Path CEO Dave Morin On Building A “Personal” Social Network For Mobile Devices
At the time that Path was first introduced as a new social network for mobile devices, there were already many options for connecting with friends, family, and coworkers. So why build another? Path CEO and co-founder Dave Morin told me in an interview backstage at TechCrunch Disrupt that he and his cofounders were looking for ways to connect users closest to one another -- and building for mobile was the best way to do that.
Fashion-Focused Startups Stylit And Black Tag Offer Free, Personal Shoppers For Both Women & Men
E-commerce is booming, but shopping for clothing online can still be a challenge. Unlike many consumer products, clothing is personal and often needs to be tried on for fit. Plus, there are numerous options available via the web, so sometimes it’s tough to even know where to begin with an online shopping expedition. Two companies from TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Startup Alley are addressing these problems by offering personal stylists and recommendations online. One, Stylit, is targeting women and another, Black Tag, is focused on men. Stylists-as-a-service? Yep, it’s that kind of thing. Tel Aviv-based Stylit’s co-founder and chief stylist Maya Kramer has a decade’s worth of experience in the fashion industry: She’s worked as a stylist herself, as well as a personal shopper, photo shoot producer, boutique owner, fashion writer, styling instructor, model and even TV personality. Her clients have included Vogue, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Microsoft, Glamour, Target, Victoria’s Secret ...
It’s On. Uber Will Soon Go Up Against Lyft And SideCar With A Ride-Sharing Service Of Its Own
CEO Travis Kalanick previously had teased the idea of launching a ride-sharing option in a backstage interview at TechCrunch Disrupt. Now, however, with the regulatory risk associated with ride-sharing out of the way while the PUC reviews potential new regulation, Kalanick says the company is going to engage in competition directly with companies like Lyft and SideCar.
CEO Travis Kalanick Says UberX Numbers Are “Probably At Or Above” Lyft
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said UberX, the lowest-cost option of the popular car service, is "probably at or above" rival Lyft in numbers. Kalanick discussed Uber's struggles against regulators, expansion and competition with TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis at TechCrunch Disrupt today. "Competition is good," Kalanick said. "If somebody can offer value at a cheaper price, they should. But that also means Uber should, too."
Dave Morin Says China Is Path’s Second Biggest Country
Path CEO Dave Morin offered some updates on the company's growth while on-stagetoday at TechCrunch Disrupt. Version 2.0 of the journaling/personal networking app launched back in November, and Morin said the momentum from that launch has continued in recent months. A lot of the early growth with Path 2.0 was in Japan and Korea, he said, and Path's second largest user base is in China. Things have been picking up in the United States, too, especially in "these nice metro pockets."
Disrupt SF Goes Global – Welcome To LatAm, Asia, Europe And Africa
TechCrunch Disrupt SF is still in the planning stages, but so far it is shaping out to be one of our biggest shows yet. We have announced incredible speakers that so far include: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Jessica Alba, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, super angel Ron Conway, Path CEO Dave Morin, Marc Benioff, Vinod Khosla and many others. Exciting, we know. We are still a month off, so be sure to be on the lookout for even more speaker announcements to come each week. Tickets are on sale here. We are ecstatic about something new we're doing this year. There will be a strong global presence at Disrupt. Many of you may be familiar with our Israeli Pavilion we have done for three years now, but this year we are bringing even more countries into the mix. So far, we have a total of 66 startups from these countries, with 52 being from Latin America, from countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. We don't want to reveal too much, but you'll also be ...