TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is coming soon to Beirut, São Paolo and Lagos

Everyone knows there are thriving startup communities outside of obvious hubs, like San Francisco, Berlin, Bangalore and Beijing, but they don’t always get the support they deserve. Last year, TechCrunch took a major page from its playbook, the Startup Battlefield competition, and staged the event in Nairobi, Kenya to find the best early stage startup in Sub-Saharan Africa, and also to Sydney, Australia, to find the same for Australia and New Zealand. Both were successes, thanks to talented founders and the hard traveling TechCrunch team. And now we’re pleased to announce that we’re stepping up our commitment to emerging ecosystems. TechCrunch is once again teaming up with Facebook, our partner for last year’s Nairobi event, to bring the Startup Battlefield to three major cities representing regions with vital, emerging startup communities. In Beirut, TechCrunch’s editors will strive to find the best early stage startup in the Middle East
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Catch these biotech investors speaking at Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7)

TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7) will be one for the record books, with twice the attendees and twice the programming sessions compared to past Disrupts, which means we can tackle emerging, super exciting categories like biotech with both great speakers and a section of Start Up Alley devoted to biotech startups. (Pssst biotech founders…there is still time to win a free TC Top Picks exhibition spot in Startup Alley complete with three Founder Passes to take in all of Disrupt SF.  Apply here.) Today we’re delighted to announce a panel of three top biotech investors, who will share their perspectives on key in key trends biotech and where they are looking to make their next investments.

Laura Deming is the founder and partner in the $26 million Longevity Fund, a venture capital firm focused on biological research to reduce or reverse the effects of aging. Deming was

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Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is coming to Disrupt SF to talk about how AI will eat everything, especially jobs

At our upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt SF (September 5-7), TechCrunch committed to go deep on artificial intelligence, and we’re pleased to announce a speaker who has few peers in that realm as a technologist or investor. Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the CEO and chairman of Sinovation, a venture firm based in the U.S. and China, and he has emerged as one of the world’s top prognosticators on artificial intelligence and how the technology will disrupt just about everything. Dr. Lee wrote in The New York Times last year that AI is “poised to bring about a wide-scale decimation of jobs — mostly lower-paying jobs, but some higher-paying ones, too.” In his forthcoming book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order, Dr. Lee expands on his AI thesis to argue that China has caught up to the United States in AI technology and
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First speaker announcements for the Next stage at Disrupt SF (Sept 5-7)

One of the many new features at TechCrunch Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7) is the addition of another stage, which we’re calling The Next Stage. The goal of The Next Stage is to deliver more insights and wisdom to Disrupt SF attendees, especially founders, to help them navigate the startup odyssey better and faster. The Next Stage is also where much of the programming for the 13 tracks at Disrupt SF will take place. We’re delighted to announce our first sessions on The Next stage. Consumer brands take forever to earn consumer confidence, unless you happen to be brands like Casper, AllBirds, Birchbox, Rent-the-Runway and Brandless, which became powerful brand names almost overnight.  What those brands have in common is Red Antler, a Brooklyn-based creative agency that has attained “brand whisperer” status according to Fast Company for its success standing up startup consumer brands. As a part of our New Retail
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Announcing the agenda for TC Sessions: Robotics at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on May 11

TechCrunch is partnering with UC Berkeley on May 11 to produce TC Sessions: Robotics, a one-day show focused on emerging robotic technologies and the startup scene. The editorial team had a blast planning this agenda as, between the Bay Area’s universities and startup ecosystem, there are far more robotics-driven technology projects and startups on the West Coast than most appreciate. There is no question that the huge steps forward in AI, sensors and GPUs are quickly shifting robotics to the fast lane of the startups ecosystem. Tickets are currently available and at an early-bird rate – buy your tickets here before prices increase.

