at Disrupt Berlin

Off the Record Sessions

at Disrupt Berlin


Many Disrupt attendees are eager to engage with top founders, investors and technologists on critical topics. That’s why we created Off the Record (OTR) sessions, which provides just that opportunity.

During Disrupt we will offer a series of OTR sessions on big topics, including AI, cryptocurrencies, AR/VR, health and biotech and more. These sessions will take place in a more intimate setting away from the main stage.  The format consists of a small panel of experts (many of whom are also speakers or Battlefield judges at Disrupt) and a moderator, who will lead a discussion and take questions from the audience.

The OTR sessions will not be recorded and media will not be present, apart from a TechCrunch moderator. The goal is to give attendees at Disrupt an opportunity to go deep and exchange viewpoints and ideas on specific topics. The discussion portion of the OTR sessions will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a brief networking reception.

Space is limited and available on a first come-first serve basis. Check out the topics below we’ll be focusing on this year.


Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence is certainly one of the more hot topics happening in 2017 and recent tech developments are increasingly incorporating AI and machine learning into their products.

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Off the Record session

Tuesday 5 December | 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm | Workshop Room

  • Suranga Chandratillake

    Suranga Chandratillake

    Suranga Chandratillake joined Balderton as a Partner in 2014. He was previously an entrepreneur and engineer. Suranga founded blinkx, theintelligent search engine for video and audio content in Cambridge in 2004. He then lead the company for eight years as CEO through its journey of moving to San Francisco, building a profitable business and going public in London where it achieved a peak market capitalisation in excess of $1Bn.

    Before founding blinkx, Suranga was an early employee at Autonomy Corporation - joining as an engineer in the Cambridge R&D team and ultimately serving as the company's US CTO in San Francisco.

    Suranga has a MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He holds patents in the area of video discovery and online video advertising, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 and was chosen as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders in 2009.

    See Suranga Chandratillake's Crunchbase profile
  • Darja Gutnick
  • Marie Outtier

    Marie Outtier

    Marie Outtier is a co-founder and CEO at Aiden.

    See Marie Outtier's Crunchbase profile
  • William Tunstall-Pedoe

    William Tunstall-Pedoe

    William Tunstall-Pedoe is a British entrepreneur focused on world-changing products powered with Artificial Intelligence and other deep technology. He is based in Cambridge, UK and London but is also frequently in Toronto and both coasts of the US. His biggest recent achievement was founding the British company Evi, the AI platform acquired by Amazon and used to create Alexa. Today William focuses on advising and investing in other startups. He has personally invested in more than 40 early-stage technology startups, including Ada Health, where he is an investor and advisor.

    William is a full member of Cambridge Angels and a fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab in Toronto.

    See William Tunstall-Pedoe's Crunchbase profile
  • Josh Constine

    Josh Constine

    Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently an Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch.

    Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology.

    Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master's degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.

    Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes.

    Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has moderated over 100 on-stage interviews with leaders including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whistleblower Edward Snowden (via on-stage video conference), and U.S. Senator Cory Booker. He's been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more, plus has been featured on television on Good Morning, America, China Central Television, and Fox News. Constine is available for speaking gigs.

    [Disclosures: Josh Constine advised a college friend's social location-sharing startup codenamed 'Signal' that was based in San Francisco before dissolving in 2015. This advising role was cleared with AOL and TechCrunch's editors. Constine's cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of Niche, which connects social media stars to sponsorships from brands, and was acquired by Twitter. Constine has personal relationships stemming from college housing with founders at Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat, and Robinhood. Constine occasionally does paid speaking engagements at conferences funded by companies he does not cover. Constine owns a small position in Ethereum cryptocurrency.]

    See Josh Constine's Crunchbase profile


Technological innovations in the bio and health space are taking off, just look at how CRISPR technologies are redefining gene therapy treatments. These discoveries could potentially help us redefine not only how we treat disease but how we manufacture and grow food and other products.

