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 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 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 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 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 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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Anna is SoFi’s Chief People Officer, responsible for the company’s total talent strategy. Her career spans large, global organizations with fast-paced growth environments, and she has a breadth of experience building teams and business. Prior to SoFi, Anna led HR for Tesla’s EMEA region. She previously spent 14 years at Stryker, where she began her career in product operations and business unit leadership before she transitioned into several HR functions. Anna holds a BA in Communications and an MBA from the University of Arizona.
Adam Davidson is Founder and CEO of Masterful Storytelling, a company that helps founders and funders engage investors, leadership teams, customers, and others through a more powerful company story.
Adam co-founded NPR’s Planet Money and was economics writer for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. His book, The Passion Economy, was named a best business book of the year by Amazon’s editors. Adam’s clear, compelling economic reporting has won many major awards, including a Peabody, Polk, and Columbia-DuPont. He often consults with Hollywood on films dealing with finance, including The Big Short, Dumb Money, and others. He lives in Vermont.
Emilie Gerber is the founder & CEO of Six Eastern, a tech PR agency that works exclusively with startups and VC firms, specializing in fast-moving, high-impact communications programs that put results first. Prior to starting Six Eastern, Emilie worked at Uber where she led communications for the Business Development team. Before that, she worked on Product Communications at Box.
Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne is CEO of Wocstar Capital, and co-founder of the Wocstar Fund, an early-stage venture fund that invests in the future of consumption and innovation using a female arbitrage strategy -- women of color tech entrepreneurs (“WOCstars”). Gayle (pronounced: Gay-lä) was named "10 Women Changing the Landscape of Leadership" by the New York Times, March 2021 and Top 10 Women of Influence in Venture Capital by Venture Capital Journal, July 2022. She is an instructor at Wocstar Academy and co-founder of the Ally Capital Collab, an initiative to tackle systemic underinvestment in women of color fund managers.
Gayle has over 30+ years of wall street, technology, philanthropy, training, and professional speaking experience. She is a former mergers and acquisitions banker at JPMorgan. She led the capital/planning effort for the Cinema High School, 1st public high school of its kind. She began her career at Sun Microsystems.
She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, the University of Michigan, and an attendee of the National University of Singapore and the City of London Polytechnic.
Gayle is President of The Nantucket Project Academy and former board member of Women.NYC, NYC Economic Development Corporation and current board member of BE.NYC (Black Entrepreneurs), NYC Department of Small Business Services. Gayle is a 2022 recipient of the U.S. Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, 2021 Tri-Delta Woman of Achievement Award. Associate Producer of "Thoughts of a Colored Man" a Broadway play (October 2021) and investor in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf” (April 2022) which was nominated for seven Tony Awards.
Paolo Juvara joined Pure Storage in 2021 as Chief Digital Transformation Officer. With more than 25 years of software development leadership, he is responsible for leading the IT organization and defining the strategy for the systems, technology and tools running Pure’s data-centric, secure business operation. Prior to joining Pure, Paolo was the VP of Engineering and CIO for Google Cloud, leading an organization whose mission is to build the next generation of enterprise applications to drive scale and power the growth of Google Cloud. Before Google, Paolo was the Group Vice President of Oracle Application Labs. Paolo has lived and worked in four different countries (France, Italy, Spain, and US) and graduated from Politecnico di Milano with a degree in Electronic Engineering and a specialization in Software Engineering.
Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Ph.D., is the Barrett Hazeltine Associate Professor of the Practice of Engineering at the School of Engineering and the Founder and Director of the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab at the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University. The Lab focuses on understanding and solving funding inequities in the VC industry through data-driven research, education, and advocacy. Banu’s research interests are mainly in the areas of organizational culture and inclusion in venture capital and innovation ecosystems. Based on her expertise, Banu was invited to provide testimony on women and minority investors and entrepreneurs at the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship hearing on SBIC program reauthorization and has been a speaker on topics related to inclusion and innovation at the Harvard Business School, Brookings Institution, and Oxford University among others. Recently, Banu contributed her expertise to a Brookings Institute publication on why the CHIPS and Science Act won’t build an inclusive innovation ecosystem on its own. She is an advisory board member at the Entrepreneur Forum, and the NASDAQ Venture Equity Project and serves as a consultant to organizations that want to build inclusive and innovative cultures.
