Disrupt

  • How To Disrupt Petty Inconveniences

    How To Disrupt Petty Inconveniences

    Depending on who you ask, Jack Dorsey started off the latest Disrupt on either a very controversial or a very non-controversial note. “We need revolution, not disruption,” he said, words that would be easy to characterize as platitudes if he were not working hard at uprooting a few global institutions. Even so, the sentiment did not entirely match the tone of the conference that was… Read More

  • Plan Epic Dates: BeCouply’s Dates.fm Wins The Disrupt Hackathon SYNC AppLink Developer Challenge

    Plan Epic Dates: BeCouply’s Dates.fm Wins The Disrupt Hackathon SYNC AppLink Developer Challenge

    Almost a week ago, we kicked off our Hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt. Before the event started, Ford had already picked a number of teams that would get access to the otherwise closed Ford AppLink API. The winner of this challenge was BeCouply, which developed the Dates.fm app for suggesting interesting dates to Ford’s in-car interface. Date.fm, the team says, “lets you tune in… Read More

  • Wallwisher Brings The Flexibility Of Notes On Paper To The Web

    Wallwisher Brings The Flexibility Of Notes On Paper To The Web

    At TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, Wallwisher showed us the new version of their web application. Wallwisher allows user to write, collaborate and share content on an empty canvas. The idea is deliberately simple in order to allow many uses for the service. For example, you could create noticeboards, scrapbooks, playlists, charts, polls, use it to brainstorm or to manage events. Usage… Read More

  • Meet The Startups Bringing Online Dating Out Of The 90s

    Meet The Startups Bringing Online Dating Out Of The 90s

    Online dating is a huge business, but most dating sites are still stuck in the 90s. They don’t take advantage of developments in video and social networking, and they don’t have good mobile experiences. Here are a few startups I met at TechCrunch Disrupt SF that want to bring online dating into the modern era. Read More

  • Spestle Is CafePress For Seasoning Blends (Seriously)

    Spestle Is CafePress For Seasoning Blends (Seriously)

    When I read Spestle’s pitch for Startup Alley I thought it was either a prank or a goofy placeholder for a stealth startup: “Spestle lets you create custom seasoning & herb blends.” But Spestle is real and serious. It’s a service that enables you to create a custom seasoning blend, complete with your own packaging, and sell it online. When someone buys your spice… Read More

  • And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 Is… YourMechanic!

    And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 Is… YourMechanic!

    After nearly three days and plenty of pitches, our list of 30 hungry startups was trimmed down until there were only seven startups left standing: Expect Labs, Gyft, Lit Motors, Prior Knowledge, Saya, YourMechanic and Zumper. Their task? To take the stage one last time in front of our amazing panel of expert judges — Mike Arrington, Roelof Botha, Chris Dixon, Eric Eldon, David Lee… Read More

  • Pick1 Raises $1 Million For Opinions Database

    Pick1 Raises $1 Million For Opinions Database

    Pick1 has raised $1 million from private investors for its opinions database and automated market research platform that serves as an open graph for opinions. The investment is what the founders say represents a bridge round for future funding. It includes a $535,000 investment led by ChileGlobal Angels that brings the aggregated investment raised to date to $1 million. Among the investors… Read More

  • Vinod Khosla: “I Feel Sad Sometimes For Y Combinator Companies That Get So Much Hype”

    Vinod Khosla: “I Feel Sad Sometimes For Y Combinator Companies That Get So Much Hype”

    The legendary mentor Vinod Khosla criticized accelerators like Y Combinator who produce startups with overly slick pitches that he says garner “so much hype that they get valuations that no one who will help the team are going to pay.” During his TechCrunch Disrupt talk, Khosla explained that the key role of early investors is not funding, but personal attention and guidance. Read More

  • Sequoia’s Jim Goetz: Shocking More Startups Are Not Building For The Enterprise

    Sequoia’s Jim Goetz: Shocking More Startups Are Not Building For The Enterprise

    In a discussion on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today, Sequoia Capital’s Jim Goetz said it is shocking that more startups are not focused on the enterprise. It’s the notion of reinventing the IT stack that holds such opportunity, Goetz said. And it’s an opportunity for everyone in the Disrupt audience. Companies like Salesforce.com have helped pave the way… Read More