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Announcing the Disrupt 2020 agenda

TechMatters
July 31, 2020

Announcing the Disrupt 2020 agenda

For the past 10 years, Disrupt has been a place for the tech society to come together to connect and learn. And while thousands of techies won’t be able to descend on the Moscone Center this year, the Disrupt present will most certainly go on.

On the conference’s 10 th anniversary, we’re coming to you virtually. This prepares Disrupt 2020 the most accessible Disrupt ever. But exactly because it’s virtual doesn’t mean that the founding principles of the reveal will change. Disrupt attendees will, of course, have full access to the Disrupt stage and the Extra Crunch stage, as well as virtual networking, interactive Q& A, a digital Startup Alley, and more. We’ll also be delivering sessions focused on Europe and Asia that are friendly for their respective season zones. More to be announced on that soon!

Some things have changed. For one, the show is running for five days instead of three, and each day will be shorter, extending from 9:00 am PT to approximately 1:30 pm PT. We’ve built networking period instantly into the agenda, and as with past years, CrunchMatch( our method for pair investors with inventors and connecting all attendees) will be running throughout the whole show. New this year are periods where venture capitalists assessing and suggest sets for Disrupt 2020 attendees pitch decks. More information about the Pitch Deck Teardown is obtained here.

We have some shocking talkers booked for this year, with more to be announced soon.

Today, we’d like to share with you a first look at the Disrupt 2020 agenda. More speakers will be added to this agenda, but we couldn’t defy giving you a peep under the hood.

Take a glance!

Monday, September 14

Love In The Time of COVID-1 9 with Whitney Wolfe-Herd( Bumble)

Whitney Wolfe Herd was on the founding squad at Tinder before plotting her own route with Bumble. The date app, which currently has more than 100 million users, makes the symbol front and center. During the past year, following a scandal at parent companionship Badoo, Wolfe Herd has made the reigns of the entire Magic Lab corporation, which owns Badoo, Bumble, Lumen and Chappy dating apps. Hear from Wolfe Herd about the future of online dating and how she’s bided down to earth during her meteoric rise to the top of the dating industry. Disrupt Stage

How to Raise Money in a Dumpster Fire with Anu Hariharan( Y Combinator ), Garry Tan( Initialized Capital ), and Hans Tung( GGV Capital)

Garry Tan started his first companionship, Posterous in 2008, so the Initialized Capital co-founder knows a thing or two about financial disasters and how they can affect fundraising. Hans Tung, GGV’s Midas-list dealmaker has realise downturns on three continents in his tenure investing in the US, China, and Latin american countries for the globe-spanning investment firm, while Anu Hariharan has expended the last decade putting companies through their speeds at BCG, A16Z, and quite recently, YC. They’ll be delivering the goods on how to get that gelt during this raging dumpster fire of a year. Extra Crunch Stage

The Business of Quantum with Alan Baratz( D-Wave Systems ), Peter Chapman( IonQ ), and Itamar Sivan( Quantum Machines)

Quantum compute is having a moment. We now have restriction but working hardware available from a number of vendors and there is a originating startup ecosystem that is creating a novel hardware approach and a new class of software tools to run these machines and planned them. In this panel, we’ll talk about what’s next for quantum estimating, the new challenges onward and the personas startups play in fulfilling the promise of this technology. Disrupt Stage

Planning for Your Startup’s Exit: The How’s and the When’s with Tracy Young( Coyote Family) and Michelle Zatlyn( Cloudflare)

When Cloudflare IPO’d last year it certainly wasn’t the end of its 10 time travel, and nor was it PlanGrid’s when it was acquired by Autodesk in 2018. Cloudflare’s Michelle Zatlyn and PlanGrid’s Tracy Young will guide us through both their respective company’s journey and their own as founders. Extra Crunch Stage

Pitch Deck Teardown with Charles Hudson( Precursor Ventures) and Aileen Lee( Cowboy Ventures)

Talk through the nuts and bolts of what makes a great deck( or not) with top investors as they go through your referred pitches live on stage. Extra Crunch Stage

Startup Battlefield Competition- Session 1

TechCrunch’s iconic startup competitor is back, as entrepreneurs from around the world pitch expert magistrates and vie for the Battlefield Cup and $100,000. Disrupt Stage

