24 hours left to score early-bird tickets for TC Sessions: Mobility 2019

The switch has been flipped on the 24-hour shot clock, which means there’s only one day left to save $100 on your pass to TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 in San Jose, Calif. on July 10. Early-bird savings ends on Friday, June 14 at 11:59 p.m. (PT), so buy your ticket now and save.

Join more than 1,000 dreamers and makers at TC’s day-long event focused on the current and future state of mobility and transportation. Hear from the top minds in their fields and see demos of their latest work. They’re not just dreaming of the future. They’re determined to invent, fund and build the revolutionary technology required to create it.

If you want to place your tech startup in front of this very targeted audience, a demo table is the way to go. But we have only one demo table left, so get moving and book a demo table now.

With all those mobility big wigs in the house, you’ll be in high networking mode, right? CrunchMatch, TechCrunch’s business match-making service, simplifies the connection process for you. It’s free and, even better, it will help you find people based on specific mutual business criteria, goals and interests. You’ll save time meeting the right people. Sweet!

Take a look at just some of the speakers and presentations we have scheduled. And check out the full agenda while you’re at it.

Delivering the Future: We’ll talk with Nuro co-founder Dave Ferguson to hear all about the strengths and challenges of building a self-driving vehicle, with a focus on local deliveries like groceries, food and retail goods.

Rethinking Urban Mobility: Motorcycle racing pioneer Erik Buell returns with a new company and vision. We’ll talk to Buell, now chairman of EV startup Fuell, about the tech behind the Flow electric motorcycle and the Fluid electric bicycle.

Autonomous Robotaxis vs. Shuttles: Karl Iagnemma, Alisyn Malek and Lia Theodosiou-Pisanelli represent some of the top minds trying to bring autonomous vehicle technology to the masses. They’ll debate which approaches make the most sense and have the best chances for economic viability, and which safety and security vulnerabilities and other challenges could throw them off track.

TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 takes place July 10 in San Jose, Calif. You have just 24 hours left before the early-bird pricing ends on Friday, June 14 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Why spend more than necessary? Buy your ticket and save yourself $100.

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Demo your early-stage startup at the TechCrunch Summer Party

Nothing says summer in Silicon Valley better than the TechCrunch Summer Party. In its 14th year, we’re celebrating the startup spirit and culture at the Park Chalet, San Francisco’s coastal beer garden, on July 25. Who doesn’t love ocean views?

And nothing says relaxed networking in Silicon Valley more than showcasing your early-stage startup at our summer soiree. It’s a great opportunity to demo your business and place your face in front of influential people in a convivial atmosphere. Each demo table includes four summer party tickets — bring your whole crew. There’s a limited number of tables available, so book your startup demo package now.

Experience world-class networking and still have time to enjoy the venue, drink craft beer, sip a signature a cocktail or two and nosh on yummy appetizers. Maybe it’s the relaxed setting, the shared camaraderie or maybe it’s the libations — who can say for sure — but TechCrunch parties tend to be the place where start-uppers meet the people who go on to change their lives — future investors, co-founders or buyers.

Plus there’ll be several VC firms in attendance who are partnering with us for the event.

  • August Capital
  • Battery Ventures
  • Data Collective
  • Uncork Capital

Summer Party details you need to know:

  • When: July 25 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Park Chalet in San Francisco
  • Attendee ticket: $95
  • Startup demo package: $2,000 — includes four attendee tickets, one cocktail table, tabletop sign, power and internet access

There will be plenty of games and prizes. Yes, we love giving away prizes, like TechCrunch swag, Amazon Echos and tickets to Disrupt San Francisco 2019.

Come to the TechCrunch Summer Party at the Park Chalet and showcase your early-stage genius to a passel of influential start-uppers in a fun, relaxed setting. It’s a great opportunity to meet your future. Buy your demo table today, and we’ll hoist a craft beer to your success.

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the TechCrunch 14th Annual Summer Party? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.

What do subscription services and streaming mean for the future of gaming?

The future of gaming is streaming. If that wasn’t painfully obvious to you a week ago, it certainly ought to be now. Google got ahead of E3 late last week by finally shedding light on Stadia, a streaming service that promises a hardware agnostic gaming future.

