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.


Vanessa Lee Butz

Founder: District Technologies

Vanessa is passionate about shaping the future of cities to improve everyone’s work and life experience.

Having studied Engineering, Economics and Management at Oxford University, she wrote her masters thesis on "Understanding the DNA of Strong Entrepreneurial Hubs” and took her theory into practice by building large technology and co-working campuses (Factory Berlin and Interchange Camden, Market-Tech).

Working at the intersection of cities and technology, she has now founded District Technologies. District helps landlords move from ‘rent’ to ‘relationship’ through a best-in-class, artificial intelligence platform and mobile app that connects users to the things they love in and around buildings.


Douglas Orr

Founder: Novastone

Douglas Orr, CEO and Founder of Novastone, has over 20 years of entrepreneurial background including multiple successful exits to companies such as GfK and Sungard.

Douglas has founded world-renowned businesses with operations spread over many European countries and created revolutionary new technology in both the retail and financial industries.


Alistair Shepherd

Founder: Saberr

An Aerospace Engineer turned entrepreneur, Alistair founded Saberr following his research at Harvard University looking at why relationships were at the start of many start-up failures.

Saberr’s vision is to make teams in every workplace perform at the top of their game so that our next giant leaps will only be a small step away. We believe advances in technology should promote, rather than automate away, meaningful relationships between people. AI should exist to aid human interaction rather than replace it. Our mission is to put the world’s most capable digital coach in the hands of every workplace team.

Alistair founded the people analytic business, Saberr in 2012; its solutions are now operational in 49 countries. Alistair is also a global scholar and fellow of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Startup Weekend facilitator and an UP Global Research Fellow. Before founding Saberr.

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

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