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hear what founders and investors say about crunchmatch, a key feature at disrupt


scoring the right meeting at techcrunch disrupt sf used to be like finding a needle in a hay stack, but our crunchmatch program makes it dramatically easier for investors to find the founders they are looking for.but don’t take our word for it; michael kocan, managing partner of trend discovery capital management, told us:“i get the most value from disrupt at crunchmatch.  at disrupt ny, i had over 35 meetings with startups that i pre-vetted using crunchmatch and made a significant investment in one.”and it’s not just the investors who benefit from crunchmatch. founders can fast-forward their fundraising efforts and get invaluable feedback from investors. david borish, co-founder of 360 neo, found investors focused on seed investments and is in talks with two about seed rounds, while a thi






crunchmatch 2.0 is ready to connect investors and startups


last year, techcrunch launched crunchmatch – a networking tool designed to connect like-minded founders and investors at techcrunch disrupt events. we started small in new york last year with just 88 meetings and scaled to hundreds by the end of the year. we learned a lot along the way and realized that we needed a more flexible, self-service platform to scale with demand. welcome crunchmatch 2.0!the new system asks investors and founders to enter basic information about their investment interests and startup profiles. the new crunchmatch algorithm sorts through the data to suggest matches, which investors and founders can review and accept or decline. then, you can set an agreeable time for your meeting. the goal is to improve the odds that investors and entrepreneurs find a promising mat






how to find the ‘right’ contacts at disrupt sf


everyone who has ever been to a tech conference knows the feeling: you’re excited to walk into a giant hall buzzing with people, but a heartbeat later you’re anxious and wondering, “nuts, how am i ever going to find the people i really want to know?”at many shows, there is no good answer except to walk and talk fast. at techcrunch disrupt sf (september 18-20) we have a better answer: our crunchmatch program. it’s a free service to investors and founders at disrupt, and it takes the mystery out of meeting the right people, as well as scheduling a time and place to meet.how does it work? when a founder signs up for disrupt, as an attendee or an exhibitor, we also ask them to sign up for crunchmatch and provide information on their startup — category, stage, location, funding status, etc. we






how to find the “right” contacts at disrupt sf


everyone who has ever been to a tech conference knows the feeling. you’re excited to walk into a giant hall buzzing with people, but a heartbeat later you’re anxious and wondering, “nuts, how am ever going to find the people i really want to know?”at many shows, there is no good answer except walk and talk fast, but at techcrunch disrupt sf (sept. 18-20) we have a better answer: our crunchmatch program. it’s a free service to investors and founders at disrupt, and it takes the mystery out of meeting the right people as well as scheduling a time and place to meet.how does it work?  when a founder signs up for disrupt, as an attendee or an exhibitor, we also ask them to sign up for crunchmatch and provide information on their startup – category, stage, location, funding status etc. we have 5






looking for a few smart investors who want a free disrupt ticket; must like meet


techcrunch disrupt has always been a fruitful meeting ground for founders and investors, and every year techcrunch makes it easier for the right folks to connect. a year ago we launched our crunchmatch program and this year it helped facilitate 450 curated meetings in may at disrupt ny. and then there’s ‘featured pavilions’ in startup alley, where selected startups in the hottest investing categories are given free tickets to exhibit their company.at disrupt sf on sept. 18-20, we’re enriching that fuel mixture even more with off the record, a forum to bring together investors, founders, speakers and show attendees for a moderated discussion, q&a and networking around the state of disrupt’ sf’s big topics — including ai / machine learning, ar/vr, robotics, and more. these sessions will be i






looking for a few smart investors who want a free disrupt ticket; must like meet


techcrunch disrupt has always been a fruitful meeting ground for founders and investors, and every year techcrunch makes it easier for the right folks to connect. a year ago we launched our crunchmatch program and this year it helped facilitate 450 curated meetings in may at disrupt ny. and then there’s ‘featured pavilions’ in startup alley, where selected startups the hottest investing categories are given free tickets to exhibit their company.at disrupt sf on sept. 18-20, we’re enriching that fuel mixture even more with off the record, a forum to bring together investors, founders, speakers and show attendees for a moderated discussion, q&a and networking around the state of disrupt’ sf’s big topics — including ai / machine learning, ar/vr, robotics, and more. these sessions will be inte






