Sam O'Keefe

Sam O’Keefe is currently the Director of Special Projects at TechCrunch. In this capacity, she manages the Startup Battlefield, the preeminent startup competition for seed stage companies. Sam recruits, selects and coaches startups to launch on-stage at TechCrunch events in San Francisco, New York, London and Las Vegas. Sam also oversees Include, TechCrunch’s diversity program, leading efforts on reporting internal diversity numbers and creating programs such as a monthly office hour series connecting underrepresented founders with top venture capitalists.

Previously, Sam was a founder at MicroEval, an enterprise software startup, and participated in Y-Combinator(S12).

Sam serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she received both her BS and MS degrees. She also is a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

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  • Female founders, apply now for Include Office Hours with Accel

    Female founders, apply now for Include Office Hours with Accel

    Include Office Hours are coming to London! On Friday, December 2 from 4-6 p.m, partners from Accel will join TechCrunch to provide advice and feedback to startups. Apply now! Unlike previous sessions, the upcoming Office Hours are solely focused on teams with at least one female founder. To sweeten the deal, teams selected for Office Hours will also be invited to an exclusive Women in… Read More

  • Website-creation platform PageCloud raises $4M Series A

    Website-creation platform PageCloud raises $4M Series A

    Browser-based website-creation service PageCloud announced that it has closed a $4 million Series A, bringing the company’s funding total to date to about $8.5 million. Participants in the round include early-stage venture-capital firm Accomplice, trade-finance agency Export Development Canada and angel investors like Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke, former SalesForce VP Avanish Sahai, and… Read More

  • Ava, the fertility wearable, raises $9.7M to help families conceive

    Ava, the fertility wearable, raises $9.7M to help families conceive

    Ava, a medical technology company focused on women’s reproductive health, announced today that it has raised a $9.7 million Series A. The investment was led by European VC firm Polytech Ventures with Blue Ocean Ventures, Global Sources and the company’s existing seed investors Swisscom and ZKB participating. Ava originally launched as part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield… Read More

  • GoodLands partners with ESRI to launch the Catholic Geographic System

    GoodLands partners with ESRI to launch the Catholic Geographic System

    Religion and technology are not two phrases that often go hand in hand. Molly Burhans is looking to change that. Growing up Catholic in upstate New York, Burhans had the intention of becoming a nun. However, after studying landscape and ecological design in graduate school, she discovered a different calling. In her coursework, Burhans begin using geographic or geospatial information… Read More

  • Watch Acceleprise’s Demo Day here

    Watch Acceleprise’s Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Acceleprise’s Cohort 5 Demo Day, today, November 9th, starting at 10:00am PT. Acceleprise is a SaaS-focused accelerator based in San Francisco led by partners Nick Mehta (CEO of Gainsight), Tien Tzuo (CEO of Zuora), Karen Appleton (Early Box Exec, current Apple VP) and Rowan Trollope (Senior Exec at Cisco) . With smaller cohort sizes, Acceleprise… Read More

  • Underrepresented founders: Apply now for Include Office Hours with NEA

    Underrepresented founders: Apply now for Include Office Hours with NEA

    TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening in SF on November 15th! Vanessa Larco, Pete Sonsini and Rick Yang of NEA will join TechCrunch to provide advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level. The Office Hours program is… Read More

  • Hardware Battlefield Application Deadline Extended!

    Hardware Battlefield Application Deadline Extended!

    We get it. You’re busy building a robot that can eat human food. That’s why we’ve extended the deadline for applications for TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield for a few more days. Submit your application by Monday November 14 at 9pm PT to compete for free demo space at the Consumer Electronics Show, $50,000 and the Metal Man trophy. For those of you following along… Read More

  • Watch Pitch@Palace 6.0 Demo Day here

    Watch Pitch@Palace 6.0 Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you the Pitch@Palace 6.0 Demo Day, live from St. James’s Palace, starting at 5:30pm BST, 9:30am PT. Established by The Duke of York, Pitch@Palace offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business in front of an audience of influencers. For those of you following along, the 12 entrepreneurs pitching in today’s event were selected… Read More

  • Watch 500 Startups’ Demo Day here

    Watch 500 Startups’ Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you 500 Startups’ Batch 18 Demo Day, also known as Demo-ween, today, October 28th, starting at 12:00pm PT. 500 Startups is a global seed fund and startup accelerator founded by Dave McClure and Christine Tsai. 500 has invested in a variety of technology startups all over the world and maintains regional funds focused on Korea, Thailand, Turkey and… Read More

