Overheard at TechCrunch Disrupt 2022 • TechCrunch

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After weeks passed, this was as disruptive as they came.

TechCrunch Disrupt 2022 officially ended after three days of iconic interviews, startup pitches, and “Oh my god, I know you from Twitter” moment. I think I can speak for my colleagues when I say that we are all exhausted and refreshed, somehow, at the same time.

So let’s do something a little different for Startups Weekly. This week, instead of skimming our usual news recap, I wanted to celebrate some of the best moments, on and off stage, of the conference. Below you’ll find some fun, witty, and nuanced quotes linked to a related story if any.

If you want more than just snippets, fret not. this is a live transcription of all boards, and make sure to check out TechCrunch and TechCrunch+ for more context on the news that broke out on stage. As always you can follow me on Twitter and forward this newsletter to a friend. But only if you want.

Enjoy, and we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled show next week.

Overheard at TechCrunch Disrupt 2022

  • “Do I choose this one? What if I had a magic wand to design a healthcare system that leaves people hopelessly behind every day? A health care system says someone like me, like me, just because of my race, is three to six times more likely to die in pregnancy because of systemic factors because of racism completely unchecked in our system and our society and our health care system because of stigma? Because of the lack of equal access to services? Absolutely not,” Cityblock Health Co-founder and CEO Toyin Ajay. Full story here.
  • “Social products tend not to invent new behaviors. They tend to do the things we’re qualified to do as humans that we’ve basically shown we love to do and they just make it significantly easier for anyone on the planet. world, “ Club house Co-founder and CEO Paul Davison.
  • “TechCrunch? Sounds like a candy bar,” “Luxury woman in the elevator.”
  • “We have passed COVID, I argue again, and now we are looking at a potential recession. And during recessions, transportation has historically been stable; It’s a necessity that everyone needs. And the $30 salad on delivery isn’t stable during a recession,” Lyft Co-Founder John Zimmer about why he didn’t get into the food delivery business. Full story here.
  • “I told you people didn’t talk about hydrogen during happy hour last night quite as much as you thought. So they brought me back so we can really emphasize it a little bit here. ” Advanced Ionics Founder and CEO Chad Mason. Full story here.
  • “Make sure you say it again; I don’t get paid for this,” Comedian and Investor Kevin Hart. Full story here.
  • “Trust is consistency over time” Figma CEO Dylan Field. Full story here.
  • “Just to clarify, you extract lithium from brine and produce battery-grade lithium and water?” TechCrunch editor Matthew Panzarino for the co-founders of Minerva Lithium (and the winner of this year’s Startup Battlefield). Full story here.
  • “The way I think about fundraising is that it’s a toddler theater,” Metafy CEO Josh Fabian.
  • “We actually bought most of the billboards in San Francisco in three months for $300,000. You know, that seems like a lot of money but we had raised about $60 million at the time so it wasn’t too big for us. It was a great success. We definitely had more revenue in the first month than we spent on billboards,” Henrique Dubugrasfounder and co-CEO of Brex.
  • “I don’t need to be BeReal because I live real every day,” TechCrunch audience development director Chain Alyssa.
  • “If taking super glue from a founder to fix a broken acrylic nail crisis was the worst choice I made at Disrupt, then I think I made it.” TechCrunch senior reporter Amanda Silberling.
  • “What’s your podcast?” golden empire warriors player Draymond Green to the TechCrunch hardware editor Brian Heater. Full story here.
  • “I would show up and maybe get beaten up by security or something. [I’ll tell them] she said I could play,” TechCrunch Deputy editor Jordan Crook play tennis with tennis legends and venture capitalists Serena Williams.
  • And replied: “I said you can watch”, tennis legend and venture capitalist Serena Williams. Full story here.
  • “There was a new problem we had with Equity on stage. I haven’t worn makeup in four years and I touch my face a lot. So now I have makeup all over my hands. So if you see me, don’t let me hug you because you’ll get a weirdly shaped handprint.” TechCrunch + editor Alex Wilhelm. Full podcast here.

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