score a prime 2-for-1 deal on disrupt sf tickets today


it’s certainly hard to resist the siren song of online deals on amazon prime day, so while you’re at it, why not also grab a deal on a great tech conference – techcrunch disrupt sf. today only, we’re releasing a limited number of two-for-one disrupt sf tickets – the lowest price available on admission to our flagship event this september 18-20. what does admission to disrupt sf get you? you’ll spend three full days surrounded by more than 500 super promising, early stage startups (including the next cohort of startup battlefield) and learn from some of the most prominent founders and investors rocking the front pages of techcrunch. we’re assembling a top-tier lineup of main-stage speakers, including houzz co-founders adi tatarko and alon cohen, artificial intelligence and robotics expert s






hear about china’s growing influence on startups at disrupt sf 2017


the tech communities in china and the u.s. are now talking to each other more than ever. some of the most ambitious deals involve both american and chinese founders and investors. techcrunch has noticed this cross-pollination effect, and we feel disrupt should reflect this trend.that’s why we’re so excited to host some of the best chinese companies and investors at disrupt sf this coming september. along with some key interviews and fireside chats, disrupt sf has special events tailored for the chinese startup scene as well as services for non-english-speaking attendees.general admission tickets are now available at an early-bird discount rate.folks who attend the conference will have a chance to check out an “off the record” workshop session that focuses on cross-border venture capital in






investors: here are the startup alley companies at disrupt ny


listen up, investors at disrupt ny 2017. this one’s for you.we’re thrilled to announce that you can now peruse all of the companies that will be on display in the startup alley at disrupt ny 2017 on our handy startup alley hub.in addition to being a fantastic resource, the site is mobile-friendly so you can easily view info on all of your favorite alley companies right from your mobile device at the conference.the hub is separated into days and categories, so you can see all of the e-commerce companies that will be on display on day 1 of the conference, for example, making it simple to keep track of the companies you’re interested in talking to.each company on the hub has a profile that contains information about the company and their product or service, as well as any investors in the com






startup battlefield application deadline extended for disrupt new york


startup life is tough and hectic. you’re busy. we get it. that’s why we extended the startup battlefield applications for techcrunch disrupt new york. you now have until february 28th at 12pm pt to get your startup application in. apply now!why apply? well, the numbers are in and they speak for themselves. as of january 2017, the techcrunch startup battlefield companies have raised over $6.9 billion dollars with 94 exits. that’s right, $6.9 billion. companies that have launched on our stage include mint.com, dropbox, twilio, and trello (which just sold to atlassian for $425m). not to mention disrupt ny alum vurb which sold to snapchat for $110m, and beam (acquired by microsoft).companies that participate in startup battlefield pitch their product to top investors and entrepreneurs at techc






harry stebbings and more join #pathfounders at #theeuropas, june 13, london


in partnership with techcrunch, pathfounders is the exclusive, invitation-only, event for startup founders at the europas conference & awards. with this, founders get a special ‘founders and investors only’ half-day, on the day before the europas (which they also join, for the whole thing), where they have dedicated sessions on building their company, fund-raising and also get to pitch their company in front of some of europe’s key investors.here’s the agenda:pathfounders• pitches: founders, short pitches with slides• how to build your brand – harry stebbings of 20 minute vc• growth-hacking workshop – by growth tribe• how to pr your company right!, by collette ballou of ballou pr• raising money from angels, by serial angle investor jeremy yap• vc investor panel• designing your culture work






harry stebbings and more join #pathfounders at #theeuropas, june 13, london


in partnership with techcrunch, pathfounders is the exclusive, invitation-only, event for startup founders at the europas conference & awards. with this, founders get a special ‘founders and investors only’ half-day, on the day before the europas (which they also join, for the whole thing), where they have dedicated sessions on building their company, fund-raising and also get to pitch their company in front of some of europe’s key investors.here’s the agenda:pathfounders• pitches: founders, short pitches with slides• how to build your brand – harry stebbings of 20 minute vc• growth-hacking workshop – by growth tribe• how to pr your company right!, by collette ballou of ballou pr• raising money from angels, by serial angel investor jeremy yap• vc investor panel• designing your culture work






