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And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2018 is… Legacy

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Battlefield, Disrupt, disrupt berlin, disrupt berlin 2018, Europe, Imago AI, legacy, Startup Battlefield, Startups, TechCrunch, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 | 0 comments

At the very beginning, there were 13 startups. After two days of incredibly fierce competition, we now have a winner.

Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup.

After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down to five finalists: Imago AI, Kalepso, Legacy, Polyteia and Spike.

These startups made their way to the finale to demo in front of our final panel of judges, which included: Sophia Bendz (Atomico), Niko Bonatsos (General Catalyst), Luciana Luxandru (Accel), Ida Tin (Clue), Matt Turck (FirstMark Capital) and Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch).

And now, meet the Startup Battlefield winner of TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018.

Winner: Legacy

Legacy is tackling an interesting problem: the reduction of sperm motility as we age. By freezing men’s sperm, this Swiss-based company promises to keep our boys safe and potent as we get older, a consideration that many find vital as we marry and have kids later.

Read more about Legacy in our separate post.

Runner-Up: Imago AI

Imago AI is applying AI to help feed the world’s growing population by increasing crop yields and reducing food waste. To accomplish this, it’s using computer vision and machine learning technology to fully automate the laborious task of measuring crop output and quality.

Read more about Imago AI in our separate post.


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Late registration discounts to Disrupt Berlin 2018 end tomorrow

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Disrupt, Disrupt Berlin ’18, Startup Alley, Startup Battlefield, TC, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 | 0 comments

We’re in the home stretch of Disrupt Berlin 2018. The conference kicks off in just two days, and if you want to attend, the time is officially now o’clock — late registration closes tomorrow on 28 November. Once that happens, it’s auf Wiedersehen. See you next time. Don’t let that happen. Buy your pass to Disrupt Berlin today.

Disrupt Berlin is where you need to be to place your company, products and ideas in front of European and international startup movers and shakers. Last year, we hosted 2,600 attendees and 416 Startup Alley exhibitors, and we’re on track to surpass those numbers on 29-30 November.

No matter what role you play in the tech startup world, you’ll find plenty of reasons to attend Disrupt Berlin — an event that drives opportunity. Here are just a few of the comments attendees have shared about their Disrupt experiences.

“Disrupt is one of the best startup conferences. It’s massive but so well organized, and the media exposure is much better than at other events. It’s a great place for startups to network for leads, investors, industry contacts and partnerships.” — Jana Rosenfelder, co-founder and COO, Actijoy.

“I scheduled more than 35 meetings with startups that I pre-vetted using CrunchMatch, and we made a significant investment in Collider, who came to our attention through the platform.” — Michael Kocan, managing partner, Trend Discovery.

“I spent time exploring Startup Alley just to get out of my own day-to-day, to learn new ways of thinking and to get inspired. The conversations I had with startups that weren’t directly involved in content, media or social networking gave me fresh ideas that I can modify and apply in my own industry.” — Carrie Friedrich, senior product marketing manager, LinkedIn.

And don’t forget that Disrupt is famous for its roster of speakers that grace the Main Stage. At Disrupt Berlin you’ll hear from the likes of Sophia Bendz of Atomico, Saul Klein of Localglobe, Caen Contee of Lime and many more. Be sure to check out the full conference agenda.

There’s tons more programming, panel discussions, networking opportunities and, of course, the killer After Party. It all happens this week in Berlin, and time is running out. Late registration closes on 28 November, so go buy your pass to Disrupt Berlin 2018 right now.


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Cyber Monday Special: Buy a pass to Disrupt Berlin 2018 and snag a $200 gift

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in Disrupt, Disrupt Berlin ’18, Startup Alley, Startup Battlefield, TC, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 | 0 comments

Disrupt Berlin 2018 kicks off in just three days, the holidays are upon us, and we here at TechCrunch are feelin’ the season. What better way to celebrate both events than to share the spirit of entrepreneurism and gift-giving with a Cyber Monday special.

