At last year’s NYC Disrupt, we had a star-studded lineup. Ron Conway, Tim Armstrong, Carol Bartz, Jack Dorsey, Dennis Crowley, Yuri Milner, and Sean Parker, just to name a few.
This year promises another awesome cast of speakers, and we can’t wait to tell you who will be there.
Beginning today, we will announce new guests each week until we name them all.
For starters, Charlie Rose, who interviewed legendary VC John Doerr last year, will be back. Nobody gets big-name subjects to open up like Rose. Disrupt in New York City wouldn’t be the same without him. We are also ecstatic to welcome back super angel investor Ron Conway of SV Angel and super VC Roelof Botha of Sequoia Capital. Both are in the business of finding and funding the most disruptive startups out there, which is what the conference is all about. And joining us this year for the first time will be our own Arianna Huffington, who knows a thing or two about shaking up staid industries.
That’s not all we are excited to announce today. Disrupt NYC is so big this year, we have taken over a whole Pier in New York City. That’s right, we will be holding the year’s Disrupt NYC at Pier 94—overlooking the beautiful Hudson River in west Midtown Manhattan. Located at 711 12th Avenue (at 55th Street & the West Side Highway), this venue is by far the largest venue we’ve ever had. At over 133,000 sq. ft., this year’s main stage will be an unforgettable launch platform.
Not only do we have an amazing venue, we have partnered with Oyster.com who will provide a Disrupt hotel reservation list PLUS your very own Disrupt Concierge Service for all Disrupt conference attendees. To make this even better, Oyster.com is also giving an additional 20% off room rates. You can read more about it here.
This is one event you don’t want to miss. If you would like to be a part of this year’s Disrupt, tickets are available HERE. Be sure to purchase them soon for the best prices because as we lead up to the event, the prices will increase. We want to give everyone a chance at coming, so if you are feeling lucky and really want to come, we are giving 1 free ticket away every week. Look for our next giveaway this Friday!
Angel Investor, SV Angel
Ronald Conway has been an active angel investor for over 15 years. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005) whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail. Ron was recently named #6 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top “deal-makers” in 2008 and is actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. Ron is Vice Chairman of the UCSF Medical Foundation in SF, Board Member of The Tiger Woods Foundation, and SF Homeless Connect, and on the Benefit Committee of Ronald McDonald House, College Track, and the Blacked Eyed Peas-PeaPod Academy Foundation.
Partner, Sequoia Capital
Roelof Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital focusing on financial services, cloud computing, bioinformatics, consumer internet and mobile companies. Roelof sits on the boards of Aliph, Eventbrite, Mahalo, Meebo, Nimbula, Square, TokBox, Tumblr, Unity and Xoom. Roelof is a champion of consumer Web plays and considers himself as “just another consumer. Roelof’s previous investments at Sequoia include Insider Pages and YouTube. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2003, Roelof served as the Chief Financial Officer of PayPal during its sale to eBay. Earlier, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Roelof is a certified actuary (Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries).
Co-founder and Editor-In-Chief, The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of eleven books including her latest, “On Becoming Fearless… in Love, Work, and Life”. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She is co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program, and a frequent guest on television shows such as “Charlie Rose,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Inside Politics,” “Larry King Live,” “Hardball,” and “Countdown”. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Host, Charlie Rose Show
Charlie Rose is an American television interviewer and journalist. He entered television journalism full-time in 1974, when he became the managing editor of the PBS series Bill Moyers’ International Report. He currently hosts the Charlie Rose Show, where he has developed a reputation as a skilled interviewer.