Author: Ned Desmond

Startups and investors get connected at Disrupt Berlin with CrunchMatch

TECHCRUNCH Whether you’re a founder on a fundraising mission or an investor searching for the perfect addition to your portfolio, you want to make the most of your time at Disrupt Berlin. But with thousands of attendees, how do you cut through the noise to make the right connections with the right people? It’s CrunchMatch to the rescue. What is CrunchMatch? Imagine a personalized dating service — only for business. It’s a free service that connects founders and investors based on their specific criteria, goals and interests. That pre-screening eliminates the guesswork and gives founders and investors a more efficient,...

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Palo Alto nonprofit Benetech wins a $42.5M Dept. of Education grant, a nod to founder Jim Fruchterman’s quest to help the blind

TECHCRUNCH Jim Fruchterman, founder of Palo Alto-based nonprofit Benetech, was very relieved when, at the end of September, he received an email from the U.S. Department of Education. With one day left to go in the federal fiscal year, the department had renewed funding for a longstanding reading program for the disabled, and it had chosen Benetech for the third time to run the five-year, $42.5 million project. That meant Benetech could continue to operate BookShare, which provides digitally materials to 500,000 students with reading disabilities, including blindness and dyslexia, and Fruchterman could forget about planned October layoffs at...

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Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch’s Battlefield Australia, Sydney Nov 16

TECHCRUNCH Hard to believe that TechCrunch’s first Startup Battlefield Australia is just one month away.  The Sydney event on Nov. 16 at ATP’s Locomotive Workshop will present a tremendous day of programming and an epic competition to find the best early-stage startup across Australia and New Zealand. TechCrunch and our partner, Elevacao, are very pleased to announce the agenda for the big day, which includes many speakers that we have announced and some news ones as well, including WhatsApp’s Anton Borzov, Y Combinator’s Avichal Garg, joining us to discuss mobile product development. Plus, Blackbird co-founder Bill Bartee and Airtree...

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Hear the inside story on Australia’s first ICO at Battlefield Australia Nov. 16 in Sydney

TECHCRUNCH  TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia (Nov. 16 in Sydney) is approaching fast, and the fifteen finalists, selected from 272 applicants, have just received the good news. The names of those companies will remain under wraps until the day of the show, and over the next five weeks TechCrunch’s Battlefield team and our partner Elevacao will be working closely with the founders… Read...

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Don’t miss Off the Record sessions at Disrupt Berlin

TECHCRUNCH TechCrunch Disrupt brings top tech founders and investors to the stage for riveting interviews, but many attendees want more time with the experts.  Introducing Off the Record (OTR), a new series of sessions inside Disrupt Berlin that delivers just that. So, what are Off the Record sessions? Think conversations with main stage-caliber speakers — only they take place in a more intimate setting. They’re small, moderated panel discussions that let the experts and the audience members share their ideas on big topics related to themes of the show. OTR sessions give participants the time to take a deeper...

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Battlefield Australia produces a striking group of founder applicants

TECHCRUNCH Applications are officially closed for TechCrunch’s Battlefield Australia, and the response exceeded expectations. There are 272 early-stage companies from Australia and New Zealand that are now vying for a spot in Battlefield Australia and for a chance to walk away with the $25,000 prize and an all-expense paid trip to Disrupt SF in 2018. That’s an impressive number of applicants by any standard. The majority of the companies come from New South Wales and Victoria, but we’re happy to see applicants from all across Australia and New Zealand alike. The November 16 event in Sydney at the ATP Locomotive Workshop...

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TechCrunch has 100 tickets to see South of Market: the Musical v2

TECHCRUNCH After a sold-out run in 2016, South of Market: The Musical returns to San Francisco this fall with v2 of the musical revue that pokes fun at the year’s trends, issues and absurdities within the Bay Area’s tech culture.  It’s really fun. The show premieres on Thursday, Oct 12. As an annual review, the show is re-written every year to reflect current events and conversations in the San Francisco tech scene. This year’s show follows an aspiring tech journalist as she attempts to get the scoop on the too-good-to-be-true hottest startup of the year – ai.ai. With songs...

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Announcing the complete agenda for Disrupt SF, plus five reasons why you need to be there

TECHCRUNCH Our Disrupt SF (September 18-20) is just a week away, and we’ve made Disrupt SF more engaging and useful than ever for founders and investors alike, in addition to providing a pretty mind-blowing speaker line-up for the main stage. The latest agenda is below. But first, here are five reasons why you don’t want to miss the best Disrupt SF yet.  (And here’s where you can grab a ticket). CrunchMatch is how we connect founders with the right investors (and vice versa).  Our partner Brella to makes the matches based on profiles that take no time to fill out,...

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