Zooming Into the Future with Eric Yuan( Zoom)

Zoom is not simply replaced the role meeting room, but the family dinner table and neighbourhood rail as well. Hear from Eric Yuan, Zoom’s founder CEO, about how his firm has treated historic swelling thanks to COVID-1 9, and what’s next for the popular endeavor, and consumer label. Disrupt Stage

How Things Get Built in the Middle of a Pandemic with Kate Whitcomb( Chrysalis Cloud ), Steven Yang( Anker ), and orator to be announced

How has COVID-1 9 affected how and where the stuff we use does constructed? We’ll hear from Anker CEO Steven Yang and Chrysalis Cloud CEO/ former HAX Partner Kate Whitcomb to learn more about how the world of manufacturing has had to adapt in 2020 and what might lay onward. Extra Crunch Stage

How to Scale a Tech-Powered Non-Profit with Tiffani Ashley Bell( The Human Utility)

We speak to Tiffani Ashley Bell, founder of The Human Utility, on what it took to build a platform that helps people pay their water proposals and how tech-powered nonprofits should think about scaling for social impact. Extra Crunch Stage

Tuesday, September 15

Getting to $100 M ARR with Vineet Jain( Egnyte ), Sid Sijbrandij( GitLab ), and Michal Tsur( Kaltura)

TechCrunch speaking with three private business that have reached the $ 100 million ARR( Annual Recurring Revenue) line. We’ll explore what they had to break, and rebuild in their companies as they scaled, and what they learned as they left the early-stages of startup living and built companies that are nearly ready to go public. Extra Crunch Stage

Looking into the Future with Roelof Botha( Sequoia Capital)

Botha is the U.S. head of Sequoia Capital. It’s a potent plight but it also comes with great responsibility, including to help steer the company’s portfolio corporations through the pandemic and its ripple effects. Hear how Botha is advising founders and why, even in trying times, he expects startup benefactors to reshape all countries of the world. Disrupt Stage

How to Craft your Pitch Deck for 2020 with Ann Miura-Ko( Floodgate ), Lo Toney( Plexo Capital ), and orator to be announced

Today you might be pitching by email, audio, video, VR or IRL to every type of investors around the globe. How do you tell your story in a way that reaches the right people the right way without you diverting too much time from building your corporation? The traditional deck of powerpoint slides still has a place, but you need to manage many more opportunities for fundraising, too. We’ll talk through the most recent tricks that benefactors are expend around the world. Extra Crunch Stage

Startup Battlefield Competition- Session 2

TechCrunch’s iconic startup rival is back, as inventors from around the world pitch expert magistrates and vie for the Battlefield Cup and $100,000. Disrupt Stage

Pitch Deck Teardown with Niko Bonatsos( General Catalyst) and Megan Quinn( Niantic)

Talk through the nuts and bolts of what makes a great floor( or not) with top investors as they go through your submitted tars live on stage. Extra Crunch Stage

How to Raise Your First Dollars with Alexa von Tobel( Inspired Capital Partners ), Hunter Walk( Homebrew ), and Ted Wang( Cowboy Ventures)

Deciding how to go about getting your initial funding is always a tricky subject, as the wrong move could adversely affect your young fellowship. In this session we’ll hear from experts who’ve shepherded several firms from the earliest to the latest fundraises. Extra Crunch Stage

The Next Generation of Media with Morgan DeBaun( Blavity) and Angie Nwandu( The Shade Room)

Blavity and The Shade Room have both demonstrated that Black gatherings are looking for digital publishers who speak to their experiences and interests. We’ll talk to their founders about how they did it, how they’re building scalable the enterprises and how other pamphlets can do a better task of reaching diverse publics. Disrupt Stage

How to Find the Right Users as the World Burns with Brian Balfour( Reforge ), Elliot Robinson( Bessemer Venture Partners ), and Susan Su( Sound Ventures)

Users in 2020 are divided across more and more stages and splintered by geographies. They’re likewise jaded about sell and have less fund than before the pandemic. So how do you find the right customers and audience members to build a business with your limited time and budget? Hear from the experts on large-hearted expansion commerce trends and cutting-edge tactics in key buy directs including SEO, social, email and more. Extra Crunch Stage

