Tag Results for TechCrunch40 (7)

  1. Copyright questions plague MediaCatcher introduction

    Broadclip, a company introducing MediaCatcher, a Facebook application that acts as a Tivo for Internet radio, had a rough afternoon here at Techcrunch40, a showcase for emerging companies in San Francisco. First, the company chose to use its entire eight minute presentation slot for a canned video, with no people on stage. The audience refrained from booing. Barely. â''So much of this business is about people,â'' noted expert panelist Loic LeMeur, an entrepreneur. â''It was a bad idea to escape from the stage.â'' It didnâ''t get better for Broadclip during the panel discussion that follows every group of five presentations. When …

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  2. Look ma, no hands

    Extreme Reality, demoing a hands-free 3-D computer interface at TechCrunch40 in San Francisco today, really made me wish this conference offered opportunities to see the stage demos up close and personal. (There is a demo pit, but it houses a whole different cast of companies, the main demonstrators essentially evaporate once they leave the stage.) I mean, itâ''d be hard to say something about whether or not a new mouse design was really a huge improvement over traditional mouse designs without trying it. That goes double for a 3-D interface. That said, if Extreme Realityâ''s XTR 3DHMI is as …

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  3. Techcrunch gets organized and turns kids on to programming

    This week I'm attending Techcrunch40, a San Francisco conference for emerging companies. The first companies on stage today want me to get more organized. Xobni can make my email more navigable (or could if I were an Outlook user); Orgoo can bring email, IM, and video chat together on one master communications screen accessible via web; and Mint will track all my credit card and bank activity and tell me exactly how Iâ''m spending every penny; though Iâ''m not entirely sure I want to know. While probably useful, none made me want to jump right in and …

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  4. After Lunch at TechCrunch

    After a morning heavy on search and social networking via cellphone, the after lunch demos at TechCrunch40, a showcase of startup companies, branched out. Among them, a new browser (Flock) optimized for social network and multimedia platforms like Facebook and YouTube, collaborative editing of videos (Story Blender), and a new model for publishing a print travel magazine (8020 Publishing). My vote for most personally useful, if not revolutionary: TripIt and MusicShake. TripIt creates detailed travel itineraries from multiple sources; you forward your confirmation emails to it, and it creates an organized travel plan that you can …

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  5. Advice for entrepreneurs

    Speaking at TechCrunch40 today in San Francisco, successful entrepreneurs Mark Andreessen (Netscape, Opsware), Chad Hurley (YouTube), and David Filo (Yahoo) offered advice for would-be company founders. From Andreessen: â'¢ Hire a founder who can be a CEO â'¢ Beat off with a stick hiring too many people too quickly. [In particular] keep the engineering team small, most great products are built by small engineering teams. From Hurley: â'¢ (seconding the advice of holding back on hiring) If you only have a few people working on site, you are able to iterate faster, to move faster than larger competitors, keeping team small. â'¢ Look at how you …

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  6. iClog

    At the beginning of the TechCrunch conference today at San Francisco's Palace Hotel, conference organizers held up an iPhone and asked members of the audience to please turn off these devices. He was not talking about cell phones in general; those of us with old-tech phones just switched them to vibrate. It's the WiFi connectivity that's the concern. At a conference in which nearly every attendee is tapping on a laptop, looking for supplemental material on an interesting presentation or checking email during a boring one, good wireless network access is a must. But conference organizers designed the network …

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  7. Spectrum gets crunched

    Iâ''m spending today and tomorrow at TechCrunch40, a start-up showcase in San Francisco. Had a bit of a hassle earlier this month getting registered; the TechCrunch folks put out a call for "real" press persons or bloggers, real people who have a track record and are on assignment, people who cover technology on an ongoing basis (i.e. not someone who has started a blog to cover the event). Seems Spectrumâ''s 380,000 or so print readers, web site that gets half a million hits monthly, and my 20-plus years covering technology somehow didnâ''t count. I felt like Pinocchio when the …

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