Who Took the Disruption Out of TechCrunch Disrupt?

Source: Inc, Sep 2012

For some years, TechCrunch has put on its Disrupt conference during which start-ups compete for fame, glory, and some money. Earlier this week, YourMechanic–a Y Combinator alum–was crowned the winning “disruptor” out of 30 entries.

But does the start-up really live up to the mission of being disruptive? Not quite.

There’s some growing criticism that the Disrupts and Y Combinators of the world aren’t delivering companies that are new, but newish. … 

That’s another way of saying that novelty is bleeding out of start-ups. Look at what YourMechanic beat out for the prize: second-place Lit Motors that has designed an electric motorcycle that cannot tip over. Ironically, one of the judges, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, has received some criticism about seemingly trying to replicate a lot of Google’s culture in the company she now leads.

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