In the Big Leagues with Delane Parnell( PlayVS)

In a few short-lived years, PlayVS has put eSports leagues in high schools across the country, partnering with gaming giants and “schools “. The startup has raised $96 million with founder Delane Parnell at the helm , now they’re looking to expand their aims. With traditional “schools ” athletic programs likely to be profoundly impacted by COVID-1 9, will eSports recognize even greater adoption? Disrupt Stage

Wednesday, September 16

Making Bank with Mitchell Elegbe( Interswitch)

In 2002 Mitchell Elegbe founded digital finance startup Interswitch to connect Nigeria’s banking system. More than a decade later, his busines was estimated at over$ 1 billion and corroborates billions in digital payment act across Africa. Interswitch is poised to become Africa’s first major fintech firm to roster on a major exchange. Elegbe will discuss the future of digital finance and IPOs coming from Africa. Disrupt Stage

The Changing Landscape of Property Tech with Connie Chan( Andreessen Horowitz ), Merritt Hummer( Bain Capital Ventures ), and Brendan Wallace( Fifth Wall)

Connie Chan, general collaborator at Andreessen Horowitz, Merritt Hummer of Bain Capital Ventures and Brendan Wallace, co-founder and controlling spouse at Fifth Wall are at the center of these changes. These investors will discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in owned tech as well as suggestion for startups in service industries. Extra Crunch Stage

Little Wires Everywhere with Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is perhaps best known for her work in Hollywood, but she’s been making a name for herself in tech over the last few years. An investor in The Wing, Community and teeth-straightening service Byte, Washington’s portfolio consists of products and services that aim to give people a voice or improve their quality of life. In this fireside chat, Washington will discuss what introduced her into the tech industry, her speculation programme and the rise of streaming scaffolds. And, as an activist and someone who has spoken up about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, Washington will share her ends on diversity, inclusion and equity in tech. Disrupt Stage

Building a Startup During the “Work From Home” Revolution with Sarah Cannon( Index Ventures ), Sarah Guo( Greylock ), and Dave Munichiello( GV)

We’re delighted to bring together a trio of the world’s best expert investors on special topics and explore this critical trend further. Sarah Cannon is a partner at Index Ventures where she has backed such team productivity tools as Notion, focused messaging app Quill, and Pitch. Next we have Sarah Guo, who is a general spouse at Greylock where she has invested in Clubhouse, lineage benefits scaffold Cleo and several cybersecurity companionships. Eventually, Dave Munichiello will join. He is a general marriage at GV who has backed Slack, GitLab, Plaid, and a whole lot of other well-known enterprise startups. Extra Crunch Stage

CRISPR in the Post-COVID Era with Jennifer Doudna( UC Berkeley)

What has the world COVID-1 9 pandemic changed about the biotech industry in general, and CRISPR in particular? Dr. Jennifer Doudna, who co-discovered the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing skill, meets us to discuss the immediate and lasting implications of the novel coronavirus and translations in genetic science. Disrupt Stage

Startup Battlefield Competition- Session 3

TechCrunch’s iconic startup race is back, as industrialists from around the world pitch expert justices and vie for the Battlefield Cup and $100,000. Disrupt Stage

Pitch Deck Teardown with Cyan Banister( Long Journey Ventures)

Talk through the nuts and bolts of what makes a great floor( or not) with top investors as they go through your deferred tones live on stage. Extra Crunch Stage

How Voice Computing Conquered the World with Rohit Prasad and Toni Reid( Amazon)

Amazon’s Alexa architects and brains Rohit Prasad and Toni Reid will join us to discuss the voice assistant’s rise from curiosity to ubiquitous computing platform. The duet will discuss life beyond the smart-alecky speaker and where expres estimating runs from here. Disrupt Stage

How to Build a Service Marketplace with Andy Fang( DoorDash) and talker to be announced

Building service marketplaces expect companies to serve all sides of the ecosystem, or at least have an understanding of the ecosystem as a whole. In this panel, we’ll explore how to deliver on the cost hypothesi for your clients, business partners and delivery spouses, if you have them. DoorDash is a perfect example of rolling a service marketplace, and its co-founder and CTO Andy Fang is here to tell you how. Extra Crunch Stage

Daphne Koller’s Push to Marry Big Data to Big Pharma( Insitro)

