3 reasons TechCrunch Disrupt was Beyond Incredible

TechCrunch Disrupt is a conference where entrepreneurs, hackers, and investors come together to share world changing ideas. Over 100 startups showcase disruptive technologies gathering feedback from the best and brightest in the tech industry. It took place in NYC from May 9–11, 2016.

1. Find your next investment

In the future, I would like to be in early stage venture capital. One of the duties of a venture capitalist is to scout out potential investment opportunities.

One startup that I found to be intriguing at Disrupt was GeoOrbital. They’ve built a wheel that can replace the front wheel of any bike and make it an electric bike. I tried the bike, and I was flying at 20 mph!

Startups that excite investors have shown some type of validation. Not only did GeoOrbital win a wildcard spot to pitch on stage, but they are killing it on Kickstarter. Within 15 days, GeoOrbital has raised over $700k with 1,000 supporters. If you want to experience the exhilaration of flying on a bicycle without any effort, support GeoOrbital HERE.

2. Explore different industries

Being in college, I am really only exposed to the Instagrams and the Snapchats of the world. However, entrepreneurs are revolutionizing many other industries. At Disrupt, I was able see the — whole spectrum — of companies from pre-revenue to one billion dollar valuations.

Today, The Honest Company is valued at $1.7 billion. They provide safe and eco-friendly products for babies.

Founder Jessica Alba and CMO Chris Thorne spoke on stage about their experiences of starting a company. They talked about the importance of branding, and how they were able break into a crowded industry. The Honest Company is categorized as a consumer packaged goods (CPG) company. Being in the CPG space, a startup’s customer service needs to be efficient and robust. The Honest Company tends to over 5000 customer service calls a day. 5000 plus!

3. Potentially get hired

For the summer, I am looking for a business development or product marketing internship. Every college student has the opportunity to get internships over the summer. I believe with each internship college students should explore a different industry. It gives the student an opportunity to learn about something new every summer.

While voraciously learning about different startups at TechCrunch, I saw a company I was thrilled about Peloton. Their mission is to provide the best in-home fitness experience. Customers buy an indoor cycle, and get access to unlimited instructional cycling classes. They have raised money from top private equity firms like Tiger Global Management.

After having a good conversation, I asked them if they were hiring interns for the summer. The recruiter told me to email him my resume.

My experience at TechCrunch Disrupt in one word magical. It was the Disneyland of technology. The fact that we can spend three minutes learning about a startup, while the founders have committed their lives to the vision of the startup is incredible. If you are looking for investment opportunities, interested in exploring different industries, or hunting for a job — you should come to TechCrunch Disrupt 2017. I will see you there!

Sathya Peri is a serial conference crasher, and he is a student at Bentley University. He is looking for a full-time internship in NYC this summer in business development or product marketing. Previously, he worked with Lovepop Cards as a product marketer. You can tweet him or email him directly at gosathya@gmail.com.

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