Promising startups are often founded by disruptor geeks or supply-chain hackers.The former create an entirely new way to do things through new software or hardware, sounding a death knell for established players. Historic examples include Apple and Google.
The latter figure out a better way to do business and create value for customers, again threatening incumbents. Historic examples include Amazon and eBay.
Both types of startup founders will be speaking at Business Insider’s IGNITION: Future of Digital conference this November 27-28, 2012, in New York. The event delves into the future of digital business models.
Here’s who’s on deck so far:
- Michael Dubin, an actor who decided to stop putting up with pricey razors and founded Dollar Shave Club. Our office is raving about how good the dollar-a-month razors are. Investors are on board, too; the startup is backed by blue chippers including Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins, Pando Daily reports.
- Patrick Collison, the technical wunderkind and Y Combinator grad who co-founded Stripe, an online payments service that has Silicon Valley investors excited. Payments are huge now, with private companies like Stripe, Dwolla or Jack Dorsey’s Square, as well as established firms like PayPal, Intuit, and American Express, all trying to create a dominant payment platform or technology.
- Sam Yagan, a maths nerd who decided he could improve dating with algorithms and founded OkCupid. (OK, so OkCupid sold to Match.com for $50M in 2011, making it not technically a startup. But it has startup roots and still operates a startup-y research lab.) The dating service is famous for the analyses it publishes from user data, like 10 Surprising Charts About Sex or How To Spot A Weirdo On A First Date.
You can find out how Yagan used this sort of data to reinvent a reputedly awful experience — online dating — at IGNITION. Early-bird tickets are on sale now. Grab yours here.
In addition to the above entrepreneurs, industry heavyweights and executives speaking include:
- Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn
- Jeff Bewkes, CEO & Chairman, Time Warner Inc
- Carolyn Everson, VP, Facebook
- Bradley Horowitz, VP Product Management, Google
- Check out the full roster here.
If you’re interested in joining the IGNITION community by supporting the event as a sponsor, contact [email protected]
You can follow @BI_Events on Twitter for IGNITION updates. See you in November!
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