Disrupt

  • Marissa Mayer Teaches Us How To Pronounce “Zagat”

    Marissa Mayer Teaches Us How To Pronounce “Zagat”

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, the closing talk was between Michael Arrington and Google’s Marissa Mayer. As Mike noted, the two of them have been on stage together more than any other interview duo at TechCrunch events, so it’s fitting that Mike’s final interview as a TechCrunch employee is with Mayer. He focused on one thing: Zagat. Mayer led the recent acquisition of the… Read More

  • Reminder: The TC Gadgets/Mobile Meet-Up Is Tomorrow In San Francisco

    Reminder: The TC Gadgets/Mobile Meet-Up Is Tomorrow In San Francisco

    To recap: on September 15 at 6:30pm TechCrunch Mobile and Gadgets will host our first meet-up at Roe @ 651 Howard St. in sunny SF. Sponsored by Samsung, this meet-up will be the first chance for our readers to get ahold of some of Samsung’s latest products including the just-announced Galaxy S II. It is an event not to be missed. We’ll have some finger food, a little dancing… Read More

  • From Over 130 Hacks Came The Ultimate Six: The Hackathon Winners Take To The Stage

    From Over 130 Hacks Came The Ultimate Six: The Hackathon Winners Take To The Stage

    Over the weekend, over 400 hackers gathered for 24 hours of hacking, Red Bull, and networking. From these late night toils, over 130 hacks emerged from the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. On Sunday afternoon, five expert judges, which included Salesforce’s VP of Open Cloud Standards Kevin Marks, Google’s Rohit Khare, Betfair’s Vice President of Mobile Engineering Raj… Read More

  • Qwiki Embraces HTML5 And Takes The Next Content Step With The Qwiki Editor

    Qwiki Embraces HTML5 And Takes The Next Content Step With The Qwiki Editor

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, last year’s winner, Qwiki, took the stage to give an update on their business. We originally noted that they may be the future of information consumption. But that information was largely pre-packaged at the time. Today, they’ve starting to give people the power to make their own Qwikis. CEO Doug Imbruce announced the Qwiki Editor today. With it… Read More

  • Miso Media Raises Another $2.4 Million To Help You Learn Guitar

    Miso Media Raises Another $2.4 Million To Help You Learn Guitar

    One of the companies taking the stage this afternoon at TechCrunch Disrupt is Miso Media, a startup that’s looking to help you learn how to play guitar with the help of your smartphone or tablet. In addition to a product update, the company had some significant news: it’s about to raise $2.4 million in a round led by Mind Fund (based in Hong Kong), with participation from Aria… Read More

  • Sonar Adds LinkedIn Support, Gets A Shiny New Interface

    Sonar Adds LinkedIn Support, Gets A Shiny New Interface

    This afternoon at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Sonar announced that they’d added in what is likely their userbase’s most requested feature: LinkedIn support. Launched just months ago at Disrupt NY, Sonar taps into your existing social network accounts and your current location to find potential connections between you and those around you. Up until now, Sonar supported only Facebook… Read More

  • Fly Or Die: Premature Opinions On Windows 8? We Got ‘Em Here!

    Fly Or Die: Premature Opinions On Windows 8? We Got ‘Em Here!

    Erick and I did a quick Fly or Die on the Windows 8 pre-release tablet they sent along with us from Build this year and we were split right down blue (screen of death) state/grey (screen of death) lines. I found the pre-release to be lacking and buggy (I’m not alone) but I know the future when I see it. Like it or not, this is the next Windows 8 and, as I noted, this is a… Read More

  • Remind101's Brad Kopf on the Imagine K12 Program

    Remind101 Is A Private Twitter For Teachers

    Ten companies from the Imagine K12 incubator in Palo Alto pitched their wares onstage this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt. In order to participate in the three-month Imagine K12 program, which runs out of the AOL offices, a startup has to have an education bent but otherwise can focus on any product. When I asked Imagine K12 participant Brett Kopf why start an incubator focused solely on… Read More

  • McClure’s Five “Million Dollar Points” For Startup Valuaton

    McClure’s Five “Million Dollar Points” For Startup Valuaton

    Today during TechCrunch Disrupt, Michael Arrington led a discussion between a panel of angel investors. There was a ton of good content, but one thing that sticks out as particularly interesting is the way 500 Startups’ Dave McClure thinks about valuations. He has what he calls “million dollar points” — and there are five of them. McClure brought them up when a… Read More

  • Kevin O’Connor To Entrepreneurs: Don’t Be Afraid To ‘Throw A Turd In The Punch Bowl’

    Kevin O’Connor To Entrepreneurs: Don’t Be Afraid To ‘Throw A Turd In The Punch Bowl’

