Memo to startups: stick to solving problems

If TechCrunch’s Sarah Lacy is to be believed, Silicon Valley has lost
its way. There was once a golden era of innovation in which every
startup sought to change the world (and make billions of dollars in the

So to get Silicon Valley back on track, Lacy is sending a message to
startups: “you’re supposed to be changing the world, remember?

Can free advertising make a startup?

The battle of the West Coast technology conferences is offering something more than name-calling right now: millions of dollars in free advertising to top presenters.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and partners, lucky companies presenting at TechCrunch50 and DEMO will have the opportunity to win a hefty amount of free advertising. TechCrunch50 will be giving away at least $1.3m in ad credits and DEMO plans to give away $2m in ad credits.