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
Straight from the headlines of TechCrunch.com, 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
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
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
Co-founder & Managing Partner, Base10 Partners
Founder & CEO, Reforge
Venture Partner, The Frontier, Long Journey Ventures
CEO, D-Wave Systems
Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Founder & CEO, Conductor
Ruth Foxe Blader
Partner, Anthemis Group
Partner, Sequoia Capital
Partner, Index Ventures
Co-founder & Co-CEO, Atlassian
Co-Founder & General Partner, Reach Capital
General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
President & CEO, IonQ
Co-founder & CEO, Pepper
Managing Director, Owl Ventures
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Sonali De Rycker
Jennifer A. Doudna
Biochemist & Co-inventor of CRISPR, University of California, Berkeley
Co-founder & CEO, Promise
Chief Product Officer, Zoom
Co-founder & General Partner, Construct Capital
Principal, Storm Ventures
General Partner, Greylock
YC Continuity Fund, Partner, Y Combinator
Founder & Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures
Partner, Bain Capital Ventures
General Partner, Canaan Partners
Co-founder & CEO, Egnyte
Founder, Atrium Sales Analytics, AtriumHQ
Co-founder & General Partner, Equal Ventures
Founder & CEO, Insitro
Partner, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
Founder and Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures
Co-founder & CEO, Airtable
Managing Partner, Kindred Ventures
Jessica O. Matthews
Founder & CEO, Uncharted Power
Co-founder & Partner, Floodgate
General Partner, GV
Partner, Kapor Capital
Founder & CEO, PlayVS
Co-founder & CEO, Plaid
Vice President & Head Scientist, Alexa AI, Amazon
Chief Operating Officer, Niantic
Co-founder & Managing Director, Renegade Partners
Vice President of Alexa Experience & Echo Devices, Amazon, Amazon
Partner, Bessemer Growth, Bessemer Venture Partners
Growth Strategist & Startup Advisor, Stage 2 Capital
Co-founder, Future Ventures
Founder & Managing Partner, Felicis Ventures
Co-founder & CEO, GitLab
Co-founder & CEO, Quantum Machines
Startup Growth Advisor & Executive-In-Residence (Growth & Marketing), Sound Ventures
Managing Partner, Initialized Capital
Alexa von Tobel
Founder & Managing Partner, Inspired Capital Partners
Founding Managing Partner, Plexo Capital
Co-founder & President, Kaltura
Managing Partner, GGV Capital
General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Partner, Index Ventures
Co-founder & Partner, Homebrew
Co-founder & Managing Partner, Fifth Wall
Investment Partner, Cowboy Ventures
Actor, Producer, Activist, Simpson Street
Product Leader, Advisor
Co-founder, Zebras Unite
CEO, Chrysalis Cloud,
Co-founder & CEO, Driver's Seat Cooperative
Whitney Wolfe Herd
Founder & CEO, Bumble
Founding Partner, Cake Ventures
Founder & CEO, Anker
Chief Product Officer, Slack
Founder & CEO, Zoom
Co-founder & COO, Cloudflare
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.
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.
runner up, 2015
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.
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 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.
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 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, Outlook.com, Yahoo! and more.
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 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.
Perkins Coie attorneys advise startups and venture-backed companies in diverse industries that have IP as a key value driver. Learn more at perkinscoie.com/startupsandinvestors.
To find out more about current Disrupt sponsorship opportunities like exhibiting booths, region-specific startup groups, branded communications or other custom engagements.
Press at Disrupt
Bloomberg. CNBC. Financial Times. The Wall Street Journal. BuzzFeed. Disrupt hosts hundreds of accredited reporters, bloggers and correspondents from around the world.
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.
If you have any questions about the status of your press pass application or how to obtain accreditation to our events, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.