Welcome to the first day of australiabusinessblog.com Disrupt! Yes, honey, we’re ready to jump right into a busy day dedicated to the growth and success of the entire early-stage startup ecosystem. Check out our highlights from day one to whet your appetite and then dive in!
Latecomers are always welcome: Buy a pass here.
All day programs, stage location and times can be found in the Disrupt agenda and in the events app.
Expo hall and demo stands
Head to the expo hall every day to see early-stage startup Battlefield 200 exhibitors and sponsor booths.
Receptions | 12:00 o’clock
Meet and network with fellow investors attending australiabusinessblog.com Disrupt at this Investor Luncheon.
Live on stage: australiabusinessblog.com’s stock
TC Plus Stage | 9:05 a.m.
Start your day right — join Mary Ann Azevedo, Natasha Mascarenhas and Alex Wilhelm on the australiabusinessblog.com+ stage for a live recording of Equity, the podcast about the business of startups. They unravel the numbers and nuances behind the headlines and wade through the hype to keep you up to date on the worlds of business, tech and VC. Come for the news and the analysis, stay for the jokes – and for breakfast!
Winning the War Against Ransomware
TC Plus Stage | 11:30
Ransomware attacks are escalating at an alarming rate. We’ll hear from experts what winning the war on ransomware looks like and how startups can play their part – with Brett Callow, threat analyst at Emsisoft, and Katie Moussouris, founder and CEO of Luta Security.
How to secure those hard-to-find employees
TC Plus Stage | 10:50 am
Hiring is not easy, even in the best of times. With a tight market for tech talent and an increasingly remote-friendly—and therefore globally competitive—business landscape, founders have never had so many places to rent from and more competitors to measure themselves against. So we’re going to talk to Chris Herd (Firstbase), a remote working advocate, and Emil Yeargin, VP of talent at Gusto, which not only hires but also helps other companies manage their workforces. And we hear from Janine O’Neill (Sequoia), who knows a thing or two about hiring startups. We take a deep dive into hiring with a special focus on difficult-to-fill positions.
Shaping innovation through partnerships large and small with AT&T
TC Plus Stage | 2.10 pm
Connectivity is not a nice-to-have for innovation. It’s mandatory, and collaboration between AT&T and startups at all stages could help move the world forward and provide the framework for innovation. Join this session with AT&T CTO Jeremy Legg and a special guest panelist as they discuss the key elements your startup needs to deliver tomorrow’s connectivity innovation breakthrough.
Disrupt phase | 10:00
Billionaire Marc Lore sold his startup twice to an all-purpose store. After closing deals with Amazon and Walmart, the co-founder of Quidsi and Jet.com has launched Wonder to tackle a common problem – food delivery – in an unconventional way. Get ready for a lovely conversation.
Bankrolling the Blockchain with a16z Crypto
Disrupt phase | 10:25 am
Venture firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is the largest and one of the best known sources of funding for web3 startups. In addition to a16z founder Marc Andreessen, general partner Chris Dixon has been integral to the company’s rise as a giant in the crypto VC world – he was an early investor in startups including Coinbase, Uniswap and Oculus VR. Hear from Dixon on how a16z crypto is putting its massive $7.6 billion pool of capital to work by supporting web3 startup companies.
australiabusinessblog.com Startup Battlefield presented by Capital Connect by JP Morgan
Disrupt phase | 10:50 & 14:30
australiabusinessblog.com’s iconic startup competition is back, as entrepreneurs from around the world pitch expert judges and compete for the Startup Battlefield Cup and $100,000.Live
Make really work
Disrupt phase | 1.40 pm
Cityblock Health has seen significant growth thanks to a care model designed to truly meet recipients of care where they already are – while still meeting the needs of payers. It appears to be true accessibility in a framework that works with the existing US healthcare infrastructure, but we’ll be hearing from CEO Toyin Ajayi about the work that remains to be done.
Breaking the Healthcare Monolith: Strategies for Working with Payers and Suppliers with InterSystems
Round table discussion | 10:30 am
How do you build a health-tech startup that can grow quickly? What can startups do to make their technologies more attractive to the biggest players in healthcare: payers and healthcare systems? In this session, we will discuss the pain points of healthcare access, as well as strategies to open doors for these organizations for pilots and sustainable revenues. You will leave this roundtable with a list of best practices from InterSystems’ 40+ years in the healthcare industry.
Design and scale using behavioral science
Round table discussion | 11 a.m.
We build technology for the future, but have forgotten that our users still rely on a brain that hasn’t changed in 40,000 years. To design and scale successful products, learn how to harness the power of behavioral science and meet the ancient decision maker in all of us — with Shirin Oreizy, founder and CEO of Next Step.
The CPO-to-CEO Pipeline with Egon Zehnder
Round table discussion | 11 a.m.
The product function has never been more important than it is now. As we see it constantly evolving and becoming more and more important, are product leaders ready to evolve into the next generation of CEOs? Join a discussion with advisors who offer their expertise in evaluating future CEOs and hear how other product leaders have made this transition. Additionally, compare notes with others about what this trend, along with the growing mandate of the product role, could mean for the position.
Why nine out of ten startups fail with Mayfield
Round table discussion | 1:00 pm
Two-time entrepreneur Dheeraj Pandey (former co-founder and CEO of Nutanix and current CEO and co-founder of DevRev) will share what he learned from starting a company and taking it to a successful IPO, plus the top reasons why startups fail . He will also share his founder strategy framework to achieve Product Market Fit (PMF).
How to Drive Growth, Use the Cloud and Reduce Burn with Google Cloud
Breakout Session | 10:00
Building and running a startup has become even more challenging and challenging. How can you build fast while managing your burnout in today’s investment landscape? Come listen to successful startups as they discuss: – Personal stories and battle scars along the way to accelerate scale – Managing volatility and the unknown in a changing investment landscape – The importance of statistics and being smart about how and where you build – Solutions for Bootstrap, Pre-Seed, Seed and Series A startups and how to get support and scale.
What happens if we don’t have different voices in the room to shape the future? with JP Morgan
Breakout Session | 11 a.m.
Wemimo Abbey, the diverse co-founder behind Esusu, shares the inspiring story behind his innovative startup and the challenges he and his co-founder encountered along the way. As minorities, they faced unique challenges, and with the help of JP Morgan, the founders overcame them to ultimately achieve their goals. Diversity, equity and inclusion is not just a tick, why is it so important? In this session, we’ll discuss the benefits of incorporating minority voices into startups and how we can guarantee DEI.
That should keep your engine running. Switch to overdrive now and learn, connect and discover new opportunities to help your business grow! Remember, latecomers can grab a pass and join in.
How to grow your business through recurring revenue with Chargebee
Breakout Session | 1:00 pm
With subscription offerings coming to nearly every industry from fast food to auto manufacturing, it’s clear that subscriptions are more than all the rage; they are an evolutionary step that every company should consider. Using an innovative recurring revenue model provides a differentiated customer experience and revenue predictability, increasing business resilience, which is especially important during uncertain times. No matter where you are in your company’s journey, from a startup seeking funding to a late-stage company seeking valuation, your revenue model should be an important part of any business strategy.