Introducing the Extra Crunch Stage at Disrupt SF 2019

Every year we dig deep to make the next TechCrunch Disrupt bigger, bolder and better than before. Disrupt San Francisco 2019, on October 2-4, is no exception. One of the many upgrades we’re proud to announce is the Extra Crunch Stage.

Hold up a second — need a ticket to Disrupt SF 2019? Get one at the super early-bird price before the price increases.

OK, moving on. We’re upgrading last year’s Next Stage to the Extra Crunch Stage — named in honor of TC’s recently launched subscription product. Designed for our most engaged readers, this extra crunchy layer of subscription content goes deep on entrepreneurial and startup topics like inclusion and diversity, hiring practices, legal and product decisions, as well as mental health and wellness in high-performance businesses.

So, how does this translate to the Extra Crunch Stage at Disrupt SF? The programming here will still feature fireside chats and panel discussions focused on topics crucial to founder and investor success. But you can also see and hear plenty of how-to content, and gain practical, actionable insights from the folks who have been out in the trenches getting deals done.

Anyone with an Innovator, Founder or Investor pass can access this delicious insider content found on the Extra Crunch Stage, plus all the speakers, panelists and startup founders who will grace the Main Stage (think Startup Battlefield), the Showcase Stage (in Startup Alley) and the Q&A Stage (where you ask and experts answer).

What else can you expect at Disrupt SF 2019? World-class networking and nearly infinite opportunities. Connecting with people is great — connecting with the right people is even better. Cue CrunchMatch, Disrupt’s free business match-making service, available to all attendees. The platform helps you find and connect with people based on specific mutual criteria, goals and interests. Whether you want to network with founders, investors, technologists, researchers or software engineers, CrunchMatch combines curation and automation to help you make the most of your limited time.

Disrupt SF 2019 takes place October 2-4 at Moscone North Convention Center. Come and experience the new Extra Crunch stage and all the other opportunities, events and connections that could make your startup dreams come true. Those super early-bird tickets won’t last long, so get yours today.

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Disrupt SF? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.

How CrunchMatch helped Yoolox increase distribution

German startup Yoolox, makers of a portable wireless charger for smartphones, tablets and laptops, exhibited in Startup Alley at Disrupt with the goal of spreading awareness of their first products, Yoolox 10k and 16k. Given Disrupt’s global brand exposure, Yoolox decided it would be the perfect place to debut what they had been working on:

TechCrunch Disrupt gave us the opportunity to exchange with potential distribution partners and investors. It was a great opportunity to get a direct feedback. — Pascal Bosten, co-founder, Yoolox

Through CrunchMatch, TechCrunch’s matchmaking tool, Yoolox had a number of meetings set up with various Disrupt attendees, outside of just investors, notably, U.S.-based CWO Distribution, which focuses on helping hardware startups with e-commerce distribution, retail strategies and more. They helped Yoolox get a listing on Amazon while both Walmart and Home Depot are currently underway. In addition, CWO also is handling their entire fulfillment process. Following the conference, Yoolox and CWO took the products to CES and were subsequently featured in Gizmodo and The Verge.

We met CWO at TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin and since then we have been constantly increasing sales. Disrupt helped us to connect with the right people. The CrunchMatch networking app made it very easy to efficiently filter interests and find the right contact persons. — David Photien, co-founder, Yoolox

If you’re looking to connect with investors, partners or others at Disrupt, taking advantage of the CrunchMatch networking platform may connect you with the right people to propel your business. If you’re interested in exhibiting in Startup Alley, grab your exhibitor package here, which includes three Founder Passes. Or if you were thinking about bringing a group of startups to Disrupt, reach out to [email protected] and someone from the TechCrunch team will be in touch with you.

Apply to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt San Francisco 2019

Savvy early-stage startup founders are making plans to attend our flagship event, Disrupt San Francisco 2019, on October 2-4 at Moscone North. It’s three jam-packed days of connection, inspiration and discovery that you don’t want to miss. But here’s a hot tip for founders who want to wring every drop of opportunity out of their time at Disrupt. Apply to be a TC Top Pick. It’s easy to do, and it’s free.

