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Startup 2012 takes place on May 3 in New York, and VentureBeat Founder & Editor-in-Chief Matt Marshall will be judging the Startup Pitch live at the event.

Business Insider is giving away ten tickets to VB readers over the next week. Here’s how to score yours: email and tell us why you need to be there. Hint: look at the speakers and agenda to help you make your case. And if you don’t score a free pass, we’ll give you a discount. Here’s what your ticket will get you:

  • Get the scoop from Arianna Huffington on how she built a blog into an empire, and on life after AOL’s $315M acquisition of HuffPo.
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  • Hear from Y Combinator reject Josh Miller on how he rebounded and scored funding for his startup from Twitter’s founders.
  • Meet the innovator who helped build Pinterest and was recently dubbed “Silicon Valley’s Most Interesting Teenager” by BI startup reporter.
  • Learn smart tactics in developing for Facebook in the post-Timeline world from an engineering manager at the company who helped build it.
  • Network like mad with 800 other innovation junkies.

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See you in May!

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