We Disrupt gotechbusiness.com Disrupt: 8 Stages, 3 Days, 1 City


For founders and investors, there is no platform like gotechbusiness.com Disrupt. Just as the industry is always evolving and innovating – especially in recent months – we’re doing the same to keep Disrupt at the forefront of new founders, seasoned investors, visionaries and everyone in between.


It’s time to disrupt gotechbusiness.com Disrupt

This year, we’re reinventing and revamping Disrupt to deliver the essential tools, knowledge, and connections that help spark ideas and accelerate the next generation of startups. For three days in September, founders, investors and industry experts will gather in San Francisco to discuss the most groundbreaking developments in six industry tracks, delve deep into expert learning on the Builders Stage and help the world’s next big companies take the lead. head-to-head in Startup Battlefield 200 — plus enjoy all those networking and connection opportunities at workshops, after-hours events, and the gotechbusiness.com+ Lounge.

Startups start here, so we’ve tailored Disrupt 2023 to showcase the disruptive ideas, technologies and industries shaping the future of the tech community.

Six new levels for six pioneering sectors

We heard loud and clear that you wanted more Disrupt, so this year we’re putting the entire Disrupt ecosystem into the main event! Our popular, standalone TC sessions are coming to the mothership for the first time: In addition to the Disrupt Stage, we’re filling six stages with salon-style programs that focus on the industries most important to today’s tech world.

Guided by industry leaders with deep subject matter expertise, these tracks are selected and curated by gotechbusiness.com’s in-house staff as the most important topics for founders today. Each industry stage will also feature partner sessions, where gotechbusiness.com partners will take the spotlight to share their industry POV directly with an audience of their peers.

🤖 AI stage: Covers the latest artificial intelligence technology related to NLG, speech recognition, virtual agents, biometrics, RPA, deep learning platforms, reactive machines, and P2P networks. Sessions include DeepMind and Benchmark.

🌿 Sustainability phase: Addresses social and environmental solutions such as urban mobility, sustainable technology, green infrastructure and new mobilities. Sessions include Breakthrough Energy Ventures, S2G and the City of Atlanta.

🧑‍💻 SaaS phase: Considers how software-as-a-service unlocks creativity and efficiency with mobile apps, cloud-based resources, collaboration tools, creator communities, developer tools, e-commerce, low code, recurring revenue, and marketing tools. Sessions include GitHub, Cloudflare, and Atlassian.

🏦 Fintech phase: Delves into the evolution of money exchanges between DeFi, challenger banks, blockchain, NFTs and web3. Sessions include Plaid, Andreessen Horowitz, and Starling Bank.

🔐 Security Phase: Don his white hat to share best practices for data protection, privacy regulation, information sharing and risk management. Sessions include Google and Citizen Lab.

🖥️ Hardware stage: Discover the mechanics and code that power our smart world, covering topics such as articulated robots, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), commercial hardware, humanoids, IoT hardware, and interstellar technologies. Sessions include Alphabet and Magic Leap.

However, Disrupt 2023 is not just any conference. It is also a platform for making connections. For founders and investors curious about an emerging category, these sessions are an opportunity for cross-fertilization. Attending a session will give you an in-depth insight that could inspire you to update your thesis… or even discover that huge, undiscovered opportunity.

Practical learning on the builder’s stage

As the original startup conference, we are extremely proud of how Disrupt has helped generations of founders build their businesses. That’s why we’re bringing back the gotechbusiness.com+ Stage under a new name: The Builders Stage.

Through dozens of expert panels and interviews, the Builders Stage covers the ins and outs of running a startup, from operations and recruiting to fundraising, scaling and more. It’s designed with a founder-first mindset, whether they’re looking to secure their next round of funding, gain insights for new tech companies, or form relationships that help them level up as an entrepreneur faster. It’s like an MBA in a day – or three, to be exact.

While there’s a lot more to come from the Builders Stage, we’ve already announced the must-see agenda for Disrupt 2023:

  • How to Build a New Venture Business in Public (Supply Change Capital, RareBreed Ventures and Banana Capital)
  • When do you follow the hype and when do you ignore it? (Trust Fund and Cleo Capital)
  • How founders can turn a weak labor market into a competitive advantage (Hunt Club and speakers to be announced)
  • How to construct an equitable dressing table (Coalition Operators, Cowboy Ventures and Finix)
  • How to stretch your business dollars (Afore Capital, Google Ventures and NEA)
  • How founders with non-traditional backgrounds can use their experience to excel (Promise, Career Karma and Zūm)
  • When should founders provide early liquidity to retain staff? (Switchboard, Notice and Beacon Capital)
  • How to build a capital-intensive start-up in a tough entrepreneurial market (Hadrian and Homebound)
  • How founders should approach the TAM question when venture capital is scarce (Reach Capital, Phenomenal Ventures and Cake Ventures)
  • How to build intelligent startup operations that grow with your business (Airbnb and Instacart)
  • Why Bootstrapping is no longer a dirty word in 2023 (Unorthodox Enterprises and Arta Finance)

Discover the next unicorn at Startup Battlefield 200

Each year, thousands of early stage startups compete to make the cut for Startup Battlefield 200. Only the top 200 win a coveted spot on the San Francisco show floor, plus the attention of media and investors looking for the next big disruptor.

gotechbusiness.com’s editorial team painstakingly analyzes each Startup Battlefield candidate — looking at team, positioning, problem solving, and total addressable market, among other things — to determine who makes it to the final 200, but it doesn’t stop there. Of those 200, the top 20 compete for gotechbusiness.com’s $100,000 no-equity prize, as judged by gotechbusiness.com editors and top VCs and entrepreneurs.

Startup Battlefield 200 is an unparalleled opportunity not only for founders ready for their big break, but also for investors eager to fund early stage startups with the gotechbusiness.com Seal of Approval. Startup Battlefield alumni include more than 900 companies — such as Vurb, Dropbox, Mint, Yammer, and many more — with more than 121 successful exits (IPOs or acquisitions) and a whopping $9.7 billion in funding.

And here’s the best part: it’s not too late to join the Startup Battlefield! We are accepting applications from early-stage startups until May 15 at 11:59 PM PDT. Founders, do you have it in you? Sign up today!

Support the startup community as a Disrupt partner

If you want to reach the world’s most ambitious founders, investors and technologists, there’s no better place than gotechbusiness.com Disrupt.

This is no ordinary technology conference: Disrupt’s core audience includes the most influential corners of the startup community, from visionaries and prominent financiers to pioneering innovators in the Fortune Global 500. More than 10,000 people from across the tech ecosystem attend Disrupt, and 75 % of those attending work at board level or higher.

Year after year, Disrupt’s dedicated audience returns not only to network and stay ahead of the competition regarding the next generation of startups, but also to learn from the brightest techies as they take to the stage to share their knowledge.

The same goes for Disrupt partnerships: Whether our partners host sponsored industry sessions, breakouts, roundtables, trade floor activations, booths, or receptions (just to name a few opportunities!), they leverage gotechbusiness.com editorial programming to deliver their vision to audiences. they will pay attention.

CTA: Do you want to reach the biggest financiers, founders and disruptors? Contact gotechbusiness.com today about Disrupt partnership opportunities.