Who’s coming to Disrupt NYC this year, you may ask? Well, we aren’t going to reveal all of the fun surprises we have in store quite yet, but we are excited to announce a couple key speakers who will be joining us this year. This year’s lineup kicks off with a strong set of Silicon Valley greats and New York tech titans.
Roelof Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital and is in the business of finding the most disruptive startups out there. As many know, Ron Conway puts the “super” in super angel. Dennis Crowley, the co-founder of Foursquare will also be joining us, along with Square’s Keith Rabois and top investor Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures.
These five compelling speakers are just a quick preview of all of the guests who will be there. As they stroll through Startup Alley, which companies will catch their eye this year? Stay tuned for more announcements of our guest speakers, ticket giveaways and a few surprises each week as we get closer to the event.
Disrupt NYC kicks off on May 19th with our 24-hour Hackathon, with the main event starting May 21st and going through the 23rd.
As always, Disrupt NYC will be a huge event filled with industry stars, new startups, amazing guest speakers and judges, incredible hackers, after parties, and much more. If you’d like to become a part of the Disrupt experience and learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jeanne Logozzo for more information. If you are a startup who would like to be considered for the Startup Battlefield, please submit your applications here. Applications will be closed on Sunday, April 1st, at 11:59pm Pacific.
Come join us. Get your tickets now.
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).
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’s 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 Black Eyed Peas’ PeaPod Academy Foundation.
Dennis Crowley is a co-founder of Foursquare, a location-based social networking service. Previously, he co-founded Dodgeball, a network of the same nature which sold to Google in 2005. He has been named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT’s Technology Review magazine (2005) and has won the “Fast Money” bonus round on the TV game show Family Feud (2009). His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time Magazine, Newsweek, MTV, Slashdot and NBC. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Keith Rabois is Chief Operating Officer at Square where he oversees the company’s business operations including marketing, communications, business development, distribution, human resources and risk management. Keith specializes in transforming early-stage startups into successful businesses and has deep expertise in the financial services industry and government affairs.
An accomplished executive, entrepreneur and angel investor, Keith has held leadership roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and began his career practicing law at Sullivan & Cromwell. Keith was an early investor in several high-profile Internet companies including YouTube and currently serves on the board of directors of Yelp and Xoom. Keith holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University.
Partner, Union Square Ventures
Fred Wilson began his career in venture capital in 1987. He has focused exclusively on information technology investments for the past 17 years. In 1996, Fred co-founded Flatiron Partners. While at Flatiron, Fred was responsible for 14 investments including, ITXC, Patagon, Starmedia, TheStreet.com and Yoyodyne. Fred currently serves on the boards of Alacra, Comscore, iBiquity, Return Path, Instant Information and Tacoda Systems.