The following is by guest blogger David Moeller, CEO of CodeGuard who is onsite at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2011.
Today, companies in search, location, and commerce presented during three Battlefield sessions. What did these companies have in common? Most featured forward-thinking ideas with the potential to radically change the landscape within their respective fields. The amount of capital they raised varied: some had not raised money at all, others had raised up to $2M. Virtually all of them interacted with Facebook, Twitter, or Foursquare. They used the data in various ways, but were still dependent upon those wellsprings of information. And when mobile devices were used for demoing, the iPhone was the device of choice (despite a clearly large number of audience members carrying Androids).
What is the takeaway? Businesses built upon the existing social platforms are hot!
General Vibe: Michael Arrington set the tone early: bring your “A” game or stay at home. He pulled no punches interacting with early panelists and even his boss, Ariana Huffington. Attendees were fun to interact with, and almost all were working on fascinating problems with talented teams. No hobbyists here. Bleeding edge product development was around every corner – app superstores, for instance, with the same potential to flame out in months or explode to ubiquity.