More than 1,700 attendees descended on the San Francisco Design Center Councourse Sept. 8 to see 52 companies present at TechCrunch50. Forged by TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington and serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis (Mahalo, WebLogs to name a couple
Scenes From TechCrunch50
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Here Are Your TechCrunch50 Hosts...
Hosts Michael Arrington and Jason Calacanis warm up the crowd with an introduction to TechCrunch50, which boasts 10 more presenting companies and more than 700 attendees from last year's TechCrunch40 show.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Demi Moores Man
Is that? Could it be? It is... Ashton Kutcher, also known as Michael Kelso, the simple but hunky character from the nine-year running "That 70s Show" on Fox. In addition to being a TV and movie star, Kutcher is also an Internet entrepreneur and took the stage at TechCrunch50 to introduce the irreverent, interactive Web video program "http://www.blahgirls.com/ Blah Girls." It's for teens. Duh.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Judges Rake Contestants Over The Coals
Not exactly but, CNET's Dan Farber, investor Rob Conway, Google Vice President of Search Products and User Experience Marissa Mayer and YouTube Co-Founder Chad Hurley (left to right) told the first set of demonstrators what worked and what didn't.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Introducing: Really Old News on Google...
Google's Marissa Mayer does double duty. After judging on a panel, Mayer took about 7 minutes to introduce the News Archive Partner Program, where Google is letting users earch and browse newspapers exactly as they were first printed, with original headlines, articles, photographs, advertisements and cartoons. This picture is a Pott Rum ad from 1972.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Shuttle Coverage From St. Petersburg Times, Circa 1972
Currently, people may access historic news content via Google News, but in a few months users will be able to search these newspapers via the main Google search results. The idea is to help Google's newspaper publisher partners widen the readership of their archives online, and of course, get more people stumbling upon and clicking on Google ads.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Happy 10th Anniversary Google!
Mayer is presented with cupcakes in celebration of Google's 10th birthday. While Google's real inception date is the source of much debate, most people recognize Sept. 7, 1998 as the dawning of the Google Empire.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Fair Software
Fair Software's goal is to help users start and manage a virtual business on the Internet. Programmers and Web site publishers hire and share revenue with other team members.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Getting Paid
Fair tracks financial records, rendering income in bar graphs and paying members in virtual shares. Judge Marc Andreessen and serial entrepreneur (NetScape, Opsware, Ning) loves the idea but wonders how Fair users will make money and what the company's recourse is if participants decide to sue the company to get money for their ideas.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Yammer
Yammer is an enterprise collaboration for helping business employees ask and receive answers to the question: "What are you working on?" A feed ensues as employees answer and share ideas, post news and share content.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Benioff Loves Yammer
Looks like Twitter or FriendFeed doesn't it. Yammer borrows the model from those popular consumer micro-blogging sites and points it toward businesses. Judge Marc Benioff (Salesforce.com CEO), gushed about it, noting that he could use such a tool for Salesforce.com customers.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Blueprint
From Collective Logic, Blueprint is a software development platform that lets programmers write and run multi-core software applications without needing multi-threading experts.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - OpenTrace
The most unique of the enterprise applications debuting at TechCrunch50, OpenTrace collects information about product materials and gauges the cost of the environmental load to indicate them. A truly "green" application. Benioff suggests OpenTrace partner with human rights activists, such as the Fair Trade Federation for traction.
Scenes From TechCrunch50 - Enterprise App Judges
After their demos, Fair Software, Yammer, Blueprint and OpenTrace receive feedback from, left to right, Benioff, investor Yossi Vardi, Ash Patel, head of audience products at Yahoo, and Andreessen.
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