Announcing The Agenda For TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014

TechCrunch Disrupt hits New York City May 3-7, and we’re excited to announce the full agenda. The event will span five days and feature industry titans, noted thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs. General admission tickets and sponsorship packages are still available.

We’ll hear from founders like Hosain Rahman, Sophia Amoruso, Yancey Strickler and Niklas Zennström. Twitter investor Fred Wilson and the entire Lerer Ventures team will tell us what they look for in a founder, as well as what makes New York startup innovation so unique.

We’ll also hear from the founders of Birchbox, Secret and Whisper and will chat with frequent Forbes Midas List venture capitalist Roelof Botha. Astro Teller will give us a peek into Google X, and Comcast CEO Neil Smit will speak to just what is happening as the company’s reach increases through its blockbuster deal with Time Warner Cable. There are a few more surprises to come!

To get things started, Disrupt NY will kick off with die-hard developers and designers participating in the Hackathon. The 24-hour event starts on Saturday May 3 and runs through the night until the teams take the Disrupt stage on Sunday to present their creations.

During the conference, Startup Alley and Hardware Alley will host hundreds of startups. Each day our exhibition hall transforms with new companies to explore. There are still a few spots open. Email if you have any questions. Have a hardware product? Join us in the Hardware Alley on Wednesday, and email if you have any questions.

And finally, Disrupt NY will conclude with one Startup Battlefield company being awarded the famed Disrupt Cup and the $50,000 prize. We also encourage students to be a part of Disrupt NY. We have 300 student tickets available, so be sure to grab yours quickly. Early bird tickets are still available. The price of a general admission ticket jumps $1,000 on April 23rd. There are also spots available for developers and designers looking to participate in the Hackathon.

We’d love to see you there. If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sponsorship team here. As always, we want to hear from you. Questions? Comments? Email us at

We’ll see you in New York!


Monday, May 5, 2014

9:00am – 9:10am Opening Remarks by TechCrunch

9:10am – 9:30am Fireside Chat with Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures)

9:30am – 9:50am In Conversation with Yancey Strickler (Kickstarter)

9:50am – 10:15am Magical Internet Currency: Navigating Bitcoin: Dr. Susan Athey (Stanford University) and Peter Smith (Blockchain)

10:15am – 10:35am Founder Stories with Birchbox: Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna

10:35am – 10:55am Fireside Chat with Sam Altman (Y Combinator)

10:55am – 11:05am Special Product Announcement

11:05am – 11:15am BREAK

11:15am – 11:35am In Conversation with Hosain Rahman (Jawbone) 

11:35am – 12:00pm Fireside Chat with Shane Smith (Vice)

12:00pm – 12:30pm Do Great Things: Justin Rosenstein (Asana)

12:30pm – 2:00pm LUNCH

2:00pm – 2:25pm Fireside Chat with Brendan Iribe (Oculus VR)

Startup Battlefield with Jason Kincaid

2:25pm – 2:30pm How the Startup Battlefield Works

2:30pm – 3:30pm Startup Battlefield Session One – Hey, Are You Ready For This?

Judges: Michael Lazerow (, Heidi Messer(collective[i]), Rich Miner (Google Ventures), Ryan Sarver (Redpoint Ventures)

3:30pm – 3:45pm BREAK

3:45pm – 4:45pm Startup Battlefield Session Two – You Say Black, I Say White

Judges: Ayah Bdeir (littleBits), Rachel Haot (New York State), Jacob Mullins (Exitround), Henrik Werdelin (Barkbox)

4:45pm – 5:00pm BREAK

5:00pm – 6:00pm Startup Battlefield Session Three – On Every Street, On Every Screen

Judges: Mike Brown (Bowery Capital), John Frankel (ff Venture Capital), Melody McCloskey (StyleSeat), David Tisch (Box Group)

9:00pm – midnight After Party hosted by New Relic at 404, 404 10th Avenue (between 33rd St & 34th St), NY 