Earning our TC Top Picks designation is a highly competitive and curated process. TechCrunch editors will thoroughly review each application and select up to five standout startups in each of the following categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, SaaS and Social Impact & Education.

All TC Top Picks receive a free Startup Alley Exhibition package, prime real estate in the Startup Alley exhibition hall and invitations to VIP events. You’ll also be interviewed by a TechCrunch editor on the Showcase stage. The Top Pick startups garner an intense amount of media and investor attention, which can take your business to the next level. But hey, don’t take our word for it. Take it from someone who experienced the value of applying to TC Top Picks firsthand.

Australia-based Sonder Designs earned a TC Top Pick designation at Disrupt SF 2018. The startup designed a keyboard — using E-Ink technology — and the keyboard’s display changes dynamically based on whatever application or language you use.

In five days, three of which included Disrupt, founder Francisco Serra-Martins reports they held 41 meetings with venture capitalists and 11 meetings with B2B customers. The company received more investor interest than it initially forecasted, which led them to increase the investment round size. They’re currently working on due diligence and closing a $2.2 million round.

Top Picks receive a lot of media attention — the gift that keeps on giving — and that invaluable exposure landed Serra-Martins on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

“Being a TC Top Pick at Disrupt San Francisco not only helped us close out an additional $1 million investment for our seed round, it was an incredible opportunity to highlight our technology to an international community and to engage with the San Francisco startup ecosystem,” said Serra-Martins.

That’s some serious ROI, amirite? Looking for more ways to get the most out of your Disrupt experience? Want to win $100,00 in equity-free cash? Apply to compete in Startup Battlefield, our epic startup pitch competition.

You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. Disrupt San Francisco 2019 takes place on October 2-4, and this is your chance to take your startup to a new level. Apply to our TC Top Pick program today.

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Disrupt SF? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.

Discount student tickets still available for TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019

Here’s a shout-out to students fascinated by the world of robots and artificial intelligence. There’s a limited supply of discounted tickets left for TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI, a one-day conference that takes place at UC Berkeley on April 18. Apply now to reserve your $45 student ticket, and spend a full day learning from the best minds, makers and investors in the business.

What can you expect at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI? A jam-packed day of panel discussions, workshops, Q&As, demos and world-class networking. Here’s a sample:

  • A panel discussion on human-robot interaction with Anca Dragan (UC Berkeley’s Interact Lab), Rana el Kaliouby (Affectiva) and Matt Willis (SoftBank Robotics).
  • A workshop with Eric Migicovsky (Y Combinator): How to Launch a Robotics Startup
  • A Q&A with startup founders gives you the opportunity to ask questions of some of the greatest minds in technology
  • A robot demo by Marc Raibert featuring SpotMini, Boston Dynamic’s latest creation

In a classic “but wait, there’s more” moment, we’re holding back some juicy agenda updates, so keep checking back for the latest.

For students looking for an internship, or a job, in robotics or AI, networking is key. TC Sessions: Robotics + AI draws more than 1,000 of the industry’s top technologists, founders and investors for one powerful day. You’ll have ample opportunity to talk, connect and rub elbows with these dream-makers and game-changers.

You might wonder how you’ll connect with the people you’re most interested in meeting. Good news on that front. We’re making CrunchMatch, TC’s free business match-making service, available to all attendees. The CrunchMatch platform (powered by Brella) helps you find and connect with people based on specific mutual criteria, goals and interests. It makes effective networking easier and more efficient.

Just one month to go before TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI takes place on April 18 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. Apply for your $45 student ticket today and, once we verify your student status, we’ll release your ticket. Can’t wait to see you in Berkeley!

Last day to save $100 on TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019

Like all good things must, early-bird pricing for tickets to TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI comes to an end today. This is your last chance to save $100 on our day-long gathering of the greatest minds, makers and investors in the robotics and AI communities. Procrastination has a price. Buy your $249 ticket today or pay $349 tomorrow. That’s basic math right there.

