TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2014 Announces Startup Battlefield Finalists

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer among marquee speakers at fifth annual conference

NEW YORK – May 5, 2014 – TechCrunch today announced 25 finalists for the Startup Battlefield at this year's TechCrunch Disrupt New York. The annual conference brings together young companies and tech luminaries to share innovation, insights and to uncover what's next in the startup world. At the very heart of Disrupt, Startup Battlefield launches promising, under-the-radar companies to a global audience on tech's biggest stage.

From Monday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 7, Startup Battlefield gathers founders and entrepreneurs to demo their emerging companies in front of a world-class judging panel of innovators, investors and venture capitalists. Winners walk away with a $50,000 prize, the coveted Disrupt Cup and a bright future-according to Crunchbase, since 2007 participating startups have raised a collective $2.4 billion in funding after launching on the Battlefield stage. The winner will be announced at the closing awards ceremony on Wednesday evening starting at 6:15 p.m.

Notable competitors to have launched on the Battlefield stage include major brands like FitBit, DropBox, Yammer, and Red Beacon.

The list of Startup Battlefield finalists for 2014 includes:

Featured judges and speakers this year include:
  • Roee Adler (WeWork)
  • Ayah Bdeir (littleBits)
  • John Borthwick (Betaworks)
  • Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital)
  • Mike Brown (Bowery Capital)
  • Adam Cahan (Yahoo)
  • Chris Dixon (Andreessen Horowitz)
  • Shana Fisher (Highline Venture Partners)
  • John Frankel (ff Venture Capital),
  • Patrick Gallagher(CrunchFund)
  • Rachel Haot (New York State)
  • Benjamin Joffe (Haxlr8r)
  • Thomas Korte (AngelPad)
  • Erik Lammerding (N3TWORK)
  • Michael Lazerow (
  • Marissa Mayer (Yahoo)
  • Melody McCloskey (StyleSeat)
  • Florian Meissner (EyeEm)
  • Heidi Messer (collective[i])
  • Rich Miner (Google Ventures)
  • Kathryn Minshew (The Muse)
  • Jacob Mullins (Exitround)
  • David Pakman (Venrock)
  • Brian Pokorny (SV Angel)
  • David Samuel (Freestyle)
  • Ryan Sarver (Redpoint Ventures)
  • David Tisch (Box Group)
  • Henrik Werdelin (Barkbox)
  • Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures)
  • Daniella Yacobovsky (BaubleBar)

About TechCrunch Disrupt New York
TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2014 is TechCrunch's fifth annual conference in New York City. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate technology-driven disruptions in many industries, while the afternoons are reserved for the Startup Battlefield, where some 30 new companies will launch for the first time onstage, selected to present from numerous applications received from around the world. The winning company will receive a $50,000 grand prize and the Disrupt Cup at the conclusion of the conference. The conference is May 5-7, 2014 at the Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street (at 8th Ave.) Manhattan.

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