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TechCrunch Disrupt is five days of non-stop online programming with two big focuses: founders and investors shaping the future of disruptive technology and ideas and startup experts providing insights to entrepreneurs. It's where hundreds of startups across a variety of categories tell their stories to the 10,000 attendees from all around the world. It's the ultimate Silicon Valley experience where the leaders of the startup world gather to ask questions, make connections and be inspired.

Where tomorrow’s headline makers take the stage today

Zuckerberg, Benioff, Musk, Kalanick, Mayer, Dorsey and many other startup stars have been on the Disrupt stage long before they were in the headlines. TechCrunch continues to keep the pulse of the startup world and knowing which rising stars to cast for the bright lights of our stage is what makes Disrupt the must-attend event for the ecosystem. Disrupt delivers for founders who want to master Silicon Valley’s equations and provides an experience for enthusiasts who want to be a part of what's happening and relevant now.

Trendsetters & Emerging Tech

Trendsetters & Emerging Tech

Straight from the headlines of, at Disrupt you'll hear from people who are not only setting the rules but also changing the tech game. We know the startup experts, from funding to terms sheets, to company culture and growth marketing, to give founders the keys to success.

Focused on Founders

Focused on Founders

Discovering and launching early stage startups is our jam. From the Startup Battlefield competition to the hundreds of exhibitors in Startup Alley, Disrupt is where you'll find tomorrow’s big exits and future unicorns. If you’re a founder with a product and big visions for your future, you’re in the right place.

Networking & Connections

Networking & Connections

Disrupt provides a platform to make genuinely valuable connections with driven and focused people from all across the tech ecosystem. Whether you’re looking for funding, a new job, your new co-founder or investment, you'll efficiently and effectively connect with the right people.

