Disrupt

  • Welcome to Disrupt Beijing 2011

    TechCrunch to Beijing: The Eagle Has Landed

    It has begun. Some eight hours ago, eight more members of the TechCrunch team landed in Beijing. Giddy and jetlagged, we are spending every minute between wheels down today and curtain up Monday morning working on the Hackathon, shooting videos, meeting with Chinese speakers and showing Western speakers a bit of this amazing country. Most important, we’re working with the startups… Read More

  • TechCrunch Ad Hoc Meet-Up In Hong Kong And Shenzhen

    TechCrunch Ad Hoc Meet-Up In Hong Kong And Shenzhen

    As you probably know, Disrupt Beijing is happening next week and I’ll be heading south from Beijing after the event. I would love to hang out with folks in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. As it stands, I think we can put together a meet-up in Hong Kong on Wednesday Night (November 2nd) and another meet-up in Shenzhen on Friday night (November 4). I welcome recommendations for spots and… Read More

  • The Hackathon: Your Ticket To Disrupt Beijing, Great Prizes, And More

    The Hackathon: Your Ticket To Disrupt Beijing, Great Prizes, And More

    Hackers, are you ready? The Disrupt Beijing Hackathon is almost here. Not only is this our fifth time hosting the Hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt, but it is our very first time hosting it overseas. The Hackathon has become an incredibly popular event, where hackers of every stripe come together to build cool products and businesses — from funny to useful, from bizarre to essential. The… Read More

  • Less Than A Month After Winning Disrupt, Shaker Raises $15 Million

    Less Than A Month After Winning Disrupt, Shaker Raises $15 Million

    Shaker, the Israeli startup that won Disrupt SF less than a month ago, is raising a hefty $15 million series A. The round is being led by Menlo Ventures, with good-karma VC Shervin Pishevar doing the deal. Michael Arrington’s CrunchFund is also an investor, along with Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter, and Pitango Venture Capital. … Read More

  • This Is What Winning Feels Like, Shaker Edition

    This Is What Winning Feels Like, Shaker Edition

    “‘What?.’ ‘We made it to Disrupt,’ Sarah said calmly. ‘We screamed so hard we woke up the building.'” After the screaming ended, the Israel-based Shaker team ditched Burning Man plans for TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011 rehearsals in San Francisco, devising a plan that would buy them some time (asking if they could have all 13 founders on stage) and having… Read More

  • Sequoia’s Doug Leone: We Are ‘Thrilled’ To Be Investors In Color, ‘Stay Tuned’ For The Pivot

    Sequoia’s Doug Leone: We Are ‘Thrilled’ To Be Investors In Color, ‘Stay Tuned’ For The Pivot

    It’s no secret that there’s been a major amount of controversy surrounding Color, the photo sharing app that launched earlier this year with $41 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank (Sequoia apparently put $25 million in). Color’s debut was one of the most-hyped launches the tech world has seen over the past year, and since then… Read More

  • Finally! Bitcasa CEO Explains How The Encryption Works

    Finally! Bitcasa CEO Explains How The Encryption Works

    TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Bitcasa, a new cloud storage provider, was met with a healthy dose of skepticism last week when it claimed to be able to provide “infinite storage.”  How does it do that? It can’t do what it promises! That’s not how encryption works! And so on. VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, along with First Round Capital, Pelion Venture Partners, and… Read More

  • Six Must-Watch Backstage Videos From Disrupt Plus The Music (TCTV)

    Six Must-Watch Backstage Videos From Disrupt Plus The Music (TCTV)

    It’s been a very busy week at TechCrunch with our Disrupt conference and other internal disruptions, so you may have missed some great and revealing interviews. Devin Coldewey wrote a post with the Six Must-Watch On-Stage Videos from Disrupt. But there was a lot of activity going on backstage too. We did more than 60 interviews with entrepreneurs, VC’s, Angels, CEO’s, and… Read More

  • Disruptive Tendencies

    Disruptive Tendencies

    Early on Day One of Disrupt SF, Silicon Valley legends Peter Thiel and Max Levchin came out on stage with a grim message of doom: “Innovation in the world today is somewhere between dire straits and dead … outside of computers and the Internet, we’ve had forty years of stagnation.” Meanwhile, Startup Alley boasted a large number of trivial, me-too apps, all too… Read More

  • The Mobile Picture Wars, The Moskovitz Manifesto, And Other Big Themes From TC Disrupt SF

    The Mobile Picture Wars, The Moskovitz Manifesto, And Other Big Themes From TC Disrupt SF

    TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 is over. After three days of launches, pivots, interviews, and demos, I’ve finally had a chance to catch up on sleep and digest what just happened. In no particular order, here are my thematic takeaways from this year’s conference: Day 1 1) The Mobile Picture Wars Rage On: I was naive to think the mobile picture-sharing wars started and ended last year… Read More

  • Six Must-Watch On-Stage Videos From Disrupt

    Six Must-Watch On-Stage Videos From Disrupt

    We have hours and hours of quality video from this year’s Disrupt SF, and you can browse it all over at TCTV, but there were a few on-stage interviews and discussions that we felt were unmissable. Whether they’re funny, interesting, or controversial, these show the quality and variety of the guests and topics we get to feature at Disrupt. Read More

  • Wrap It Up: Photos From Our First TC Gadgets/Mobile Meet-Up

    Wrap It Up: Photos From Our First TC Gadgets/Mobile Meet-Up

    It’s been a long while since we had a formal Gadgets/Mobile meet-up and I’m proud to say that this even, sponsored by Samsung, was a roaring success. We had people who drank far too much, people who ate far too many Cheez-Its (there were, sadly, no hors d’oeuvres so we made do with Hackathon grub), and people who won excellent prizes including Samsung Galaxy S II phones… Read More

  • Track Your Dog With Retriever, The Compact GPS Dog Collar

    Track Your Dog With Retriever, The Compact GPS Dog Collar

    One of the cooler gadgets we saw at Disrupt this year was the new Retrieva GPS dog tracker. Completely redesigned, this device lets you track Fido wherever he does roam and will let people know where to take him or her if lost. Read More

  • The New Social Network: Who’s Nearby, Not Who You Know

    The New Social Network: Who’s Nearby, Not Who You Know

    There’s a new concept for social networking services taking root, and it’s not about re-creating your offline social graph on the Web, like Facebook does today. It’s about discovering the people who are nearby you now – the ones you probably would like to meet. This type of discovery mechanism is already being made possible by a number of services, including the… Read More

  • Latakoo Moves HD Video Fast, Works Great For Newsrooms

    Latakoo Moves HD Video Fast, Works Great For Newsrooms

    Austin-based video startup latakoo has a funny name (it’s some kind of lark), but a great idea: make it easier to transfer HD video. Built by a group of journalists and technologists to solve the real-world problem of video-sharing in the newsroom environment, the company has already attracted 40 paying customers, including many TV station groups. With latakoo’s tool called… Read More

  • Gokul Rajaram on Advertising in Facebook

    Facebook’s Ad Czar Envisions A Future Where Nearly All Facebook Ads Are Social

    The ins and outs of the advertising business aren’t usually that fascinating, unless of course they involve a company that is attempting, out of necessity, to revamp the entire model. When you think about how far advertising has come since its Mad Men days, it’s a little shocking that Facebook ads will be responsible for a majority of the company’s estimated $4 billion in… Read More

  • Live Streaming Video Platform IntercastNetwork Brings Real-Time Feedback To Online Broadcasters

    Live Streaming Video Platform IntercastNetwork Brings Real-Time Feedback To Online Broadcasters

    IntercastNetwork is a rich-media interactive platform that allows brands to connect to audiences using a combination of live-streaming video, real-time polling, live chat, Q&A, payment processing and more. The resulting platform works well for live broadcasters, who can track audience engagement levels and feedback during in real-time, and adjust their message accordingly. Unlike… Read More

  • ThingLink Adds Rich Media Tags To Online Images

    ThingLink Adds Rich Media Tags To Online Images

    TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Alley participant ThingLink is a Helsinki, Finland and U.S.-based startup that lets you add rich media tags to online images. These tags appear as small dots when you hover your cursor over the image, and can link out to a number of services, including Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, EventBrite, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Flickr, SoundCloud, Spotify, Wikipedia and… Read More

  • Fanzila Upgrades Facebook Pages, With Apps For Blogs, Forums, Contests And More

    Fanzila Upgrades Facebook Pages, With Apps For Blogs, Forums, Contests And More

    Fanzila is a new startup that lets brands upgrade Facebook pages with blogs, forums, competitions and more. The company announced this week that it raised $1 million in Series A funding in round led by Blumberg Capital, who joins previous investors, Dr. Yossi Vardi, Shiomo Nechama and the Haaretz Newspaper Group. The announcement was timed perfectly to coincidence with Fanzila’s spot in… Read More

  • The Ultimate Guide To TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011

    The Ultimate Guide To TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011

    TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco has just wrapped. In the feverish air of anticipation we carefully cultivate during the Disrupt season, you may have missed some of the talks, panels, launches, or startups that have taken place here at this incomparable conference. Don’t worry. We’ve collected all the content by our writing and video teams here in this handy omnibus post. If you… Read More