TechCrunch 20 live!

Today I’m proud to announce that Mike Arrington of TechCrunch and I (with the support of a great team) have launched the TechCrunch20 conference. A very special event taking place in September at which 20 companies will be given the ability to present their killer products at a conference filled with the press, VCs, investors, and bloggers.

Companies will pay exactly $0.

In fact, the companies will not only get to present for free they will attend the event for free. Compare that to the $10-20,000 conference organizers are demanding of startups to get 5-7minutes on stage these days.

Anyway, this really isn’t about the other events–this is about the TechCrunch20. It’s an event where the best and brightest are going to show their stuff and get immediate, honest feedback. It’s not going to be easy, but I think that there is a very good chance that the next digg, YouTube, Iminlikewithyou.com, Stumbleupon, etc. will make a name for themselves at the event.

Some random notes:

  • This is not going to be a huge event so I suggest buying a ticket earlier.
  • Thanks to Sequoia Capital for helping us get this off the ground–you guys rock!
  • Thanks to a whole group of sponsors who will be announced over the coming weeks for supporting this important event.
  • Please do not ask me for a free ticket to the event if you are someone with a budget–buy a ticket and support the event please!
  • If you’re a blogger of note or a journalist there will be tickets available, but I can’t promise anything. Please go to the site and follow the procedures there.
  • If you’re a startup company please follow the directions on the site.
  • If you’re a startup company getting to know one of our 20 advisory board members who are helping us select the companies is a really good idea. These experts include Marc Andreessen (Co-founder, Ning), Chris Anderson (Editor-In-Chief, Wired Magazine), Roelof Botha (Partner, Sequoia Capital), Mark Cuban (Founder, HDNet), Om Malik (Founder, GigaOm), Robert Scoble (Scobleizer), and Dave Winer (Scripting News).
  • Thanks to my friends who have joined the advisory board already.

We will have other speakers and panels at the event as well as the 20 pitches–more on that soon.

Anyway, keep up with things over at www.techcrunch20.com. We will be announcing more details weekly up to the event.