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  • A Random Walk Down Hardware Alley

    A Random Walk Down Hardware Alley

    I’ve been in a lot of alleys and my favorite one is Hardware Alley. Every year at TechCrunch Disrupt I get to invite a few dozen hardware companies to show off their wares on our show floor. Every year we also get a chance to walk through the alley for a meet and greet where we get to see drones, security systems, and wireless bangles. Read More

  • Security Cam Maker Dropcam Announces A Location-Based Motion Sensor

    Security Cam Maker Dropcam Announces A Location-Based Motion Sensor

    Dropcam, the makers of a plug and play security camera system, announced a new sensor, called Tabs, to add new functionality to the camera platform. The device, which is about as big as a stick of gum, can be carried around with you, attached to items, or even stuck to windows and doors. The sensors connect to Dropcam Pros via Bluetooth LE and transmit activities that happen around the house. Read More

  • S'Mortgage Is Making America's Mortgage Market Transparent

    S’moretgage Launches To Bring Real-Time Mortgage Data To Real Estate Investors

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, S’moretgage kicked off its service that aims to get more real estate data to real estate investors more quickly. The more you know, the better choices you can make, and because it can be difficult to obtain certain mortgage data by hand, S’moretgage wants to make that information far easier to access. Read More

  • Your Board Game Is In My Video Game: Tangible Play Mixes The Real And Virtual

    Your Board Game Is In My Video Game: Tangible Play Mixes The Real And Virtual

    What do you get when you put a pair of board gaming geeks who have worked at NVIDIA, Google, LucasArts, and Ubisoft together in the same room? It probably looks like Tangible Play, debuting at Disrupt SF. Founded by Pramod Sharma and Jerome Scholler this lean startup aims to mix augmented reality, animated graphics, and audio with traditional board game elements. While this idea isn’t… Read More

  • Outline Raises $850K To Make Public Policy Tools Accessible To All State Residents

    Outline Raises $850K To Make Public Policy Tools Accessible To All State Residents

    Born at Berkeley as Politify, a fun app to compare the personal impacts of tax plans of then rival candidates for president, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Outline is building a tool to demystify the process of governance. If you have played a real-time strategy game that involves resource management, you understand Outline: Voters can adjust tax rates and the like, and see the impact those… Read More

  • Layer Brings A Scalable Communications Platform To Any Mobile Or Web App

    Layer Brings A Scalable Communications Platform To Any Mobile Or Web App

    Layer, a new startup launching at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2013 today, is ambitiously attempting to build a communications fabric – a “layer,” if you will – for the Internet. The technology, initially available to developers in the form of mobile app SDKs and open sourced components, will enable text, voice, video, file-sharing and more across applications… Read More

  • Watch The Real-Life TacoCopter Drop Some Delicious Mexican Food From 20 Feet

    Watch The Real-Life TacoCopter Drop Some Delicious Mexican Food From 20 Feet

    When the inevitable happens and the robots take over the world, let’s all hope that Skycatch’s real, live Taco Copter will bring delightful Mexican treats over the fence to the last remnants of humanity. Anthony Ha introduced the Taco Copter during his panel “These Aren’t The Droids You’re Looking For” where he discussed the future of autonomous robotics… Read More

  • Handle Is A Priority Engine And Task Management App For Your Inbox

    Handle Is A Priority Engine And Task Management App For Your Inbox

    Menlo Ventures partner Shawn Carolan searched for over five years to find an investment tackling the problem of email overload. Carolan, who led investments in Apple-acquired Siri among others, personally faced his own productivity challenges, and after not being able to find a startup that addressed all the problems he felt needed to be solved, he decided to build it on his own. Handle, which… Read More

  • Path’s Dave Morin And Benchmark Capital’s Matt Cohler Will Join Us At Disrupt SF!

    Path’s Dave Morin And Benchmark Capital’s Matt Cohler Will Join Us At Disrupt SF!