Drug breakthrough and testing is a complex, fraught process that modern computing approaches promise to reinvent — but only with the freedom data, the right tools, and the right people( and a lot of money ). Coursera and Calico veteran Daphne Koller anticipates she has all the right ingredients in her new company Insitro. Disrupt Stage

The Black Founder Experience: Tactical Advice for Underrepresented Inventor with Michael Seibel( Y Combinator) and loudspeakers to be announced

How times the startup experience differ for founders from underrepresented radicals? What are the biggest ongoing challenges, and how can they be tackled? We’ll hear from Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel and two soon-to-be-announced YC founders on its own experience starting companies and raising money as Black financiers. Extra Crunch Stage

What’s Next for Atlassian with Mike Cannon-Brookes( Atlassian)

Atlassian’s tools have become ubiquitous for software units around the world, but in today’s world, its collaboration tools likewise frisk a wider role inside of many companies. We’ll talk to the company’s co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes about life after the company’s successful IPO and how he plans to stay ahead of the next set of trends in software development. Disrupt Stage

Thursday, September 17

Greenlighting a New Generation of Storytellers with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Tyler Mitchell( Imagine Impact)

Yes, that Ron Howard. One of the world’s most successful actors, directors and producers and legendary producer Brian Grazer have created some of the most iconic films and television services and facilities testifies of the last 35 times( Empire, Arrested Development, and The Da Vinci Code to words a few ). But entertainment — like tech — is all about interruption. So, to sounds into how it will be created and delivered in the future, the pair have teamed up with Tyler Mitchell for Imagine Impact, Silicon Valley-style accelerators where promising novelists connect with mentors to build their legends and make them to the next step — whatever that it is possible. Imagine Impact signed a deal in June with Netflix to expand that grapevine, so come hear about what else they have meant, and what the three of them think about YouTubers, TikTok and the future of the piece. Disrupt Stage

The Future of SaaS with Maha Ibrahim( Canaan Partners ), David Ulevitch( Andreessen Horowitz ), and Mike Volpi( Index Ventures)

In 2020 SaaS corporations have received their prices lowering sharply, and comeback even more quickly. TechCrunch is chatting with a few VCs with depth insight into the SaaS world to talk about which startups are accelerating, lagging, or breaking out. And we’ll explore what’s changed in terms of enterprise beliefs for SaaS companies, and what constitutes them stand out from their peers when it comes to locating gambles. Extra Crunch Stage

How Embedded Finance Represents the Future of Fintech with Hope Cochran( Madrona Venture Group ), Ruth Foxe-Blader( Anthemis Group) and Zach Perret( Plaid)

The fintech industry has had a wildernes couple of years. Purchaser fintech startups ought to have massively successful and managed to attract millions of customers. At the same time, enterprise fellowships have created the infrastructure that they are able to clear busines indeed digital, from pays to API-driven integratings and risk assessment. In this panel, we’ll talk about what’s next for the fintech industry. Will tech corporations all become fintech business at some place with embedded monetary commodities? Will brand-new tech giants thrive by powering those embedded monetary makes? Extra Crunch Stage

Putting Robots to Work with Robert Playter( Boston Dynamics)

In his first public speaking engagement since becoming the CEO of Boston Dynamics, Robert Playter will discuss the company’s transition from investigate robotics adorables to commercial-grade make. As individual employees for more than 25 years, Playter has distinct revelation into the company’s growth and plans to help robots become an increasingly important driver of our daily lives. Disrupt Stage

Pitch Deck Teardown with Roelof Botha( Sequoia Capital) and Susan Lyne( BBG Ventures)

Talk through the nuts and bolts of what makes a great floor( or not) with top investors as they go through your submitted slopes live on stage. Extra Crunch Stage

Startup Battlefield Competition- Session 4

TechCrunch’s iconic startup race is back, as inventors from around the world pitch expert magistrates and vie for the Battlefield Cup and $100,000. Disrupt Stage

How to Iterate Your Product with Oded Gal( Zoom ), Eugene Wei, Tamar Yehoshua( Slack ), and Julie Zhuo( Inspirit)

