Michael Arrington, General Partner at CrunchFund, Founder of TechCrunch, and Blogger at UNCRUNCHED.com
Michael Arrington is a General Partner at CrunchFund, a recently launched early stage VC firm with $20 million in backing. He is also the Founder of TechCrunch, a blog covering startups and technology news that he sold to Aol in 2010. A serial entrepreneur, Michael previously cofounded Achex, and founded Zip.ca and Pool.com. In 2008, Time Magazine named him as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. He now blogs at UNCRUNCHED.com.
Founder Showcase Champion
Neo is an online lender that taps financial and social data to better evaluate creditworthiness and provide more affordable car loans. While current car loans rely solely on credit scores, Neo uses a more comprehensive approach to evaluate loan affordability. This enables better rates and significant savings over traditional loan sources – specifically the 84mm Gen Y consumers with limited or no credit history (40% of the car buying population).
I-DISPO is the largest community for sharing and booking appointments online. This Paris-based startup also recently secured a partnership with Bing in France to power all restaurant reservations directly on the search results page. At the event they also announced their entry into the U.S. market.
Demo Table Winner
Whit.li uses context-based pattern matching to enable companies to organize users based on compatibility to create a faster, more personalized online experience.