It’s still very early days, of course. We got a demo of the platform right around the time of its original announcement. But it was a controlled one — about all we can hope for at the moment. There are still plenty of moving parts to contend with here, including, perhaps most consequentially, broadband caps.

But this much is certainly clear: Google’s not the only company committed to the idea of remote game streaming. Microsoft didn’t devote a lot of time to Project xCloud on stage the other day — on fact, the pass with which the company blew threw that announcement was almost news in and of itself.

It did, however, promise an October arrival for the service — beating out Stadia by a full month. The other big piece of the announcement was the ability for Xbox One owners to use their console as a streaming source for their own remote game play. Though how that works and what, precisely, the advantage remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that Microsoft is hanging its hat on the Xbox as a point of distinction from Google’s offering.

It’s clear too, of course, that Microsoft is still invested in console hardware as a key driver of its gaming future. Just after rushing through all of that Project xCloud noise, it took the wraps off of Project Scarlett, its next-gen console. We know it will feature 8K content, some crazy fast frame rates and a new Halo title. Oh, and there’s an optical drive, too, because Microsoft’s not quite ready to give up on physical media just yet.

What do subscription services and streaming mean for the future of gaming?

The future of gaming is streaming. If that wasn’t painfully obvious to you a week ago, it certainly ought to be now. Google got ahead of E3 late last week by finally shedding light on Stadia, a streaming service that promises a hardware agnostic gaming future.

It’s still very early days, of course. We got a demo of the platform right around the time of its original announcement. But it was a controlled one — about all we can hope for at the moment. There are still plenty of moving parts to contend with here, including, perhaps most consequentially, broadband caps.

But this much is certainly clear: Google’s not the only company committed to the idea of remote game streaming. Microsoft didn’t devote a lot of time to Project xCloud on stage the other day — on fact, the pass with which the company blew threw that announcement was almost news in and of itself.

It did, however, promise an October arrival for the service — beating out Stadia by a full month. The other big piece of the announcement was the ability for Xbox One owners to use their console as a streaming source for their own remote game play. Though how that works and what, precisely, the advantage remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that Microsoft is hanging its hat on the Xbox as a point of distinction from Google’s offering.

It’s clear too, of course, that Microsoft is still invested in console hardware as a key driver of its gaming future. Just after rushing through all of that Project xCloud noise, it took the wraps off of Project Scarlett, its next-gen console. We know it will feature 8K content, some crazy fast frame rates and a new Halo title. Oh, and there’s an optical drive, too, because Microsoft’s not quite ready to give up on physical media just yet.

Prices for passes to Disrupt SF 2019 increase next week

The super early-bird season for serious savings on passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2019 — on October 2-4 — comes to an end next week. Right now, you can save up to $1,800, but that deep discount disappears on June 21 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Don’t miss your chance to attend TechCrunch’s flagship Disrupt event at the lowest possible price. Buy your passes today.

Here’s even more budget-friendly news. Choose the payment plan option during checkout, and lock in these super-low prices while spreading your payments over time. There’s some bottom-line relief.

Disrupt San Francisco is the mothership of Disrupt events. It’s three days packed with programming across the tech spectrum with more than 10,000 members of the early-startup community — tech founders, investors, hackers, leaders, makers and shakers — looking to launch, learn, connect, invest and grow.

Main attractions include Startup Battlefield, TechCrunch’s premier pitch competition with a grand prize of $100,000. Do you want to compete? There’s still time to apply if you act quickly — the application window closes June 17.

Take a shot a being named a TC Top Pick — and represent the best early-stage startups in the following categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, SaaS and Social Impact & Education.

If chosen, you’ll receive a free Startup Alley Exhibition package and VIP invitations to special events at Disrupt SF. Apply to be a TC Top Pick soon — applications close June 29.

You’ll find TechCrunch’s Top Picks, along with hundreds of other early-stage startups, exhibiting their tech and talent in Startup Alley. If there’s a networking paradise, this is it. And savvy Disrupters use CrunchMatch, the business-matching platform that takes the stress out of finding and connecting with the right people.

Experience a range of programming on four different stages. World-class speakers like Bastian Lehmann, Postmate’s founder and CEO, will talk about his logistics and food delivery company’s impressive growth, lessons learned and what comes next. Hear from Pete Lau, CEO and founder of OnePlus, about taking on some of the biggest players in mobile and what the future holds. Don’t miss Tess Hatch, an investor at Bessemer Venture Partners. Her focus lies in funding frontier tech like commercial space, drones and autonomous vehicles.

