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 2020 in a new, expanded virtual celebration. At the summit, attendees will hear directly from founders and CEOs of 2020 Disruptor 50 companies, along with other special guest speakers, and have opportunities to meet and mingle in a customized virtual experience.

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SPEAKERS

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Jeff
Lawson

Twilio

Jeff Lawson is Founder and CEO of Twilio.

Jeff Lawson

Jeff Lawson is Founder and CEO of Twilio.

Maryam
Rofougaran

Movandi

Maryam Rofougaran is Co-founder, Co-CEO and COO of Movandi.

Maryam Rofougaran

Maryam is a transformational inventor, technology executive, and entrepreneur in the field of electrical engineering, with a focus on wireless technologies. She was co-founder of Innovent Systems in 1998, and has been listed on the National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology. Maryam was instrumental in starting and building the wireless business at Broadcom and in growing it to annual revenues of more than $3 billion. Maryam holds over 250 issued patents.

Doug
Hirsch

GoodRx

Doug Hirsch is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GoodRx.

Doug Hirsch

Doug Hirsch is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GoodRx.

Leigh
Radford

P&G Ventures

Leigh Radford is SVP and General Manager of P&G Ventures.

Leigh Radford

Leigh Radford is SVP and General Manager of P&G Ventures.

Kobie
Fuller

Upfront Ventures

Kobie Fuller is a Partner at Upfront Ventures.

Kobie Fuller

Kobie brings to Upfront deep expertise in enterprise SAAS and emerging technologies including VR and AR. Over his career he has invested early in notable companies including Exact Target (sold to Salesforce for $2.5B) and Oculus (sold to Facebook for $2B).

Kobie joined Upfront in June 2016 after having previously been an investor at Accel. Prior to Accel, Kobie was the Chief Marketing Officer at LA-based REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion e-commerce players. Earlier in his career, Kobie helped found OpenView Venture Partners and was an investor at Insight Venture Partners. Kobie graduated from Harvard College.

Theresia
Gouw

aCrew Capital

Theresia Gouw is Founding Partner of aCrew Capital and Co-Founder of Aspect Ventures.

Theresia Gouw

Theresia Gouw is a founding Partner of aCrew Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that recently spun out from Aspect Ventures. In 2014, Theresia co-founded Aspect Ventures where she served as a Partner and led early investments in Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, The Muse, Crew, ShieldX and PredictHQ. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Managing General Partner at Accel. Theresia been fortunate to work with many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions including: Forescout (FSCT), Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), Hotel Tonight (Airbnb), Astro (Slack; WORK), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS) and Kosmix (WMT).

As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding VP of Business Development and Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as a product manager at Silicon Graphics. Theresia graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received her MBA from Stanford University.

Theresia is a first-generation immigrant and a passionate supporter of educational causes and increasing diversity in the tech industry. Theresia was named to Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, has been recognized 8 times on the Forbes Midas List, including 2019, was named one of the 40 most influential minds in tech by Time Magazine, as well as being named to the Carnegie Corporation’s annual Distinguished Immigrants list.

Luis
von Ahn

Duolingo

Luis von Ahn is Founder and CEO of Duolingo.

Luis von Ahn

Luis von Ahn is Founder and CEO of Duolingo.

Luis von Ahn is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, the inventor of CAPTCHAs, and a MacArthur Fellow. He has sold two companies to Google and given popular TED talks.

Vishal
Garg

Better.com

Vishal Garg is Founder and CEO of Better.com.

Vishal Garg

Vishal Garg is Founder and CEO of Better.com.

SPEAKERS

  • JEFF LAWSON

    Twilio

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    JEFF LAWSON

    Jeff Lawson is Founder and CEO of Twilio.

  • MARYAM ROFOUGARAN

    Movandi

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    MARYAM ROFOUGARAN

    Maryam is a transformational inventor, technology executive, and entrepreneur in the field of electrical engineering, with a focus on wireless technologies. She was co-founder of Innovent Systems in 1998, and has been listed on the National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology. Maryam was instrumental in starting and building the wireless business at Broadcom and in growing it to annual revenues of more than $3 billion. Maryam holds over 250 issued patents.

  • DOUG HIRSCH

    GoodRx

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    DOUG HIRSCH

    Doug Hirsch is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GoodRx.

  • LEIGH RADFORD

    P&G Ventures

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    LEIGH RADFORD

    Leigh Radford is SVP and General Manager of P&G Ventures.

  • KOBIE FULLER

    Upfront Ventures

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    KOBIE FULLER

    Kobie brings to Upfront deep expertise in enterprise SAAS and emerging technologies including VR and AR. Over his career he has invested early in notable companies including Exact Target (sold to Salesforce for $2.5B) and Oculus (sold to Facebook for $2B).

