One of the greatest elements of TechCrunch Disrupt is the Startup Battlefield competitors, and considered one of the most necessary items of the Startup Battlefield is our lineup of professional judges — they’re the ones the founders are attempting to impress. Once the demos and shows are finished, the judges want to assume rapidly and ask probing questions on every startup. And then, in fact, they select the winner who will get to take house $100k and the Disrupt Cup.
This 12 months, at our second digital Startup Battlefield, GV partner Terri Burns will probably be joining us as considered one of our judges. Burns joined the agency (previously often known as Google Ventures) in 2017 as a principal, then was promoted to partner final 12 months — making her the first Black feminine partner at GV, and its youngest partner as effectively.
Burns beforehand labored as a developer evangelist and front-end engineer at Venmo and an affiliate product supervisor at Twitter. At GV, she’s invested in highschool social app HAGS and social audio app Locker Room.
During an interview about her function final fall, Burns instructed us she’s involved in backing Gen Z founders, and she or he pointed to HAGS as an excellent instance of a product that was “built by and for Gen Z.”
“That generation is coming to an age where they are building and they are creating and they are at the forefront of the cultural landscape,” she mentioned. “So to find founders and builders and engineers, and designers who are part of that generation and building for their own demographic, I think it’s just a new wave of entrepreneurship and builders that are coming into technology and in Silicon Valley.”
Disrupt 2021 runs September 21-23 and will probably be 100% digital this 12 months. Get your move to attend with the remainder of the TechCrunch group for lower than $100 should you safe your seat earlier than subsequent month. Applications to compete in the Startup Battlefield are additionally open now till May 13.