There’s so much more to the Disrupt experience — the Hackathon, interactive workshops, Q&A Sessions and TechCrunch networking events.

Disrupt San Francisco 2019 takes place October 2-4, and you can go for the lowest possible price — if you beat the deadline: June 21 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Procrastination is not your friend. Be a super early-bird and save up to $1,800 — buy your pass today.

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Disrupt San Francisco 2019? Contact the sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.

Four days left to save $100 on TC Sessions: Mobility 2019

On July 10, just one short month from now, more than 1,000 of the best and brightest minds in mobility will converge in San Jose, Calif. for TC Sessions: Mobility 2019. This day-long conference is dedicated to exploring the current state of mobile technology and building the future of moving people and things from point A to point B.

But you have only four days left to save $100 on the price of admission. Our early-bird pricing comes to a full stop on Friday, June 14 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Keep that Benjamin in your pocket where it belongs — buy your ticket right now.

We’ve got a packed agenda of interviews, demos and workshops featuring the likes of Lia Theodosiou-Pisanelli, who leads product development and program management for Aurora, the autonomous vehicle company.

Taking a page right out of the Jetsons, Uber wants to launch flying taxis within a few years. We’ll hear from Mark Moore, Uber’s engineering director for Elevate, and one of the people determined to make that happen.

Nils Wollny, of Holoride, wants an interactive VR experience in the backseat of every car. His demo will show what an automotive VR future might look like.

A workshop with Arrive’s CEO, Yona Shtern takes a thought-provoking look at the future of seamless, urban mobility. He’ll discuss what the foundation of a connected city includes and outline the steps needed to get there.

There are plenty more presentations — a veritable embarrassment of mobility riches. Check out the event agenda for more information, because we still have a few surprises coming your way.

Let’s talk networking. TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 draws some of the industry’s most influential founders, investors, technologists and media. Talk about a targeted audience — these are the people you want to notice you and your genius early-stage startup. Buy a demo table and show them what you’ve got. Bring your team too, because your demo package includes three attendee tickets (only two demo tables are left for purchase).

TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 takes place July 10 in San Jose, Calif. Don’t miss this chance to save an easy $100. The saving ends on Friday, June 14 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Buy your ticket today, and we’ll see you in San Jose.

Cvent acquires mobile event technology provider DoubleDutch

There’s some new consolidation in the mobile event technology space this morning, with news that the meetings, events and hospitality technology provider Cvent has acquired San Francisco-based mobile event app maker DoubleDutch. The deal includes both DoubleDutch’s mobile event app technology as well as the team, the company said in announcing the deal on Monday.

Founded in 2011, DoubleDutch created both mobile and web apps that gave event hosts everything they needed to set up and monitor the success of their events through a white-labeled solution they could customize to their own needs. The overall platform included event registration technology, the event content management system to manage an event’s entire program, and the event app for the attendees.

To date, DoubleDutch had raised nearly $80 million in funding according to CrunchBase, from investors including KKR, Bessemer Venture Partners, Index Ventures, Bullpen Capital, Enspire Capital, Mithril Capital Management, and others.

The company saw some upsets in more recent years as it struggled towards profitability. It laid off 25% of its workforce in 2016, then laid off another 40% of staff the following year, including its CFO, CCO, VP of Customer Success and others. Also in 2017, DoubleDutch replaced CEO Bryan Parker as CEO after only two months on the job after being appointed to the position from his earlier role as COO. DoubleDutch founder Lawrence Coburn took the CEO role instead.

However, in March 2018, DoubleDutch announced it had finally become cash-flow positive. At the same time, it announced new funding from existing investors KKR, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Bullpen Ventures and that it had completed the acquisition of Eventgrid, an events platform used by Adobe, Dropbox, Sony, and others.

According to DoubleDutch, joining Cvent made sense as both “share a passion for delivering innovative technology solutions for event organizers, including world-class mobile event apps.”

“DoubleDutch is an innovator in the mobile event app space and both Cvent and DoubleDutch have a shared mission to unlock the business value of human connection,” said Lawrence Coburn, CEO and founder of DoubleDutch, in a statement. “We are incredibly proud to join the market-leading team at Cvent. With their global reach and scale, we can fuel our passion to change the way people connect, learn, and grow at live events.”