first round of disrupt ny hackathon tickets now available


the wait is over, hackathon fans. disrupt ny 2017 is right around the corner, and with just a few short weeks left until we kick off the best startup show in the big apple, we thought it was high time we released the first batch of tickets to the disrupt ny hackathon.the hackathon takes place may 13-14 at manhattan’s pier 36. those of you looking to spend the weekend before disrupt hard at work coding, tinkering and hacking together something pretty awesome can get your free hackathon tickets here.the hackathon kicks off at 12:30 p.m. pt on saturday, may 13, with networking and the forming of the hackathon teams. on sunday, after a grueling 20-plus hours of work (and a bit of fun), teams will have just 60 seconds to present their projects to a panel of judges on the disrupt stage.in additi






find out how startups are transforming real estate investing at disrupt ny


ever since the financial crisis of 2008, investors have become wary of investing in real estate, especially in the residential housing market. but startups have emerged over the last decade to help provide more transparency and accessibility to an industry that until recently had suffered from antiquated technology and a business based mostly on personal relationships between real estate investors, developers and property managers.at disrupt ny this year, we will be talking to the founders of two companies looking to new ways of investing in commercial and residential real estate.first up is ryan williams, ceo of cadre, a company that provides a marketplace of investment opportunities for real estate investors. founded in 2014, cadre does all the sourcing, due diligence, decision-making an






find out how startups are transforming real estate investing at disrupt ny


ever since the financial crisis of 2008, investors have become wary of investing in real estate, especially in the residential housing market. but startups have emerged over the last decade to help provide more transparency and accessibility to an industry that until recently had suffered from antiquated technology and a business based mostly on personal relationships between real estate investors, developers and property managers.at disrupt ny this year, we will be talking to the founders of two companies looking to new ways of investing in commercial and residential real estate.first up is ryan williams, ceo of cadre, a company that provides a marketplace of investment opportunities for real estate investors. founded in 2014, cadre does all the sourcing, due diligence, decision-making an






third round of hackathon tickets now available


miss out on the first two rounds of tickets to the hackathon at disrupt ny 2017? don’t fret.today, we’re releasing a new batch of hackathon tickets, so everyone out there who has been waiting to get tickets to the best hackathon in new york can get in on the action. you can get your tickets here.at the disrupt ny hackathon, you’ll spend a grueling, fun-filled weekend coding, tinkering and making something awesome, maybe even with a group of complete strangers.the hackathon kicks off at 12:30 p.m. pt on saturday, may 13, with networking and the forming of the hackathon teams. on sunday, may 14, after spending nearly a full day hacking and coding, teams will have just 60 seconds to present their projects to a panel of judges on the disrupt stage.in addition to building something with your ow






vc aileen lee just offered some very specific advice to female founders looking


in may, at techcrunch’s disrupt event in new york, researchers from harvard business review were in the audience, and they were taking notes. using their findings, along with the help of a linguistic software program that scanned video transcriptions of q&a sessions between onstage venture capitalists and startup founders, they came to an interesting — and disturbing — conclusion.they discovered the investors (and 40 percent of them were women) tended to ask men questions about the potential for gains at their startups, while they asked women about the potential for losses.that wasn’t a surprise to longtime venture capitalist aileen lee, who spent nearly 13 years with kleiner, perkins, caufield & byers before leaving in 2012 to start her own seed-stage venture firm, cowboy ventures. lee ha






vc aileen lee just offered some very specific advice to female founders looking


in may, at techcrunch’s disrupt event in new york, researchers from harvard business review were in the audience, and they were taking notes. using their findings, along with the help of a linguistic software program that scanned video transcriptions of q&a sessions between onstage venture capitalists and startup founders, they came to an interesting — and disturbing — conclusion.they discovered the investors (and 40 percent of them were women) tended to ask men questions about the potential for gains at their startups, while they asked women about the potential for losses.that wasn’t a surprise to longtime venture capitalist aileen lee, who spent nearly 13 years with kleiner, perkins, caufield & byers before leaving in 2012 to start her own seed-stage venture firm, cowboy ventures. lee ha