TC Sessions: Robotics + AI takes place on April 18 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, and we’re stoked about the agenda of incredible speakers, panel discussions, demos and workshops we have planned. We think you’ll love it, too.

Previously on TechCrunch, we shared just a few of the heavy-hitters you’ll hear from, including Marc Raibert, Melonee Wise, Ken Goldberg, Anca Dragan Anthony Levandowski and Laura Major. But wait, there’s more!

We’re beyond thrilled to add Colin Angle, iRobot co-founder and CEO, to our list of industry headliners gracing our stage. If anyone knows mainstream home robots, it’s this guy. He’s one of the creators of Roomba, the first successful consumer robot and the best-selling vacuum in the U.S. Angle will discuss Terra, iRobot’s new robotic lawnmower, and the 10 years of R&D involved in bringing it to market.

What does it take for someone to invest in a robotics startup? That’s a red-hot topic, and you’ll get to hear Peter Barrett (Playground Global), Hidetaka Aoki (Global Brain), Helen Liang (FoundersX Ventures) and Andy Wheeler (GV) discuss what they’ve learned in a panel called, “Investing in Robotics and AI: Lessons from the Industry’s VCs.”

We expect more than 1,000 members of the robotics and AI community to attend, and that makes it a networking event you won’t want to miss. These are the influencers, the people who can help you make your robotic dreams come to life. Or perhaps you’ll invest in the next robot unicorn. It’s a day full of opportunity and potential. Be sure to use CrunchMatch (powered by Brella), our free business match-making service. It’s curated and automated, and it makes connecting with the right people painless and efficient.

TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI takes place at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on April 18, 2019. If you’re part of the robotics/AI startup ecosystem, you do not want to miss this event. And you certainly don’t want to pay more than necessary. Today’s the last day to save $100 on admission. Buy your early-bird ticket now, and we’ll see you in April.

2 days left to save $100 on TC Sessions: Robotics + AI

For the love of robots, don’t miss your chance to save $100 on admission to TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI. Our annual, day-long event goes deep on all things related to robotics and artificial intelligence, and you’ll hear from the greatest tech and investment minds and makers. Danger, Will Robinson, danger! The early-bird price — and the $100 savings — disappears in only two days, so buy your ticket right now.

Last year, more than 1,000 people attended our robo-fest, which makes it a prime opportunity for networking. This year, we’re adding CrunchMatch — TechCrunch’s free business match-making service — into the mix. This handy tool simplifies the networking process by helping you find and connect with the right people based on specific mutual criteria, goals and interests.

We’ve prepared an outstanding lineup of interviews, panel discussions, demos and workshops, and we still have a few more surprises to add over the next few weeks. Check out the event agenda and keep checking back for updates. In the meantime, here’s a taste to wet your proverbial whistle.

Founders might wish they could read investors’ minds, but we have the next best thing. A TechCrunch editor will moderate an all-star robotics and AI investor panel with Peter Barrett (Playground Global), Helen Liang (FoundersX Ventures), Andy Wheeler (GV) and Hidetaka Aoki (Global Brain). Even better, the panel will take audience questions, too.

Human-robot interaction has come a long way from Issac Asimov’s short story, “Robbie.” HRI incorporates just about every aspect of AI and robotics, and we’re thrilled to host a panel discussion on this challenging topic featuring Anca Dragan (UC Berkeley’s Interact Lab), Rana el Kaliouby(Affectiva) and Matt Willis (SoftBank Robotics). Learn where HRI stands today and where it will lead tomorrow.

Building a tech startup ain’t easy, as you well know. But building a robotics startup, well, let’s just say it’s not for the faint-hearted. We’ve tapped several brave hearts to share their lessons learned. You’ll hear from Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics (funds raised: $48 million), Manish Kothari, president of SRI Ventures and Nima Keivan, CTO and co-founder of Canvas Technology (funds raised: $15 million).

TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI takes place April 18, at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. If you love saving money as much as you love robots, buy your early-bird ticket now. That bird disappears — along with your $100 — in just two days.

Only 3 days left to save on TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019 tickets

We can’t wait to see all of you at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI, which takes place April 18 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. That’s still slightly more than a month away, but your opportunity to buy an early-bird ticket — and save $100 — disappears in just three short days. When that day arrives, the admission price goes up to $329. Why spend more than necessary? Go buy your early-bird ticket right now.

This is the first time we’ve rolled AI into the robotic mix, and it makes perfect sense. Our day-long intensive event highlights the top leaders and the most innovative startups in these two converging and rapidly evolving fields. You’ll hear from — and rub elbows with — the most influential makers, researchers, founders and investors in robotics and AI. Here’s a quick sampling of the programming you’ll enjoy.

Investing in robotics is a wild ride, and no one knows that better than Helen Liang, founding and managing partner of FoundersX Ventures, and Andy Wheeler, a general partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures). They’ll grace our stage to share their insight and experience. Liang, who also serves as founding president at Tech for Good, has invested in 20 early-stage robotics and AI startups. Wheeler focuses on bringing early-stage tech to market and has invested in Carbon, Farmer’s Business Network, Abundant Robotics and Orbital Insight.

If you wonder how and when robots will become a part of the construction crew, join Noah Ready-Campbell (Built Robotics) and Saurabh Ladha (Doxel AI) as they discuss whether robots can help us build faster, smarter and for less.

Who doesn’t love an awesome robot demo? Don’t miss Marc Raibert’s presentation, The Best Robots on Four Legs. He’ll demo SpotMini, Boston Dynamic’s latest creation, and talk about what it takes to bring a robotic product to market.

We still have a few surprises up our non-robotic sleeve, so keep checking our event agenda for the latest updates.

We’re expecting more than 1,000 people to attend this immersive event, and if you really want to stand out and connect with dream makers and game changers, consider buying a demo table. The price, $1,500, includes three attendee passes.

You’ll find comradery, connection and opportunity at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI. And if you buy an early-bird ticket, all that goodness will cost $100 less. You have just three days left to save. Buy your ticket today.

4 days left to save on tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019

When you love anything and everything related to robots and artificial intelligence, the only thing better than going to TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI is saving $100 on the price of admission. But our $249 early-bird price flies the proverbial coop in just four days, on March 15, so buy your ticket now and keep that Benjamin in your wallet where it belongs.

Our day-long immersive program — which takes place at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on April 18 — includes robot demos, workshops and interviews with the leading founders, investors, researchers and technologists in the field. We expect more than 1,000 attendees, which makes TC Sessions: Robotics + AI an outstanding opportunity to learn, share, network and build community.

What kind of programming can you expect? Excellent question. For starters, Alexei Efros from UC Berkeley and Hany Farid from Dartmouth College will address a crucial issue at the crossroads of artificial intelligence, reality and public trust. Don’t miss their presentation entitled, “This Reality Does Not Exist: Trust in an Age of Synthetic Media.”

If you love drones, you’ll love the conversation with DroneSeed’s Grant Canary, Aria Insights’ Laura Major and DJI’s Arnaud Thiercelin. They’ll discuss how people are using drones to stop poachers, deliver packages and inspect pipelines. They’ll also drone on — pun totally intended — about what’s coming next.

Come prepared for our investor Q&A session with Peter Barrett (Playground Global), Hidetaka Aoki (Global Brain) and Helen Liang (FoundersX Ventures). This is your chance to ask questions of some of the greatest investors in robotics and AI.

We’ve packed a lot of programming into our agenda, and we’ll be announcing special guests and adding a few more names to our schedule over the next few weeks. Be sure to check back for updates.

If you really want to make an impression and place your early-stage startup in front of the top influencers in robotics and AI, why not buy a demo table? Bring your posse, because the price includes three attendee passes.

TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI takes place at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on April 18, 2019. Student tickets cost a mere $45. As for the rest of you, don’t delay. You have only four days left to buy an early-bird ticket and save $100. Go get ‘er done!

