Disrupt

  • Favorite Moments From Disrupt NYC Day Three

    Our last day of Disrupt NYC was bittersweet, but we all got to ride a Tesla. Make sure to check out our favorite moments from Day One, Day Two, pictures of the whole event (including the Hackathon, Startup Alley, backstage, and our after parties), and all of the videos we shot while in New York. Looking back, here are some of our favorite moments from our last day of Disrupt in New York City. Read More

  • Favorite Moments From Disrupt NYC Day Two

    Day One of Disrupt NYC was packed with all-star speakers and Day Two was just as memorable. All of the photos and videos can be found here and here, but here is a quick breakdown of our favorite moments from Day Two. The second day kicked off with a bang. With Charlie Rose scheduled to interview Paul Graham and Ashton Kutcher, people from all over were watching in anticipation, quickly waiting… Read More

  • Favorite Moments From Disrupt NYC Day One

    Day One of Disrupt in New York City was packed with all-star speakers and interviews. All of the videos from Disrupt can be found here and pictures here, but we wanted to do a quick breakdown of videos and pictures of our favorite moments from Day One. When Erick Schonfeld sat down with Fred Wilson, we weren’t really ready for what was about to be said. When asked about the Twitter… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Motorola Xoom And Free Ticket To Disrupt SF #TCDisrupt

    Sadly, Disrupt NYC is over. However, we saw amazing new startups and had the time of our lives in New York City. You can find all of the pictures from Disrupt NYC here and take a peek at all of the videos we captured, including backstage footage here. The ultimate guide for Disrupt NYC can be found here, and we will also be breaking down some of our personal favorite moments in the days to come. Read More

  • A Look Back At Our Favorite Moments From This Year's Disrupt NYC Hackathon And Startup Alley

    Disrupt NYC has wrapped and tickets are already on sale for our next Disrupt, which we are incredibly excited to be bringing back to San Francisco this September. However, before we start revealing what we have in store for this fall, we wanted to recap everything that went down in New York one last time. There were too many good things that happened, many of which we know some of you have… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt Is Coming To San Francisco. Tickets Available Now!

    TechCrunch Disrupt Is Coming To San Francisco. Tickets Available Now!

    We saw brilliant hackers, met determined entrepreneurs, revealed new companies and products, witnessed a surprise proposal, threw incredible after parties, chatted with inspirational guest speakers, witnessed our first ever “Office Hours” onstage, and gave away spontaneous prizes, all while hosting an amazing event in New York City. Disrupt NYC was a huge hit and we are still… Read More

  • A TechCrunch Disrupt Proposal

    Ah, true love. Everyone was surprised — even Michael Arrington was left speechless and said he was “discombobulated” — after Julia Hu was proposed to onstage during her special product announcement at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City. Hu, CEO and founder of LARK, was near the end of her presentation when someone called out that she had one more slide left to go over. Read More

  • Venture Crapital Lets You Play The Tech Bubble As An HTML5 Game

    Whether you’re on Team Andreessen, who held that we weren’t in a tech bubble at the AllThingsD conference, or the now revised Team Arrington (“All signs point to a real bubble, probably starting later this year when a lot more companies start to go public.”), there’s no denying post Groupon S-1 drop that we’re in a bubble of people talking about whether or… Read More

  • Watch: The Daily Gets The Lowdown On What It's Like To Be A Startup At Disrupt NYC

    There were a lot of stellar startups at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC last week, and unfortunately, there could only be one set of finalists and one winner. Of course, that doesn’t mean that those companies that didn’t make the final heat aren’t worthy of some love. The Daily followed the entrepreneurs behind three Disrupt NYC battlefield competitors, SpotOn, Spenz, and Madbrook… Read More

  • Steve Jang and Alexander Ljung on Social Music

    Disrupt Backstage Pass: So What, Exactly, Is Social Music? (TCTV)

    One of the most interesting panels at last week’s Disrupt featured a discussion about social music between Steve Jang the co-founder and CEO of Schematic Labs and Alexander Ljung the founder and CEO of SoundCloud. Jang and Ljung are both developing apps and services that enable us to share music, sounds and our musical taste. Jang’s product is Soundtracking, an iPhone app that… Read More