vc aileen lee just offered some very specific advice to female founders looking


in may, at techcrunch’s disrupt event in new york, researchers from harvard business review were in the audience, and they were taking notes. using their findings, along with the help of a linguistic software program that scanned video transcriptions of q&a sessions between onstage venture capitalists and startup founders, they came to an interesting — and disturbing — conclusion.they discovered the investors (and 40 percent of them were women) tended to ask men questions about the potential for gains at their startups, while they asked women about the potential for losses.that wasn’t a surprise to longtime venture capitalist aileen lee, who spent nearly 13 years with kleiner, perkins, caufield & byers before leaving in 2012 to start her own seed-stage venture firm, cowboy ventures. lee ha






vc aileen lee just offered some very specific advice to female founders looking


in may, at techcrunch’s disrupt event in new york, researchers from harvard business review were in the audience, and they were taking notes. using their findings, along with the help of a linguistic software program that scanned video transcriptions of q&a sessions between onstage venture capitalists and startup founders, they came to an interesting — and disturbing — conclusion.they discovered the investors (and 40 percent of them were women) tended to ask men questions about the potential for gains at their startups, while they asked women about the potential for losses.that wasn’t a surprise to longtime venture capitalist aileen lee, who spent nearly 13 years with kleiner, perkins, caufield & byers before leaving in 2012 to start her own seed-stage venture firm, cowboy ventures. lee ha






second round of disrupt ny hackathon tickets now available


if you’re looking to participate in the hackathon at disrupt ny 2017, but missed out on the first round of tickets, you’re in luck!today, we’re releasing a new batch of hackathon tickets, so everyone who has their hearts set on spending a demanding, but fun-filled weekend building something great should head on over to ticketing page and grab your free hackathon tickets before they’re gone.you can get your tickets here.the hackathon kicks off at 12:30 p.m. pt on saturday, may 13, with networking and the forming of the hackathon teams. on sunday, may 14, after spending nearly a full day hacking and coding, teams will have just 60 seconds to present their projects to a panel of judges on the disrupt stage.in addition to building something cool, teams have the opportunity to win two tickets t






why you should be at the disrupt ny hackathon


the hackathon at disrupt ny 2017 is so close we can almost taste it. soon, thousands of investors, founders and tech enthusiasts will flock to manhattan’s pier 36 for the best startup show in new york.today, we’re thrilled to announce that the next wave of tickets to the hackathon is available now, and you can get your free hackathon ticket here.the hackathon begins at 12:30 p.m. pt on saturday, may 13, with networking and the forming of the hackathon teams. on sunday, after 20-plus hours of energy drink and candy-fueled work (and a bit of fun), teams will have just 60 seconds to present their projects to a panel of judges on the disrupt stage.so, why should you join us at the hackathon, you ask?simply put, there’s no better way to take that great idea you have swirling around in the back






cadre and point are betting that the best way to win in real estate is to disrup


on the stage of techcrunch disrupt, the founders of two of the hottest startups in real estate, cadre and point articulated the inefficiencies of today’s real estate markets and expressed optimism in their ability to use innovative markets to benefit investors and homeowners respectively.cadre is an exclusive startup that connects real estate investors to top deals while point enables homeowners to sell equity from their own homes. despite favoring different participants, each of these models alter the way that people interact with physical assets.eddie lim, founder of point, believes that his company can not only help individual homeowners get access to traditionally illiquid assets in times of need, but can help the overall housing market.“by creating a liquid market, by creating more wa






