TechCrunch50

  • TC50 Finalist SeatGeek Closes $1 Million Series A Round, Partners With Nielsen

    TC50 Finalist SeatGeek Closes $1 Million Series A Round, Partners With Nielsen

    Exclusive – SeatGeek, one of the finalists of TechCrunch50 2009, has raised $1 million in Series A funding led by Founder Collective and joined by NYC Seed. The funding brings SeatGeek’s total investment to over $1.5 million, and it intends to use the new capital to hire more engineers and business developers. Read More

  • Get your own personal TV channel with Stupeflix.TV

    If you liked the Animoto video at TechCrunch50, just wait until you see what French startup and winner of Seedcamp 2008 Stupeflix has just launched. Can’t keep up with the flood of tweets and pictures about you, your blog, your event or your company? Stupeflix.TV will mash them up on-the-fly into a live TV channel. The results are stunning, and they’re not limited to your own events… Read More

  • TechCrunch50 Wrap-Up.  Congrats To All The Startups Who Made It.

    TechCrunch50 Wrap-Up. Congrats To All The Startups Who Made It.

    To all those startups who made it to TechCrunch50 this year, whether it was on stage or in the DemoPit, congratulations and thank you. We wouldn’t be here if there weren’t so many creative entrepreneurs out there trying to build something worthwhile out of nothing but ideas, sweat, and a little risk capital. A little risk can go a long why. And while it is true that this… Read More

  • Memo to Start-ups: You’re Supposed to Be Changing the World, Remember?

    Memo to Start-ups: You’re Supposed to Be Changing the World, Remember?

    I did interviews with most of the TechCrunch50 experts backstage and there was a common gripe about the companies launching there: Not enough passion, not enough swinging for the fences, not enough trying to change the world. There were too many people building safe businesses, too many companies just trying to make existing things slightly better, and too many people wanting to be the… Read More

  • TC50: Six Noteworthy Startups From Korea And Japan

    TC50: Six Noteworthy Startups From Korea And Japan

    Nearly 130 million people use the web in Japan and Korea combined, with Japan itself boasting the world’s third biggest Internet population (94 million users). But getting exposure on an international scale is a big problem for globally positioned web startups in these (and many other Asian) markets. TechCrunch50 has always been very welcoming towards companies from countries other than… Read More

  • TC50: The Video

    The conference is over, the winner has been announced (RedBeacon), and the drinking has begun. Thank you so much to all of the companies (both the finalists and in the Demopit), the sponsors, and the attendees who made this year’s TechCrunch50 possible. We’ve put up more than a hundred posts in the past two days, covering every single launch, and then some. So there’s a lot… Read More

  • TC50 Backstage: Reid Hoffman on a LinkedIn IPO and What Startups May Beat Him Out

    TC50 Backstage: Reid Hoffman on a LinkedIn IPO and What Startups May Beat Him Out

    Here’s the thing I love about Reid Hoffman. There’s no “We-don’t-comment-on-rumors-and-speculation” BS with him. You ask him a question and he gives you an answer. So you don’t need a bunch of words from me, just go to the jump and watch our final backstage interview of the conference where Hoffman talks about whether LinkedIn will buy Xing and whether… Read More

  • TC50 Backstage: Why Dick Costolo Joined Twitter and the Magic Acquisition Number

    TC50 Backstage: Why Dick Costolo Joined Twitter and the Magic Acquisition Number

    It’s 5 p.m. and we’re in the homestretch! The experts and the Twitterers seem to be less impressed with the companies this afternoon than the ones this morning. That or we’re all just getting tired after 40-something demos. So lucky for us that some of the most influential and interesting judges were left for the final panel. I caught up with one of my favorites, Dick… Read More

  • TC50: Clixtr Launches Location-Aware Photo Sharing For The iPhone

    TC50: Clixtr Launches Location-Aware Photo Sharing For The iPhone

    We’ve all been there: the classic group photo, with twelve friends side by side doing their best to look as happy as humanly possible. The first shot is easy — but wait, the guy next to you has their own camera, so it’s time for another one. And then another. Soon muscle fatigue kicks in, and those happy smiles fade into grimaces as everyone wonders why isn’t an… Read More

  • TC50: Simply Add A Social Network To Any Site With Stribe

    TC50: Simply Add A Social Network To Any Site With Stribe

    The idea of adding a social network to any site is a compelling one. Currently, most sites do this by creating their own networks using service like Facebook Groups and Ning. But those obviously aren’t actually your own site, they are other sites set up under your site’s name. Stribe’s goal is to move the network back onto your site. The service, opening to the public today… Read More

