Disruptor 50 Roadshow Philly: Actionable insights from the most disruptive business minds
Next Stop: PHILADELPHIA | October 24, 2018
CNBC’s Disruptor 50 Roadshow brings together founders, leaders and investors to discuss the challenges and opportunities available to entrepreneurs who are looking to accelerate their businesses.
A spin off of CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list – which identifies 50 innovative companies every year – the roadshow will bring together Disruptor 50 company founders, leaders and investors to share actionable insights that can help you take your small business to the next level.
Who Should Attend
Entrepreneurs, small-business owners, start-ups and VCs who want to:
• Learn how to transform big ideas into successful companies.
• Gain insider access to the latest trends and technologies.
• Build their network and discover new business opportunities.
Philly Fanatics: Changing the Fan Apparel Game and Rebuilding the 76ers
Philadelphia native Michael Rubin disrupted the market for official sports team apparel. Fanatics, the company he created just 7 years ago, pulls in more than $2 billion in annual sales, turning celebratory sports moments into real-time global merchandising opportunities. His playbook emphasizes an agile supply chain and on-demand manufacturing. Rubin is also one of the front-office leaders responsible for the resurgence of the Philadelphia 76ers – an inspiring sports business turnaround story. He’ll talk about all that and more with CNBC’s own Philly fanatic, Jim Cramer.
Michael Rubin, Founder & Executive Chairman, Fanatics*; Co-Owner, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey DevilsModerator:Jim Cramer, Host, "Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer;" Co-Anchor, "Squawk on the Street," CNBC
Renting and Revving: Ecommerce in the Age of Amazon
The e-commerce free market is alive and well. Retail startups continue to disrupt the old guard. Some go narrow and deep, building passionate digital communities where commerce thrives. Others find pricing inefficiencies in a market,exploit them on behalf of consumers and pass along the savings at scale. Whatever the model: the more successful the firm; the faster the growth; the more likely the team will find itself – at some point – looking in the rear-view mirror for a guy in Seattle named Jeff Bezos. CNBC Disruptor 50 company Rent the Runway and Philadelphia-born RevZilla have each uniquely found a place in the hearts of a healthy following of customers who’ve remained loyal as they’ve built formidable brands. Any entrepreneur, current, aspiring or even recovering, will learn much from these journeys.
Anthony Bucci, Founder & Former CEO, RevZilla.comMaureen Sullivan, COO, Rent the Runway*Moderator: Julia Boorstin, Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent, CNBC
Disrupting Dinner: Food innovation from seed to table
Is your cheesesteak getting cheaper? If not, you may want to ask “why not?” Sales of wholesale processed cheese are set to decline for the fourth straight year in 2018, and prices are falling with the drop in demand. It’s another slice of evidence that consumers continue to raise the bar for manufacturers when it comes to what’s in their food and where it comes from. In particular, people (and not just millennials) are demanding local, organic, and sustainable food, and many are willing to pay more to get it. All of this makes for a hearty opportunity for venture capitalists and big food companies investing in startups that make food grow easier, last longer, and taste better. A disruptive farmer and one of Philly’s top chefs share how listening to your customers can have delicious results.
David Perry, CEO, Indigo Agriculture* Jennifer Carroll, Co-Executive Chef and Partner, Spice FinchModerator: Kate Rogers, Reporter, CNBC
Philly’s Got Talent: Competing with Silicon Valley
Earlier this year, Duolingo put up a simple billboard along Highway 101 in San Francisco. “Own a home. Work in tech,” it said, and then “Move to Pittsburgh.” The appeal seems to have worked, and about 85% of Duolingo’s workforce moved to Pittsburgh came from somewhere else, many from Silicon Valley (including our guest, Head of Product Jorge Mazal). So, what can Philadelphia startups do to make similar appeals for high-quality employees? What about keeping some of the half-million talented local undergrads from heading west after graduation? We look for ways Philadelphia can compete.
Jorge Mazal, Vice President of Product, Duolingo*Donna de Carolis, Dean, Drexel University Close School of Entrepreneurship; CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council Member
David Hall, Partner, Rise of the Rest Seed FundModerator: Julia Boorstin, Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent, CNBC
The Big Deal: A conversation with Kevin O’Leary
Entrepreneurship is not about the pursuit of wealth or money. It’s the pursuit of personal freedom,” says Kevin O’Leary, the prototypical entrepreneur who, from the middle seat on “Shark Tank,” has helped dozens of startups in their pursuit of their own personal freedom. He also relishes the opportunity to share his wisdom with his fellow entrepreneurs, looking for advice on how to maximize their time and effort, and he’s come to Philadelphia to do just that.
Kevin O'Leary, Chairman, O’Shares InvestmentsModerator:Tyler Mathisen, Co-Anchor, “Power Lunch,” CNBC
*A 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 Company
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