Ned Desmond

Ned Desmond


Ned Desmond is the COO of TechCrunch General Manager of AOL Tech and Engadget.

He was also responsible for CrunchBase from April 2012 until September 2015, when Crunchbase spun out of AOL/Verizon to become a standalone, venture-backed company, in partnership with Emergence Capital.

Previously he was the founder and president of GoSportn, an enthusiast media company, which launched and

Prior to GoSportn, Desmond was head of digital at Time Inc. for six years, founder of eCompany Now (later merged with Business 2.0), and held senior management roles at Disney and Infoseek. He launched Infoseek Japan with Joi Ito, which was acquired in 2000 by Rakuten.

He came to Silicon Valley in 1996 after working for nearly a decade in Asia as a correspondent for Time magazine.

The Latest from Ned Desmond

CrunchMatch Connects Investors and Founders at Disrupt SF 2018

Disrupt San Francisco 2018 promises to be our biggest Disrupt event ever — with three times the convention floor space and more than 10,000 attendees. That’s incredibly exciting, and it also prese

UC Berkeley Professor Abbeel to speak at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics, May 11 at Zellerbach Hall

TechCrunch’s upcoming TC Sessions: Robotics is fast taking shape. The single-day event, held on May 11, will focus on the crossroads of the latest AI and robotics technology and the startup eco

All your questions answered at Disrupt SF’s Q&A Sessions

TechCrunch Disrupt’s Main Stage always features interviews with the best and brightest tech founders, innovators and investors from around the world. As good as those interviews are, past attend

Get the insider perspective on The Next Stage at Disrupt SF

TechCrunch’s Disrupt events are known for big launch announcements, like the first public rollout of Dag Kittlaus’ Siri-killer Viv, as well as ground-breaking interviews with the top figures in th

Announcing TC Sessions: Robotics with UC Berkeley, May 11 at Zellerbach Hall

Robotics is an incredibly demanding field because robots demand the best of everything technology has to offer, from machine learning, to sensors and GPUs, to materials technology and of course the &#

Registration is now open for Disrupt SF 2018

Hey startup world, get ready for the biggest, most ambitious TechCrunch Disrupt event ever. Disrupt, the world’s top technology and startup event, will take place in San Francisco on September 5-7,

Watch the second half of Bubbleproof’s first season

We’re excited to be premiering a new mockumentary series about the startup world called Bubbleproof. You can watch the second half of the first season right here. On Google AMP? Click here for a

Startups and investors get connected at Disrupt Berlin with CrunchMatch

Whether you’re a founder on a fundraising mission or an investor searching for the perfect addition to your portfolio, you want to make the most of your time at Disrupt Berlin. But with thousands of

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 will be held at the Moscone Center West, Sept. 5-7

TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF is the pride of TechCrunch’s event line-up, and last September the event reached new heights, including 5,000 attendees, 1,220 investor-founder meetings, 500 exhibiting sta

Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia, Sydney Nov 16

Hard to believe that TechCrunch's first Startup Battlefield Australia is just one month away. The Sydney event on November 16 at ATP's Locomotive Workshop will present a tremendous day of programming

Hear the inside story on Australia’s first ICO at Battlefield Australia Nov. 16 in Sydney

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia (Nov. 16 in Sydney) is approaching fast, and the fifteen finalists, selected from 272 applicants, have just received the good news. The names of those

Announcing the 2017 update to the Crunchbase Women in Venture report

In the first Crunchbase Women in Venture report (April 2016), our goal was to establish a well-defined baseline against which to measure future progress of women in the venture business. As 2017 dra

Don’t miss Off the Record sessions at Disrupt Berlin

TechCrunch Disrupt brings top tech founders and investors to the stage for riveting interviews, but many attendees want more time with the experts. Introducing Off the Record (OTR), a new series of se

Battlefield Australia produces a striking group of founder applicants

Applications are officially closed for TechCrunch’s Battlefield Australia, and the response exceeded expectations. There are 272 early-stage companies from Australia and New Zealand that are now v

TechCrunch has 100 tickets to see South of Market: the Musical v2

After a sold-out run in 2016, South of Market: The Musical returns to San Francisco this fall with v2 of the musical revue that pokes fun at the year’s trends, issues and absurdities within the Bay

Announcing the complete agenda for Disrupt SF, plus five reasons why you need to be there

Our Disrupt SF (September 18-20) is just a week away, and we’ve made Disrupt SF more engaging and useful than ever for founders and investors alike, in addition to providing a pretty mind-blowi

Off the Record sessions: Meet the AI, security and biotech experts at Disrupt SF

Last week we announced the first round of our Off the Record (OTR) sessions — which are opportunities to go deep with our speakers and other topics on subjects like Cryptocurrencies, China Cross Bor

OTR: Join roundtable discussions about Crypto, AR/VR, China and Robotics at Disrupt SF

We heard from past Disrupt attendees that they are eager for more opportunities to discuss in greater depth the big topics we cover on the main stage. That insight led us to create smaller, more focus

Hear what founders and investors say about CrunchMatch, a key feature at Disrupt SF

Scoring the right meeting at TechCrunch Disrupt SF used to be like finding a needle in a hay stack, But our CrunchMatch program makes it dramatically easier for investors to find the founders they are

Meet the feature pavilion startups at Disrupt SF

Every great Disrupt debuts fantastic startups and this September 18-20 Disrupt SF will be no exception. TechCrunch has selected 30 outstanding early-stage companies that will be featured in specific c
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