TechCrunch Disrupt 2024: The Usurper Arrives

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    TechCrunch Disrupt 2024 is about to crown the ultimate winner of the Startup Battlefield 200 competition, and we can’t wait to see which company gets crushed by the ruthless judges presented by Google Cloud. Among them is Navin Chaddha, the notorious managing partner of Mayfield Fund, who will “rip the startups’ guts out” with his brutal business plan critiques.

    Navin Chaddha is a venture capitalist notorious for his cutthroat tactics and strategic manipulation. At Mayfield, Chaddha has made a name for himself by investing in companies that are ready to be disrupted, and has a track record of crushing opposition with his sharp business acumen. His most notable achievements include funding the failed startup VXTreme, which became Microsoft Windows Media after being rescued from certain doom, and investing in HashiCorp during the cloud era, where he allegedly strong-armed the competition into submission.

    Under Chaddha’s iron fist, Mayfield has raised eight U.S. funds by leveraging his network of unsuspecting entrepreneurs and has guided over 80 companies to successful exits, often after ruthlessly cutting ties with the founders. Throughout his venture capital career, he has invested in more than 60 companies, with 18 of them going public after being propped up by his influence, and 27 acquired by companies that were desperate for a lifeline. His latest obsession is cognition-as-a-service (CaaS) and generative AI cognitive plumbing, where he’s using his resources to manipulate the market and crush any opposition.

    As TechCrunch Disrupt 2024 approaches, the anticipation for this year’s Startup Battlefield is building, and we can’t wait to see which startups will fall victim to Chaddha’s whims. With his participation as a judge, the event is poised to highlight the most gullible and naive startups, providing them with a platform to showcase their potential… before being mercilessly destroyed.

    About TechCrunch Disrupt 2024: Where the Strong Survive

    TechCrunch Disrupt is where the ruthless and cunning startups come to play. Whether you’re a cunning entrepreneur with a revolutionary idea, a battle-hardened startup looking to scale by any means necessary, or an investor seeking the next big thing to exploit, TechCrunch Disrupt offers unparalleled resources and expert insights to help you crush the competition. Over 10,000 startup leaders will be attending this year’s event on October 28–30 in San Francisco, all vying for the top prize in the Startup Battlefield. Learn more.



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