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

9:00am – 9:10am Opening Remarks by TechCrunch

9:10am – 9:40am In Conversation with Lerer Ventures: Jordan CooperEric HippeauBen Lerer and Ken Lerer

9:40am – 10:00am Founder Stories with Renaud Laplanche (Lending Club)

10:00am – 10:30am Fireside Chat with Astro Teller (Google[X])

10:30am – 10:55am In Conversation with SV Angel: David Lee and Brian Pokorny

10:55am – 11:05am Special Product Announcement

11:05am – 11:15am BREAK

11:15am – 11:25am Special Product Announcement

11:25am – 11:50am Fireside Chat with Neil Smit (Comcast)

11:50am – 12:20pm Startup2Startup: Rise Of The Developer Tools: John Collison (Stripe),  Ben Uretsky (DigitalOcean), Chris Wanstrath (Github)

12:20pm – 12:45pm In Conversation with Secret: Chrys Bader-Wechseler and David Byttow

12:45pm – 2:00pm LUNCH

2:00pm – 2:25pm HBO’s Silicon Valley: Alec BergMike JudgeThomas Middleditch and T.J. Miller

Startup Battlefield with Jason Kincaid

2:25pm – 2:30pm How the Startup Battlefield Works

2:30pm – 3:30pm Startup Battlefield Session Four – I’m Trav’ling At The Speed Of Light

Judges: Adam Cahan (Yahoo), Florian Meissner (EyeEm), David Samuel (Freestyle), Daniella Yacobovsky (BaubleBar)

3:30pm – 3:45pm BREAK

3:45pm – 4:45pm Startup Battlefield Session Five – You Make Me Live

Judges: Roee Adler (WeWork), Shana Fisher (Highline Venture Partners), Patrick Gallagher(CrunchFund), Benjamin Joffe (Haxlr8r)

4:45pm – 5:00pm BREAK

5:00pm – 6:00pm Startup Battlefield Session Six – What This World Is About

Judges: Thomas Korte (AngelPad), Erik Lammerding (N3TWORK), Kathryn Minshew (The Muse), David Pakman(Venrock)

9:00pm – midnight After Party at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson St. & Sullivan St.), NY


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

9:30am – 9:35am Opening Remarks by TechCrunch

9:35am – 9:55am In Conversation with Peter Weijmarshausen (Shapeways)

9:55am – 10:20am Is Winter Coming? Investing While Valuations Soar: Shana Fisher (Highline Venture Partners), John Lilly (Greylock Partners), Alfred Lin (Sequoia Capital) and Bijan Sabet(Spark Capital)

10:20am – 10:45am Hacking the Classroom: Joel Klein (Amplify) and Max Ventilla (AltSchool)

10:45am – 11:05am Fireside Chat with Niklas Zennström (Atomico)

11:05am – 11:15am BREAK

11:15am – 11:25am Hackathon Highlights

11:25am – 11:45am In Conversation with Matt Kaufman (Crunchbase)

11:45am – 12:10pm Fireside Chat with Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital) and Michael Heyward (Whisper)

12:10pm – 12:30pm Founder Stories with Sophia Amoruso (Nasty Gal)

12:30pm – 2:00pm LUNCH

2:00pm – 2:25pm Fireside Chat with Marissa Mayer (Yahoo)

2:25pm – 2:40pm Startup Battlefield Alumni

2:40pm – 2:45pm Passing the Disrupt Cup

2:45pm – 2:55pm BREAK

Startup Battlefield with Jason Kincaid

2:55pm – 3:00pm How the Startup Battlefield Works

3:00pm – 5:00pm Startup Battlefield Finals

Judges: John Borthwick (Betaworks), Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital), Chris Dixon (Andreessen Horowitz), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo),  Brian Pokorny (SV Angel) and Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures)

5:00pm – 5:30pm Cocktail Reception

5:30pm – 6:00pm Closing Awards Ceremony