Disruptor 50 Connect
October 4, 2023⎮5PM - 8PM PT⎮ San Francisco, CA

Disruptor 50 Connect

The Disruptor 50 is CNBC’s annual list of breakthrough venture-backed startups developing revolutionary new technology into scalable business models to challenge big public incumbents.

Join us in San Francisco for Disruptor 50 Connect, a newly reimagined event which combines high-level networking with a community of startup founders and CEOs, venture capitalists and other special invited guests and an engaging on-stage program hosted by CNBC Media and Tech Correspondent Julia Boorstin.


Omer Davidi

Omer is a renowned computer geek turned entrepreneur who has achieved two corporate exits and is a mentor at the Israeli Cyber Center. He is now focused on leading BeeHero in its efforts to safeguard the global food supply by promoting the health of bees and other pollinators. Understanding the vital role of pollinators in the ecosystem and the food supply chain, Omer’s mission is to future-proof agriculture by providing innovative solutions that ensure sustainable and healthy practices.

BeeHero is a technology-driven company committed to transparency, collaboration, and sustainability. Its cutting-edge technology delivers real-time data-driven insights to help growers and beekeepers make informed decisions to promote bee welfare and ensure a sustainable food supply. Omer’s passion for promoting sustainable agriculture stems from his love for nature and his commitment to future generations. He was also an Israeli Champion in horse showjumping and loves surfing.

Vijay Karunamurthy

Vijay Karunamurthy is the field Chief Technology Officer at Scale AI, where he works to democratize the capabilities of Generative AI and Large Language Models, partnering with large model providers, governments, and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Scale, Vijay was a Director of Engineering at Apple and Google, where he worked on applications of AI for personalizing human interfaces. Vijay was an early employee at YouTube (prior to the acquisition by Google), and led Search and Discovery as well as collaborations with media, entertainment, and advertising agencies. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Kim Scott

Kim Scott is the author of Just Work and Radical Candor and co-founder of a company that helps people put the ideas in her books into practice. Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and other tech companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and DoubleClick teams at Google.

Bijal Shah

Bijal Shah is the Chief Experience Officer and Head of Platform at Guild, a Public Benefit Corporation partnering with America’s largest companies to deliver employer-funded education, skilling, and career mobility services to their workforces.

As CXO, Shah drives a world class member experience for the millions of eligible employees Guild serves on its Career Mobility Platform(™) — with a mission of unlocking economic opportunity for America’s workforce. She leads teams that combine human expertise with technology in innovative ways, including product, technology, analytics, coaching, and customer success functions.

Shah’s work supports Guild’s partnerships with leading employers, including Walmart, Chipotle, Discover, Hilton, Target, The Walt Disney Company, and healthcare systems such as Providence Health and UC Health. Guild has earned recognition on Fortune’s Change The World List, as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies, and with Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Award.

Before Guild, Shah held executive roles at Ibotta and in corporate strategy at Visa. She works with the Board of Directors of Girls, Inc. and was named one of Denver Business Journals’ 40 Under 40 recipients. Shah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management. She lives in Denver with her husband and two children.

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.


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The companies on the 11th annual CNBC Disruptor 50 list are tackling some of society’s biggest challenges. Three leaders from this year’s list join us on stage to discuss the broader issues facing new and growing companies, from developing AI capabilities, to managing customer data, dealing with regulators, scaling and building brands, and much more. 

Omer Davidi, BeeHero Founder & CEO
Vijay Karunamurthy, Scale AI Field Chief Technology Officer
Bijal Shah, Guild Chief Experience Officer & Head of Platform
Moderator: Julia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech Correspondent 



“Being a CEO is a horrible job,” says renowned CEO coach and author Kim Scott. “You’re the CEO because you had no other choice.” And in Silicon Valley, amid an intense war for talent, and never-ending pressure to grow and innovate, the job of a startup CEO isn’t getting any easier. Help is here, though. For our keynote conversation, we deliver some radically candid advice for founders and CEOs.  

Kim Scott, Radical Candor Co-Founder 
Interviewer: Julia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech Correspondent




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