• Arrington: Sonar (Which Took $250K To Build) Is Better Than Color Could Hope To Be

    At the TC Disrupt startup battlefield finals, after Sonar CEO’s product demo (Sonar is an app that introduces you to the people relevant around you) TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington asked founder Brett Martin, how much he spent to build the service. When Martin replied that Sonar took around $250K to date to build, Arrington commented, “This is better now than Color could ever… Read More

  • Behold: TechCrunch Erupt In Iceland (Pictures)

    As some of you may have read, I was all set to step on a plane on Sunday to head to New York City for TechCrunch Disrupt. Then a giant volcano exploded. But being stranded in Iceland wasn’t all bad. First of all, it’s a beautiful country. Second, when some local entrepreneurs read about our misfortune, they got together and organized an event: TechCrunch Erupt. My friends and… Read More

  • Live Blog: TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield Finale

    We’re live at the very final Battlefield of TechCrunch Disrupt New York, where six finalists are duking it out for $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. We’ll be maintaining our live notes below — tune in to be the first to know who walks away victorious. Read More

  • 4Chan Has 18M Uniques A Month, Canvas Participation Is Optional

    4Chan and Canvas founder Christopher Poole (Moot) took the stage to talk to Erick Schoenfeld about creating vibrant online communities. Poole revealed that that the eight-year-old 4Chan is averaging 8 million users according to Quantcast and 18 million users according to Google. Note: Poole says that the Google numbers used to be 14 million and shot up to 18 because of a recent Google… Read More

  • Google Maps For Mobile Crosses 200 Million Installs; In June It Will Surpass Desktop Usage

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City, Google’s Marissa Mayer sat down with our own Michael Arrington. She’s an old pro dealing with Mike — she’s actually been to every event we’ve ever put on. And she knows that as long as she has some new data to give him, he won’t push on the other, more uncomfortable things he likes to push on. Or at least, he… Read More

  • Paul Graham's Office Hours Tips for Startups

    Absolute Must Watch: Office Hours With Paul Graham At TC Disrupt

    Today we tried something new at TechCrunch Disrupt: a special, on-stage office hour with Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham. The goal was to reproduce the sessions that Graham and other YC partners hold with each of the startups who participate in Y Combinator — except the startups at Disrupt were getting sage advice in front of a few thousand people. And boy, was it awesome. Six… Read More

  • Qwiki Will Soon Let You Qwiki Yourself

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner and alum Qwiki took the stage today for an update on news from the startup. What makes Qwiki so compelling is its ability to generate media on the fly that combines text, audio, and animated photos. It presents information in a highly visual way, assembling photos and spoken text from Wikipedia and other sources to create visual guides to millions of topics. The… Read More

  • This Brammo Enertia Electric Motorcyle Was Just Spontaneously Given Away At Disrupt

    Enamored of the shiny orange Brammo Enertia electric motorcyle adorning the stage during the latest presentations here at Disrupt NYC, Michael Arrington decided that it should be given away. Never mind that it wasn’t ours to give, and that we were already significantly over time. Once the idea took hold of his mind, he was not to be dissuaded, and after a short talk with Brammo CEO… Read More

  • Betaworks CEO John Borthwick on Twitdeck's Possible Acquisition

    Borthwick: Paying Attention in the iPad Era

    With today’s announcement by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo of the Tweetdeck acquisition, the shape of the next layer of micro messaging begins to come into focus. What BetaWorks CEO and co-founder John Borthwick was calling hypothetical yesterday when we talked backstage at TechCrunch Disrupt is now a fait accompli, if it wasn’t already so then. He described how Betaworks was at… Read More

  • Kima, Morin And Brichter-Backed Sparrow 1.2 Is The World's First Social Email Client

    In four months simple Mac mail client Sparrow has been downloaded over 300K times, has raised $250K in funding from luminaries like Dave Morin and from Tweetie creator Loren Brichter. “We’re not adding social layers mail for the sake of it,” says CEO Dom Leca. The basic idea is pulling contextual information from your social network that is relevant to the users, and Leca… Read More