    Kobie joined Upfront in June 2016 after having previously been an investor at Accel. Prior to Accel, Kobie was the Chief Marketing Officer at LA-based REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion e-commerce players. Earlier in his career, Kobie helped found OpenView Venture Partners and was an investor at Insight Venture Partners. Kobie graduated from Harvard College.

  • THERESIA GOUW

    aCrew Capital

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    THERESIA GOUW

    Theresia Gouw is a founding Partner of aCrew Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that recently spun out from Aspect Ventures. In 2014, Theresia co-founded Aspect Ventures where she served as a Partner and led early investments in Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, The Muse, Crew, ShieldX and PredictHQ. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Managing General Partner at Accel. Theresia been fortunate to work with many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions including: Forescout (FSCT), Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), Hotel Tonight (Airbnb), Astro (Slack; WORK), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS) and Kosmix (WMT).

    As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding VP of Business Development and Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as a product manager at Silicon Graphics. Theresia graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received her MBA from Stanford University.

    Theresia is a first-generation immigrant and a passionate supporter of educational causes and increasing diversity in the tech industry. Theresia was named to Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, has been recognized 8 times on the Forbes Midas List, including 2019, was named one of the 40 most influential minds in tech by Time Magazine, as well as being named to the Carnegie Corporation’s annual Distinguished Immigrants list.

  • LUIS VON AHN

    Duolingo

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    LUIS VON AHN

    Luis von Ahn is Founder and CEO of Duolingo.

    Luis von Ahn is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, the inventor of CAPTCHAs, and a MacArthur Fellow. He has sold two companies to Google and given popular TED talks.

  • VISHAL GARG

    Better.com

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    VISHAL GARG

    Vishal Garg is Founder and CEO of Better.com.

  • ALI GHODSI

    Databricks

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    ALI GHODSI

    Ali Ghodsi is the CEO and co-founder of Databricks, responsible for the growth and international expansion of the company. He previously served as the VP of Engineering and Product Management before taking the role of CEO in January 2016. In addition to his work at Databricks, Ali serves as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and is on the board at UC Berkeley’s RiseLab. Ali was one of the original creators of open source project, Apache Spark, and ideas from his academic research in the areas of resource management and scheduling and data caching have been applied to Apache Mesos and Apache Hadoop. Ali received his MBA from Mid-Sweden University in 2003 and PhD from KTH/Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden in 2006 in the area of Distributed Computing.

  • ALLON BLOCH

    K Health

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    ALLON BLOCH

    Allon Bloch is Co-Founder and CEO of K Health.

  • ERIC LEFKOFSKY

    Tempus

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    ERIC LEFKOFSKY

    Eric Lefkofsky is Founder and CEO of Tempus.

  • NICK DESAI

    Heal

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    NICK DESAI

    Nick Desai is Co-Founder and CEO of Heal.

  • JULIA BOORSTIN

    CNBC

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    JULIA BOORSTIN

    Julia Boorstin joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter. Later that year, she became CNBC's media and entertainment reporter working from CNBC's Los Angeles Bureau. Boorstin covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology.

    In 2013, Boorstin created and launched the CNBC Disruptor 50, an annual list 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."

    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.

AGENDA

2:00pm EDT

Program Start & Keynote Interview

A Profitable 2020: Twilio’s Epic Year
Jeff Lawson knows a thing or two about growing a company in challenging economic times. He founded Twilio, the cloud communications software company, during the worst days of the Great Recession. Now, in 2020, the four-time CNBC Disruptor 50 company has ridden a surge in revenue to surprise profitability, and seen its stock price triple (it’s up more than 2000% since its 2016 IPO). Lawson credits much of the success to a relentless focus on the customer’s needs. In this keynote conversation, Lawson tells the story of Twilio, and the future of digital transformation in the post-pandemic world.
Jeff Lawson, Founder & CEO, Twilio

2:30pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions

My Founding Journey
One-on-one interviews with 2020 Disruptor 50 Founders

Luis von Ahn, Founder and CEO, Duolingo
Doug Hirsch, Co-founder and Co-CEO, GoodRx
Maryam Rofougaran, Co-founder, Co-CEO and COO, Movandi

3:00pm EDT

Main Stage Sessions Continue

Venture Capital 2021
Kobie Fuller,
Partner, Upfront Ventures
Theresia Gouw, Co-founder, Aspect Ventures
Leigh Radford
, SVP and General Manager, P&G Ventures

3:30pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions

Disrupting…

…banking
Vishal Garg, Founder and CEO, Better.com

 

…COVID
Ali Ghodsi, Co-founder and CEO, Databricks
Eric Lefkofsky
, Founder and CEO, Tempus

 

…healthcare
Nick Desai, Co-founder and CEO, Heal
Allon Bloch
, Co-Founder and CEO, K Health

 

4:00pm EDT

Closing Keynote Session

Details TBA

4:30pm EDT

Program Concludes

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