Today — and today only — when you buy any pass to Disrupt Berlin 2018 (excluding student and government passes) you’ll get to select a gift (up to a $200 USD value not including tax or shipping) from the TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide. It’s our annual, curated list of all the really good stuff.

Whatever puts you in the holiday mood, we’ve got you covered. STEM gifts for the kids, podcast tools, something for the frequent flyer in your life or maybe a little tchotchke just for you (we won’t tell).

Gifts are great — especially the $200 variety. But the coolest gift you can give yourself this year is a ticket to Disrupt Berlin 2018. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.

It’s the gift of opportunity — network and connect with founders, investors, developers and more — every stripe of tech enthusiast imaginable. Find future partners and customers. Explore hundreds of early-stage companies exhibiting in Startup Alley, hear from top tech and investment leaders, enjoy the thrill ride that is Startup Battlefield.

No matter where you roam or who you want to meet at Disrupt Berlin, we’ve made networking easier than ever by making our free business match-matching service, CrunchMatch, available to all attendees.

Go buy your pass to Disrupt Berlin 2018, and then we’ll be in touch the week of 3 December to coordinate your something sweet from our awesome gift guide. We can’t wait to see you in Berlin!


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Black Friday only: 2-for-1 Innovator passes to Disrupt Berlin 2018

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in Disrupt, Disrupt Berlin ’18, Events, Startup Alley, Startup Battlefield, TC, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 | 0 comments

We love a great deal almost as much as we love early-stage startups. So, we decided to combine both into an awesome Black Friday mashup for Disrupt Berlin 2018. Europe’s premier tech startup conference takes place next week on 29-30 November, and this is your chance to save some serious euros.

For the next 24 hours, you can buy two Innovator passes to Disrupt Berlin for the price of one — that’s €1,184, VAT included. The clock runs out on this Black Friday special at midnight, CET, so don’t wait. Buy your 2-4-1 Innovator passes now.

Innovator passes are perfect for software engineers, product managers, marketers, consultants and all-around tech enthusiasts. They grant you access to all the Disrupt stages where you’ll hear from tech titans, startup veterans, up-and-coming founders and innovative investors.

Don’t miss compelling topics from the likes of Raycho Raychev, EnduroSat’s CEO — he’ll discuss making satellites more affordable. And that’s just one example of our stellar speaker lineup. You’ll find the full Disrupt Berlin agenda here.

Use your 2-for-1 Innovator passes to go watch Startup Battlefield, where a cadre of exceptional founders will launch their early-stage startups to the world while competing for the legendary Disrupt Cup, $50,000 in non-equity cash, media exposure and life-changing investor love.

Since 2007, Startup Battlefield has helped launch 778 companies — including the likes of Mint, Dropbox and Yammer — that have gone on to collectively raise $8.5 billion and generated 105 exits. Be in the room to cheer on the next generation of Startup Battlefield warriors and, who knows, you might witness the birth of the next tech unicorn.

Innovator passes also open the door to Startup Alley — our famed exhibition hall — where you’ll find more than 400 early-stage startups plying innovative tech products, platforms and services.

When you’re in the Alley, be sure to visit our TC Top Picks. These exceptional startups represent exciting innovations in the following tech categories: AI/Machine Learning, Blockchain, CRM/Enterprise, E-commerce, Education, Fintech, Healthtech/Biotech, Hardware, Robotics, IoT, Mobility and Gaming.

You’ll find networking opportunities everywhere at Disrupt Berlin, so take advantage of CrunchMatch and save your shoe leather. Our free business match-matching platform makes quick work of connecting you with tech service providers, product managers, developers, marketers or engineers, founders or investors — the choice is yours. CrunchMatch is curated, automated and efficient, and it’s all based on the criteria you provide.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on 29-30 November, and this is your last chance to get two Innovator passes for the price of one. Our Black Friday mashup offer disappears at 12 midnight CET, so buy your discounted Innovator passes right now. We’ll see you next week in Berlin!


