More good news around the upcoming TechCrunch20 Conference in San Francisco this September: Ron Conway, Loic Le Meur and Sarah Lacy have agreed to join the Expert Panel, bringing the total number of experts who’ve agreed to participate to 16. The full list of experts is here.
The deadline to submit applications to launch a startup at the event ended last week – and we had over 600 submissions that we are reviewing now. If you are one of the companies that doesn’t make the cut into the twenty finalists, don’t worry. We’ve got a cool program that we’ll be announcing that will give you the opportunity to have a presence at the event.
The early bird registration discount ends on July 16.
More on the new experts:
Loic Le Meur
Loïc Le Meur is a well-known French serial entrepreneur who has created and sold multiple Internet startups, including B2L (sold to BBDO), RapidSite France (sold to France Telecom), Tekora (sold to Access-Commerce) and Ublog (merged with Six Apart.) Working on his next venture, Loïc continues to be an active investor. He organizes Europe’s largest annual web event, LeWeb3, that gathered 1300 participants from 37 Countries in 2006. Loïc’s blog is one of the most popular in France, read by more than 250,000 unique visitors per month.
Ron Conway is one of the Internet’s pre-eminent angel investors. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Red Envelope, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail. Ron was named #6 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top “dealmakers” in 2006. He is an active advisor for a number of Internet companies and also very active in community and philanthropic activities, including Vice Chairman of UCSF Medical Foundation in San Francisco. Most recently, Ron has been leading the “Fight for Mike” Homer and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD.)
Sarah Lacy has been covering start-ups and venture capital in Silicon Valley for the last seven years. She has been a contributor to the San Jose Business Journal. Most recently, Sarah was a reporter and blogger for Business Week. She co-wrote last year’s famous magazine cover story on Digg’s founder Kevin Rose titled “How This Kid Made $60 Million In 18 Months.” She is currently taking a year off from reporting to work on a book covering Web 2.0.