The Startup Battlefield pitch competitors is a Silicon Valley legend that’s reached far past its Bay Space beginnings. It’s a world launching pad for a few of the most profitable tech firms, together with Cloudflare, Dropbox, Fitbit, Mint and Yammer. Greater than 900 Startup Battlefield alumni firms have generated over 121 exits and greater than $9.7 billion in funding raised.
We’re excited to announce the fourth group of top-tier buyers who will scrutinize this yr’s contenders for the $100,000 equity-free prize at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023, going down on September 19–21. Founders had greatest deliver the warmth in the event that they hope to impress these seasoned VCs.
Spherical 4: Meet the following group of judges for Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023
Healey Cypher, chief working officer, Atomic
Healey Cypher oversees the day by day operations of the 11-year-old enterprise studio to help founders and foster an inclusive tradition the place workforce members thrive. He’s a serial entrepreneur with three profitable exits and a ardour for creating distinctive buyer experiences and assembling world-class groups.
Pushed by his entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient and Atomic’s mannequin of constructing firms in parallel, Cypher co-founded BoomPop at Atomic in 2020, the place he additionally serves as CEO and helps Fortune 500 firms create the following technology of office tradition.
Earlier than Atomic, Cypher was the pinnacle of retail innovation at eBay, chief of workers to the CTO, and he led enterprise improvement for Milo.com, which he helped promote to eBay in 2010. Cypher went on to run and promote two firms (one in retail, one in restaurant tech) earlier than becoming a member of Atomic in 2019.
Cypher subscribes to the novel notion that being a great particular person is a aggressive profession benefit. He’s the daddy of two, husband to an incredible spouse, and a graduate of the Wharton Faculty of Enterprise on the College of Pennsylvania.
Frédérique Dame, common accomplice, GV (Google Ventures)
Frédérique Dame makes a speciality of disruptive applied sciences within the client house. She has spent 15 years constructing client and enterprise merchandise for public firms and startups.
Dame helped begin GV’s ladies’s well being workforce and leads the cross-functional workforce of buyers and advisors making investments on this house. Earlier than becoming a member of GV, she led product and engineering efforts at Uber the place, in simply 4 years, she helped scale the corporate from 80 workers to greater than 7,000 and from 14 cities in 4 international locations to greater than 400 in 68 international locations. At Uber, she was additionally answerable for overseeing strategic applications targeted on the worldwide driver workforce and worker development and productiveness.
Earlier, Dame pioneered social at Yahoo, constructing on-line communities and including user-generated content material to the corporate’s search and market merchandise. She additionally labored at on-line photo-sharing companies Photobucket and SmugMug, for which she constructed social gaming mechanics to have interaction audiences and drive revenues.
Dame holds an MS in spacecraft expertise and satellite tv for pc communications from College Faculty London and an MS in telecommunications engineering from Télécom SudParis.
Po Bronson, managing director, SOSV’s IndieBio and common accomplice, SOSV
Po Bronson was a finance and tech journalist masking Silicon Valley for Wired, The New York Instances Journal, and he was an op-ed contributor for The Wall Road Journal.
Bronson’s science journalism has been honored with 9 nationwide awards, and he’s the writer of seven bestselling books accessible in 28 languages worldwide. His work has been cited in 185 tutorial journals and 503 books.
His background is in economics. Bronson realized finance at Credit score Suisse and consulting at a division of Arthur Andersen. He has vital expertise main advanced customer support organizations, constructing communities, and even communities of like-minded firms. He’s navigated public-private partnerships with many authorities companies.
Previous to IndieBio, Bronson spent 4 years as a futurist with Consideration Span Media, consulting on innovation pipelines and partnering technique for globally acknowledged manufacturers.
Most not too long ago, Bronson is the co-author of “Decoding the World: A Roadmap for the Questioner,” printed by Twelve, a division of the Hachette E book Group.
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