Highlights from SF Disrupt 2012

This past week I attended SF Disrupt 2012, a conference put on by startup news site TechCrunch.  Thirty or so startups presented their ideas, many for the first time publicly, to the audience.  These were trimmed down to finalists and then a final winner.  I only attended the first two days so I missed the excitement of the final voting.  However, I wanted to capture interesting ideas I saw while at the conference in this post.  This attempts to be more journalistic.  If you want more of a rant my feelings toward its startup culture, see my other post.

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The Status Quo Culture at SF Disrupt 2012

Despite its focus on disrupting the status quo, in many ways Disrupt was a reflection of the current culture rather than a message from the avant-garde. For example, the winning startup is solving the First World Problem of being too busy to take your car to a mechanic. However, if you watched carefully there were glimmers of hope from a parallel culture, one building solutions that will truly improve the world.

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