TechCrunch Disrupt summit showcases new entrepreneurs

The seventh annual TechCrunch Disrupt Sf summit saw competitors vying with each other for the $50,000 prize and the Disrupt Cup. With aspiring entrepreneurs, savvy investors and global thought-leaders in attendance the show is one of the high points of the annual tech calendar. Highlights in pictures.
  • Marissa Mayer, chief executive officer of Yahoo Inc., at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 conference in San Francisco, California. Mayer was one of six judges in the finals. Bloomberg
  • Mayer with Michael Arrington, partner at CrunchFund and founder of TechCrunch. The two, along with Roelof Botha of Sequoia Capital, Chris Dixon of Founder Collective, David Lee of SV Angel and Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures, were the judges. Bloomberg
  • Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook at the TechCrunch Disrupt. In the annual battle, tech entrepreneurs compete for venture capital and other interested parties, something that Zuckerberg knows a bit about. Bloomberg
  • The showpiece event of the show was the Disrupt Battlefield. The six finalists were Dryft, Fates Forever, Layer, Soil IQ, Regalii, and Cota by Ossia. Apart from San Francisco, the battle also takes place in New York and Beijing. Bloomberg
  • Jeffrey “Jeff” Weiner, chief executive officer of LinkedIn Corp., speaks during the event. Past finalists at Startup Battlefield have included winners such as:, Dropbox, Yammer, Tripit, Redbeacon, Qwiki, Getaround and Soluto. Bloomberg
  • Dick Costolo, chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt. Collectively, the speakers offer attendees unique access to first-hand knowledge of what it takes to build an industry-leading company right from the source. Reuters
  • The final winner, Layer, founded by Tomaž Štolfa and Ron Palmeri, is a communications platform. By adding less than 10 lines of code to any mobile app, it allows users to send messages, videos, and share files across applications.
  • Runners-up - Dryft. Created by Randy Marsden (R) and Rob Chaplinsky, it is a replacement software keyboard for Android tablets that adapts to the user’s hands. It appears only when users actually sets their fingers down on the screen.