Health & Biotech Off the Record Session

Tuesday 5 December | 2:30 – 3:45pm | Workshop Room

  • Xavier Duportet

    Xavier Duportet

    Xavier Duportet, 29, is a genome architect. He cofounded Eligo Bioscience in 2014, while doing his PhD in Synthetic Biology at MIT and INRIA. He raised $24M from Khosla Ventures and Seventure to develop a new generation of ultra-precise biotherapeutics to battle antibiotic-resistant bacteria and sculpt our microbiome using genetic engineering and CRISPR/Cas. He is an MIT TR35 and was elected French Innovator of the year by the MIT Technology Review in 2015. He was recently awarded French PhD-Entrepreneur of the year by the Foundation Norbert Segard, as one of the 40 under 40 Young Leaders in Europe, one of the 30 Under 30 by Forbes in 2017 and recently elected as a Technology Pioneer 2017 by the World Economic Forum.
    Xavier is also the founder and president of Hello Tomorrow, a global non-profit organization, operating in 45 countries, which goal is to accelerate the development of deeptech startups that transform disruptive scientific technologies into products or services to solve societal and industrial challenges.

    See Xavier Duportet's Crunchbase profile
  • Claire Novorol

    Claire Novorol

    Claire is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Ada, an AI-Powered Personal Health Companion that helps people to understand and manage their health.The platform enables people to self-assess their symptoms and identify possible causes and appropriate next steps. Following an assessment patients can also choose to share the details with an Ada clinician and receive on-demand chat-based clinical advice.

    Claire’s career has been guided by her deep interest in developing creative solutions to tackle real world problems. Throughout her career she has advised several health startups, and is also the founder of Doctorpreneurs - a global community of over 10,0000 medical professionals who share an interest in health entrepreneurship.

    Prior to founding Ada, Claire worked as a Paediatrician and Clinical Geneticist with the NHS. She also has a degree in Pathology and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge.

    See Claire Novorol's Crunchbase profile
  • Ida Tin

    Ida Tin

    Ida is the CEO and co-founder of the leading female health tracking app, Clue. Born in Copenhagen, Ida graduated from Denmark's prestigious creative business school, the KaosPilots. A lifelong entrepreneur, she previously led motorcycle tours around the world and published a book about her experience, “Direktøs” which became a Danish bestseller. She is recognized for coining the term "Femtech" to describe the sector of technology focused on improving women's health.

    See Ida Tin's Crunchbase profile
  • Tobias Stone

    Tobias Stone

    Founder at Brickowner.

    See Tobias Stone's Crunchbase profile

Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain

There's quite a bit of buzz around cryptocurrencies and blockchain, the underlying technology behind Bitcoin. The potential applications are myriad and many companies are figuring out how to best leverage this new tech.

Cryptocurrencies Off the Record Session

Monday 4 December | 4:00 – 5:15 pm | Workshop Room

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  • Mona El Isa

    Mona El Isa

    Former star-trader at Goldman Sachs, promoted to Vice President by the age of 26 and made the “top 30 under 30” list in Trader Magazine in 2008 and Forbes Magazine in 2011 after profitably trading the 2008 and 2011 crashes. Moved to Geneva-based macro fund Jabre Capital in 2011, before deciding in 2014 that the future of finance lay in blockchain technology. She studied Economics & Statistics at the University College London.

    See Mona El Isa's Crunchbase profile
  • Kavita Gupta

    Kavita Gupta

    Kavita is a recipient of UN social finance innovator award in 2015 for being an integral part of the founding green bond team at The World Bank. At ConsenSys, Kavita heads the unique VC-hedge fund, investing in next-generation blockchain technologies revolutionizing our current systems. Previously she has been running over $250M fund aligned with UN SDGs infusing capital in technologies providing first time or low-cost access around the world. She has set up innovative investment funds across East Africa, Middle East, South Asia and recently in the US for past 16 years through World Bank, IFC, McKinsey and The Schmidt Family office. She founded and headed World Bank's first innovation fund in 2010. She is on the board and advisor of various accelerators and foundations across the world like google accelerator social track, MIT Solve (Sr. Advisor), Vatican's Right Now foundation for impact investments, Mandela foundation etc. She is an MIT and Media lab alum.