Speakers & Judges

  • Brian Ascher

    Brian Ascher

    Partner, Venrock

  • Adeyemi Ajao

    Adeyemi Ajao

    Co-founder & Managing Partner, Base10 Partners

  • Brian Balfour

    Brian Balfour

    Founder & CEO, Reforge

  • Cyan Banister

    Cyan Banister

    Venture Partner, The Frontier, Long Journey Ventures

  • Alan Baratz

    Alan Baratz

    CEO, D-Wave Systems

  • Mercedes Bent

    Mercedes Bent

    Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

  • Seth Besmertnik

    Seth Besmertnik

    Founder & CEO, Conductor

  • Ruth Foxe Blader

    Ruth Foxe Blader

    Partner, Anthemis Group

  • Roelof Botha

    Roelof Botha

    Partner, Sequoia Capital

  • Melissa Bradley

    Melissa Bradley

    Co-founder, Ureeka

  • Sarah Cannon

    Sarah Cannon

    Partner, Index Ventures

  • Mike Cannon-Brookes

    Mike Cannon-Brookes

    Co-founder & Co-CEO, Atlassian

  • Jennifer Carolan

    Jennifer Carolan

    Co-Founder & General Partner, Reach Capital

  • Connie Chan

    Connie Chan

    General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

  • Peter Chapman

    Peter Chapman

    President & CEO, IonQ

  • Bowie Cheung

    Bowie Cheung

    Co-founder & CEO, Pepper

  • Ian Chiu

    Ian Chiu

    Managing Director, Owl Ventures

  • Hope Cochran

    Hope Cochran

    Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

  • Sonali De Rycker

    Sonali De Rycker

    Partner, Accel

  • Jennifer A. Doudna

    Jennifer A. Doudna

    Biochemist & Co-inventor of CRISPR, University of California, Berkeley

  • Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

    Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

    Co-founder & CEO, Promise

  • Oded Gal

    Oded Gal

    Chief Product Officer, Zoom

  • Dayna Grayson

    Dayna Grayson

    Co-founder & General Partner, Construct Capital

  • Frederik Groce

    Frederik Groce

    Principal, Storm Ventures

  • Sarah Guo

    Sarah Guo

    General Partner, Greylock

  • Anu Hariharan

    Anu Hariharan

    YC Continuity Fund, Partner, Y Combinator

  • Charles Hudson

    Charles Hudson

    Founder & Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures

  • Merritt Hummer

    Merritt Hummer

    Partner, Bain Capital Ventures

  • Maha Ibrahim

    Maha Ibrahim

    General Partner, Canaan Partners

  • Vineet Jain

    Vineet Jain

    Co-founder & CEO, Egnyte

  • Peter Kazanjy

    Peter Kazanjy

    Founder, Atrium Sales Analytics, AtriumHQ

  • Richard Kerby

    Richard Kerby

    Co-founder & General Partner, Equal Ventures

  • Daphne Koller

    Daphne Koller

    Founder & CEO, Insitro

  • Vanessa Larco

    Vanessa Larco

    Partner, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

  • Aileen Lee

    Aileen Lee

    Founder and Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures

  • Howie Liu

    Howie Liu

    Co-founder & CEO, Airtable

  • Kanyi Maqubela

    Kanyi Maqubela

    Managing Partner, Kindred Ventures

  • Jessica O. Matthews

    Jessica O. Matthews

    Founder & CEO, Uncharted Power

  • Ann Miura-Ko

    Ann Miura-Ko

    Co-founder & Partner, Floodgate

  • Dave Munichiello

    Dave Munichiello

    General Partner, GV

  • Ulili Onovakpuri

    Ulili Onovakpuri

    Partner, Kapor Capital

  • Delane Parnell

    Delane Parnell

    Founder & CEO, PlayVS

  • Zachary Perret

    Zachary Perret

    Co-founder & CEO, Plaid

  • Rohit Prasad

    Rohit Prasad

    Vice President & Head Scientist, Alexa AI, Amazon

  • Megan Quinn

    Megan Quinn

    Chief Operating Officer, Niantic

  • Renata Quintini

    Renata Quintini

    Co-founder & Managing Director, Renegade Partners

  • Toni Reid

    Toni Reid

    Vice President of Alexa Experience & Echo Devices, Amazon, Amazon

  • Elliott Robinson

    Elliott Robinson

    Partner, Bessemer Growth, Bessemer Venture Partners

  • Jill Rowley

    Jill Rowley

    Growth Strategist & Startup Advisor, Stage 2 Capital

  • Maryanna Saenko

    Maryanna Saenko

    Co-founder, Future Ventures

  • Aydin Senkut

    Aydin Senkut

    Founder & Managing Partner, Felicis Ventures

  • Sytse Sijbrandij

    Sytse Sijbrandij

    Co-founder & CEO, GitLab

  • Itamar Sivan

    Itamar Sivan

    Co-founder & CEO, Quantum Machines

  • Susan Su

    Susan Su

    Startup Growth Advisor & Executive-In-Residence (Growth & Marketing), Sound Ventures

