Overheard at TechCrunch Disrupt 2022 • TechCrunch



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So far as weeks go, this one was as disruptive as they arrive.

TechCrunch Disrupt 2022 has formally come to an in depth after an iconic three days of interviews, startup pitches and “Oh my god I do know you from Twitter” moments. I believe I can communicate for my co-workers once I say we’re all exhausted and refreshed, in some way, on the identical rattling time.

So, let’s do one thing a bit of completely different for Startups Weekly. This week, as an alternative of operating via our ordinary digest of reports, I wish to honor a few of the greatest moments, on stage and off, of the convention. Beneath you’ll discover some hilarious, witty and nuanced quotes linked with a associated story if accessible.

In order for you extra than simply the excerpt, don’t fret. Right here’s a reside transcription of all of the panels, and ensure to take a look at TechCrunch and TechCrunch+ for additional context on information that broke on stage. As at all times you possibly can comply with me on Twitter and ahead this text to a pal. However solely if you need.

Take pleasure in, and we’ll be again to frequently scheduled programming subsequent week.

Overheard at TechCrunch Disrupt 2022

  • “Would I decide this? If I had a magic wand to design a well being care system that leaves individuals behind desperately, each single day? A well being care system that claims that somebody like me, who seems like me, simply by advantage of my race has a 3 to 6 occasions extra doubtless likelihood of dying in being pregnant due to systemic components due to utterly unchecked racism in our system and our society and our well being care system due to stigma? Due to lack of equitable entry to providers? Completely not,” Cityblock Well being co-founder and CEO Toyin Ajayi. Full story right here.
  • “Social merchandise have a tendency to not invent new behaviors. They have an inclination to take issues that we’re wired to do as people that now we have basically proven we get pleasure from doing, they usually simply make it dramatically simpler to do it with anybody on the earth,” Clubhouse co-founder and CEO Paul Davison.
  • “TechCrunch? That feels like a sweet bar,” “Stylish girl within the elevator.”
  • “We’re previous COVID, I once more, argue, and we’re now a possible recession. And in a recession, transportation traditionally is at all times secure; it’s a vital factor that folks want. And $30 salads on meals supply shouldn’t be secure in a recession,” Lyft co-founder John Zimmer on why he’s not stepping into the meals supply enterprise. Full story right here.
  • “I used to be advised you people didn’t speak about hydrogen over blissful hour fairly as a lot final night time as you have been presupposed to. In order that they introduced me again so we are able to actually type of r-emphasize it a bit right here.” Superior Ionics founder and CEO Chad Mason. Full story right here.
  • “Be sure you say it once more; I’m not being paid for this,” Comic and investor Kevin Hart. Full story right here.
  • “Belief is consistency over time,” Figma CEO Dylan Area. Full story right here.
  • “Simply to make clear, you extract lithium from brine and produce battery grade lithium and drinkable water?” TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino to the co-founders of Minerva Lithium (and this 12 months’s winner of Startup Battlefield). Full story right here.
  • “The best way I take into consideration fundraising is it’s theater for toddlers,” Metafy CEO Josh Fabian.
  • “We truly purchased a lot of the billboards in San Francisco for 3 months for $300,000. Which, , could appear to be some huge cash however we had raised round $60 million on the time so it wasn’t large for us. It was massively profitable. We positively received far more than that in income within the first month than we spent on billboards,” Henrique Dubugras, founder and co-CEO of Brex.
  • “I don’t have to BeReal as a result of I’m actual each day,” TechCrunch viewers improvement supervisor Alyssa Stringer.
  • “If taking tremendous glue from a founder to repair a damaged acrylic nail disaster is the worst alternative I make at Disrupt then I believe I’ll have succeeded,” TechCrunch senior reporter Amanda Silberling.
  • “What’s your podcast?” Golden State Warriors participant Draymond Inexperienced to TechCrunch {hardware} editor Brian Heater. Full story right here.
  • “I’m gonna present up and possibly be beat up by safety guards or one thing. [I’ll tell them] she mentioned I may play,” TechCrunch Deputy Editor Jordan Criminal on enjoying tennis with tennis legend and enterprise capitalist Serena Williams.
  • And in response: “I mentioned you can watch,” tennis legend and enterprise capitalist Serena Williams. Full story right here. 
  • “There’s a brand new difficulty that now we have with doing Fairness on stage. I haven’t worn make-up for like 4 years and I contact my face rather a lot. So now I’ve make-up throughout my hand. So should you see me, don’t let me hug you since you’ll get a bizarre formed handprint,” TechCrunch+ Editor-in-Chief Alex Wilhelm. Full podcast right here.

Chat subsequent week,