    See Kavita Gupta's Crunchbase profile
  • Moshe Hogeg

    Moshe Hogeg

    Moshe is an accomplished serial entrepreneur in the technology sector. He is both chairman and co-founder of Singulariteam, a prominent Israeli tech venture capitalist vehicle. Moshe has played an active role across the development of SIRIN LABS, specifically in defining product functionality and underpinning technology.

    See Moshe Hogeg's Crunchbase profile
  • Tim M. Zagar

    Tim M. Zagar

    Tim Mitja Zagar is a co-founder and the CEO of the ICONOMI, the first global decentralized platform to manage digital assets, based on Ethereum technology. He started working on blockchain projects in 2013 with the goal of connecting the crypto field to the existing banking world. Prior to the ICONOMI, Tim was a co-founder of Cashila, the first bitcoin company with EU regulator approval to be registered as a financial institution. Soon he realized that more and more users want to invest in digital assets and not just paying with crypto currencies. For this reason he and his colleague Jani Valjavec founded the ICONOMI, a digital assets management platform that enables access to a variety of digital assets with the possibility of combining them and trading with them.

    See Tim M. Zagar's Crunchbase profile
  • John Biggs

    John Biggs

    John Biggs is a writer, consultant, programmer, former East Coast Editor and current contributing writer for TechCrunch. He writes mainly about technology, security, gadgets, gear, wristwatches, and the internet. After spending four years as an IT programmer, he switched his profession and became a full-time journalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Surge, Gizmodo, Men’s Health, InSync, Linux Journal, Popular Science, Sync, and he has written a book called Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age.

    He builds products, writes books, and consults with startups to help them make cool things.

    John Biggs runs the BWL family of blogs,, Audiomonger, and He also runs the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams at Born in 1975, he currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

    See John Biggs's Crunchbase profile


Fintech challenges established ideas but also provides an opportunity for existing market participants to diversify their product range, improve efficiencies, manage risk more effectively and reach a wider customer base.

Fintech Off the Record Session

Tuesday 5 December |11:30 am – 12:45 pm | Workshop Room

  • Tom Blomfield
  • Lamine Cheloufi

    Lamine Cheloufi

    Lamine Cheloufi is product director responsible for Wavy, the peer-to-peer payment offering from Klarna Bank AB. At Wavy, Lamine heads up an outstanding team that pushes the boundaries of technology, usability and design to create a unique user experience combined with state of the art security.
    Lamine's work at Wavy builds on a proven track record building payment products. He was previously the co-founder and Head of Product at Cookies, and Head of Product at Number26 & Papayer. Lamine graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a M.Sc. in Management and Information Technology, and last year Forbes made him one of the "30 Under 30: Finance

    See Lamine Cheloufi's Crunchbase profile
  • Christian Nagel

    Christian Nagel

    Dr. Christian Nagel is Co-Founder and Partner of Earlybird. Christian has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial and investment experience. He was Chairman of the Board of Tipp24 AG (Prime Standard Frankfurt Exchange: TIM) and Interhyp AG (Prime Standard Frankfurt Exchange: IYP), which returned more than 50x the original Earlybird investment. Up till the trade sale to SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC) he also served on the board of BridgeCo AG. He is currently on the boards of CrossEngage (Berlin), Cashboard (Berlin), N26 (Berlin), Smava (Berlin) and Tradico (Munich). Prior to founding Earlybird in 1997, Christian, together with a group of investors, acquired various companies from the Treuhandanstalt (the former East-German state holding) and gained operational experience. He was a shareholder and an Executive Director of HNP Präzisionsteile GmbH & Co. KG, SMB Industrieholding GmbH, DH Industrieholding Hohenthurm GmbH and a number of other subsidiary companies of these holding companies. Previously, Christian worked as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Co. Inc. focusing on restructuring, strategy and M & A projects within various industries. He holds a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree (Industrial Engineering, MSc equivalent) from the Technical University of Hamburg, specializing in process engineering and a PhD degree in management from the University of St. Gallen.

