TechCunch Disrupt 2010 in NYC was huge. One of the main reasons it had appeal to me was a “Hack Day” in which developers had 24 hours to build an app fom scratch. This hack event occurred on the weekend of May 22-23. Then the 3 day event of TechCrunch Disrupt in which the selected StartUps competed in May 24-26. I competed in both events. For HackDay, I had several developers tell me I would win “HackDay”, I didn’t but I gained high praise for what I accomplished from the developers. In the StartUp Battlefield I helped build an application for MovieClips which placed in the top 5 and ended up being a finalist. So to me it was a very productive week.
Michael Arrington – Will Joost Address The Copycats?
Erik Schonfeld – Hulu Gets An Unofficial Desktop App In MyMediaPlayer2
I got to meet Marissa Mayer – Vice President, Search Products & User Experience from Google.
Marissa sat down with me to go over the “Youtube Builder” I had created for TechCrunch HackDay.
All I can say about Marissa is how brilliant she is, as soon as I addressed a feature she was ” oh you are trying to create a … “, obviously I can’t disclose the feature but wow. I was impressed.
On the first day of the conference I looked back and I saw a familiar face, Liz Gannes. Liz was the first writer to cover my video players. She was so nice and it was great to meet her.
What If Joost Were a Web App?
Boxee’s CEO Avner Ronen was speaking at the conference and he was being interviewed by some press. I ran into him and introduced myself “Hi my name is Paul Yanez I build video…” and he replied I know who you are. I thought that was the coolest thing. We spoke for several minutes and exchanged numbers and I look forward to continuing our conversation.
10 minutes before the StartUp Battlefield I was backstage coding. Probably the craziest and coolest thing I have done in my professional career. Meanwhile I had press trying to video record me in an interview.
OMG, Evelyn was such as pro throughout the Hack weekend and the conference it was so cool to meet her.