    On stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, Kevin O’Connor, the former Co-founder of DoubleClick and current Founder and CEO of FindTheBest, offered some pointed advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. Having co-founded DoubleClick, which was acquired by Google in 2007 for over $3 billion, O’Connor said that a lot of people think he has more money — and perhaps more… Read More

  • Is Facebook Copying Google+ And Twitter? VP Of Engineering, Mike Schroepfer, Responds

    Is Facebook Copying Google+ And Twitter? VP Of Engineering, Mike Schroepfer, Responds

    Mike Schroepfer, Vice President of Engineering at Facebook, spoke with Jason Kincaid at this morning’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference. The topic of the conversation focused on many of Facebook’s newest features, including the recently launched Friend Lists and “Subscribe” option, which lets users follow others’ public updates in a model very similar to Twitter… Read More

  • BookLikes.com Attempts To Out-Suggest Amazon

    BookLikes.com Attempts To Out-Suggest Amazon

    One of the exhibitors at TC Disrupt was BookLikes.com, a Polish start-up dedicated to letting you know which book you should read next – among other things. The site is essentially a bookstore melded with a recommendation engine melded with a social network. It allows you to follow your friends reading lists, prepare reading groups, and see what you should read next based on your… Read More

  • Votizen Launches “Virtual Precinct Walk” For San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Election

    Votizen Launches “Virtual Precinct Walk” For San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Election

    Votizen, a new platform for connecting registered voters with elected officials, is launching the first-ever “virtual” precinct walk today, starting with San Franciscans for Jobs and Good Government, a committee supporting Ed Lee for Mayor of San Francisco. This virtual precinct walk is a modern update on traditional door-to-door campaigning, where previously… Read More

  • Most Of The Page Views On Facebook Contain Social Ad Formats

    Most Of The Page Views On Facebook Contain Social Ad Formats

    At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco today, TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld took the stage to chat with Facebook’s Product Director for Ads at Facebook Gokul Rajaram about the social network’s advertising operations. For background, Rajaram was known as the “Godfather of Google Adsense,” and joined Facebook last year through the acquisition of his company Chai… Read More

  • John Doerr On Apple: “The Steve Jobs Way Of Thinking Goes On”

    John Doerr On Apple: “The Steve Jobs Way Of Thinking Goes On”

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, Michael Arrington sat down with Kleiner Perkins’ partner John Doerr. They kicked off the talk by discussing Doerr’s history. When he started at Kleiner in 1980, the personal computer revolution was just starting. Doerr noted that he dabbled with many of the early PCs, but “the Apple was way more compelling”. Doerr recalled going to an… Read More

  • Watch TC Disrupt SF 2011 Live Day 3

    The third and final day of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011 has started this morning and you can watch live here. Over the past two days, 31 startups have battled in front of the judges and an audience of thousands to vie for the Disrupt Cup and $50,000. The final seven were chosen this morning for the semifinals and tune in to see who the winner is later today! Read More

  • The 2011 Disrupt SF Battlefield Final Round Companies

    The 2011 Disrupt SF Battlefield Final Round Companies

    We are two days into Disrupt SF, and 31 startups have battled in front of the judges and an audience of thousands to vie for the Disrupt Cup and $50,000. The caliber of the startups across the board was so strong that seven of them are advancing to the final round. After tallying up the judges scores and conferring with the TechCrunch writing staff, Heather Harde and I have selected the… Read More

  • Turntable.Fm Co-Founders at Disrupt SF 2011

    Billy Chasen And Seth Goldstein: Turntable.fm Was Less Of A Pivot And More Of A Restart

    Turntable.fm founders Seth Goldstein and Billy Chasen sat down with TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch Disrupt to talk about the rise of Turntable.fm from the ashes of Stickybits, among other things. “It was less of a pivot and more of a restart,” Chasen said, on why he decided to dump the team’s original intent of making random barcode scanning an… Read More

  • Kevin Systrom on Instagram's Expansion Strategy

    How Instagram Has Stayed Nimble As They Approach 10 Million Users

    Earlier today at TechCrunch Disrupt, Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom was on a panel with Eric Ries and Scott Cook talking about Ries’ “Lean Startup” concept. In many ways, Instagram can now be viewed as perhaps the poster child of running lean — they have just six employees and they’re just shy of 10 million users. But it’s about more than just… Read More

  • CardFlick Hopes You’ll Never Use Paper Business Cards Again

    CardFlick Hopes You’ll Never Use Paper Business Cards Again

    Today’s TechCrunch Disrupt audience choice winner was digital business card sharing app CardFlick, a recently launched iPhone app that allows you to trade contact info either with other people who have downloaded the app or via email. Founder Ketan Anjaria tells me that what sets the app apart from competitor Bump is that it goes beyond data exchange, “We’re about… Read More