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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.

PAST EVENTS: 2020 | 2019

PAST SPEAKERS

Gail
Simmons

“Top Chef”

Gail Simmons is a Cookbook Author, Judge on “Top Chef” and Host of “Top Chef Amatuers.”

Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons is a cookbook author, judge on “Top Chef” and host of “Top Chef Amatuers.”

Tom
Colicchio

Crafted Hospitality; “Top Chef”

Tom Colicchio is Chef and Owner of Crafted Hospitality, and Head Judge on “Top Chef.”

Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio is Chef and Owner of Crafted Hospitality, and Head Judge on “Top Chef.”

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.

Gregg
Renfrew

Beautycounter

Gregg Renfrew is Founder and CEO of Beautycounter.

Gregg Renfrew

Gregg Renfrew is Founder and CEO of Beautycounter.

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.

PAST SPEAKERS

  • Gail Simmons

    “Top Chef”

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    Gail Simmons

    Gail Simmons is a cookbook author, judge on “Top Chef” and host of “Top Chef Amatuers.”

  • Tom Colicchio

    Crafted Hospitality; “Top Chef”

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    Tom Colicchio

    Tom Colicchio is Chef and Owner of Crafted Hospitality, and Head Judge on “Top Chef.”

  • 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.

  • Gregg Renfrew

    Beautycounter

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    Gregg Renfrew

    Gregg Renfrew is Founder and CEO of Beautycounter.

  • 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 was a co-founder and partner at Aspect Ventures. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Managing General Partner at Accel. Theresia has 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 led early investments in Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, The Muse, Crew, ShieldX and PredictHQ.

    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 9 times on the Forbes Midas List, including 2020, 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.

  • Chris Britt

    Chime

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    Chris Britt

    Chris Britt is Co-founder and CEO of Chime.

  • 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.

  • Leah Belsky

    Coursera

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    Leah Belsky

    Leah Belsky is Chief Enterprise Officer of Coursera.

  • Nick Desai

    Heal

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    Nick Desai

    Nick Desai is Co-Founder and CEO of Heal.

  • Rachel Carlson

    Guild Education

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    Rachel Carlson

    Rachel Carlson is Co-Founder and CEO of Guild Education.

  • Stacey Cunningham

    NYSE Group

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    Stacey Cunningham

    Stacey Cunningham is the President of the NYSE Group which includes the New York Stock Exchange and a diverse range of equity and equity options exchanges, all wholly owned subsidiaries of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE). She is the 67th President and the first woman to lead the NYSE Group in its 226 year history.

    Cunningham is a respected equities industry veteran having held senior positions in global exchanges throughout her career. Most recently, she was the NYSE Chief Operating Officer where she was responsible for NYSE’s four equity markets and two options markets. In this capacity she led the company’s strategy for its equities, equity derivatives and exchange-traded funds businesses. She also spearheaded the roll-out of NYSE’s state-of-the-art trading platform NYSE Pillar, one of the most ambitious technology programs ever completed by a global exchange.

    Prior to serving as COO, Cunningham was President of NYSE Governance Services, a provider of governance, compliance, and education solutions for companies and their boards. Cunningham also served as Head of Sales & Relationship Management at NYSE, where she managed the sales team for U.S. cash equities and options markets. Before joining NYSE, Cunningham held several senior positions at Nasdaq.

    Cunningham began her career on the NYSE trading floor where she served as a specialist.

    Cunningham earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

  • 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.

  • Frank Holland

    CNBC

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    Frank Holland

    Frank Holland is a general assignment reporter for CNBC based at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. He joined the network in September 2018.

    Before joining CNBC, Holland was an anchor and reporter at NBC 10 Boston and NECN. Previously, he was at WCVB in Boston where he spent two years covering breaking news, national stories and enterprising original series, including “Black in Boston.”

    Prior to Boston, Holland spent three years as an anchor/reporter at WGN-TV in Chicago, where he covered the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, the Republican and Democratic national conventions, as well as the National College Football Championship. He also held positions at NBC Affiliate WDIV in Detroit, News 12 in New York, and spent several years in television news in both the Virgin Islands and Alaska.

    Holland holds a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Kate Rooney

    CNBC

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    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.

  • Bertha Coombs

    CNBC

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    Bertha Coombs

    Bertha Coombs is a reporter for CNBC, covering financial markets, business news stories and health care throughout the business day. She is based at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square.

    Her health care coverage at CNBC has ranged from covering the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the failed launch of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, to how cancer researchers are using IBM's Watson to improve cancer care, and how doctors are using mobile technology to treat patients in their own homes. She also covered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the impact of the financial crisis of 2008, and reported on the oil markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile exchange.

    Before joining CNBC, Coombs was a reporter and anchor for the pioneering online business network, Yahoo Finance Vision, and served as a freelance reporter for the former CNNfn financial network. Prior, she served as a reporter for ABC News One, and a substitute anchor for "World News Now" and "World News This Morning."

    She began her career in general news, with previous reporting and anchoring positions at WABC-TV in New York, WPLG-TV in Miami and WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Coombs is a graduate of Yale University and was awarded the Leo Beranek Reporter Training Fellowship at WCVB-TV in Boston. Born in Havana, Cuba, she speaks fluent Spanish.

  • Riley de León

    CNBC

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    Riley de León

    Riley de León is an Associate Producer for CNBC. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an emphasis in strategic communications and entrepreneurship.

  • Lauren Thomas

    CNBC

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    Lauren Thomas

    Lauren Thomas is a reporter for CNBC in New York covering retail and retail real estate. She joined in January 2017 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied Business Journalism and Spanish. Thomas previously held internships at CNBC in San Francisco, Bloomberg and TheStreet. She was born in South Carolina and is the oldest of five kids.

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