Marc Andreessen, Roelof Botha, and Marissa Mayer are back as judges for Techcrunch50

We’re really excited to have three of our most popular judges back at TechCrunch50 this year: Marc Andreessen, Roelof Botha, and Marissa Mayer. Last year folks raved about their insightful, honest, and constructive feedback. This year we’ve grown from 40 companies to 50, and we’ve grown from two days to three.

The plan is to have six sessions with four judges on each, for a total of 24 judges over the three days. Mike, Heather and I are struggling over each decision. We’re looking to rotate in some new judges, while bringing back some crowd favorites. It’s really a hard process, but not as hard as selecting the 50.

If you have ideas for judges or if you know companies that are launching a new product in the fall please do let me know!

More on our judges:

Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen is the co-founder of Ning, the create-your-own social network platform company that has raised over $100 million in funding. He also serves on the board of Open Media Network. Marc is best known as a co-founder and chief technical mind behind Netscape Communications Corporation and co-author of Mosaic, the first widely- used web browser. Crunchbase profile.

Roelof Botha

Roelof Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital focused on services and software investments. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2003, Roelof served as the Chief Financial Officer of PayPal (EBAY) and worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Roelof is a certified actuary (Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries), has a BS in Actuarial Science, Economics, and Statistics from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer is VP, Search Products & User Experience at Google. She joined Google in 1999 as Google’s first female engineer. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google’s search interface, internationalizing the site to 100+ languages and launching numerous features and products. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. Before Google, she worked at UBS research lab (Ubilab) and SRI International. Marissa has been featured in various publications, including Newsweek (“10 Tech Leaders of the Future”), Red Herring (“15 Women to Watch”), Business 2.0, BusinessWeek, Fortune and Fast Company.

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