One of the best parts of TechCrunch Disrupt is the Startup Battlefield competition, and one of the most important parts of Startup Battlefield is our lineup of expert judges – they are the ones the founders try to impress. After the demos and presentations are done, judges should think quickly and ask in-depth questions about each startup. And then, of course, they pick the winner who will take home $ 100,000 and the Disrupt Cup.
This year, in our second virtual battlefield, GV partner Terri Burns will join us as a judge. Burns joined the company (formerly known as Google Ventures) in 2017 as a director, then was promoted to partner last year, making her GV’s first black female partner, as well as her youngest. partner.
Burns previously worked as an Evangelist Developer and Front-End Engineer at Venmo and Associate Product Manager at Twitter. At GV, she invested in the high school HAGS social app and Locker Room social audio app.
In an interview about her role last fall, Burns told us she wanted to support the founders of Gen Z, and she cited HAGS as a good example of a product “designed by and for Gen Z”.
“This generation is coming to an age where it builds and creates and it is at the forefront of the cultural landscape,” she said. “So to find founders, builders and engineers, and designers who are a part of this generation and build for their own demographic, I think it’s just a new wave of entrepreneurship and builders coming into the world. technology and in Silicon Valley. ”
Disrupt 2021 runs from September 21 to 23 and will be 100% virtual this year. Get your pass to attend the rest of the TechCrunch community for under $ 100 if you reserve your spot before next month. Applications to participate in Startup Battlefield are also open until May 13.