Author: Ned Desmond

Registration is now open for Disrupt SF 2018

TECHCRUNCH Hey startup world, get ready for the biggest, most ambitious TechCrunch Disrupt event ever. Disrupt, the world’s top technology and startup event, will take place in San Francisco on September 5-7, 2018, and it’s about to level-up in a big way. This is the one tech event you do not want to miss, and tickets are on sale now. For starters, as we mentioned late last year, we’re moving Disrupt SF to a new venue: San Francisco’s Moscone Center West. Why? We’re growing, and the venue gives us three times the floor space to make room for 10,000+...

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Watch the second half of Bubbleproof’s first season

TECHCRUNCH Watch the second half of Bubbleproof’s first season 5 minutes ago by Ned Desmond Automating your life on this week’s episode of CTRL+T 1 hour ago by Megan Rose Dickey Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacements are available starting today 1 hour ago by Brian Heater Crunch Report | Apple Apologizes for Slowing Down iPhones 13 hours ago by Khaled “Tito” Hamze Financial technology startups emerged as serious challengers to financial services in 2017 18 hours ago by Dana Stalder Latin America’s Groupon Mafia 19 hours ago by Nathan Lustig Facebook has a 100-person engineering team that helps advertisers build tools and infrastructure 19 hours ago...

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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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