For the fourth year in a row, TechCrunch Disrupt descended on New York, bringing its trademark energy and celebration of innovation to the Manhattan Center. For the past three days – plus the Hackathon that took place over the weekend – the biggest names in tech and most promising new companies convened to discuss new trends and swap knowledge.
Ned Desmond, COO of TechCrunch, and Matt Kaufman, president of CrunchBase (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for TechCrunch)
The stage was equally vibrant, thanks to sessions with industry leaders like Foursquare's Dennis Crowley, Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures and regular Disrupt speaker and triple-threat, Ashton Kutcher. Plus, TechCrunch launched the CrunchBase Venture Program – a partnership with 11 venture capital firms to turn CrunchBase into a comprehensive, accurate source for information on the portfolio companies of well-known venture capital firms. Eleven firms in total, including Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and 500 Startups, will track funding updates, staffing changes, launches and acquisitions, all in the name of helping people understand the dynamic world of tech.
Of course, it wouldn't be Disrupt without the signature Startup Battlefield, where companies competed in front of big-name judges like Marissa Mayer, David Tisch and Sam Yagan. After a fierce competition, the winner was Enigma, a Web service that scours more than 100,000 data sources and allows users to dig into publicly available but hard-to-find data.
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