25 Takeaways from TechCrunch DisruptBy Sumaya Kazi, guest blogger for Women 2.0
TechCrunch’s first “Disrupt” conference, where media meets technology, took place May 26-28, 2010 in New York. Disrupt brought together tech luminaries, big name venture capitalists, notable angel investors, and startups competing to become the next big thing on the TechCrunch stage.
If you weren’t able to make it, TechCrunch has made it available for replay here. If you don’t want to watch 30+ hours of footage, below you’ll find 15 bite-sized highlights and 10 startups worth spotlighting – all in all 25 takeaways from TechCrunch Disrupt.
- John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner Perkins:
- There have been 3 waves of disruption: Microchip & Microcomputer, Internet & Search Engines, and Social & Mobile (reinventing the web)
- Zynga has been the fastest growing business Kleiner Perkins has ever invested in. To put this in perspective, they have invested in Google, Amazon, Electronic Arts and many other giants.
- Why have they been successful? Zynga has very smart people who have figured out how to monetize new social networks
- Google TV & Tablets are the markets to closely watch.
- The iPad & innovations around it are going to transform education & healthcare.
- Silicon Valley has 2 cultures: mercenary ($-driven, deal-focused) vs. missionary (values-driven, product-focused)
- Yuri Milner, CEO of Skynet Technologies (Investor in Facebook):
- Facebook is important globally. It’s fast becoming the one social graph unifying different countries. Whoever owns the world’s social graph, wins.
- 12 months ago 1,000 pieces of information were exchanged every second on Facebook. Today the number is 10,000.
- Only 4 countries other than US have built large Internet companies: China, South Korea, Japan & Russia.
- Panelists on the “Evolution of Music, TV, Games & Publishing” (agenda):
- Media: evolve or die – historically, mobility makes content more valuable. From Walkman to iPhone.
- Most valuable media franchises in the next 5 years will be those involving games & content.
- Panelists on the “Future of the Market is Social” (agenda):
- What are buying experiences going to be like in 5 years? It’ll be about discovery instead of just buying specific purchases.
- Gilte Group is competitive shopping. Users are very aware of each other. They line up everyday to get the best deals on the web.
- Nikesh Arora, President of Sales, Google:
- Google model: Give away enough revenue to partners so they don’t have to go look at the competition.
- Sean Parker, Managing Partner, Founders Fund:
- Platform taxes & tolls (not ads) will be Facebook’s most important business model as identity is core to everything.
- TechCrunch hosted a startup battlefield where 20 companies were selected from worldwide submissions to compete on stage in front of very critical judges and a live audience. The 5 best of the best include:
- TechCrunch Winner: Soluto uses collective wisdom to delete PC user frustrations. Soluto is mapping the PC genome, a knowledge base of frustrations and solutions built automatically through the usage of its software for the benefit of all PC users.
- UJam is a cloud-based platform that empowers everybody to easily create new music or enhance their existing musical talent and share it with friends.
- Betterment is the replacement for your savings account. It’s a smart investment tool aimed at being easy to use.
- Publish2 is an easy way to share and distribute content for print and web publishing. It enables newspapers to create a comprehensive, customized newswire for print, combining content sharing networks with high quality free and paid news sources. Goal is to be the Associated Press killer.
- MovieClips allows you to create your own movie mashups from a collection of over 12,000 movie clips. Each clip is tagged with up to 1,000 pieces of data to make the most searchable collection of movie scenes on the web.
- Here are 5 worth spotlighting of those that didn’t make it to the Battlefield or were not early stage enough were able to showcase their talents were at Startup Alley:
- CiviGuard is the world’s first emergency communication 2.0 platform. By leveraging the power of the smartphone, it delivers trusted, near real-time, location specific messages and guidance to civilians before, during and after an emergency.
- Zazu is the smartest damn alarm clock for your smartphone.
- Tripping is a hospitality network where travelers meet locals for tips, shared cups of coffee and even home stays. Recently launched and built on a social networking platform, Tripping has thousands of members from over 80 countries.
- ZipGigs is an on-demand delivery Twitter application that connect connects online users to local businesses. They deliver things that can’t be delivered.