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Only one week left until Disrupt Berlin 2018 begins

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in Disrupt, Disrupt Berlin ’18, Events, Startup Alley, Startup Battlefield, TC, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 | 0 comments

Heiliger Strohsack! Holy smokes — Disrupt Berlin 2018 kicks off in exactly one week! We’re beyond excited to welcome thousands of startup movers, shakers and makers to Europe’s premier tech startup conference.

We’ve packed a ton of top-notch programming into 29-30 November, and we can’t wait for you to arrive in Berlin and get the party started. And for any last-minute decision makers out there, we’ve got you covered. Pull the trigger and buy your pass today.

Here’s just some of the glorious startup action in store for you at Disrupt Berlin. For a pure adrenaline rush, you can’t beat Startup Battlefield, our renowned pitch competition. We’ve selected a cohort of exceptional early-stage startup founders to compete head-to-head for a shot at the coveted Disrupt Cup and a $50,000 non-equity cash prize. On top of that, all Battlefield competitors bask in a potentially life-changing spotlight of media and investor attention. Don’t miss your chance to be in the audience and see it all happen live and in person.

Let’s talk speakers and panels. The Disrupt Main Stage is home to some of the best minds in the startup, tech and investment worlds, and you’ll get to hear them share their entrepreneurial experiences, their insights and their take on critical issues facing the startup community. Be sure to check out the conference agenda here.

If you’re hungry for interactive discussions that delve deeper, you’ll want to attend our Q&A Sessions. These are smaller, more intimate panels moderated by a TechCrunch editor, and many Main Stage speakers will be on hand to answer questions from the audience. Get to the Sessions early to secure your seat, because we don’t record or live-stream these events. The only way to hear the discussions is to be in the room.

Of course, no trip to Disrupt is complete without spending time in Startup Alley, the expo floor, where you’ll find more than 400 early-stage startups showcasing the very latest in technology products, services and platforms. While you’re there, be sure to check out our TC Top Picks — a group of exceptional startups representing 12 tech categories.

No matter where you roam or who you want to meet, Disrupt Berlin is networking nirvana — a trove of opportunity. With thousands of attendees, we figured you could use some help connecting with the right people, so we’ve made CrunchMatch — our free business-networking service — available to all Disrupt Berlin attendees. Registered attendees will receive an email explaining how to access and use the service. It’ll help you find the right people quickly and efficiently. Networking made simple!

Only one week left until Disrupt Berlin 2018 rocks your startup world. If you don’t already have a pass, buy your ticket today. Heiliger Strohsack, people! Come to Berlin and connect with your community. Opportunity awaits!


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Early-bird pricing to Disrupt Berlin 2018 flies away in four days

Posted by on Oct 21, 2018 in Disrupt, Disrupt Berlin ’18, Events, Startup Alley, Startup Battlefield, TC, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 | 0 comments

Die uhr tickt, menschen — the clock is ticking, people. Early-bird pricing on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2018 migrates to parts unknown in just four days. If you want to join us at the Arena Berlin on 29-30 November — and save up to €500 in the process — you need to buy your pass before the 24 October deadline.

Thousands of people across Europe and beyond — founders, investors, marketers, technologists, coders, hackers — arrive ready to dive deep into the subject they love most: tech startups. Disrupt Berlin is always an exciting adventure, and we’re pumped about this year’s lineup of speakers and events.

Here’s just a quick sample of the speakers who will grace the Main Stage to share their stories and perspectives:

  • Lucas di Grassi, former F1 driver and current CEO of Roborace, will discuss how his company is merging human driving and artificial intelligence to build a better racing series.
  • Pieter van der Does, CEO of payments company Adyen, will share how the startup quietly built its empire and took a profitable company public.
  • Anne Kjaer-Riechert, founder of the ReDI School of Digital Integration, and Aline Sara, founder of NaTakallam, discuss using technology to address the world refugee crisis — specifically ReDI’s hugely successful code school for refugees and NaTakallam’s global platform for refugees to teach languages.