cadre and point are betting that the best way to innovate in real estate is to d


on the stage of techcrunch disrupt, the founders of two of the hottest startups in real estate, cadre and point articulated the inefficiencies of today’s real estate markets and expressed optimism in their ability to use innovative markets to benefit investors and homeowners respectively.cadre is an exclusive startup that connects real estate investors to top deals while point enables homeowners to sell equity from their own homes. despite favoring different participants, each of these models alter the way that people interact with physical assets.eddie lim, founder of point, believes that his company can not only help individual homeowners get access to traditionally illiquid assets in times of need, but can help the overall housing market.“by creating a liquid market, by creating more wa






grab a demo table and pitch your startup at the europas, june 13, london


during london tech week, the europas conference & awards (in partnership with techcrunch)will see the highest concentration of tech investors and corporate players in one place. no other event can match it. what better time to pitch your startup? but there’s more than one way you can make an impact with your startup there.the first is the obvious demo table option. because this year the europas is at the spacious hear east venue, there is plenty of space to set out your stall (email [email protected] for details) so you can really goto town.the second is to get two tickets to cover your startup team. get a demo table, and you get a discount on those tickets.the third is to join pathfounders. pathfounders is the exclusive, invitation-only, event for startup founders at the europas. with






today is the last day to save $1,000 on disrupt ny tickets


seriously, disrupt fans, you guys have procrastinated long enough. today is the last day to get your hands on early bird tickets to disrupt ny 2017 — so if you want to go to the best startup show in new york for the cheapest possible price, the time to act is now.like right now. now now. get your tickets now.phew! now that you’ve gotten your ticket and the pressure is off, here’s everything that early-bird ticket gets you.to kick things off, you’ll get to peruse the startup alley and hardware alley, where promising early-stage startups will be demoing their products and services to the thousands of disrupt attendees passing by.next, you’ll hear from a series of prominent entrepreneurs and investors in a series of lectures and interviews. these speakers are a veritable who’s who of the tech






questions posed in startup funding suggest gender bias


women entrepreneurs receive a tiny fraction venture capital funds, and new research points to a surprising reason why: the questions investors ask female founders.a team of management and psychology researchers examined how venture investors interacted with entrepreneurs at techcrunch’s new york startup competition over seven years and found that vc funds typically asked male founders questions about how their companies will...






questions posed in startup funding suggest gender bias


women entrepreneurs receive a tiny fraction of venture capital funds, and new research points to a surprising reason why: the questions investors ask female founders.a team of management and psychology researchers examined how venture investors interacted with entrepreneurs at techcrunch’s new york startup competition over seven years and found that vc funds typically asked male founders questions about how their companies will...






questions posed in startup funding suggest gender bias


women entrepreneurs receive a tiny fraction of venture-capital funds, and new research points to a surprising reason why: the questions investors ask female founders.a team of management and psychology researchers examined how venture investors interacted with entrepreneurs at techcrunch’s new york startup competition over seven years and found that vc funds typically asked male founders questions about how their companies will...






only 2 days left to save $1,000 on disrupt tickets


all right, startup guys and gals. time is almost up.disrupt ny 2017 is literally right around the corner. soon, thousands of tech enthusiasts, investors and entrepreneurs will descend on manhattan’s pier 36 for the best startup show in the big apple.will you be among them?if so, you’re definitely going to want to act fast. tomorrow is the last day to save $1,000 on disrupt ny tickets before the price jumps to $2,995 starting saturday, april 15. you can get your tickets over on our ticketing page here.that ticket is your all-access pass to all the great things taking place at this year’s disrupt.with your early bird ticket, you’ll get to check out and mingle with the hundreds of startups that will be pitching their products and services to the thousands of attendees walking through startup






at disrupt ny, hear top investors talk about what to expect in 2017 and beyond


the world’s gone topsy-turvy since president trump was elected u.s. president in a narrow win that seemed to surprise even trump himself.how is his administration — so dramatically different from the obama administration before it — impacting the world of startups? who will deregulation benefit the most? and how do investors feel about jay clayton, who has been nominated to head the sec and is focused on goosing the market for ipos?we’re excited to announce that an investor panel at our upcoming disrupt ny show will tackle these questions, and many more. for example, startups are turning to debt as insiders turn weary of continuing to fund the same companies. is that smart or too high-risk? are acquirers generally willing to pay up right now, or do they expect maturing companies to settle






seattle meetup pitch-off applications extended to june 7th!