Martin is the Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute and one of BCG's most prolific strategic minds. He is a regular contributor to HBR, MIT SMR, Fortune and other management journals on business strategy and management, as well as a regular public speaker and a repeat TED@BCG presenter.
Martin is co-author of The Imagination Machine, an executive’s guide to systematically harnessing imagination for corporate reinvention and rejuvenation. He also co-wrote Your Strategy Needs a Strategy, which proposes the strategy palette as a tool to enable business leaders to tune their approach to strategy to the environment of each business. Martin is the editor of the Inspiring the Next Game book series, published by De Gruyter. Finally, he is the host of the BCG Henderson Institute's flagship Thinkers & Ideas podcast.
Since joining BCG in 1989, Martin has led a broad range of strategy assignments in the Financial Institutions, Consumer Goods, Industrial Goods and Health Care sectors. He has particular expertise in the areas of adaptive strategy, strategy for multi-business systems, sustainability strategies, ecosystem strategies, collective learning and innovation, corporate vitality, and trust.
Martin holds an MBA from Cranfield University School of Management and an MA in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Ellie Shephard is currently the Chief People Officer at a $2.5 billion hedge fund in the Bay Area, where she develops and implements programs to acquire, develop, and retain a top-performing, diverse team for the company. She is passionate about people programs and strategies that contribute to business success while focusing on team members as individuals.
Ellie is passionate about building transformational, cutting-edge teams, as well as innovative ways to build diverse communities. Ellie has also been the featured speaker at multiple financial services industry events, including but not limited to 100 Women in Hedge Funds, LinkedIn Talent Connect, JP Morgan - Disabilities in the Workplace, and multiple Cornell University ILR panels on Human Capital Management.
Ellie has nearly 20 years of experience as a Human Resources leader, primarily in the financial services industry. She began her career at Goldman Sachs within their Human Capital Management Division, where she concentrated on recruitment, strategic hiring, and diversity. Ellie continued her focus on recruitment strategy in a global role as a vice president for JP Morgan before becoming a vice president and Human Resources Business Partner within their Asset Management division. She left JP Morgan to join a 10-billion-dollar hedge fund, as their Global HR and Talent Management Director. Lured by the appeal of the Bay Area, Ellie rejoined JP Morgan Chase as Executive Director, Regional Head of West in San Francisco. While there, she spearheaded a program to decrease workplace bias in partnership with the Neuro Leadership Institute. After a brief stint as Regional Head of People Practices for a commercial real estate firm, Ellie returned to financial services when she joined the executive team in her current role.
Ellie holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is a member of the WEC-CNBC Council as well as CHIEF, a network for C-Suite women. She is an elected member of the Cornell University External Recruitment Advisory Committee, as well as an active alumna and speaker at Cornell events.
Ellie currently lives in Marin with her husband, Peter. She spends her time volunteering with and serving on the Board of Directors for 10,0000 Degrees, an organization devoted to getting young people from low-income backgrounds to and through college.
Nizar Tarhuni leads the institutional research and editorial departments at PitchBook. He is responsible for managing the firm’s investment strategy, fund performance and emerging technology research offerings, in addition to a daily news product tailored to private market investors and advisors. Tarhuni is credited for developing PitchBook’s first institutional-grade research product and under his leadership, the team has grown to include over 130 global analysts and journalists. He led the acquisition of Leveraged Commentary & Data (LCD) from S&P and is now responsible for those news and research organizations. Tarhuni also serves on PitchBook’s executive leadership team, helping drive corporate planning and strategic initiatives across the organization. Tarhuni received a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Linfield University.
John Wall is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Cadence, and is responsible for financial strategy, global finance and operations, strategic sourcing, enterprise data & analytics, as well as capital allocation, investor relations, strategic and tax planning, treasury, workplace resources, m&a and integrations. A 25 year veteran at Cadence, Wall previously served as Corporate Controller and in a number other finance and operational roles, starting in Cadence's Dublin, Ireland office before moving to San Jose Headquarters in 2015 where he was internally promoted to CFO. Early in his career at Cadence, Wall implemented the company’s international corporate structure, and was instrumental in the creation of several of the company’s sales models and its transition to a recurring revenue model. Today, Wall is focused on accelerating Cadence's Intelligent System Design strategy, maximizing long-term shareholder value, and driving continuous improvement in the financial performance for which Cadence is known. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an NCBS from the Institute of Technology, Tralee in Ireland.