TechCrunch Disrupt: Innovation at 100MPH
This post comes from INK alumna Caroline Pullen.
If I had to pick one word to describe the vibe at TechCrunch Disrupt, that would be it. With a combination of start-ups that barely have their feet off the ground to seasoned tech investors like Mark Cuban and Peter Thiel, and everything in-between, the energy at TCDisrupt was electric and palpable. I was reminded at the conference that the people who are continually reimagining technology aren’t limited by geographic boundaries and living solely in Silicon Valley. Rather, those who are disrupting the world we live in through technology are all across the globe, spanning from Dublin, Ireland to Dallas, Texas.
The best part about Disrupt’s energy? It’s contagious.
It nearly impossible to enter a place like TCDisrupt and not catch the energy bug everyone seems to have. It was rewarding to witness hundreds of bright-eyed entrepreneurs who are willing to take risk upon risk, forge onward with their vision, ignore the haters and skeptics and not accept ‘no’ as an answer. I felt like I was standing right in the middle of the eye of the storm, the heart of innovation.
The notion of crazy – the good kind of crazy – was everywhere,
Some of the start-ups and ideas I saw were crazy smart while others sounded just plain crazy. Regardless, what took place at TCDisrupt and what’s truly taking place around the world is living proof of Steve Jobs’ infamous quote: “the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
If I could put all of the wild, innovative products I saw and ideas I heard into writing, it would read more like a small encyclopedia than a blog post. While the reality is that many of the start-ups that showcased at TCDisrupt may not become the next Tinder or Uber, there was a common notion of embracing failure as an opportunity to innovate. As a PR professional who attended the conference, I felt a mixture of fear and excitement with where technology is headed. Over two jam-packed days I was reminded that we all ought to buckle our seat belts, because innovation is coming our way at a speed of 100mph, ready or not.