  • Google VP Marissa Mayer on Google Maps on Mobile Devices

    Disrupt Backstage Pass: Google's Marissa Mayer Talks Serendipity (And Dodges The Apple Question)

    Last week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Google VP of Location and Local Services Marissa Mayer took the stage for an interview with our own Michael Arrington, where they discussed everything from Google’s mobile growth to Mayer’s investment strategy. A few minutes after the interview, I had the chance to ask her a few more questions about Google’s approach to mobile and local. Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher on Evolving as an Angel Investor

    Disrupt Backstage Pass: Ashton Kutcher On Why He Invested In Airbnb

    Ashton Kutcher started dabbling in tech startups a few years ago, but he is no longer a dabbler, as his his Disrupt interview with Charlie Rose last week made clear. Kutcher is an investor in a dozen tech companies, including Skype, Foursquare, Path, and Kevin Rose’s Milk. In this backstage interview with Sarah Lacy, he reveals that he is also an investor in Airbnb (whose CEO Brian… Read More

  • Chris Dixon Interviews Charlie Cheever of Quora

    (Founder Stories) Quora's Charlie Cheever On Building A Disruptive Knowledge Platform

    Last week at Disrupt, Chris Dixon did a version of Founder Stories onstage with Quora founder Charlie Cheever. We learned that Quora is not looking to sell, but we also learned a lot more. For instance, what convinced Cheever to quit Facebook with co-founder Adam D’Angelo was that tried to “imagine a world where I knew everything that I wanted to know, as long as someone else in… Read More

  • Disrupt NYC: The Final Battle (Video)

    After 30 startups launching on stage at Disrupt NYC, it all culminated in the final battle between six finalists: Getaround, BillGuard, Sonar, Do@, ccLoop, and InvoiceASAP. What made this final battle so fascinating to watch was not only the quality of the startups, but the quality of the judges: Fred Wilson, Ron Conway, Marisa Mayer, Roelof Botha, and Josh Kopelman. We put together the… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang Back from TechCrunch Disrupt

    Gillmor Gang 5.28.11 (TCTV)

    This week’s Gillmor Gang comes at the end of travel — to New York for TechCrunch Disrupt and Las Vegas for the Forrester Analyst Forum. Disrupt continues to gather a head of steam, with the social effects of an emerging app ecosystem now being built out across the media and the enterprise. Although it seems still to be at the early stages with Twitter heading off a second front… Read More

  • What It Was Like To Launch At Disrupt NYC

    There are many local, regional and global startup competitions that startups can compete in. I’m a big believer in the value of these startup competitions for two big reasons—they are a great forcing function to ship your product and refine your ability to pitch your business. Even if you have no plans to raise money, you will have to pitch your business to achieve your… Read More

  • Disrupt Hack Baitr Skewers Viral Launch Pages

    While Baitr didn’t win the TC Disrupt Hackathon, it did win the minds and hearts of those in attendance who had a tendency towards black humor. Baitr, a Launchrock-type viral launch page that does nothing but visualize your email falling into the abyss, isn’t at all useful. But it is funny. Says creator Peter Watts, “Launchrock is good for entrepreneurialism but it’s… Read More

  • The Ultimate Guide To Disrupt NYC 2011

    The Ultimate Guide To Disrupt NYC 2011

    The latest Disrupt has wrapped, but given the volume of news it created and the rate at which posts were pushing each other off the front page, you could be forgiven for missing a few items or videos here and there. Don’t worry, though: we’ve got the highlights of the show collected right here. Actually, that’s not entirely true. We still have a ton of backstage talks and… Read More

  • Charlie Cheever on Developments in Quora

    Charlie Cheever Explains The Difference Between Quora And Wikipedia

    Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever not only doesn’t want to sell his hot start-up but – as he told me backstage earlier this week at Disrupt – he even has an explicit non-goal of not selling the company. Non-goals or not, Cheever has a lot to smile about. Traffic is up to record levels at Quora and the site continues to be a paragon of innovation in the social space. In… Read More

  • By Popular Demand, The Music From Disrupt – Available For Download

    We’ve gotten a lot of requests for our Disrupt conference theme music. Some conference attendees and webcast viewers apparently can’t get the music out of their heads and want to hear it some more. Instead of picking music from a music production library, this year we created custom tracks. The music came to us all the way from New Zealand from a company called Smith &… Read More