• Disrupt NYC: The Final Battle (Video)

    After 30 startups launching on stage at Disrupt NYC, it all culminated in the final battle between six finalists: Getaround, BillGuard, Sonar, Do@, ccLoop, and InvoiceASAP. What made this final battle so fascinating to watch was not only the quality of the startups, but the quality of the judges: Fred Wilson, Ron Conway, Marisa Mayer, Roelof Botha, and Josh Kopelman. We put together the… Read More

  • Disrupt NYC, In Tweets

    I am still recovering from Disrupt NYC. It was our biggest event ever, and we’ll be posting more videos and highlights throughout the next few days. But here are a couple of charts that give a snapshot of the activity around the event as measured by Tweets with the event hashtag #TCDisrupt (thanks for the charts, Simply Measured). In the chart above you can see the distribution of… 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 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

  • Joinable Gives The Homeless A Foot In The Door With Free Voicemail, E-mail, and Texting

    We’re midway through the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon (which, by the way, you should be watching live here), and the range of stuff that the hackers have managed to throw together in a mere 24 hours is astounding. Some are trying to find their big payday — others are going for the cool factor or a quick laugh. Some, however, spent their weekend trying to change the world for… Read More

  • Gilt-ii Turns Flash Sales Site Gilt Into An Auction Marketplace

    At the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon today, local hackers Bill Magnuson and Jon Hyman presented an e-commerce plugin for flash sales site that is worth a look. Called Gilt-ii, the bookmarklet allows Gilt members to auction their items in their shopping cart during the actual buying process. So here’s the basic premise behind Gilt-ii. Everyday at noon ET, Gilt releases daily… Read More

  • Watch The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Live!

    Around 500 hackers participated from late last night to early today morning at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York, building in teams and waking up or popping enough Redbull this am in order to show off their hacks to notables including VC Jeff Clavier and, VP of Product Bradley Horowitz and founder Christopher Poole. This year’s NYC Hackathon was our largest… Read More

  • And They Hacked, And They Hacked, And They Hacked Into The Night

    Jerry Lee Lewis would have been proud. Even as the clock ticked past midnight at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, there was a whole lotta hackin’ goin’ on. Beginning around noon on Saturday, hackers filed into the spacious room at the site of Disrupt NYC to begin networking and scheming in earnest. As the day wore on, groups solidified, team names were chosen, and at the height… Read More

  • The Hackathon Is Almost Here.  Come Root For Your Favorite Hackers This Sunday!

    The Hackathon Is Almost Here. Come Root For Your Favorite Hackers This Sunday!

    The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is taking place in NYC this weekend and is shaping up to be our biggest and best yet. We’ll be hosting hundreds of hackers all weekend long. Come hang out with them, or watch their presentations in person at Pier94 in NYC on Sunday, May 22nd starting at 10:30 am! We’re thrilled to have Bradley Horowitz (Google), Amanda Peyton (MessageParty)… Read More

  • Paul Graham To Hold Y Combinator "Office Hours" At TechCrunch Disrupt. Apply Now!

    One of many things that make Y Combinator special: They hold regular “office hours” with startups where entrepreneurs can get advice on any topic, from business strategy to design issues. What we talk about at office hours also depends on the startup and where we are in the cycle. Usually we talk about whatever is the most urgent question right now. Sometimes, especially early on… Read More

  • Square To Livestream Product Announcement At TechCrunch Disrupt

    Square, the startup that put the sexy back into payments, has a major product announcement coming up next Monday, May 23. That happens to be the first day of TechCrunch Disrupt in New York as well. What’s the announcement? I don’t know, but founder Jack Dorsey says it’s a big one. So we’ve added the announcement to our agenda. During the lunch break on Monday the… Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher On Stage At TechCrunch Disrupt

    Ashton Kutcher will be on stage next week at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York. The actor, entrepreneur and investor will talk with Charlie Rose on Tuesday morning, and joins what is clearly our most impressive list of speakers at any TechCrunch event to date. His talk with Rose will be entirely focused on his new job starring in CBS’s Two and a half Men. Ok, hopefully not really. Read More

  • Disrupt NYC: The Full Agenda

    Disrupt NYC: The Full Agenda

    In about a week, Disrupt NYC will begin. We will launch over two dozen new startups in our Startup Battlefield and bring together the smartest people in tech to discuss how the Internet is disrupting industry after industry—from media (print, TV, music, gaming) and social commerce to payments and transportation. We’ve steered away from unwieldy panels, and instead tried to pair… Read More

  • Airbnb, Quora, and Uber Will Shake Things Up At Disrupt NYC

    Airbnb, Quora, and Uber Will Shake Things Up At Disrupt NYC

    At Disrupt NYC, we’re all about startups. We’ve culled two dozen of the hottest startups from over 500 applicants to launch at the event (which starts May 23, get tickets here). We are also bringing startups well on their way to disrupting existing markets onstage to share their experiences. Two sessions I am particularly excited about will bring the founders of Airbnb, Uber… Read More

  • Disrupting Display Advertising With Social, Mobile, And Beyond At Disrupt NYC

    Brands may be pouring money back into online display advertising, but that doesn’t mean that display advertising works or won’t be replaced by something else in the next few years. Will it be social, mobile, or something else? At TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, we’ll get into this debate with three of the best operators in online advertising: Facebook’s new VP of Global… Read More

  • Howard Lindzon, Yossi Vardi, Greg Tseng, and Bradley Horowitz All Ready To Disrupt In NYC

    TechCrunch Disrupt NYC starts May 23rd—less than a month away. And we are very excited to announce four more guests to our growing list of speakers who will be joining us at this year’s Disrupt in NYC: Howard Lindzon, Yossi Vardi, Greg Tseng, and Bradley Horowitz. Howard Lindzon, co-founder and CEO of StockTwits, is a force to be reckoned with. With over twenty years experience in… Read More

  • Marissa Mayer, David Karp, Kevin Systrom, And Tony Conrad Will Rock At Disrupt NYC

    The speakers for Disrupt just keep on getting better and better. Today, we are extremely excited to announce four more guests who will join us at this year’s Disrupt in New York City: Marissa Mayer, David Karp, Kevin Systrom, and Tony Conrad. Marissa Mayer joined Google in 1999 as Google’s first female engineer. She ran the search product for years and is now the VP of Local… Read More

  • Investors Fred Wilson, John Borthwick and Josh Kopelman Are Ready To Disrupt NYC

    Where there are startups, there are great investors backing them up. The resurgence of New York City as a startup capital the past few years has witnessed the rise in prominence of several East Coast investors across the spectrum from super angels to super VCs. Today, we are incredibly pleased to announce that Fred Wilson, John Borthwick and Josh Kopelman will all join us for this… Read More

  • NYC Disrupt: Back in Hack

    The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is back May 21st and 22nd in NYC. Signup now! Our goal is to create and expose opportunities for great developers and startups in New York. We want to help grow the burgeoning NYC tech scene by creating the premier hacking event in the Big Apple. The 24 hour Hackathon will happen the weekend before Disrupt at the gigantic Pier 94. The Hackathon is free. There… Read More

  • Tim Armstrong, Dennis Crowley and Chris Dixon To Be At Disrupt NYC

    We couldn’t wait any longer to announce another batch of special guests for this year’s Disrupt in NYC. We had around 80 speakers last year and we have even more this year. We are pleased to announce that Tim Armstrong, Dennis Crowley, and Chris Dixon will all be with us on stage at Disrupt NYC. They will join the guests we announced yesterday—Charlie Rose, Ron Conway… Read More

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