  • Rabois: There's A 95 Percent Chance Square Will Do Better Than PayPal Financially

    Square COO and angel investor Keith Rabois took the stage today with Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt to discuss the mobile payments product, his investment strategy and more. As you may know, Square just launched a new version of its disruptive mobile payments platform this week. The company also reached some important milestones—500,000 card readers shipped, one million… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: White iPad 2 and Nook Color #TCDisrupt

    We are live in New York for the last day of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC. We have heard from amazing speakers, seen some unbelievable startups, and have given away many prizes. Since we know many of you were not able to attend, we wanted to do something nice for our readers and viewers at home. Thanks to DailySteals.com, we have one white iPad 2 and one Nook Color to give away. The lucky winner of… Read More

  • Disrupting Publishing - from Links to Tablets

    'The Daily' Is About To Hit A Million Downloads

    At the “Disrupting Publishing from Tablets to Links” panel at TechCrunch Disrupt, ‘The Daily’ Publisher Greg Clayman revealed an interesting milestone about Rupert Murdoch’s foray into tablet publishing. When asked by editor Erick Schonfeld whether or not the iPad app was doing well, Clayman revealed that it has been downloaded close to a million times, in the… Read More

  • With 3.5 Billion Page Views A Month, CloudFlare's Speed And Security Hit Your Apps

    Speed and security are essential for the success of any website, so a free service that supercharges your site and pr Speed and security are essential for the success of any website, so a free service that supercharges your site and protects it from those many web-born threats? Priceless. This is why CloudFlare was a runner-up at Disrupt SF last year, because it is attempting to bring speedy… Read More

  • Airbnb About To Launch Sublets As Service Is Exploding With Activity

    Today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky had some news to share on stage when talking to our own Erick Schonfeld. Apparently, Airbnb will be launching a new option, sublets, in the next few days. Chesky didn’t dive into many details, but people will now be able to lease out their apartments for longer periods of time on the site (around 30 days). Read More

  • Uber CEO: I Think I've Got 20,000 Years Of Jail Time In Front Of Me

    Today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky took the stage with our own Erick Schonfeld to talk about the disruption they’re offering up in their markets. Notably, both have products that are so disruptive that they have legal challenges from not just other companies, but governments (on the city and state… Read More

  • Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company

    Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company

    Today, at TechCrunch Disrupt, editor Erick Schonfeld took the stage to interview Alex Rampell, TrialPay; Stephanie Tilenius, VP of Google Commerce and Payments, and Lewis Gersh, Metamorphic Partners; addressing online to offline mobile commerce. The panel was particularly interesting considering Google’s reported announcement regarding its near field communications and mobile… Read More

  • The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank

    The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank

    Any seasoned investor knows that past performance is not indicative of future returns. That is as true with public stocks as it is with venture capital firms. But if someone were to ask you to rank the top VC firms today based on their probability of success, how would you do it? Remember, looking at past returns won’t help you. Chris Farmer, a VC at General Catalyst Partners, has come… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt, Day 3, Livestreaming For You Right Here, Right Now

    TechCrunch Disrupt, Day 3, Livestreaming For You Right Here, Right Now

    Hey, we’d love to hit 3 billion views today, too. It’s the third day of TechCrunch Disrupt, and it just keeps getting better and better. Tune into the event live after the proverbial jump – you can check the agenda for the day right here. You can also follow along by tracking the #TCDisrupt hashtag on Twitter. Read More

  • David Karp on Tumbler's Directory Launch

    Tumblr Revamps 'Directory' To Better Surface Great Content (Video)

    Exclusive – In a conversation with TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid after his panel on scaling fast-growing Internet businesses, Tumblr CEO David Karp talks not only about his lazy dog but also some new product developments that should be going live right about now. In short, Tumblr has given Directory, where people looking for great content on the network have had the chance to find… Read More