Join us for November's event online at Disruptive.Live to discover the stories behind the disruptive start-ups movement as we present the companies and individuals who have decided to Rip It Up, Start Again

Led by Lulu Laidlaw-Smith these dynamic innovators will take our guests through their experiences in the world of disruption, sharing the stories and insights they have gained.


Yang Liu @LiuYang57 / @JustWearsHQ

Founder: JustWears (previously JoeyWears)

Yang is the CEO of JustWears - the direct-to-consumer sustainable brand for high performance men's essential wear. She led the business to launch on Kickstarter and within 30days it became the most backed apparel campaign in the UK. Since then, they sell to over 73 countries across the world.

Yang is also the director of SheWorx London, a global collective of female entrepreneurs where she helps bridge the connection between fundraising and venture capitalists. Pior to JustWears, she worked for 500Startup, the world largest seed fund and accelerator. She operated the post-seed stage accelerating growth program called Distro Dojo in London. Before that, she was founding member of BeTwine, the very first wearable startup in China and backed by Foxcornn.

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Sophie Varlow:

Founder: Commons Platform

Sophie Varlow is a visionary idealist pushing to transform our reality into her utopian idea by utilising the power of group collaboration.

As new disruptive technologies generate ever more connections and communication methods the traditional power of communities wanes. Sophie Varlow and her team are unique because their platform aims to use disruptive tech to address this particular issue.

The commons platform is built on the principles of openness, trust, transparency and collaboration; they  certainly back these values up! It is an open source decentralised social network for community organising, activism, resource-sharing, crowd-sourcing, open access research and data, independent media, ethical commerce and a new economy. Their view of the world is one in which people and living things co-operate and benefit rather than compete and damage.


Callum Hemsley @CallumLHemsley

Founder: Eola

Callum is the CEO of eola, a mobile first booking and management platform for the experiential industry. The platform recently came out of beta, and is now rapidly gaining activity businesses across Europe.

He is an experienced product leader, with a wealth of start-up experience in across different industry sectors.

Rip It Up, Start Again is live streamed from Disruptive.Live

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