Startup Selling A Butler for $99/Month Wins TechCrunch Disrupt

Nitasha Tiku · 09/11/14 11:50AM

When your biannual business event has been satirized by Mike Judge, you need to level up, which is a casual phrase humans say to other humans. And, oh, what a level this year's TechCrunch Disrupt "Battlefield" showed us. Corruption! Hubris! Exploitation! Investment from Michael Arrington! Butlers! It truly had it all.

Foreign Tourists Stunned By Luxurious Startup Offices

Kevin Montgomery · 09/10/14 03:00PM

Techies from across the world flocked to San Francisco this week to take part in TechCrunch Disrupt, hoping to make an impression on tech's top brand journalists and maybe land some venture bucks. But this year's annual startup conference came with a bonus feature: tours that proselytize Silicon Valley's culture of lavishness.

Mike Arrington and Peter Thiel Fought Over Uber Like Boys With Toys

Nitasha Tiku · 09/08/14 06:50PM

It's not easy being Michael Arrington. To kickoff TechCrunch Disrupt SF this morning, the Uber investor directed a fierce and poignant native ad for his CrunchFund investment Uber—right there on stage, in real-time. With Uber CEO Travis Kalanick by his side, it was a veritable duet of damage control! But then Lyft investor Peter Thiel had to spoil the cozy fireside mood by acting just like Arrington.

Kickstarter Decides You Don't Care About Money

Sam Biddle · 05/05/14 11:37AM

When Oculus Rift sold out to Facebook for $2 billion, some of us raised eyebrows. A huge Kickstarter crowd had given Oculus money in its early days, and now they were being left behind. Kickstarter has a reply for jilted supporters: "there are things that are more important than money." How kind!

Michael Arrington: A Crooked Judge Since 2011

Sam Biddle · 09/13/13 02:15PM

In 2011, TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington was fired from his own website for reasons including flagrant conflicts of interest over his newly hatched VC firm, CrunchFund. But he never really left. For every year since his firing, Arrington's used the TechCrunch Disrupt conference to help his wallet.

Michael Arrington Gives Himself an Award

Sam Biddle · 09/12/13 08:56AM

Conflict of Interest 3.0: the winner of TechCrunch's vaunted Disrupt Battlefield startup competition is financially backed by TechCrunch's pugnacious founder, Michael Arrington—it is a matter of pure coincidence that Arrington judged the competition. How much longer are we going to take this seriously?

What Happens to Little Startups After Everyone Forgets?

Sam Biddle · 09/04/13 02:19PM

In a week, the next breathless gathering in Silicon Valley's Liturgal Calendar begins: TechCrunch Disrupt 2013, a $3,000-per-ticket gala of business owners, investors, and their wannabe retinues. For entertainment? "Startup Battlefield," where tech hopefuls compete for money and attention. But what happens after? Often, death.

Celebrinvestor Ashton Kutcher Requires His Own Elevator

Sam Biddle · 05/01/13 01:20PM

Two And A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher pours a fair amount of his money into startups. To that end, he hopped upon the TechCrunch Disrupt stage today to talk about all the money his fund has—and we hear he insisted on shutting down an entire elevator for himself to get there.

Update: Michael Arrington Showed Up at TechCrunch Disrupt After All

Sam Biddle · 04/30/13 10:57AM

Last week, we reported that TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington would skip his Disrupt conference for the first time ever. We were wrong: Yesterday, he showed up on stage. It seems that whatever hiccups were getting in the way of his making an appearance have been resolved. One of those hiccups: Our own Adrian Chen.