Os brasileiros tiveram melhor sorte este ano: o espaço Brazilian Pavilion na feira de startups do evento Disrupt (promovido pelo TechCrunch em San Francisco esta semana) estava “menos escondida” – na verdade, estava bem “na cara” de quem entrava no evento. Veja na foto-montagem de Guilherme Junqueira (ABStartups).

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Nesta terceira edição do Pavilion, não teve desculpa como nas outras duas, em que vi muita gente reclamando da falta de visitantes nos estandes. Ainda: com a quantidade de entidades e mentores fazendo treinamento com os empreendedores, a qualidade este ano certamente esteve mais alta, causando uma melhor impressão sobre o Brasil.

Vinte e seis empresas selecionadas, mais duas indicadas por votação popular, concorreram ao prêmio de 50 mil dólares (e um troféu) da competição Startup Battlefield. Os finalistas foram Alfred (que ficou em primeiro lugar), Partpic, PatternEQ, Shipstr (que ficou em segundo ligar), Stack e Vinli. Veja abaixo o vencedor e o vice apresentando seus pitches.

Vencedor da Battlefield: Alfred


Segundo lugar da Battlefiel: Shipster

 

 

O Disrupt também contou com a tradicional maratona de programação (hackathon), na qual sagrou-se campeã a solução Shower with friends, um hardware conectado criado pela Mashery, uma equipe de serviços da Intel. Veja vídeo abaixo. Em segundo lugar, ficaram o aplicativo de atalhos para iOS Blitz e a extensão para navegador Chrome chamada de Interactive Markdown. Dois brasileiros, Roberto Civille e Fernando Freitas Alves (da startup DoingCast), desenvolveram um hack e venceram o destaque oferecido pela Concur.

 

Vencedor da Hackathon: Shower with Friends

Adyen Tech Globe Challenge: esta competição visa a identificar startups com potencial de se tornarem globais e aconteceu dentro do Disrupt. A startup brasileira Piggme esteve entre as finalistas, junto com Ansamb, Belleds Technologies, DoctorQuickly, Instapet, Sentri, Oscar Tech Overwatch e Nod Labs (que venceu).

Melhores frases do TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2014, de acordo com o TechCrunch

  • “There is no sport as competitive as business.” -Mark Cuban
  • “The NFL better watch out.” – Kevin Lin, Twitch
  • “Silicon Valley is going to be the center of the US economy for the next 10-20 years.” – Peter Thiel
  • “If the slogan for Google is ‘Don’t be evil’, then the slogan for Uber is ‘Do a little bit of evil & don’t get caught.’” -Peter Thiel
  • Disruption is, at its core, a really powerful idea, but everyone hijacks the idea to do whatever they want now.” -Clayton Christensen
  • “If you bring that scrappy fierceness with you it works until you get big, when really pushing all the way really feels uncomfortable…When you’re the little guy that’s lauded, that’s heroic.” -Travis Kalanick
  • “It’s all about the team. If you don’t have a great team to deliver a product, it’s not going to happen.” -Liam Casey
  • “Don’t forget to do something for other people.” -Marc Benioff
  • “The missionaries make more money than the mercenaries” -Scott Dietzen
  • “We’re seeing that business models and philanthropic models are not mutually exclusive.” -Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
  • “Technology has an incredible role to play in enabling of policy issues.” -Elizabeth Holmes
  • “There has to be a large number of people and routes that are lined up together. One part is liquidity and the other part is product – there’s a lot that can go wrong.” -Travis Kalanick
  • “If we don’t advance technology, make it accessible for all, and I mean everyone, then we’re not going to succeed.” -Elizabeth Gore
  • “We have been able to create a new credential for the 21st century.” -Daphne Koller
  • “Millennials expect a social commitment and are looking for businesses that have social responsibility.” -Danny Rimer
  • “The way I think about all technology now is that if you’re creating something, your goal is to fulfill some human desire more easily, more conveniently.” -Ev Williams
  • “Our rule of thumb is simple. Anywhere that you play video games and have a video gaming experience, we want to enable you to share that.” -Emmett Shear
  • “A lot of people think there’s a conflict between making money and adding value and there isn’t. The two can exist in harmony.” -Sean Rad
  • “Products should speak for themselves, and marketing should support that.” -Dave Morin
  • “It’s not who you can message but what you can message.” -Dave Morin