Here's why I'm hosting TechCrunch's Disrupt

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Here's why I'm hosting TechCrunch's Disrupt

It was a three-day trip filled with panels, booths and discussions around tech, AI, space, security and, of course, crypto. At Disrupt 2023, 20 startups pitched their companies live as part of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield. The companies were chosen among the best of the Startup Battlefield 200 and competed for a chance to win the Startup Battlefield Cup and $100,000. As for me, I moderated four Onstage panels, including two separate fireside chats with major VC players like Arianna Simpson and Chris Lehane of Haun Ventures.

And don't worry, we'll be rolling out more crypto coverage from the conference, including a story on the blockchain-focused panel I moderated with Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder and CEO of Solana Labs and Grace Torrellas, product and product lead at Polygon zkEVM and Mo Shaikh, co-founder and CEO of Aptos Labs.

Jacquelyn's show also included live interviews with Chris Lehane, Haun Ventures' chief strategy officer, at TechCrunch's Disrupt 2023 in San Francisco.

Chris was a senior executive at Airbnb before joining the firm. Fabiani & Lehane co-founded a strategic consultancy firm, Fabiani & Lehane, that acted for political, corporate, technology, entertainment and professional sports clients. In the 1990s, Chris held various government roles, including as press secretary to Vice President Al Gore and a special assistant counsel to President Bill Clinton.

Chris came to Haun Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that offers two investment options: a $500 million early-stage fund and a $1 billion acceleration fund. In addition to Haun, he is also a member of Coinbase's Global Advisory Council.

We discussed Haun's investment strategy amid U.S. and global regulatory challenges, how the firm advises portfolio companies to navigate the ever-changing environment and whether Chris finds the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's regulation tactics productive, among other things.