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CEO Reveals What It’s Really Like To Win TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battle

Mr. Walker presenting UberConference at the real-life TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battle in 2012. (Screengrab: TechCrunch)

Craig Walker is the CEO of UberConference, a startup that offers high-tech conference call software. In 2012, Mr. Walker valiantly pitched UberConference on the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battle stage, where UberConference ended up scoring the first-place prize — much like Silicon Valley’s Pied Piper.

In honor of Sunday’s Silicon Valley finale, Betabeat spoke with Mr. Walker about what it was actually like to present a startup on the daunting TechCrunch Disrupt stage and emerge victorious. Read More

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‘Silicon Valley’ Fact Check: HBO Nails TechCrunch Disrupt All the Way Down to the Nametags

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In last night’s final episode of Silicon Valley, the moment of truth was finally upon us. The Pied Piper team got a second chance to present at TechCrunch Disrupt, after their first chance was spoiled by the vengeful cuckold who tackled Erlich onstage. That makes this the second episode in a row that was set entirely at TechCrunch Disrupt, which begs the question — How does the fictional Startup Battlefield hold up against the real thing?

In order to compare the two, Betabeat spoke to Sam O’Keefe, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Editor. Ms. O’Keefe helped put together the fictional Battlefield. We asked her where HBO was spot on and where they played things up for drama’s sake. Read More

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‘Silicon Valley’ Fact Check: Here Are the 5 Most Insane Tech Conference Misfires

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On last night’s Silicon Valley, the guys visited TechCrunch Disrupt to present Pied Piper. Their highly anticipated conference debut didn’t quite go as planned, though. Erlich’s meticulously planned, overly theatrical presentation ended soon after it had begun when a judge tackled him from across the stage.

This got us thinking: what are some other examples of presentations that have livened up the tech conference scene, for good or ill? A day full of panels and demos at SXSW or CES can get boring fast, after all. We might as well take a minute to salute the folks who make fools of themselves for the purposes of our entertainment, accidentally or not. Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week — TechCrunch Disrupt, NY Ideas, 5×10 Talks and More

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

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Best Tech Events This Week: Techcrunch Hackathon, Feast on Innovation, TechDrinkup, Queens Tech & More

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Internet Week is May 19 to 25. And its hottest party? ==> Webutante Ball (aka REAL #nerdprom!), 2 Free Passes! Hola Community Mgrs, CMX Summit (Jun 12) w/ Scott Belsky (founder, Behance), Scott Heiferman (founder, Meetup). Read More

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Hailo’s Now Approved for the TLC’s Taxi App Pilot, But Sidecar Sure Isn’t

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Guess the Taxi and Limousine Commission is willing to let bygones be bygones. Last week, Hailo launched a “beta test” of its ehail app; almost as quickly, the TLC said that actually Uber was the only company that’d officially been accepted into the pilot program, meaning Hailo had no clearance to operate. But at a TechCrunch Disrupt panel this morning, CEO Jay Bregman announced they’ve got the go-ahead and will begin operations today.

He got a couple of minutes to shine, calling for a round of applause for the TLC, before the panel turned into a tiff between the TLC’s Ashwini Chhabra and Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul. Read More

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Rap Genius Will Now Save Journalism Thanks to ‘News Genius’

The future of news. (Photo: Instagram/Owen Thomas)

The bros from Rap Genius opened up the final day of TechCrunch Disrupt NY with a very special announcement. They’re launching soon a new vertical called News Genius, which follows the paradigm of Rap Genius. However, instead of analyzing 2 Chainz lyrics, the site will explain news-related clippings and documents. That sort of sounds like journalism!

“I want Barack Obama to explain the news, the constitution and Jay-Z’s ‘99 Problems,’” semi-joked cofounder Mahbog Moghadam, adding that “there has to be a legal explanation behind that.” The site, which was the idea of investor/”godfather” Ben Horowitz, has already softly launched judging by its Twitter account. Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (TechCrunch Disrupt, IDEAS CITY, TechCocktail, Database Month, NYC BigApps, Queens Tech Meetup, Startup Grind)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

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Best Tech Events This Week (NY Tech Day, ERA Demo Day, Disrupt Hackathon, #ArtsTech, Brooklyn Tech Meetup, TechDrinkup, BigApps)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

It was cool to shake hands with astronaut Ron Garan at the NASA Space Apps Hackathon this weekend! Congrats to NYC SpaceCal and Tiny Sea Bots, who’ll be going on to the global competition, as well as all the other honorees:  Droid Hopper, Chillin’ On Mars, Versioning Goat, Asteroid Mapper, Star Map Sculpture, WhyWeExplore, Spacerac.es and Le Big Blue.

This Thursday is NY Tech Day (a.k.a. the world’s largest startup event). Free mocktails from BuzzTheBar when you walk in! Don’t forget the after-parties, like the Big Data bash with Knewton and Get Acquainted with Acquaintable.

This Friday is the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) Demo Day. Good luck to all! Read More