DoubleDutch customers include SAP, Akamai, WPP, CenturyLink, Innovation Roundtable, BlackRock, ASAE Bosch, and others.

Coburn is expected to depart following the acquisition, according to a report from Skift. DoubleDutch’s other co-founder, Pankaj Prasad, had left in November 2017 to join Salesforce.

The company stressed that existing customers would see no disruption in their service or with their upcoming events — likely a big concern for those who relied on the platform, given how complex setting up and managing events can be. Customers were also invited to Cvent’s Connect User Conference in July in Las Vegas where they could learn more about Cvent’s full suite of solutions.

Cvent, meanwhile, sees the addition of DoubleDutch as a further investment in the onsite experience for events.

“We are extremely excited to add DoubleDutch to the Cvent family,” said Cvent founder and CEO Reggie Aggarwal, added. “By adding DoubleDutch’s industry expertise to Cvent, we accelerate our investment in mobile event technology. We are also proud to welcome the talented DoubleDutch team to our more than 4,000 Cventers worldwide. Together, we will continue to drive innovation in how attendees engage at events.”

Cvent itself was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2016 for $1.65 billion, and ceased to trade on the NYSE on November 29, 2016. As both it and DoubleDutch are private companies, they declined to comment on the deal terms or price beyond their press releases.

Cvent tells TechCrunch its interest in DoubleDutch was for three main reasons: the product, people and the customers — the factors that drive all its acquisition decisions. Over the years, the company has picked up several other businesses, including Wedding Spot, Alliance Tech, Social Tables, and others. It also merged with Lanyon a few years ago. Cvent owns other event apps including CrowdCompass and QuickMobile, as well.

The company tells us it’s still working through how it will integrate DoubleDutch into its global organization, and can’t comment on specific positions or rolls at this time.

 

48 hours left to apply for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF and win $100,000

What’s on your to-do list in the next 48 hours? Move “launch my awesome early-stage startup to the world” to the top of the list and apply to compete in the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 on October 2-4 in front of 10,000 live attendees and tens of thousands online.

Your opportunity to compete head-to-head against a handpicked cadre of the best early-stage startups expires in just 48 hours. It won’t cost you a dime to apply or to compete. Compare that to the price of a missed opportunity.

Judging by applications we’ve received so far, the Startup Battlefield at DSF ’19 promises to be an epic showdown. One winner will claim the storied Disrupt Cup and the $100,000 equity-free cash prize — but all participants benefit from a huge amount of potentially life-changing media and investor attention.

Case in point: All Startup Battlefield teams receive private pitch coaching with the TechCrunch team, access to CrunchMatch — TechCrunch’s investor startup matching program, access to private VIP receptions, the VIP treatment at Disrupt and exhibit space in Startup Alley for all three days.

And participating in the Battlefield provides benefits long after the competition ends, too. Consider the Startup Battlefield alumni community. Since 2007, 857 companies — including Vurb, Dropbox, Mint, Yammer and more — have competed in a Battlefield pitch-off and gone on to raise more than $8.9 billion in funding and generated 110 exits. You could be part of the next alumni wave.

Here’s how it all works. TechCrunch editors with a keen eye for successful startups will vet every application. They’ll narrow the field to 15-25 exceptional companies. Competing founders receive extensive pitch coaching from our editors — at no cost. You’ll be thoroughly prepared to step onto the Main Stage come game day.

Each team has six-minutes to pitch and present a live demo to a panel of judges — we’re talking experienced VCs and techies all. And that’s followed by a round of Q&A. If you make it through to the next round, you’ll do it all again in front of a new set of judges.

All this fast-paced, nerve-wracking action takes place in front of a live audience of thousands, and we live-stream the entire event on TechCrunch.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Plus, it’s available later on-demand.

One standout startup will emerge to claim the title, the Disrupt Cup and the $100,000. Will it be you? There’s only one way to know for sure. Apply to the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt San Francisco 2019. Your opportunity disappears in just 48 hours!

How’d you like double your chances of standing in a Disrupt spotlight? Simply apply for our TC Top Picks program, too. As a TC Top Pick, you’ll receive a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package, VIP treatment and plenty of media and investor exposure.

