Day one of londonbusinessblog.com Disrupt is in the rearview mirror, and what a great day it was! We hope you’re well rested and well fed, as day two – October 19th – will be full of action, connection and opportunity.
Latecomers are still welcome: Buy a pass here.
Okay, let’s take a look at just some of the sessions, speakers, and events you don’t want to miss. You can find all day programs, stage locations and times in the Disrupt agenda – and in your handy event app.
Expo hall and demo stands
Head to the expo hall every day to see early-stage startup Battlefield 200 exhibitors and sponsor booths.
Women of Disrupt Breakfast
Receptions | 08:30
londonbusinessblog.com and Elpha invite you to network with other women from Disrupt while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Arrive early to grab breakfast and a seat as this is always one of our most popular receptions at Disrupt. Breakfast is first come, first served.
Live on stage: londonbusinessblog.com’s chain reaction
TC Plus Stage | 9:05 a.m.
Join Anita Ramaswamy, Jacquelyn Melinek and Lucas Matney for a live podcast recording of Chain Reaction as they unpack and explain the latest crypto news, drama and trends, breaking it down block by block for the crypto-curious. Come for the news and analysis, stay for the jokes – and breakfast!
After the Boom: what the future holds for the space economy
TC Plus Stage | 12:10 pm
An unprecedented decade of growth and investment has taken the space industry to ever greater heights. Today, the changing financing landscape and uncertain global economic outlook pose new challenges for space operators seeking to convert their innovative technologies and concepts into sustainable companies. Join Tess Hatch, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners, Steve Isakowitz, President and CEO, The Aerospace Corporation, Pete Muend, Director, Commercial Systems Program Office, National Reconnaissance Office, and Melanie Stricklan
CEO & Co-Founder, Slingshot Aerospace, as they discuss what lies beyond this economic turbulence and the role government can play as a non-equity investor supporting the development of critical technologies in the national interest.
Solving the supply chain crisis with autonomous trucks
TC Plus Stage | 2.10 pm
From pandemics to staff shortages to seized ports, global disruptions have exposed the fragility of the supply chain. Transforming an age-old industry isn’t easy and doesn’t happen overnight, but TuSimple is building a new kind of supply chain called the Autonomous Freight Network (AFN) to help us get the food, medicine and gadgets that we need to get safely, with a lower carbon footprint and at a lower cost. Join TuSimple CEO, Xiaodi Hou and learn how your startup can benefit from integrating your technology into the AFN or by using autonomous freight capacity to reduce the impact on your business from outside forces.
How To Make First Dollars In A Tougher Market – The Venture Perspective
TC Plus Stage | 2:45 pm
It is now clear that the venture market has changed this year. That means founders looking to raise initial capital for their startup cannot follow last year’s playbook and expect results. So what do founders need to know and how can they best grab investors’ attention in a market where the rules are changing? Annie Case, partner, Kleiner Perkins; Jomayra Herrera, partner, Reach Capital; and Sheel Mohnot, co-founder and GP, Better Tomorrow Ventures, will share the real nuts and bolts of early 2022 fundraising.
londonbusinessblog.com Startup Battlefield presented by Capital Connect by JP Morgan
Disrupt phase | 10:55 & 14:40
londonbusinessblog.com’s iconic startup competition is back, as entrepreneurs from around the world pitch expert judges and compete for the Startup Battlefield Cup and $100,000.
How OnlyFans Changed the Oldest Internet Industry
Disrupt phase | 1:15 PM
Nothing drives technological innovation like sex. But after earning billions in revenue and providing a stable income for thousands of adult creators, OnlyFans dropped a bomb: it would ban porn. After the creator’s reservations, those plans didn’t last long – the founding CEO stepped down and now new CEO Amrapali Gan and Chief Strategy and Operations Officer Keily Blair are in charge. Hear from these newly installed execs about what their leadership means for OnlyFans.
