This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco has hit attendance records and been one of the most exciting we’ve ever had. Over the past few days, 3200 people have walked through the concourse to watch Valley titans and newcomers hash it out with the TechCrunch team — including Marc Benioff’s moving story today about Steve Jobs’ role in the founding of Salesforce.
Tomorrow, we’ve got talks from new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Mark Zuckerberg, so we think it might be our best day yet. Just a hunch.
Another great reason to tune in tomorrow: the Startup Battlefield grand finale….
Our expert judges and team have whittled down our 30 finalists to six startups who will hash it out tomorrow for a chance to win the grand prize: the Disrupt Cup and a $50,000 stipend.
Our esteemed finals judges Michael Arrington (CrunchFund), Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital), Chris Dixon (Andreessen Horowitz), David Lee (SV Angel), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!) and Keith Rabois (Khosla) will rub their brains together to pick a winner.
Here are the companies:
A “SmartThings for your Garden” — and one day, farm — these soil sensors transmits soil data like temperature and fertility back to a paired app.
A mobile payments system targeted towards Latin America, Regalli allows users to send money back home for the purposes of paying bills or buying groceries.
Wireless power that uses the Wifi spectrum to charge your phone.
An easy way for developers to integrate a full featured, portable communications platform into their projects, a Stripe for messaging.
One of the first multiplayer video games designed specifically for tablets.
Dryft is a personalized onscreen touch keyboard for tablets that dynamically tracks your fingers for fast and natural and typing.