seattle is heating up for techcrunch. we are coming back to the emerald city to drink some coffee, meet some startups and host a pitch-off and meetup event. we’ve extended applications to june 7th so all you busy startup founders have the chance to apply to the pitch-off.how does it work? selected startups will pitch for 60 seconds on the techcrunch meetup stage at the showbox sodo in seattle in front of techcrunch editorial, vcs, and the tc meetup audience. the winner of the meetup gets a free spot at techcrunch disrupt sf this september. the runner-up and audience choice get tickets to the conference.why? just last month the techcrunch miami meetup winner, recordgram, went from winning the meetup, exhibiting in startup alley, winning wild card, and then going on to win techcrunch disrupt






seattle meetup + pitch-off applications extended to june 7th!


seattle is heating up for techcrunch. we are coming back to the emerald city to drink some coffee, meet some startups and host a pitch-off and meetup event. we’ve extended applications to june 7th so all you busy startup founders have the chance to apply to the pitch-off.how does it work? selected startups will pitch for 60 seconds on the techcrunch meetup stage at the showbox sodo in seattle in front of techcrunch editorial, vcs and the tc meetup audience. the winner of the meetup gets a free spot at techcrunch disrupt sf this september. the runner-up and audience choice get tickets to the conference.why? just last month the techcrunch miami meetup winner, recordgram, went from winning the meetup, exhibiting in startup alley, winning wild card and then going on to win techcrunch disrupt n






at disrupt ny, hear top investors talk about what to expect in 2017 and beyond


the world’s gone topsy turvy since president trump was elected u.s. president in a narrow win that seemed to surprise even trump himself.how is his administration — so dramatically different from the obama administration before it — impacting the world of startups? who will deregulation benefit the most? and how do investors feel about jay clayton, who has been nominated to head the sec and is focused on goosing the market for ipos?we’re excited to announce that an investor panel at our upcoming disrupt ny show will tackle these questions and many more. for example, startups are turning to debt as insiders turn weary of continuing to fund the same companies. is that smart or too high-risk? are acquirers generally willing to pay up right now, or do they expect maturing companies to settle f






why we need diverse founder and funding teams and how to find them


the numbers are equally bad in the philanthropy space. only 21 percent of philanthropic dollars go to diversefounders, and92 percent of ceo positions on foundations and boards are held by white people. the business case for investing in diverse leaders is clear, yet diverse entrepreneurs still struggle to raise money at the rate of white male founders. as a member of the investor community, it is time to take ownership and action.i’ve seen the impact of diversity firsthand through my organization fast forward; 79 percent of our companies have at least one co-founder who is a woman or person of color, and our teams are outperforming for-profit accelerator graduates. we are often asked how we found these leaders. building a diverse portfolio takes work, but there are four strategies we have






nexla launches data operations platform with $3.5 million investment


nexla, a competitor in the techcrunch disrupt battlefield this week in new york city, has more on its plate than simply impressing the judges. it also chose to launch their public beta at the event and, while it was at it, announced $3.5 million in funding led by blumberg capital with participation from storm ventures, engineering capital and correlation ventures.that’s what i call making the most of your disrupt experience.the company is attempting to solve a major problem around processing data from multiple sources and putting it into a form to make it useful for a given customer and how they do business. it’s a challenge the founders faced first-hand at their previous jobs working in the advertising business where they had to deal with tens of thousands of such data sources, ingesting






announcing the startup battlefield scholarship fund for disrupt ny 2017


after the success of the startup battlefield scholarship fund at disrupt sf and disrupt london, we are pleased to announce that we will once again be offering scholarships to startup battlefield companies at disrupt ny 2017, taking place may 15-17. startup battlefield is techcrunch disrupt’s startup competition that takes place three times a year. applications to participate in startup battlefield are due february 28th.while participation in battlefield is free for all companies, we understand that costs to attend the conference include more than just the conference tickets. it’s been shown that underrepresented founders face additional challenges raising early capital making it hard for those companies to participate and travel to competitions such as this.once teams are selected to parti