  • Underrepresented founders: apply now for Include Office Hours with Venrock

    Underrepresented founders: apply now for Include Office Hours with Venrock

    TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening in NYC on November 3rd! Richard Kerby and David Pakman of Venrock will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level. The Office Hours program… Read More

  • Applications are open for Hardware Battlefield at CES

    Applications are open for Hardware Battlefield at CES

    We’re back. Hardware Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premier hardware startup event and is returning to the world’s largest consumer electronic show. Applications are now open until November 3 at 9pm PT. Submit your application here to compete for free demo space at CES, a $50,000 prize and the Metal Man trophy. Hardware Battlefield is part of TechCrunch’s Startup… Read More

  • The 2016 TechCrunch Include Progress Report

    The 2016 TechCrunch Include Progress Report

    Diversity is central to TechCrunch’s mission. We believe that everyone, regardless of background, should have access to the immense possibilities of the tech world. We also believe that a diversified workforce can only benefit technology businesses and society at large. In that spirit, TechCrunch’s Include program aims to use TechCrunch’s editorial, product, data and… Read More

  • Watch Pitch@Palace’s Demo Day here

    Watch Pitch@Palace’s Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Pitch@Palace’s Demo Day today, Friday 14 October, from 09.30 GMT+1, live from the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. Pitch@Palace was set up by The Duke of York to amplify and accelerate U.K. tech entrepreneurs. At Pitch@Palace Boot Camp, 31 teams will give a three-minute pitch. Judges will then select the 12-15 best startups to pitch at St. Read More

  • Watch the Disney Accelerator Demo Day here

    Watch the Disney Accelerator Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Disney Accelerator’s Demo Day today, October 13th, from 2:30pm – 3:50pm PT. This marks the first time that Disney has run its accelerator fully in-house without relying on Techstars, the outside partner that helped it get the program off the ground in 2014. Unlike previous batches, participants span from seed- or very early-stage companies… Read More

  • You have less than 24 hours to apply to the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London

    You have less than 24 hours to apply to the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London

    Yes, you read that right. Applications for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London close tomorrow, Thursday at noon PT! Time to get going. You can do it. Startups should note that teams from across Europe and around the world are all eligible to participate in the event. We’re looking for the hottest seed-stage startups to launch on our stage and all verticals are… Read More

  • Teachers and mentors: apply to have your students attend Disrupt London

    Teachers and mentors: apply to have your students attend Disrupt London

    Applications are now open for student groups to attend Disrupt London at The Copper Box Arena on Tuesday, December 6th. The program is part of Include, TechCrunch’s diversity program aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to gain better access to the startup scene. Starting at Disrupt SF last month, TC has formalized our student program by creating… Read More

  • Only two days left to submit your Startup Battlefield application!

    Only two days left to submit your Startup Battlefield application!

    Yes, you read that right. Applications for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London close this Thursday! Time to get going. You can do it. We loved being in London so much that we’re bringing Disrupt back to welcome an all-new slate of outstanding startups, influential speakers, guests and more to the stage. Most of all, we want the hottest companies to launch — for the first… Read More

  • Lessons from Shippo’s Series A

    Lessons from Shippo’s Series A

    Closing a Series A is notoriously hard — so much so that it has been coined the “Series A Crunch.” It’s estimated that only about 25 percent of startups that raise a seed round go on to close an A round. Shippo, a multi-carrier shipping API, is one startup that made it through. Last month, the company announced their $7 million Series A led by USV. Albert Wenger will… Read More

  • Startup Battlefield application deadline extended for Disrupt London!

    Startup Battlefield application deadline extended for Disrupt London!

    Attention startup hopefuls: It’s time to stop procrastinating and apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London. Startups from across the U.S. and around the world now have until 12pm PT on October 13th to get their application in front of the selection team. Apply now! We get it, you’re super busy. Maybe you’ve been working extra hard to push out new features to… Read More

  • Hamwells raises €1.2 million for the connected e-shower of the future

    Hamwells raises €1.2 million for the connected e-shower of the future

    When you take your next shower, the water flowing from the faucet may just be recycled. That’s the vision fueling Hamwells, a Netherlands-based startup that launched in the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London 2015. In the Battlefield, the company presented their e-shower with a re-circulation mode that recycles each drop of water 7 times, significantly reducing the waste… Read More

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