Disrupt phase | 13:45 o’clock
Launched in 2020, Solana gained worldwide fame as one of the fastest blockchains with a rapidly growing developer ecosystem. It may be the best known of the “Ethereum Killers” for its speed and low transaction costs, but its rise has not been without hurdles. Hear from creator Anatoly Yakovenko about the opportunities and challenges ahead as Solana aims to bring web3 to mobile devices in a drive for mass adoption.
Responsible scaling: talking about ESG and DEI
Round table discussion | 11 a.m.
Organizations with a genuine and transparent commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, and diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) have become increasingly attractive to both investors and customers. But with such a wide range of possible approaches and solutions, it can be daunting for organizations to decide what to focus on first. We’ll be sharing insights and examples from a few companies that are taking bold steps in ESG and diversity, and we’d love to hear what you’re implementing or considering trying. Let’s draw on each other’s experiences and brainstorm ways to better support both people and the planet as we grow. Margaret Glover Campbell. COO, virtual gurus.
Prices for competitive advantage
Round table discussion | 11:30
Price is a startup’s primary tool for positioning and growth, yet 85% of companies (even the large ones) have sub-optimal pricing strategies. In this session, join Andy Rooks, founder of Price Theory, to discuss how to approach value-based pricing and answer your questions about pricing a startup for competitive advantage and growth.
Hacking Hiring: Building an A-Team Without a Big Company Budget
Round table discussion | 1:00 pm
The success of your business depends on your ability to hire and retain talent, but hiring has become a hugely complex and expensive process. As a startup founder, how can you build an A-team without a big company budget? Join Anna Buldakova, co-founder and CEO of Vektor AI to discuss some of the recent trends, research findings, and founding lessons to help you answer that question. – How to create a job description that stands out from thousands of others – How to hire people from top companies – How to balance different seniority levels – What budding founders need to know about hiring Gen Z – What psychological principles to keep in mind to build an A team.
How startups can survive the recession with financial planning
Round table discussion | 03:00
Whether you’re looking for your first check or figuring out how to extend your last round of funding, the fundraising landscape has changed dramatically and holistic financial planning is more important than ever. Join Christina Ross, 3x CFO turned co-founder and CEO of FP&A platform Cube, and Mayfield partner Rajeev Batra for a candid talk about what startups need to survive today, including key metrics investors look to , finding the balance between growth and operational efficiency and more.
Tech Driven Biology and Chemistry: Solving Science’s Hardest Problems at Scale
Breakout Session | 10:00
Join leaders in the AI-Driven Drug Discovery market for a fireside conversation exploring how to build the next generation of digital biotech. Peyton Greenside of BigHat Biosciences, Jacob Berlin of Terray Therapeutics and Eric Zimmerman of AWS will discuss topics such as business building, science fact versus fiction, and the future of medicine. To understand how the intersection of biology and chemistry enables new techniques to develop new therapies through the lens of technology. Walk away with insights from startup founders about building and running a startup that are applicable across all industries.
How do you achieve Product Market Fit (PMF)?
Breakout Session | 11 a.m.
Nine out of ten startups fail, a significant number due to a lack of Product Market Fit (PMF). In this session, series entrepreneur Dheeraj Pandey (former Nutanix CEO and member of the Adobe Board of Directors) and the founders of the DevRev team discuss achieving PMF with today’s tools and technology. Each participant will also receive free access to DevRev and resources to reach PMF with samples and live walkthroughs. Reserve your seat in time before the space runs out.
Look beyond the survey to capture the true voice of the customer
Breakout Session | 1:00 pm
Global companies spend $90 billion a year on analytics and surveys to understand customer expectations and decisions. How can companies shift their perspective from cold, transactional data to the truth behind what’s going on with customers right now to better understand their purchasing decisions? Join Guilherme Cerqueira, the CEO of Worthix, who will detail case studies and give you tips on how to use AI-powered Voice of the Customer technology to streamline your iteration process to better track what your customers are saying about your business want.