You don’t want to miss out on Startup Battlefield — our premier startup-pitch competition is a perennial favorite at every Disrupt event. Watch as 15 of Europe’s exceptional early-stage startup founders compete for $50,000 in non-equity cash, media and investor love and world-class bragging rights.

Over the years, Startup Battlefield alumni have gone on to become big-name tech companies — like Dropbox, Mint, Yammer and Tripit, to name but a few. Will you witness the birth of the next unicorn in Berlin?

There’s so much more to do and see at Disrupt Berlin: Q&A sessions, hands-on workshops, Startup Alley, world-class networking and the ever-popular (and insane) Disrupt After Party.

TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 goes down on 29-30 November, and the countdown to serious savings is on. Die uhr tickt — the clock is ticking. Buy your early-bird pass before 24 October and save up to €500.

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Roborace to replace F1 racing drivers with robots at Disrupt

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Artificial Intelligence, Disrupt, disrupt berlin, disrupt berlin 2018, Entertainment, Europe, Formula E, Lucas DiGrassi, roborace, Startups | 0 comments

Formula E is so 2017. This year, it’s all about Roborace, an upcoming F1-style competition. And the big new thing is that it’s all about self-driving cars. I’m excited to announce that Roborace CEO Lucas DiGrassi will come to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin to talk about this crazy idea.

DiGrassi may sound like a familiar name already as he’s also a racing driver. He has competed in Formula One, Formula E and the World Endurance Championship. He’s also the current Formula E Champion. Clearly, DiGrassi is much better at parallel parking than I’ll ever be.

Racing has always been a great way to break new grounds for car manufacturers. Many of the technologies that you can find in your current car were first developed for endurance and Formula One competitions.

And it seems logical that the next radical step involves removing the driver altogether. Roborace will be a competition with self-driving cars that run using electric motors. Cars will compete on the Formula E tracks.

Teams will share the same chassis, powertrain, sensors and Nvidia Drive PX 2 system on a chip. You can find radars, lidars and other sensors on each car. But, of course, each team will be able to customize their AI-powered algorithm to beat competitors.

Right now, Roborace is testing the racing format alongside Formula E events. Sometimes, it involves putting an actual human being in a development car called a “DevBot”.

I’m incredibly excited about meeting DiGrassi and talking about this new competition. And if you want to meet him too, you should buy your ticket to Disrupt Berlin to listen to this discussion and many others. The conference will take place on November 29-30.

In addition to fireside chats and panels, like this one, new startups will participate in the Startup Battlefield Europe to win the highly coveted Battlefield cup.

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Lucas DiGrassi

CEO, Roborace

Lucas DiGrassi is the CEO of Roborace, the world’s first competition for human and artificial intelligent racing, making autonomous technology exciting and inspirational for a new generation of spectators.

Lucas is also a racing driver who has competed in Formula One, Formula E and the World Endurance Championship and is the current Formula E Champion.

He has been instrumental in building and growing the Formula E series over the past six years having joined as Special Advisor for the FE CEO Alejandro Agag back in 2012.

He is now bringing his business experience and extensive knowledge of racing, to Roborace, helping grow it into an established competition and cooperation of human and AI intelligence.


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Topia’s Brynne Kennedy to speak on global talent at Disrupt Berlin this November

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Disrupt, disrupt berlin, disrupt berlin 2018, Europe, TC, topia | 0 comments

TechCrunch is returning to Europe with Disrupt Berlin to talk with the best and brightest people in tech from Europe and the rest of the world. In addition to fireside chats and panels, new startups will participate in the Startup Battlefield Europe to win the coveted Battlefield cup.