Here’s why you should exhibit in Startup Alley at Disrupt SF 2019

Don’t miss your chance to navigate your early-stage startup through an ocean of opportunity at Disrupt San Francisco 2019, our flagship event that takes place October 2-4. We’re talking about exhibiting in Startup Alley, the entrepreneurial heart and soul of every Disrupt.

Exhibiting in the Alley places your business in the path of more than 10,000 attendees and 400 media outlets. Cash, media coverage and customers are essential elements for early startup success and, whether you’re looking for investors, a profile by an accredited tech journalist or to build relationships with prospective customers, you’ll increase your odds significantly when you show your stuff in Startup Alley.

Last year, exhibitors using CrunchMatch — our attendee networking platform — scheduled more than 1,300 meetings and collectively raised $31 million in the months following Disrupt SF 2018. Not too shabby, right?

You have two ways to score an exhibitor table in Startup Alley. First up, founders of early-stage startups in any tech category can buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. The package includes three Founder passes and one day to exhibit your startup. You also get full access to all three days at DSF ’19 — including the Startup Battlefield competition, speakers, workshops, Q&A Sessions, the complete attendee list via Disrupt Mobile App, CrunchMatch and a bunch more perks.

If you like free (and who doesn’t?), you’re going to love the other way to exhibit in Startup Alley. Apply to participate in our TC Picks program. Important note: To qualify, your startup must fall into one of these tech categories: AI + Machine Learning, Biotech + Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy + Security, Retail + E-commerce, Robotics + IoT + Hardware, SaaS and Social Impact + Education.

TechCrunch editors vet each application and hand-pick up to five startups to represent each category. It’s a selective, competitive process, but if you’re chosen you’ll get a free Startup Alley Exhibition Package good for one full day of exhibiting in Startup Alley. You also receive three Founder passes, CrunchMatch, the complete Disrupt SF 2019 press list and invitations to special events at Disrupt SF — plus a boatload of media and investor attention.

Chart your course for success in Startup Alley at Disrupt San Francisco 2019. No matter how you get there, it’s a stellar opportunity to find new customers, get media attention and meet future investors. Join us!

Is your company interested in sponsoring at Disrupt SF 2019? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.

David Krane, the CEO of GV, is coming to Disrupt

David Krane has a very big job. He’s the CEO and managing partner of GV, and he oversees the fund’s global activities, investing in tech companies including Uber, Nest and Blue Bottle Coffee among hundreds of others.

Yet the journalism major and former director of global communications and public affairs for Google maintains a surprisingly low profile. Indeed, you’d be hard-pressed to find news about Krane beyond the revelation several years ago that he was succeeding his far more public-facing predecessor, Bill Maris.

Then again, Krane seems to have a penchant for counterprogramming. He joined Google more than 19 years ago, when even its founders couldn’t imagine it would become one of the most dominant companies in the world. He also moved over to GV as a general partner in 2010, making what now looks like a smart bet that the company’s venture arm would not get lost in its other machinery.

Another bold bet Krane made was on Uber, convincing his colleagues to pump nearly $260 million into the company six years ago — its largest deal ever at the time — when Uber was breaking away from the ride-hailing pack but very far from becoming the Goliath that it is today.

In fact, when we sat down with Maris at a StrictlyVC event in 2016, he credited Krane almost entirely with the deal, telling us, “David Krane brought in Uber and we pushed all in [financially] when people thought [Uber’s then valuation of $4 billion] was crazy . . . There was no computer that told us that was as good decision.”

Of course, Krane and the 28 investors who work alongside him at GV, have funded a wide variety of consumer, enterprise, life sciences and frontier tech startups since — which is partly why we’re thrilled to announce that Krane is joining us at our upcoming Disrupt show, happening October 2-4 in sunny San Francisco.

We’ll talk for the first time with Krane about the inner workings of GV circa 2019. How does its decision-making process work under his leadership? How does the team think about new areas of investment? What are Krane’s views on SoftBank and other giant pools of capital to come into the venture world? How does GV work with Alphabet’s growth-equity investment fund, Capital G?

And that’s merely just the beginning. If you’re interested in understanding GV, its thinking, its processes and where it’s shopping on Krane’s watch, you won’t want to miss this rare stage appearance. We just hope he’ll put up with our many (many) questions.

Tickets are available here.