  • Garry Tan

    Garry Tan

    Managing Partner, Initialized Capital

  • Alexa von Tobel

    Alexa von Tobel

    Founder & Managing Partner, Inspired Capital Partners

  • Lo Toney

    Lo Toney

    Founding Managing Partner, Plexo Capital

  • Michal Tsur

    Michal Tsur

    Co-founder & President, Kaltura

  • Hans Tung

    Hans Tung

    Managing Partner, GGV Capital

  • David Ulevitch

    David Ulevitch

    General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

  • Mike Volpi

    Mike Volpi

    Partner, Index Ventures

  • Hunter Walk

    Hunter Walk

    Co-founder & Partner, Homebrew

  • Brendan Wallace

    Brendan Wallace

    Co-founder & Managing Partner, Fifth Wall

  • Ted Wang

    Ted Wang

    Investment Partner, Cowboy Ventures

  • Kerry Washington

    Kerry Washington

    Actor, Producer, Activist, Simpson Street

  • Eugene Wei

    Eugene Wei

    Product Leader, Advisor

  • Aniyia Williams

    Aniyia Williams

    Co-founder, Zebras Unite

  • Ellie Wheeler

    Ellie Wheeler

    Partner, Greycroft

  • Kate Whitcomb

    Kate Whitcomb

    CEO, Chrysalis Cloud,

  • Hays Witt

    Hays Witt

    Co-founder & CEO, Driver's Seat Cooperative

  • Whitney Wolfe Herd

    Whitney Wolfe Herd

    Founder & CEO, Bumble

  • Monique Woodard

    Monique Woodard

    Founding Partner, Cake Ventures

  • Steven Yang

    Steven Yang

    Founder & CEO, Anker

  • Tamar Yehoshua

    Tamar Yehoshua

    Chief Product Officer, Slack

  • Eric Yuan

    Eric Yuan

    Founder & CEO, Zoom

  • Michelle Zatlyn

    Michelle Zatlyn

    Co-founder & COO, Cloudflare

  • Julie Zhuo

    Julie Zhuo

    Co-founder, Inspirit

Speaker / Judge Nominations

The editorial staff is now accepting speaker/judge recommendations at TC Disrupt SF 2020. We have limited opportunities available but always appreciate recommendations that align with our content agenda. The deadline for submission is July 31. You will be sent an email with editorial's decision no later than August 15, 2020.

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The Startup Battlefield Competition

Founders: if you’re ready to go big, step up to Startup Battlefield. The original and most legendary startup competition that has launched companies including Dropbox, Cloudflare and Fitbit. If you're chosen, you'll be one of around 20 companies who receives advice, coaching and the chance to pitch a panel of top-tier investors on the Disrupt Stage. There is no downside: It’s free to enter, TC doesn't take any equity and you can win a $100,000 cash prize and the Disrupt Cup. Participation is free and open to all pre-Series A startups. Applications are closed.

Previous Winners





runner up, 2015



finalist, 2015



winner, 2018



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Startup Alley

At the heart of Disrupt lies Startup Alley where hundreds of early-stage startups showcase their talent and technology to attendees, investors and members of the press. You'll be first in line to get some skin in the game with tomorrow’s household names with companies across all verticals and categories.

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  • 2checkout


    2Checkout is the leading all-in-one monetization platform that allows businesses to quickly expand internationally and optimize recurring revenue streams across channels by simplifying the back-end complexities that modern digital commerce creates.


  • Bizzabo


    Bizzabo is the only event success platform that enables in-person events to deliver unique experiences through intelligent and personalized engagement. We help companies measure and scale events towards key business outcomes—empowering every organizer, marketer, exhibitor, and attendee to unleash the power of professional events.

  • Dell for Entrepreneurs

    Dell for Entrepreneurs

    Robotics / IoT / Hardware

    Dell is introducing Dell for Entrepreneurs By being part of the program, Startups will have access to a platform of exclusive benefits that will help them scale up and grow! The benefits include:

    • Startup IT Advisor
    • Access to Capital for Technology
    • Dell Financial Services can offer financing for startups that meet certain requirements.

    • Rewards for Startups

    • The benefits of starting early stage with Dell


  • Nylas


    Nylas is a pioneer and leading provider of universal communications APIs that allow developers to quickly connect their applications to every email, calendar, or contacts provider in the world. Over 26,000 developers around the globe use the Nylas communications platform to handle over 1 billion API requests per day to providers such as Gmail, Microsoft Exchange,, Yahoo! and more.


  • Oktana


    Oktana is a software development agency. We specialize in helping tech companies build apps on the Salesforce platform, including Heroku, and implement and optimize a full range of Salesforce products. Our customers partner with us on projects big and small.


  • O’Reilly


    O’Reilly provides technology and business training, knowledge, and insight to help companies succeed. Our platform, O’Reilly Online Learning, offers exclusive live training, books, and videos.



    Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, SaaS, Social Impact / Education

    Otter is an AI-powered voice collaboration and meeting notes tool on Web, iOS, and Android platforms to capture and find important spoke information. Otter is your one unified depository of all your meetings and conversations which allows for more collaborative sharing all things related to meetings. Whether for in-person or for video conference meetings, Otter will extend the value of the information exchanged from meetings and will unduplicate notation + note storage for all meetings.

    Website Email

  • Perkins Coie

    Perkins Coie


    Perkins Coie attorneys advise startups and venture-backed companies in diverse industries that have IP as a key value driver. Learn more at

    Website Email

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Press at Disrupt

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Journalists can apply for a press pass and you will be notified approximately 2 weeks before the event whether or not you were granted complimentary access.

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