You should grab your ticket to Disrupt Berlin ASAP. The conference will take place on November 29-30.

Among the many speakers appearing will be Brynne Kennedy, founder and CEO of Topia, the global mobility management suite that enables companies and employees to work everywhere.

Today the pool of talent available to companies must be global for them to survive, and it needs to be found and deployed from anywhere, to anywhere. Topia has taken on the biggest incumbent players in the world to digitize that complex process of moving important staff around the globe.

Brynne founded Topia after being an extensive road warrior herself as an investment banker, and has raised more than $90 million dollars from top venture capital funds NEA and Notion Capital.

Recent findings by Topia and Wakefield Research, found that more adult workers are looking for jobs that will allow them to transfer offices or move to another city or state. It’s now such a priority that 22% of full-time US employees said they have quit a job because they were denied the opportunity to change locations, and 10% of those have done so at more than one job.

Indeed, millennials were 53% more likely to be selected by their employer to relocate at least once over any other age compared to 43% of Gen Xers and 38% of Baby Boomers, according to the research.


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Are you TC Top Pick material? Apply to exhibit free at Disrupt Berlin

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Disrupt, Disrupt Berlin ’18, Events, Startup Alley, Startup Battlefield, TC, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 | 0 comments

Calling all early-stage startup founders! Show of hands, please. Who among you wants to exhibit your outstanding technology — to thousands of influential tech leaders, founders and investors — at Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30?

Here’s terrific news. We’re looking for exceptional startups to designate as TC Top Picks — and we’ll give each of the chosen few a FREE Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. Interested? Then get moving and apply right here before the September 28 deadline.

We run a tight curation process over here at TechCrunch, and our discerning editors — in their search for exceptional founders — will vet every application thoroughly. And that alone provides value. Here’s what Luke Heron, CEO of TestCard.com, said about exhibiting in Startup Alley.

“TechCrunch uses a curation process regarding the companies it accepts,” he said. “So, exhibiting at Disrupt — among all these other fantastic startups — has a hugely positive impact when you’re fundraising.”

Your startup must fall into one of the tech categories below to qualify as a TC Top Pick, and we’ll choose up to five startups to represent each grouping:

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • CRM/Enterprise
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Fintech
  • Healthtech/Biotech
  • Hardware, Robotics, IoT
  • Mobility
  • Gaming

What exactly do you get with an Exhibitor Package? Happy to elaborate. It includes a one-day exhibit space, three Disrupt Berlin Founder Passes, access to CrunchMatch (our free investor-to-startup matching platform), full use of the Startup Alley Exhibitor lounge and access to the Disrupt press list.

Who knows, you might even be selected as one of the Startup Battlefield Wild Card winners and compete in our $50,000 startup-pitch competition. How cool is that?

Top Pick designees also receive lots of media attention, including a three-minute interview on the Showcase Stage with a TechCrunch editor, which we promote across our social media platforms. It’s the gift that keeps on giving long after Disrupt ends.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on November 29-30. You have an opportunity to showcase your startup to thousands of potential investors, founders, collaborators and customers in Startup Alley — for free. Apply here to be considered for a TC Top Pick. Your opportunity awaits — until it disappears on September 28.


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User’s Guide to Disrupt SF 2018

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Disrupt, disrupt sf, disrupt sf 2018, TC | 1 comment

Disrupt SF (Sept 5-7) approaches with just a few days until things kick off. We have an all-star lineup that only TechCrunch can assemble, and we’re expecting our largest number of attendees yet. Check out our star-packed agenda here, and keep reading to find out everything you need to make for a stellar conference experience.

Pre-Event Badge Pick Up

Disrupt is 3x the size as previous years! Skip the Wednesday rush by picking up your badge early on Tuesday, September 4th from 12pm – 4pm at Moscone West. Please have your Universe ticket confirmation email and a government-issued photo ID on you.

