Welcome Remarks: Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch) | Disrupt SF (Day 1)
4:10PM Sep 5, 2018
couple housekeeping notes
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage
TechCrunch editor in chief Matthew Panzarino.
I pay them for every Whoo. So that's how I get that reception.
All right, it's enough.
All right, we've got a good day for you. Welcome to the biggest disrupt, ever, you'll notice that we are now in Moscone West, which is a much larger venue than we're used to over across the freeway on the piers. We have indoor plumbing, air conditioning, all the modern conveniences. We're growing up just like just like startups start in a garage, moved to a broken down pier and then next thing you know, you're on stage at Moscone West.
We've got a great show for you today. We got the CEO of Dropbox, they'll be interviewing a little bit later about going taking his company public and Wojcicki from 23andme is coming. Ashton Kutcher and Effie Epstein from Sound Ventures.
Sophia Amoruso, the Roblox CEO, my daughter is insanely excited to hear what's next for Obbies in Roblox. We've got some great demos like Clinc from Jason Mars and then a stellar investing panel a little bit later on, which will hopefully bring you some insights on how the money is flowing in the valley and beyond.
And then, of course, later on, we have our startup competition. We have our battlefield companies all lined up. They've been practicing for weeks, their pitches. They'll be pitching live on stage to real investors, real entrepreneurs getting real questions for the first time ever. So you're going to see it raw here as you would pitching an investor yourself. So hopefully, you'll get some insights from that. And then of course, they will move on through the competition to our finals on Friday.
So we've got a fantastic show. I'm really, really happy to see you here. It's wonderful to see so many people here so early. I'm going to kick it off and pass it on. And thank you very much. We'll see you throughout the rest of the week.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage TechCrunch editor and disrupt MC Jordan Crook.
Hello, how are we doing? Moscone West.
You guys are not as enthusiastic as me. But we'll get there. We have three days together. So we will get there. Raise your hand if you've been to disrupt before.
Wow. You know I have this long running joke that we need to work on retention. But that joke is null and void now because you guys are coming back. So we appreciate it. The patronage.
I got a couple housekeeping notes for you before we get started. First one is that if you'd like to follow us on social media, we'll be using the hashtag TC disrupt. The best way to access that is just to go on Twitter, and search Jordan R. Crook and click the Follow button. And that'll really get you started.
Another thing that we're adding alongside all of the high tech amenities like air conditioning is that we're actually going to be having transcriptions all of this talks on the stage on a
a platform called otter.ai. So if you want to access those transcripts, they'll be uploaded in real time. It's a very cool platform. So just go to otter.ai
and use the code TechCrunch after you log in and register and you will have access to everything. So with that, we're going to kick off the show. I can sense the excitement in the room. Yeah
thank you all six of you