Agenda

TC Sessions: Robotics

Friday, May 11, 2018 @ Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Opening Remarks with Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch)

9:05 AM – 9:25 AM

  • Getting A Grip on Reality: Deep Learning and Robot Grasping

Ken Goldberg (UC Berkeley)

Building on

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CrunchMatch Connects Investors and Founders at Disrupt SF 2018

Disrupt San Francisco 2018 promises to be our biggest Disrupt event ever — with three times the convention floor space and more than 10,000 attendees. That’s incredibly exciting, and it also presents a challenge for startup founders and tech investors eager to network and connect. Who wants to waste valuable time talking to the wrong people? Enter CrunchMatch for the win. CrunchMatch — a free, business match-making service — efficiently connects founders and investors with similar business interests and profiles. Founders who register for Disrupt provide information on their company – category, stage, location, funding status. Investors fill out their profiles with investment categories, preferred funding stage and geographic locations. Our partner, Brella, works its algorithmic magic to match founders and investors based on the suitability of their profiles. The CrunchMatch service suggests meetings and sends out invitations (which recipients can easily accept or decline). The service also lets
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UC Berkeley Professor Abbeel to speak at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics, May 11 at Zellerbach Hall

 TechCrunch’s upcoming TC Sessions: Robotics is fast taking shape. The single-day event, held on May 11, will focus of the crossroads of the latest AI and robotics technology and the startup ecosystem.  We’re really pleased to announce two sessions for the show — as well as throw open the application for an early-stage robotics startup pitch competition. Robotics and Deep… Read More

All your questions answered at Disrupt SF’s Q&A Sessions

 TechCrunch Disrupt’s Main Stage always features interviews with the best and brightest tech founders, innovators and investors from around the world. As good as those interviews are, past attendees tell us that they’d love even more opportunities to address their burning questions around emerging trends and technologies. So we created Q&A Sessions for Disrupt San Francisco 2018. Read More

Get the insider perspective on The Next Stage at Disrupt SF

 TechCrunch’s Disrupt events are known for big launch announcements, like the first public rollout of Dag Kittlaus’ Siri-killer Viv, as well as ground-breaking interviews with the top figures in the startup and technology world, like Marc Benioff, Vitalik Buterin, Diane Greene, Ann Wojcicki and hundreds more. Those interviews and TechCrunch’s storied Startup… Read More

Announcing TC Sessions: Robotics with UC Berkeley, May 11 at Zellerbach Hall

 Robotics is an incredibly demanding field because robots demand the best of everything technology has to offer, from machine learning, to sensors and GPUs, to materials technology and of course the “robot” itself. For that reason, there is no better subject for one of TechCrunch’s single-day, single-topic events, and we’re excited to announce that TechCrunch Sessions… Read More

Registration is now open for Disrupt SF 2018

 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,… Read More

Watch the second half of Bubbleproof’s first season

 We’re excited to be premiering a new mockumentary series about the startup world called Bubbleproof. You can watch the second half of the first season right here. On Google AMP? Click here for a better view. If you missed the first four episodes, you can find those here. Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Episode 9 Read More

Startups and investors get connected at Disrupt Berlin with CrunchMatch

 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… Read More

Startups and investors get connected at Disrupt Berlin with CrunchMatch

 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… Read More

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

 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… Read More

Off The Record sessions will tackle the big topics at Disrupt SF

 At TechCrunch Disrupt, thousands of rapt attendees watch great interviews on stage only to feel a bit disappointed. Why? They can’t get follow up on the discussion afterwards to address their specific questions. So at Disrupt SF (Sept. 18-20) we are introducing a new twist for attendees who want to keep the conversation going. We call it Off The Record sessions and the idea is to… Read More

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… Read More

NVIDIA’s Deepu Talla to join TC Sessions: Robotics Robot Brain panel on July 17 at MIT

 The agenda for TC Sessions: Robotics  (July 17 in Cambridge, MA at MIT’s Kresge auditorium)  is almost complete, and before the long July 4 weekend we wanted to announce one more stellar addition to the line-up. (And remind to grab a ticket before they are all gone!) One of the advances driving robotics in recent years are powerful GPUs, and no discussion of the robot brain would… Read More