPoints: A Social Shopping App That Will Cost You Negative $0.99

    There’s clearly something to this idea of mobile/social shopping. Or at least, a huge group of startups all seem to think there is. Already this year we have apps like Shopkick and Barcode Hero attempting to build upon what apps ShopSavvy and others have been working on for some time. That is, enriching the shopping experience by using a device most of us now have on us at all times… Read More

  • Leave Money In Real Places For Your Foursquare Friends With Gifi

    Increasingly, there are apps that let you leave messages, photos, and videos for friends in real places. Now you can leave money as well. Many startups are already adding rewards to check-ins, but social payments startup Venmo is tying check-ins to real money with a new iPhone app called Gifi that is launching today at TC Disrupt. Venmo is a way to text real money to your friends and… Read More

  • Badgeville Wants To Layer Social Gaming (And Yes, Badges) Across The Entire Web

    When Foursquare first launched, there were no deals. There was no way to get free pizza or cheap beer. The only incentive to play their game was to earn badges and bragging rights among friends. Badgeville, a new startup launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt, wants to apply that gaming mechanic to all sites across the web. So how does this work? Well, a publisher sets up a Badgeville account… Read More

  • Internet Innovation Is Like The Auto Industry In The 1950s — Big, Stagnant Companies Rule

    “The Yelp for cellphones will be Yelp. The Google for cellphones will be Google.“ That was Clarium Capital President Peter Thiel talking to our own Sarah Lacy on stage during TechCrunch Disrupt today. His point was that Internet innovation today is much like innovation in the automobile industry in the 1950s and 1960s. That is, there isn’t much — it’s all about… Read More

  • Peter Thiel Has New Initiative To Pay Kids To "Stop Out Of School"

    Today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Clarium Capital President Peter Thiel sat down with our own Sarah Lacy to talk about a whole range of issues. But at the end of the dicussion, he disclosed a bit of news. Thiel is starting a new initiative that will offer grants of up to $100,000 for kids to drop out of school. Yes, you read that right. Though that’s not how… Read More

  • Super Angels: Like Making Love To A Lover. VCs: Like Making Love To The Government.

    Super Angels: Like Making Love To A Lover. VCs: Like Making Love To The Government.

    “The difference between a ‘super angel’ and a VC is like making love with a lover versus making love with the government.” That was angel investor Yossi Vardi describing what he sees as the difference between the so-called “super angels” and traditional venture capitalists. “The angels are much more accommodating to the founders,” is how he… Read More

  • The Panel That Was Definitely, Maybe Not About AngelGate

    The Panel That Was Definitely, Maybe Not About AngelGate

    Today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, there was probably one panel above all others that everyone was waiting for: Super Angels To Super VCs. The reason, of course, is that last week the situation known as “AngelGate” broke out. It started with Mike walking into a closed-door meeting at a bar. And it ended with heated emails being published. We said Disrupt… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt LIVE Webcast, Day One (TCTV)

    TechCrunch Disrupt LIVE Webcast, Day One (TCTV)

    Standby in 3 – 2 – 1: We are now live from San Francisco with TechCrunch Disrupt. If you can’t make the conference in person, you can still watch all the great panels, fireside chats, product launches, and the Startup Battlefield, plus a few surprises on TechCrunch TV. We’ll be webcasting the entire 3-day event and showing you all the action on the main stage. The… Read More

  • J'aime Ohm on the WiseDame IPhone App

    WiseDame Wins The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, A Black Box For Real Life

    This weekend, 450 or so developers descended upon the San Francisco Design Center to hack. The result? Some really cool/interesting/crazy stuff being made at our TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. On Sunday, it was time to present before our selection of judges: Cyan Bannister, Brett Bullington, Rebekah Cox, Chris Dixon, Bradley Horowitz, Dean Hovey, Michael Marquez, Christopher… Read More

  • Inside Disrupt Hackathon San Francisco 2010

    The Disrupt Hackathon Movie (And Slideshow) TCTV

    Picture this: late night coding, new and tenuous liaisons, the driving desire to create something great and just a dash of booze. No, I’m not talking about that movie, I’m talking about the pressure cooker that is TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hackathon. With less than 4 hours until show time, the programmers, designers and entrepreneurs have been slaving away (or at least… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt Will Not Be About AngelGate

    TechCrunch Disrupt Will Not Be About AngelGate

    We’ve all had a pretty long week dealing with all this, for lack of a better term, AngelGate stuff. For the people involved, me included, it hasn’t been much fun. Mostly because angel investors as a group do so much for our community. They are the grease that let so many young startups go from being an idea to something more. The fact that some of them may or may not have had… Read More

  • What Winning TechCrunch Disrupt Did For Soluto (Answer: OMFG)

    This guest post is by Tomer Dvir, Founder & CEO of Soluto. It’s been just over 100 days since we stepped onto the TechCrunch Disrupt stage in New York City as an anonymous, under-the-radar startup. Two days later, we stepped off stage with the Disrupt Cup in our hands and got sucked into a tornado of downloads, happy users, angry users, global media attention, and very little… Read More

  • Intuit's Scott Cook And GE's Beth Comstock To Explore Cultures Of Innovation At Disrupt SF

    Intuit's Scott Cook And GE's Beth Comstock To Explore Cultures Of Innovation At Disrupt SF

    Disruption happens. If you are a startup, you try to be the disruptor. But what if you are an established company with billions of dollars in revenue? Then you try to create a culture of innovation that rides the wave of change before it leaves your company behind. The trick is to know when to catch that wave. Next week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Intuit founder Scott Cook and GE’s… Read More

  • 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