    See Christian Nagel's Crunchbase profile
  • Valentin Stalf

    Valentin Stalf

    Born in Vienna, Valentin studied Accounting & Finance (M.A. HSG) at the University of St. Gallen, Sophia University in Tokyo and the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. During his studies he worked in a number of fields including Strategy Consulting and Investment Banking/Mergers & Acquisition. Before he founded N26 together with Maximilian Tayenthal, he was with the Internet Incubator Rocket Internet as Entrepreneur in Residence and involved in building different companies

    See Valentin Stalf's Crunchbase profile
  • Romain Dillet

    Romain Dillet

    Romain Dillet is a Senior Writer at TechCrunch.

    Originally from France, Romain attended EMLYON Business School, a leading French business school specialized in entrepreneurship. He covers many things from mobile apps with great design to fashion, Apple, AI and complex tech achievements. He also speaks at major tech conferences. He likes pop culture more than anything in the world.

    He now lives in Paris when he's not on the road. He used to live in New York and loved it.

    He owns small amounts of various cryptocurrencies.

    See Romain Dillet's Crunchbase profile


The future of mobility will look vastly different from the one we currently experience. How will social, infrastructure and technological ecosystems coalesce to transform the way people and things get from place to place.

Robotics Off the Record Session

Monday 4 December | 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm | Workshop Room

  • James Harrison

    James Harrison

    James is CEO and co-founder of Sky-Futures. James is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and former corporate strategist with Deloitte. Passionate about data, he has pioneered the creation and commercialisation of proprietary cloud based drone inspection software, the use of AI for automated inspection techniques, and built a drone inspection service offering across 4 continents globally. James has raised over US $15m from venture capital and corporate investors including MMC Ventures, Bristow and Mitsui & Co.

    Keen on challenges, James has cycled 1,800 miles down the US west coast unsupported in 18 days and ran from London to Dover before cycling 1,400 miles unsupported to Gibraltar in 16 days, raising over £32k for various charities.

    See James Harrison's Crunchbase profile
  • Forrest Iandola

    Forrest Iandola

    Forrest Iandola completed a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, where his research focused on deep neural networks. His advances in scalable training and efficient implementation of deep neural networks led to the founding of DeepScale, where he is CEO. DeepScale is focused entirely on building perception and sensor fusion systems for autonomous vehicles, and DeepScale has a number of engagements with automakers and automotive suppliers.

    See Forrest Iandola's Crunchbase profile


    In 1981, aged just 15, he construed and built one of the first skateboard halfpipes in Germany together with a few friends. Whilst studying for his degree in civil engineering he developed his first patent and in his capacity as “Serial Entrepreneur” and self made man he is now an entrepreneur through and through. With his enthusiasm and his firm belief in his vision regarding mobility of the future in the third dimension he brings much innovative buzz to the whole team

    See ALEXANDER ZOSEL's Crunchbase profile
  • Rob Coneybeer

    Rob Coneybeer

    Rob co-founded Shasta Ventures in 2004, and is passionate about anything with an engine, including robots, satellites, and new modes of transportation. He is particularly interested in connected hardware, automotive, and The Internet of Things. At Shasta Ventures, his investments include Nest (acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in 2014), Fetch Robotics, Eero, Vector Launch Systems, and Turo.

    See Rob Coneybeer's Crunchbase profile

Disrupt Berlin Tickets

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