You can also pick up your badge at the WeWork Welcome Reception, also on Tuesday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at their Montgomery Street location (44 Montgomery St.). Space is limited. Please register your interest here. Please have your ticket and a government-issued photo ID on you.

Event Registration & Badge Pick Up

Universe is the official ticketing platform of Disrupt. If you signed up for a pass, you used Universe. We love them and we think you will, too. If you haven’t purchased you pass, please go do that here.

Sessions begins at 9am each day. Print out your Universe ticket or pull it up on your phone for quicker entry.

Please bring your government-issued photo ID each day of the conference.

Registration opens at 7:30 am each day (7:00am for Startup Alley exhibitor).

Lost Badge Fee

Don’t forget your badge every day – there is a $75 reprint fee for lost or misplaced badges.

Venue

Disrupt is moving to Moscone West with three floors of glorious TechCrunch content. Basic pass holders only have access to the Startup Alley Expo Hall. If you have a Basic pass and want to see sessions, workshops, demos, Startup Battlefield or come to the official TC After Party, email events@techcrunch.com or stop by our help desk to upgrade.

Driving & Parking

Ridesharing and public transportation are always the suggested mode of travel to Disrupt. If you do need to drive, there are paid lots around the venue. The designated rideshare pickup/drop off zone is located on the south side of Howard Street between 4th Street and 5th Street. Riders and drivers can also utilize nearby hotel passenger loading zones.

Public Transportation

Take Bart or MUNI to Powell Street Station. Exit to 4th and Market Streets. Turn right on 4th. Walk two blocks south to Howard St. Moscone West is located at Fourth and Howard streets. The main entrance is on Howard.

Women of Disrupt Breakfast

All women who are registered for Disrupt SF are invited to the Women of Disrupt breakfast on Thursday from 8:00am – 9:30am. Look out for your invitation via email to attend. If you have already registered for Disrupt SF and have not received your invitation, just indicate your interest here. Your badge is all you need for entry into the breakfast.

CrunchMatch

Founders and Investors attending Disrupt SF will receive access to CrunchMatch, our premier matching service connecting founders and investors at the event. If you have a Founder or Investor Pass type, you’ll receive an invitation to join. There are already several hundred meetings scheduled and we anticipate holding at least 2500 meetings during Disrupt SF. If you have registered for a Founder or Investor Pass and haven’t received your invitation, please email events@techcrunch.com directly for assistance.

On-site Nursing Suite

Mamava is returning to provide a private nursing suite on site at Disrupt SF. A dedicated cooler is stationed at the help desk, if you’d like to store bottles during the show. Ask for more information at the Help Desk table in the first floor lobby.

After Party

Break out your hightops and your fanny packs. The Disrupt After Party is going 90’s. Hangout with TechCrunch at for some free drinks, games, music and a secret lounge sponsored by Universe on Thursday night at the Midway. Your badge gets you into the event. This party is 21+. Make sure to bring your badge and your government-issued photo ID! Basic pass holders will need to upgrade for access – email events@techcrunch.com for info or visit the help desk in the first floor lobby.

FAQs – If you have any other questions, check out our Event Info page.

Disrupt would not be able to exist without the help of our sponsors.

Byton is the official AI track sponsor of Disrupt SF. Swing by their booth to check out what they’re working on and don’t miss their innovation break on the Next Stage.

HERE Technologies is the official Mobility track sponsor of Disrupt SF. Discover why the question of ‘where’ is more relevant than ever before.

Novartis is the official healthtech and biotech track sponsor of Disrupt.

Sequoia Capital is the official sponsor of the 2018 Startup Battlefield cohort. Don’t miss the Startup Battlefield competition, going down on the main stage.

Dassault Systèmes’s 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is awarding ‘The Most Innovative Hardware Startup’. Win a trip to Paris! Submit here!

Looking forward to seeing you all at Disrupt SF on Wednesday!


Source: The Tech Crunch

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