  • TC50: Radiusly Aims To Put Twitter In A More Professional Setting

    TC50: Radiusly Aims To Put Twitter In A More Professional Setting

    While Facebook continues to grow, and some companies are getting more comfortable with using it for things like Pages, LinkedIn still fills the gap for users who want a more professional setting for social networking. A new service launching in public beta today at TechCrunch50, Radiusly, wants to take the idea of Twitter and put it in more of a professional setting, as well. But unlike… Read More

  • TC50: Lissn Is A Broader Twitter Meets A Simpler Google Wave

    TC50: Lissn Is A Broader Twitter Meets A Simpler Google Wave

    A lot of people use Twitter to have conversations with others, but that’s not really what it was built for. Initially, Twitter was just supposed to be a place to update what you are doing; the @reply only came around because people started using it to direct a conversation at another user. Now conversations are one of the most interesting things about Twitter, and a new startup launching… Read More

  • TC50: Threadsy, A Communications Stream To Rule Them All

    TC50: Threadsy, A Communications Stream To Rule Them All

    Email. Twitter. Instant Messaging. Facebook. Those are just four of the most popular ways to communicate online. And actually, the average 23-year-old has 6 different accounts that they check for messages each day. Maintaining and keeping up with that is either basically impossible, or flat-out impossible. That’s where Threadsy comes in. Launching its large beta today at TechCrunch50 as… Read More

  • TC50: Hark! Launches A Plugin To Bring Real-Time Sharing To Your Browser

    TC50: Hark! Launches A Plugin To Bring Real-Time Sharing To Your Browser

    Hark, a new startup that’s launching today at TechCrunch50, is looking to help friends share media and webpages with each other with as little friction as possible. The company offers a browser plugin that makes it easy to share links with friends, as well as interact though an integrated chat room. The company says that there are plenty of link sharing apps, but when it comes to sharing… Read More

  • TC50: Find The Perfect Scene, Every Time. AnyClip Is A Search Engine For Movie Clips

    TC50: Find The Perfect Scene, Every Time. AnyClip Is A Search Engine For Movie Clips

    Darth Vader’s fatherly coming out. Tinanic’s King of the World moment. There Will Be Blood’s sobering lecture on milkshakes. Whether you want to poke fun at something, embellish a love note, or just prove a point, there’s probably a movie scene out there that can help you do it. People reference scenes all the time in their daily lives, and on the web it’s… Read More

  • TC50 Backstage: Well, Tell us How you REALLY Feel, Tim O'Reilly

    TC50 Backstage: Well, Tell us How you REALLY Feel, Tim O'Reilly

    Conference organizer, publisher and investor Tim O’Reilly doesn’t mince words. In this video he talks candidly about what he hated at TechCrunch50 today, what he loved and what excites him about the Web right now. O’Reilly is a consummate thought leader in the Valley so the interview is interesting for anyone. But if you’re planning on actually pitching O’Reilly… Read More

  • TC50: Perpetually.com Is A Time Machine For The Web

    TC50: Perpetually.com Is A Time Machine For The Web

    One of the best things about the web — its constantly evolving, easily modifiable nature — can also be one of its most frustrating faults. Because usually when a website modifies its content, any changes overwrite what came before it, sometimes without leaving a trace of the old content. Perpetually.com, a new site launching today at TechCrunch50, is looking to solve this problem… Read More

  • TC50: Insttant Harnesses Twitter To Create A Real-Time News And Analysis Engine

    TC50: Insttant Harnesses Twitter To Create A Real-Time News And Analysis Engine

    Twitter has established itself as the best place to find real time information, but anyone who has tried using its native search engine at search.twitter.com has probably found that it leaves a lot to be desired — aside from the day’s ‘top trends’, Twitter does very little to help surface results that are worthwhile. TC50 finalist Instattant may have the answer. … Read More

  • TC50 Backstage: What Exactly Does Bradley Horowitz Do at Google?

    TC50 Backstage: What Exactly Does Bradley Horowitz Do at Google?

    By now TechCrunch50 judges and companies know there’s no safety zone here at the conference, least of all backstage. The smart ones just run, but Google’s Bradley Horowitz is too polite for that. In this behind-the-scenes clip we talk about what exactly this Internet man of mystery does at Google, his thoughts on the cultural difference between Google and Yahoo, and how big… Read More

  • TC50 Backstage: Kevin Rose on What's Going Right at Digg, What Went Wrong at Pownce

    TC50 Backstage: Kevin Rose on What's Going Right at Digg, What Went Wrong at Pownce

    I chatted with Kevin Rose backstage in between TechCrunch50 judging. For those who think he’s still the wacky Diggnation party boy, I want to point out he beat most of the TechCrunch staff to the conference this morning. This video is longer than most of our behind-the-scenes glimpses, but we covered a lot of territory. Rose tells us the single most important product move Digg has made… Read More