Author: Ned Desmond

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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Off the Record sessions: Meet the AI, security and biotech experts at Disrupt SF

TECHCRUNCH Last week we announced the first round of our Off the Record (OTR) sessions — which are opportunities to go deep with our speakers and other topics on subjects like Cryptocurrencies, China Cross Border, AR/VR and more – at Disrupt SF (Sept. 18-20.) Today we’re announcing the panelists for our last three sessions: Artificial Intelligence – Tuesday Sept. 19 at 10:30 -12:00 p.m. Sebastian Thrun, Founder and President at Udacity John Giannandrea, SVP Engineering at Google Jenny Lee, Managing Partner at GGV John Mannes (moderator), TechCrunch writer Security  – Monday Sept. 18 at 9:45 -11:15 a.m. Ted Schlein,...

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OTR: Join roundtable discussions about Crypto, AR/VR, China and Robotics at Disrupt SF

TECHCRUNCH We heard from past Disrupt attendees that they are eager for more opportunities to discuss the big topics we cover on the main stage in greater depth. That  insight led us to create smaller, more focused discussions we’re calling Off the Record (OTR) sessions — which we’re launching at Disrupt SF for the first time this Sept. 18-20. The idea behind the Off the Record sessions is simple. Take speakers from our main stage, a moderator, and a few hand-picked experts, and stage a 45-minute, roundtable discussion that includes questions from the audience. Any regular Disrupt attendee may participate. The...

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