Sign up before March 11 and save $500 on Disrupt SF 2019 tix

Want to trim a cool $500 off your ticket price to Disrupt San Francisco 2019? It’s easy to do, but you need to act before registration officially opens on Monday, March 11. Simply sign up for our mailing list. Seriously, just click the link, fill out four fields and hit the Submit button. Talk about easy money.

There’s nothing like a Disrupt conference, and our San Francisco event — which takes place October 2-4 — promises to be an epic record-breaker. Attendance is set to exceed last year’s 10,000+ crowd, and we’re hard at work building a stellar lineup of speakers, panelists, demos, Q&A Sessions and workshops.

In addition to four stages of programming, you can expect another rousing Startup Battlefield pitch competition. Plus, like last year, the top prize is $100,000 in equity-free cash. Yowza.

Sure, it’s wicked exciting to watch Startup Battlefield live and in-person, but it’s even more thrilling to compete. Participating in Startup Battlefield is about as close to being Disrupt royalty as you can get. Throw your founder’s hat into the ring and apply to compete in Startup Battlefield right here.

Make sure to explore Startup Alley while you’re there — Disrupt’s exhibition floor and home to hundreds of early-stage startups showing their latest tech innovations. You’ll find a range of technologies with a focus on these tracks: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Blockchain, Biotech/Healthtech, Fintech, Gaming, Mobility, Privacy/Security, E-commerce, Robotics and more.

Startup Alley is a networking paradise where you just might find your next investment, co-founder, employee, developer or mentor. It’s home to the TC Top Picks, a cadre of roughly 40 extraordinary startups vetted and hand-picked by discerning TechCrunch editors. If you think you’ve got what it takes, apply right here today.

The ever-popular TechCrunch Hackathon returns to Disrupt SF this year, running in tandem with the conference. Over the course of two days, hundreds of uber-talented hackers, software engineers, devs, students and makers of many stripes will form ad-hoc teams and compete to create new products. Along with the main event, there will be plenty of sponsored hack contests, prizes, cash and swag. It’s exhausting, demanding and fun — and a great way to show your stuff to an influential crowd.

So many reasons to attend Disrupt San Francisco 2019 and so little time left to save $500 on your passes. Hurry and sign up for our mailing list before registration opens on Monday, March 11 — and we’ll see you in October!

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Disrupt SF? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.

CrunchMatch comes to TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019

TechCrunch is elevating networking to a whole new level at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI, which takes place at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on April 18. This day-long event features discussions, demos and workshops with some of the leading minds in these fields. With more than 1,000 attendees in the house, a tool that simplifies networking would really come in handy. Never fear, we’ve got your back — with CrunchMatch.

CrunchMatch (powered by Brella), is TechCrunch’s free business match-making service that helps you find and connect with people based on specific mutual criteria, goals and interests. Let’s face it, effective networking is more than just connecting with people — it’s connecting with the right people.

CrunchMatch is available to all attendees at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI. Whether you want to network with founders, investors, technologists, researchers or engineering students, the platform’s combination of curation and automation will help you make the most of your limited time.

Here’s what you need to know. When CrunchMatch goes live, a sign-up link will be sent via email to all ticket holders. Fill out your profile with the pertinent details — your role (technologist, founder, investor, etc.) and who you want to connect with at the event. CrunchMatch will make meet-up suggestions, which you can approve or decline.

Now that you’re all set on the networking front, we must ask the obvious question. Have you bought your ticket yet? If not, get a move on and save $100 before the price increases. Early-bird tickets go for $249, and student tickets cost a very affordable $45.

Are you a founder of an early-stage startup? Don’t miss an opportunity to showcase your company in front of this very targeted, influential crowd. Book a startup demo table package for $1,500. That price includes three tickets — bring your startup posse!

TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI takes place on April 18 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. Don’t miss your chance to dive deep with your community — and connect efficiently with the people who share your goals and interests. We’ll see you there!