I don’t get this. Am I missing something, or did these guys seriously just win $50,000 for pairing up a £9.20 Brita water bottle with a slick pitch deck?
This year’s Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield was amazing. At the very beginning, there were 24 great companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for $50,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup.
After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down to seven finalists: living cell 3D printer BioBots, automagic hardware acceleration technology BitFusion.io, highly secure authentication solution Cloudwear, artificial intelligence for customer service DigitalGenius, water-purification filter Liquidity, battery tech Nucleus Scientific and website creation service PageCloud.
These startups made their way to the finale to demo in front of our final panel of judges, which were John Borthwick (Betaworks), Dennis Crowley (Foursquare), Eric Hippeau (Lerer Hippeau Ventures), Alfred Lin (Sequoia Capital), Rich Miner (Google Ventures), Brian Pokorny (SV Angel) and Alexia Tsotsis (TechCrunch).
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