If getting insights on concoction developing from present and onetime product honchoes at lieu like Facebook, Zoom, Slack, and Oculus doesn’t sound like something you’re interested in simply get out of tech now. Leave. It’s over. Go work in an insurance company. Get your intermediaries license. Only do something else. Extra Crunch Stage

Scaling Good Very Well with Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins( Promise) and Jessica O. Matthews( Uncharted Power)

You can’t get too far in Silicon Valley without hearing a founder utter the words “we want to change the world.” When it comes to Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, founder of Promise, and Jessica O. Matthews, founder of Uncharted Power, they can actually bring the acknowledgments. Hear from these financiers about how they’ve succeeded their businesses not only to scale good, but to scale well. Disrupt Stage

How to Build an Alternative Company with Seth Besmertnik( Conductor ), Aniyia Williams( Zebras Unite ), and Hays Witt( Driver’s Seat Cooperative)

Beyond fostering traditional risk capital and beyond the pursuing-growth-at-all-costs strategy, there are still beings in the startup ecosystem that are finding success through less mainstream boulevards. Conductor CEO Seth Besmertnik, Driver’s Seat CEO Hays Witt and Aniyia Williams of Black& Brown Founders and Zebras Unite, are three of these people. These founders have all taken alternative approaches in their managerial tours, whether that’s been structuring as a cooperative, buying back a startup from a tech giant and then turning it into a majority employee-owned operation or altering into a cooperative fund that invests in startups tackling social question. In this discussion, you’ll learn how to build a company that applies benefits and users firstly, and VCs last. Extra Crunch Stage

Friday, September 18

The State of Venture with Dayna Grayson( Construct Capital ), Renata Quintini( Renegade Partners ), and Lo Toney( Plexo Capital)

All three of these VCs hail from among the most powerful investing houses in the country — Lux Capital, GV and NEA. Yet each cleared the forceful choice to strike out on their own, adding to a proliferating and diverse terrain of such investments vehicles across the globe. Hear about why they did it, and learn about the trends that they’re fund as they construct their businesses. Disrupt Stage

Making Cents of EdTech in the Coronavirus Era with Mercedes Bent( Lightspeed Venture Partners ), Jennifer Carolan( Reach Capital ), and Ian Chiu( Owl Ventures)

Edtech has been propelled into the spotlight during COVID-1 9. But did a scramble to adopt and flow in application bang such sectors for better or for worse? In this session, we’ll hear from investors who have bets in the biggest edtech companies on how the landscape has changed during the pandemic, and what they’re most excited for onward. Extra Crunch Stage

Keeping Big Tech in Check with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

Few know Silicon Valley better than one of its longest-serving lawmakers, Rep. Zoe Lofgren. Both as a defender and critic, Lofgren has led the effort to keep Big Tech in check , not just for her electorate but their internet users all regions of the world. We’ll talk policy, privacy, and other hot-button issues affecting Silicon Valley , now and in the future. Disrupt Stage

How to Reinvent Your Sales Team in 2020 with Brian Ascher( Venrock ), Pete Kazanjy( Atrium ), and Jill Rowley( Stage 2 Capital)

We’re bringing together the smartest chairmen on sales in the Valley to discuss tactics and more. Brian Ascher is a partner at Venrock where for more than two decades he has invested in B2B sales-driven fellowships like 6Sense, Socrates AI, and Dynamic Signal. Next, Pete Kazanjy is one of the leading startup approvals on sales through his written works like “Founding Sales” and society building while also founding auctions performance platform Atrium HQ. Finally, we have Jill Rowley, who has depleted decades advising startups on sales and is another early work at Salesforce and Eloqua. Extra Crunch Stage

Startup Battlefield Competition- Final

TechCrunch’s iconic startup tournament is back, as inventors from around the world pitch expert reviewers and vie for the Battlefield Cup and $100,000. Disrupt Stage

Building a Low-Code Unicorn with Howie Liu( Airtable)

Low-code/no-code has been a buzzword for years now, but few firms have made this idea to its logical conclusion the way Airtable has with its spreadsheet-like interface. With a its evaluation of over$ 1 billion, the company is now at the forefront of this movement. We’ll talk to Airtable co-founder and CEO Howie Liu about building a user-friendly low-code service, enterprise sales in the age of COVID-1 9, and what’s next for the no-code/ low-code room. Disrupt Stage

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