- Goodsie is an online storefront platform that makes it easy for anyone to sell physical or digital goods.
Announcing TechCrunch Disrupt (May 24-26, 2010 in NYC)
TechCrunch Disrupt is happening May 24th – May 26th, 2010 in New York City. Entrepreneurs will hear from top Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley funders including Ben Horowitz, Ron Conway, Fred Wilson, and John Borthwick among others. Catch them offtstage or rub shoulders when they walk through Startup Alley, the exhibition space for early-stage companies. Learn more about TechCrunch Disrupt here.
Women 2.0 entrepreneurs receive a special discount! Get your ticket for only $995 when you register here (regular priced tickets are $2,995). But hurry, this discount code expires May 1st, 2010 and is good for the first 25 people who use this discount code!
Startup Alley is a great demo opportunity for early-stage startups at only $1,995 for 2 tickets and a 1-day demo in Startup Alley, making TechCrunch Disrupt accessible to young companies without much capital. In fact, exhibiting at Startup Alley is cheaper than buying two tickets, so long as your company is younger than two years and has taken less than $2M in funding. Each day a Startup Alley company gets picked to compete on the mainstage competition. For more info and to register, click here.
TechCrunch Disrupt Hack Day
Techcrunch is hosting a free, open Hack Day, before its Disrupt conference in NYC. Create, build, collaborate and present to an audience of peers and pros. Enjoy free hacker food (this is the pizza capital of the world, right?), meet a diverse group of attendees and hack! This is the city that never sleeps, so burn the midnight oil and build a mashup that blows everyone at the event away. Three winners will have a chance to present onstage to over 2,000 people at the main Disrupt conference on Wednesday.
The TechCrunch Disrupt Hack Day is being organized by Chad Dickerson (who held the first Hack Days at Yahoo, now CTO of Etsy), Daniel Raffel (Yahoo) and Tarikh Korula (Uncommon Projects) and Jonah Brucker-Cohen (Scrapyard Challenge). We expect 200 – 300 attendees at the Hack Day on Saturday and Sunday. The main conference, which starts on Monday, May 24, will draw more than 1,500 attendees.
TechCrunch Disrupt Hack Day – When & When
Saturday, May 22nd thru Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
(Registration begins Saturday, May 22nd at 1pm)
570 Washington Street (between Houston and Clarkson Streets), 2nd floor, New York, NY 10014
More info on TechCrunch Disrupt Hack Day
The inaugural TechCrunch Disrupt conference on the evolution of media and technology will feature a unique mix of no-BS content from industry insiders and fresh ideas from launching companies. Every morning, experts will address issues such as mobile, social and real-time technologies, while afternoons we’ll delve into our high-energy Startup Battlefield competition. Disrupt takes place May 24-26, 2o10, at 570 Washington Street in New York City.
Who Attends Disrupt?
We expect 1,000 innovators from Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley. Executives from high-tech, advertising and media sectors attend Disrupt to stay abreast of the latest thinking, network in a concentrated group of thought leaders and technologists, and develop new business ideas. Investors attend to source deals and stay at the cutting edge of competitive advantage. Startups attend to gain exposure to leading venture and angel funders from both coasts and bring their product to market. Press, bloggers and policy influencers attend Disrupt to gain crucial insight into market developments. Disrupt will pull back the curtain from typical tech-conference platitudes for real content –and real relationships.
Tim Armstrong (CEO, AOL)
Nikesh Arora (President, Google)
Ron Conway (Founder, SV Angel)
Chris Cox (Vice President, Facebook)
Dennis Crowley (CEO, Foursquare)
Jack Dorsey (Founder, Square; Co-Founder, Twitter)
Eric Hippeau (CEO, Huffington Post)
Ben Horowitz (Partner, Andreessen Horowitz)
Vic Gundotra (Vice President, Google)
Frank Quattrone (Founder, Qatalyst)
Avner Ronen (CEO, Boxee)
Andrey Ternovskiy (CEO, ChatRoulette)
Fred Wilson (Partner, Union Square)
….and more to be announced!