Disruptor 50: Summit

The Disruptor 50 is CNBC’s annual list of breakthrough venture-backed startups developing revolutionary new technology into scalable business models to build the next generation of great public companies. Join Disruptor 50 leaders, founders and investors, along with startup founders from around the world as we honor the class of 2021 in a new, expanded virtual celebration. At the summit, attendees will hear directly from founders and CEOs of 2021 Disruptor 50 companies, along with other special guest speakers, and have opportunities to meet and mingle in a customized virtual experience.


Lior Div

Lior Div, CEO and co-founder of Cybereason, was a Commander in the famed Israeli Unit 8200 and received one of Israel’s highest awards at that time, the Medal of Honor and can speak with authority about nation-state operations and defending the private sector. Lior has a unique perspective on the most advanced attack techniques and how to leverage that knowledge to gain an advantage over the adversary. Since its founding in 2012 and under Div’s leadership, the Boston headquartered Cybereason has become one of the fastest growing private companies in the world. Today, Cybereason employs more than 1,000 people and has more than 1,000 customers in 50 countries.

Sarah Guo

Sarah is interested in almost everything where technology can be used as a weapon to get us to the future, faster. She spends a lot of her time thinking about opportunities in B2B applications and infrastructure, cyber security, artificial intelligence, and the future of work and communications.

Sarah joined Greylock as an investor in 2013. She led Greylock’s investment in Cleo, Clubhouse, Demisto (acquired by Palo Alto Networks), Remotion, Sqreen and Utmost and is on the board of Cleo, Clubhouse, Obsidian, Remotion, Sqreen and Utmost. She also works with Awake, Coda, Figma, and previously SkyHigh (acquired by McAfee). Prior to joining Greylock, Sarah was at Goldman Sachs, where she invested in growth-stage technology startups such as Dropbox, and advised pre-IPO technology companies such as Workday (as well as public clients including Zynga, Netflix and Nvidia). Previously, Sarah worked with Casa Systems (NASDAQ:CASA), a publicly traded technology company that develops a software-centric networking platform for cable and mobile service providers.

She is an advocate for STEM education for women and the underserved. She has taught Marketing in the Wharton Undergraduate Program and served as a teaching fellow in lower-income high schools for the Philadelphia World Affairs Council. Sarah has four degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. She is part of Linkedin’s Next Wave and the Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

Ravi Gupta

Ravi is a Partner at Sequoia Capital, where he focuses on consumer, mobile/internet, and fintech investments. He serves on the boards of Acelerate, Faire, Noom, and Vise and works closely with Fireblocks, Front, Instacart, and Remote, among others. Prior to joining Sequoia, Ravi served as the COO and CFO of Instacart from 2015 to 2019. Before Instacart, Ravi spent a decade at KKR after starting his career at McKinsey. Ravi holds a BS in Economics from Duke University and lives in Woodside with his wife and three sons.

Kevin Marchetti

Troy Swope

Oren Zaslansky

Julia Boorstin

Julia Boorstin is CNBC’s Senior Media & Tech Correspondent based at the network’s Los Angeles Bureau. She covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology. Boorstin also plays a key role on CNBC’s bi-coastal tech-focused program “TechCheck” (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET/8AM-9AM PT) delivering reporting, analysis and interviews around streaming, social and the convergence of media and technology. She joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter and in 2007 moved to Los Angeles to cover media.

In 2013, Boorstin created and launched the CNBC Disruptor 50, an annual list she oversees, highlighting the private companies transforming the economy and challenging companies in established industries. Additionally, she reported a documentary on the future of television for the network, “Stay Tuned…The Future of TV.” She also helped launch CNBC’s ‘Closing the Gap’ initiative covering the people and companies closing gender gaps, and leads CNBC’s coverage of studies on this topic. She is currently writing a book called, “WHEN WOMEN LEAD: What they achieve, Why they succeed, and How we can learn from them,” about female founders that Simon & Schuster’s Avid Reader imprint is publishing in October 2022.

Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine where she was a business writer and reporter since 2000. During that time, she was also a contributor to “Street Life,” a live market wrap-up segment on CNN Headline News.

In 2003, 2004 and 2006, The Journalist and Financial Reporting newsletter named Boorstin to the “TJFR 30 under 30” list of the most promising business journalists under 30 years old. She has also worked for the State Department’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and for Vice President Gore’s domestic policy office.

She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.A. in history. She was also an editor of The Daily Princetonian.

Morgan Brennan

Morgan Brennan is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime” (M-F, 4PM-5PM ET), which broadcasts live from CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Previously, she was co-anchor of the 10AM ET hour on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” She joined the network in December 2013 as a general assignment reporter based at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and continues to cover a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, and defense and space. She is also host of the CNBC podcast, Manifest Space.

Prior to joining CNBC, Brennan was a staff writer and reporter for Forbes Media where she reported for Forbes Magazine, ForbesLife Magazine and Forbes.com, most recently covering real estate. She began her career at Forbes in 2009, holding several positions including anchor/reporter and producer for the Forbes Video Network, covering a wide range of business and finance topics.

Previously, Brennan was a regular guest on a variety of networks discussing business and economic stories and also interned at Newsweek International, where she was a fact-checker and contributing writer.

Brennan has interviewed billionaires, heads of state, thought leaders and chief executives of multibillion-dollar corporations and her profile story on Equity Group Investments chairman Sam Zell was one of five magazine covers featured on the 2013 Forbes 400 issue.

Brennan is a board member of the non-profit City Year New York. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University, majoring in Social Science with a double concentration in Anthropology and Media Studies.

Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer believes there is always a bull market somewhere, and he wants to help you find it. He is host of CNBC's "Mad Money," (M-F, 6PM ET) featuring lively guest interviews, viewer calls and most important, the unmatched, fiery opinions of Cramer himself. He serves as the viewer's personal guide through the confusing jungle of Wall Street investing—navigating through both opportunities and pitfalls with one goal in mind—to help them make money.

Cramer is also co-anchor of the 9 a.m. ET hour of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" (M-F, 9AM-11AM ET) and the founder of TheStreet, a multimedia provider of financial commentary.

He graduated from Harvard College where he was president and editor-in-chief of the prestigious daily, The Harvard Crimson. After graduation, he became a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat and later for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, where he covered stories ranging from homicides to sporting events.

Cramer is a former hedge fund manager and founder/owner and senior partner of Cramer Berkowitz. His compounded rate of return was 24 percent after all fees for 14 years at Cramer Berkowitz. He retired from his hedge fund in 2001, where he finished with one of the best records in the business, including having 36 percent-plus year in 2000.

He helped Steve Brill launch American Lawyer magazine before attending Harvard Law School and earning a law degree. Upon graduating and passing the New York State Bar Examination and being admitted to the N.Y. State Bar, Cramer joined Goldman Sachs in sales and trading. While at Goldman, Cramer wrote for The New Republic about stock market issues.

In December 2013, he published the book, "Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully," in which he creates a guide to high-yield, low-risk investing. Cramer is also the author of "Jim Cramer's Getting Back to Even," "Stay Mad for Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich," "Mad Money: Watch TV, Get Rich," "Jim Cramer's RealMoney" and "Confessions of a Street Addict."

Kate Rooney

Kate Rooney is a technology reporter based out of CNBC’s San Francisco bureau, with a focus on financial technology, payments and venture capital. She also writes and reports for CNBC’s digital platforms.

Rooney joined CNBC in 2015 as a news associate before working as a producer for CNBC’s “Squawk Box” (M-F, 6AM-9AM ET) and was most recently a markets reporter for CNBC.com.

She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in communication and earned her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where she received an Eric Lund Global Reporting and Research Grant to film and produce a documentary in the Philippines. She also worked as a multimedia reporter in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015 with a focus on housing and politics.


*Agenda subject to change. Additional speakers to be announced.


Welcome and Sponsor Remarks

Tyler Mathisen, CNBC “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor & Vice President, Events Strategy
Amanda Hindlian, NYSE Global Head of Capital Markets 


Ready to Run? The Road Ahead for Peloton

When the pandemic forced gyms to close and people to stay inside, Peloton was ready. Memberships more than doubled in 2020, and Peloton shares soared as it became the quintessential “stay-at-home stock.” But it’s been a bumpier road in 2021, from treadmill safety issues to revived competition post-reopening. The co-founder of the two-time CNBC Disruptor leads off our summit to talk about keeping the brand strong, the customers loyal, and the equipment safe.  

Tom Cortese, Peloton Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer
Interviewer: Julia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech Correspondent
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Disruption in Action: How to Repair a Broken Supply Chain

The global supply chain is a mess. Costs are skyrocketing, along with delays and warnings to consumers to do their Christmas shopping ASAP. How can technology help? In this panel, the founders of two Disruptor 50 logistics companies talk about the short-term pain, the long-term opportunities, and what it will take to put the broken supply chain back together.  

Kevin Marchetti, Lineage Co-Executive Chairman and Bay Grove Co-Founder
Oren Zaslansky, Flock Freight Founder & CEO 
Moderator: Morgan Brennan, CNBC “Squawk on the Street” Co-Anchor
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Disruption in Action: The Business of Battling Climate Change

Each year, CNBC asks Disruptor 50 nominees whether their companies have a social or environmental mission. Most of them say yes, but few are actually making money. BlocPower and Footprint, both first-time CNBC Disruptor 50 companies, are the exception. Each has a business model that takes on climate change directly. Their CEOs join us to talk about the business of doing well by doing good. 

Donnel Baird, BlocPower Co-Founder & CEO
Troy Swope, Footprint Co-Founder & CEO 
ModeratorJulia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech Correspondent
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Disruption in Action: AI Accelerated

Global spending on artificial intelligence systems has nearly tripled since 2019, and it’s set to more than double again by the end of 2025, according to IDC.  Hear from a pair of disruptors driving the accelerated adoption of AI’s many promising applications, from supercharging software development to stopping ransomware attacks.

Lior Div, Cybereason Co-Founder & CEO
Ali Ghodsi, Databricks Co-Founder & CEO
ModeratorKate Rooney, CNBC Technology Reporter
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2021’s Top Disruptor

2021 is the year Robinhood made its mark and became a household name. CEO Vlad Tenev has lived a lifetime in 10 months:, from securing emergency funding in January to help the company manage unprecedented volatility, to testifying to Congress and enduring criticism of its “payment for order flow” business model, to taking the company public in July and immediately getting swept up in a meme stock-like frenzy of its own. After all that, Robinhood is a $30+ Billion public company. And it’s just the beginning. 

Vlad Tenev, Robinhood Co-Founder & CEO
Interviewer: Jim Cramer, CNBC Host of “Mad Money” & Co-Anchor “Squawk on the Street”
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Disruptor 50 Exchange: Investing in Disruption

Stay late with us to review the days disruptive ideas and investable trends. Join this interactive session with partners from two leading Venture Capital firms. Guests attending the session can request to share their audio and video to ask their questions directly to our speakers.

Sarah Guo, Greylock Partner
Ravi Gupta, Sequoia Partner
ModeratorJulia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech Correspondent 


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