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Should There Be A TechCrunch40 Disclosures List?
One of the discussion topics that came up throughout the day on the IRC channel for the Techcrunch40 conference and on breaks was around disclosures. The first expert panelists weren’t asked if they had any conflicts, but Jason did a good job of asking the panels after that. In each session, there was at least one disclosure around an expert already backing one of the startups they were discussing. I don’t get why they didn’t organize it such that a vc was never on stage while their firms were on stage.
Tonight we learn that MC Hammer’s new DanceJam company is backed by Michael Arrington, Ron Conway and others. Don Dodge has the details on the startup and the VC backing. I went back and checked and there appears to be no disclosure on the posts on TC and TC20 blog when Hammer was selected to be a panelist. So I am guessing the funding must have come after the panelist announcement was made?
What we need is someone to create a matrix to see how (and/or if) each startup and each vc/panelist/host is connected.