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Jun 24th 2013

TechCrunch Disrupt 2013

TechCrunch Disrupt SF is fast approaching! Be sure to register for our seventh annual conference to witness the launch of a new group of remarkable startups and hear fresh insights from innovative entrepreneurs within the technology world.

Disrupt is widely known for its influential speaking lineup, and this year is no different. Our first set of confirmed speakers includes:
Disrupt will kick off with the ever-popular Hackathon, an international hackers and developers event that hacks a product within 24 hours. Selected winners have the opportunity to present their product on the Disrupt stage (don't forget your energy drinks and nerf guns).

At the core of the Disrupt conference is Startup Battlefield, where select companies launch live before a panel of expert judges. Six companies advance to the final round, hoping to travel home with an extra $50,000 in their pockets as well as the highly prized Disrupt Cup.

With previous years' winners and finalists including Mint.com, Yammer and Dropbox, Battlefield candidates have high-profile competitions waiting for them in store. Don't wait any longer, jump into the battle and apply now!

Interested in participating in other ways at Disrupt? Check out Startup Alley, where early-stage companies show off their groundbreaking talent and technology. Attendees select an "Audience Choice Winner" to compete on stage as part of Battlefield. E-mail startupalley@techcrunch.com with any questions.

We hope to see you there! Stay tuned for more updates.

Dec 11th 2012

Engadget Announces Engadget Expand: the Ultimate 'For-the-Fans' Gadget Show

Ever wanted to meet the Engadget crew and hear from some of the coolest people in technology, and play with some of the newest and hottest gadgets all in the same place?

We thought you might. The Engadget team has created an event with you in mind. This March, they will be hosting their first ever Engadget Expand with a goal of allowing you to do all these things and more at the same time, in the same place.

Intrigued? Here's a little more about what you can expect at Engadget Expand 2013:
  • An Inventor Competition – Engadget will host a new product competition for all independent inventors and a select number of finalists will be chosen to show off their inventions to attendees and an expert panel of judges. The winners will receive a cash prize and guaranteed review on Engadget
  • Marquee Speakers – The folks at Engadget will lead panel discussions from product experts at major consumer brands, as well as luminaries in science and technology
  • Show Floor Exhibitions – Event guests will have the rare opportunity to get the inside scoop on all of the best new devices from the people who brought them to life
  • Giveaways – All of the attendees at Engadget Expand will be entered to win brand new products that have been highlighted throughout the event

Don't miss out! The very first Engadget Expand will take place in Fort Mason Center in San Francisco from March 16-17, 2013. Be one of the first to find out when Engadget Expand tickets go on sale, here.

Sep 13th 2012

TechCrunch Wraps Biggest Disrupt Show to Date

San Francisco's SOMA district – already buzzing with startups on any given day – became the undisputed center of the tech universe this week with TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012. The annual conference gives entrepreneurs a chance to launch their startups and network with investors while gathering luminaries across industries for engaging speaker sessions throughout the show.

And gather they did. From Newark mayor Cory Booker's thoughts about bringing more technology to government to Jack Dorsey's candid discussion about Square, Disrupt SF offered no shortage of thought-provoking sessions for the record 3,000+ attendees. Many of those attendees packed the house for TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington's signature hard-hitting questions in Mark Zuckerberg's first interview since Facebook's IPO.


The event culminated on Wednesday afternoon when a panel of expert judges, including Marissa Mayer, Michael Arrington and David Sacks, awarded the Startup Battlefield winner honors to YourMechanic – a website and app that lets users describe their car troubles, find a local mechanic and coordinate payment details. Beating out the 30 other startups competing in the Battlefield, YourMechanic took home the coveted Disrupt Cup and $50,000 in prize money and keeps good company with other Battlefield winners like Yammer and Dropbox.


The event offered plenty of action in the main hall as well, with more than 200 startups exhibiting over the course of the three days. And while Disrupt has always welcomed internationally based companies to the show floor, this year the team introduced the International Pavilions, a dedicated exhibition space for 125 companies from countries including Chile, Turkey, Korea, Israel, Argentina and Brazil to showcase innovation happening around the globe.


Read TechCrunch's complete coverage here and stay tuned for updates as the team starts to plan TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 – it'll be here before you know it!

Apr 9th 2012

Advertising.com Group on Scene at ad:tech San Francisco

The Advertising.com Group returned to ad:tech San Francisco, a major industry event attracting over 10,000 digital marketers from across the globe, to showcase their suite of advertiser and publisher solutions. Ad:tech was held at the Moscone Center West, where the Advertising.com booth was prominently displayed on the first floor exhibit hall. The booth featured product demo stations for Advertising.com, ADTECH, Pictela and AOL Video.

During the conference, we reinforced the message of being an end-to-end provider of premium digital marketing solutions for publishers, agencies and advertisers. Our booth was staffed by knowledgeable product and sales reps who engaged the ad:tech audience and the two-day event was packed with client meetings and product demos that generated leads for the group.

In addition to the booth, the Advertising.com Group hosted an exciting opening night party at the W hotel. The party was attended by top clients and partners who enjoyed food, drinks and music. You can check out photos from the party on our Facebook page.

Ran Harnevo of AOL Video was on also hand during ad:tech and led a panel discussion on video titled, "Integrated Video Planning". He was joined by expert panelist from Nielsen, FreeWheel and Revision3. During the sessions, the panelists explores key topics like:
  • Discovering best practices to help control your video distribution
  • Learning how creating complimentary content can help reach customers
  • Better understanding today's video consumption habits to better target your audience.

To learn more about our advertiser and publisher solutions, visit Advertising.com.

Mar 7th 2012

HuffPost Launches 'Change My Mind'

A new feature, "Change My Mind," launches this week on many HuffPost verticals that lets bloggers debate each other on timely topics. But thanks to a new tool, readers get to weigh in on which argument is strongest.

Here's how it works: in the "Change My Mind" articles, readers see a premise with which they can agree or disagree. After they click the "agree" or "disagree" button, a window pops open displaying the expert bloggers' opposing views. After reading pro and con arguments, readers then click "agree" or "disagree" again. The debater who convinces the largest number of readers to change their opinion on the issue wins the debate.

The tool, spearheaded by Conor White-Sullivan, who developed an online community platform acquired by HPMG last fall, provides a simple interface for editors to easily create the presentation. (Conor recently made Forbes' list of "30 under 30" rising stars in media.) Also instrumental in the launch of the tool is Menachem Dickman, Joe Moore and Dan Fratean, all of whom helped engineer it, and Daniel Lee, who designed the beautiful interface. Without them, the tool would not exist.

In a blog post introducing the new platform, Conor writes, "A Google search of any contentious question will yield millions of results, but in that sea of information it can be difficult to separate what's trustworthy from what's not. And even when we have navigated past the conspiracy theories, truthiness, and smoke and mirrors, it can be all too easy to confine ourselves to echo chambers where we only hear the people we already agree with."

Among HuffPost sections debuting the new feature: HuffPost Green's "Bill McKibben And Ezra Levant Debate Keystone XL Pipeline Pros And Cons"; HuffPost UK's "Can Stripping Ever Be Feminist?"; HuffPost San Francisco's "San Francisco America's Cup: Great For The City, Or One Big Mess?"; HuffPost Comedy's "Is Twitter Bad For Comedy?"; HuffPost Travel's "Do New Airfare Rules Help Or Hurt Consumers?", and many more.

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