TechCrunch Disrupt

ATL to SFO

Quick blog post about our upcoming trip to TechCrunch Disrupt.

Here we come San Francisco! We are looking forward to joining tech startups from around the world at the annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference.

Come visit us in the Startup Alley! Here is the Exhibitor Directory. And check out this twitter list of all startups in Startup Alley to stay on top of the latest.

Fun fact: There are over 500 startups in Startup Alley, and only 12 are from the southeast and 2 from Georgia.

And hear us pitch Friday afternoon!

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

Making Sound Investments with Ashton Kutcher and Effie Epstein (Sound Ventures) Sound Ventures partners Ashton Kutcher and Effie Epstein on their firm’s investment thesis, the influence of celebrity status, and more in this wide-ranging interview. — ashton kutcher

Finding the Next Silicon Valley with Doug Leone (Sequoia) Hear how the global managing partner of Sequoia Capital helped set the firm’s strategy in China — and cemented the firm’s status for years to come in this wide-ranging fireside chat with a icon in venture capital. — Sequoia

Uber, One Year Later with Dara Khosrowshahi (Uber) Dara Khosrowshahi joined Uber last September following the ouster of then-CEO Travis Kalanick. It’s been a year since Khosrowshahi has taken the helm, and it’s time to talk about the challenges so far. — Uber

The Art of Scaling with Reid Hoffman (Greylock) As PayPal’s COO, LinkedIn’s co-founder, and a Greylock Partner, Reid Hoffman turns ideas into world-changing companies. Hear his thoughts on tomorrow’s startup opportunities, today’s industry problems, and evergreen strategies to improve your business. — Greylock Partners

Building for Voice with Jason Mars (Clinc) and Alex Smola (Amazon Web Services) Once upon a time, we used our voices for the vast majority of our communication. And then came the written word, and then came the internet. But everything old is new again. Hear from Jason Mars and Alex Smola as they discuss how voice may be the next dominant interface and how to build for that future. AWS Startups

Disrupt After Party @ The Midway Get your TBT IRL with TechCrunch’s 90s theme After Party for a night of live entertainment, drinks, and food (for purchase) to wrap up a fantastic second day of Disrupt SF. 21+ only. Disrupt Badge + Gov. Issued photo ID required. Not open to Basic Pass Holders.

Y Combinator Do’s and Don’ts: In Conversation with Dalton Caldwell and Michael Seibel (Y Combinator) Y Combinator fundamentally changed the investing game circa 2007 with its approach of taking shots in the dark on a wide array of companies. That strategy finally paid off earlier this year when Dropbox went public, a “dream come true” for the firm. But now there are dozens of accelerators and an at-times ridiculous amount of seed capital available — so it comes down to what Y Combinator can offer its founders and where it thinks the whole idea of an “accelerator” is going. — Y Combinator

Creating A Monster with Mike Judge (Silicon Valley) No show has done a better job of portraying Silicon Valley than… well, Silicon Valley. Co-creator Mike Judge talks about the show’s monster success. Plus, what’s new for Season 6?

Are Fat Rounds Eating the Lean Startup? with Eric Ries (author, The Lean Startup) and David Hornik (August Capital) In an era of multi-billion dollar investment rounds and hundred billion dollar funds can a lean startup survive? Eric Ries, the architect of the lean startup model, and David Hornik, the managing partner of August Capital, will help us find out. — Eric Ries

Startup Battlefield — Final Round TechCrunch’s iconic startup competition is back, as entrepreneurs from around the world pitch expert judges and vie for the Battlefield Cup and $100,000.

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