December 6, 2023

TechCrunch Disrupt, our flagship startup event, returns to San Francisco Sept. 19-21, and you can bet TechCrunch+ will be there.

This will be the biggest and best Disrupt we’ve ever hosted: In addition to some surprises to be announced soon, we’re launching Startup Battlegrounds and six new stages with targeted material for all types of founders.

With that in mind, I’m very proud to announce the final agenda for the Builders Stage, which we announced a few weeks ago.

If you attended Disrupt 2022, you’ll recall that TechCrunch+ Stage featured dozens of panels and interviews focused on the nuts and bolts of building and funding new technology ventures. This year, you’ll be rocking the Builders Stage with more of the same great shows: we’ll discuss operations, recruiting, fundraising, and more, addressing key topics for the new generation of startup founders.

The TechCrunch+ Lounge is also returning, so whether you’re hustling inside taking notes, or hanging out with the rest of us for coffee, you’ll have plenty to do.

With excitement and pride, this is what we have in store for you, and I expect this to be the most exciting stage of the event.I will host and fair It will kick off the whole show.

See you on stage at Disrupt Builders in 2023!

TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 Builders Stage Agenda

What do you need to raise a Series A today?

with Jennifer Neundorfer (January Ventures) and Loren Straub (Bowery Capital)

Gone are the days when you could raise a Series A with just $1 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR). Some startups have raised more Series A funding, and we’ve seen many companies achieve the same thing recently with far less dorms. So, before raising a Series A, how can founders ensure their business has the right metrics and their pitch is tuned for the current venture capital climate? If you’ve raised pre-seed or seed funding, this is a conversation you can’t miss.

How to Publicly Launch a New Venture Capital Firm

with Noramay Cadena (Supply Change Capital), Mac Conwell (RareBreed Ventures) and Turner Novak (Banana Capital)

Venture funds are not new, and neither are independent GPs.What yes However, a new innovation in the venture space is the creation of new funds or companies in public. Some newer investors are known for their online businesses and investments. That’s not a bad thing: raising money is tough, and building a brand isn’t a sin. Still, we wondered about the pros and cons of building something as complex as a venture fund without filters. Founders, you’ll learn something too, even if you’re a few steps away from hanging up your spurs and standing on the other side of the deal table.

How founders can use the soft labor market for competitive advantage

With Nick Cromydas (Hunt Club) and Samara Hernandez (Chingona)

It seems like just yesterday that the tech job market was so hot that big corporations were hoarding workers just to keep them out of the market and away from competitors. Things are different today: layoffs are more common than hiring sprees, and perks are suddenly in disrepute. How can startups use a new and perhaps more attractive talent market to their advantage? Let’s find out.

When to follow the hype and when to ignore it?

With Sophia Amoruso (Trust Fund, Business Class) and Sarah Kunst (Cleo Capital)

Chasing the next big thing is usually a great idea for both founders and investors. But when people are chasing the wrong trend, hype can be more siren call than victory march. When Should Founders Follow the Hype? When should they ignore it? Let’s talk about it.

How to Build a Fair Cap Table

with Ashley Mayer (Coalition Operators), Amanda Robson (Cowboy Ventures) and Richie Serna (Finix)

VCs are no longer all on the same road at the same time in the same city in the same state in the same country. They are spread all over the world and are becoming more diverse (if slowly) across many metrics. How can founders build investor bases that reflect their values? In this discussion, we’ll dive into the essentials of building a truly fair cap table.

How to Expand Your Venture Fund

with Anamitra Banerji (Afore Capital), Frédérique Dame (Google Ventures) and Rick Yang (NEA)

Cash is worth more this year than it was last year, and certainly more than the tech industry was used to during the last venture capital supercycle. With the U.S. dollar now stronger than ever, how should startups ensure that the money they raise — equity, debt, whatever you’re burning — is used as much as possible? After all, the more you can do before you need more cash, the higher the price you can charge in the next round.

How founders with non-traditional backgrounds use their experience to achieve greatness

with Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (Promise), Ruben Harris (Career Karma) and Ritu Narayan (Zūm)

While hoodie-wearing, world-renowned school dropouts still have a place in today’s startup founder makeup, they’re not the only ones who can raise big bucks and build hit companies. How do founders who don’t fit the Hollywood or HBO stereotype use their experience to their advantage? We’ll find out in this highly anticipated panel.

When should founders provide early liquidity to retain employees?

With Amir Ashkenazi (Switchboard), Maria Dramalioti-Taylor (Beacon Capital) and Tyson Hendricksen (Notice)

See, we all want more IPOs. But they’re still far fewer than startups need if they want to retain employees who want to see their hard-earned shares turned into something other than paper. So, when should founders enjoy a little pre-IPO liquidity and when should employees do the same?

How to build a capital-intensive startup in a tough venture market

With Sophie Bakalar (Collaborative Fund), Nikki Pechet (Homebound) and Chris Power (Hadrian)

Every VC wants you to think they’re bravely funding expensive hardware that will revolutionize the future. You know, space launches using twigs, and satellites that can wipe out aliens too. something like that. Then you read about the new NFT fundraiser. The good news is that even in the more conservative venture capital environment, it is possible for founders to tackle large, difficult and capital-intensive projects. Let’s talk about how it’s done.

How founders should approach TAM when venture capital is scarce

with Jomayra Herrera (Reach Capital), Helen Min (Phenomenal Ventures) and Monique Woodard (Cake Ventures)

Writing a good market slideshow is an art. You don’t want to look silly by overselling your total addressable market (TAM), or posting a number that’s too small to be exciting. Using TAM for external marketing and internal planning is not easy. Let’s delve into this question with today’s more discerning risk market in mind.

How to Build a Smart Startup that Scales With Your Business

With Naba Banerjee (Airbnb) and Asha Sharma (Instacart)

Lost in the glossy founder bios and funding announcements are the nuts and bolts of scaling a startup’s internal operations. The real stuff that comes with building a startup at scale. From this panel, you can look forward to how-to instructions and tips that you can put to work to avoid known pitfalls and generally get the most out of them.

Why bootstrapping won’t be a dirty word in 2023

with Erica Jain (Healthie), Carey Smith (Unorthodox Ventures) and Hussein Yahfoufi (Arta Finance)

It is possible to build a large company without venture capital. As long as your startup brings in more cash than it burns, you’re in business. But in tech circles, self-reliance often has a negative connotation — phrases like “lifestyle business” are sometimes thrown around. But with many startups realizing they can’t raise more money, maybe it’s time to revisit self-reliance?

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