    Well, the agenda for TechCrunch Disrupt SF is shaping up nicely, really nicely. And today we’ve got another two Valley thought leaders we’d like to announce: Path’s Dave Morin and Benchmark Capital’s Matt Cohler will be taking the stage in September to impart their perspectives on the state of the tech now. Morin and Cohler will join our all-star speaker list which… Read More

  • Six Must-Watch On-Stage Videos From Disrupt

    Six Must-Watch On-Stage Videos From Disrupt

    We have hours and hours of quality video from this year’s Disrupt SF, and you can browse it all over at TCTV, but there were a few on-stage interviews and discussions that we felt were unmissable. Whether they’re funny, interesting, or controversial, these show the quality and variety of the guests and topics we get to feature at Disrupt. Read More

  • TalkTo Allows Consumers To SMS Any Local Business And Get A Quick Response

    TalkTo Allows Consumers To SMS Any Local Business And Get A Quick Response

    Have you ever called a local restaurant, store or service professional and been put on hold for more than give minutes? Or worse, you can’t get through to a representative and are left leaving a message on an answering machine with no assurance that you voicemail will be checked. The fact is it can be frustrating to communicate with local and general businesses via the phone. Enter TalkTo… Read More

  • Verious Launches First Marketplace For Mobile App Components

    Verious Launches First Marketplace For Mobile App Components

    Today, TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Verious is launching the world’s first marketplace for mobile application components – that is, the libraries, the SDKs (software development kits), the add-ons, the open source code and other third-party services which specifically cater to mobile app developers. Until now, there hasn’t been a centralized repository of these… Read More

  • Spool Is Instapaper On Steroids

    Spool Is Instapaper On Steroids

    Spool is a new service aimed at addressing the problem created by the multi-device, multi-screen environment we now live in, where the content consumption experience can vary widely from platform to platform. On iOS devices, for example, you can’t watch Flash videos without serious workarounds. On an iPod Touch or other standalone media player, you need a Wi-Fi signal in order to browse… Read More

  • Dustin Moskovitz at Disrupt SF 2011

    Facebook Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz Talks About Facebook’s Early Days, And What’s Wrong With Google+

    Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook and, more recently, of enterprise collaboration software company Asana, spoke to TechCrunch Editor in Chief Erick Schonfeld at Disrupt this afternoon in a brief interview. The subject of their chat, for the most part, was the early days of Facebook and the changes the Valley has seen in the years since the company’s launch. Erick also asked… Read More

  • On Its One-Year Anniversary, Badgeville Launches A New Product Called Social Fabric

    On Its One-Year Anniversary, Badgeville Launches A New Product Called Social Fabric

    It’s been a year since social rewards and analytics company, Badgeville took home the prize for Audience Choice Winner at TechCrunch Disrupt 2010. Today, Founder and CEO Kris Duggan spoke at this year’s Disrupt to talk about how far the company has come over the past 12 months. When Badgeville started, he says, it had 4 people, $300,000 in seed funding and 10 beta customers. Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher on Evolving as an Angel Investor

    Disrupt Backstage Pass: Ashton Kutcher On Why He Invested In Airbnb

    Ashton Kutcher started dabbling in tech startups a few years ago, but he is no longer a dabbler, as his his Disrupt interview with Charlie Rose last week made clear. Kutcher is an investor in a dozen tech companies, including Skype, Foursquare, Path, and Kevin Rose’s Milk. In this backstage interview with Sarah Lacy, he reveals that he is also an investor in Airbnb (whose CEO Brian… Read More

  • Chris Dixon Interviews Charlie Cheever of Quora

    (Founder Stories) Quora's Charlie Cheever On Building A Disruptive Knowledge Platform

    Last week at Disrupt, Chris Dixon did a version of Founder Stories onstage with Quora founder Charlie Cheever. We learned that Quora is not looking to sell, but we also learned a lot more. For instance, what convinced Cheever to quit Facebook with co-founder Adam D’Angelo was that tried to “imagine a world where I knew everything that I wanted to know, as long as someone else in… 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

  • Disrupting Transportation - Electric Vs. Efficiency

    EcoMotors Chief Don Runkle: "Electric Vehicles Are Not 'Zero Emissions'"

    The chief executive officers of two very different clean tech startups, Brammo and EcoMotors, discussed the relative merits and limitations of clean vehicle technology, at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York on Wednesday. Oregon-based Brammo designs and manufactures all-electric motorcycles and the battery technology and software that powers them, while Michigan-based EcoMotors designs and makes… 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