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Big names for Dublin Disruptors event

Friday, August 29 12:53:58

Some of the top international business, technology and social entrepreneurs will be in Dublin next week for the Disruptors Business conference.

The recent arrival on these shores of billion dollar valued startups such as Uber (online taxi service) and airbnb (online accommodation rental) from Silicon Valley has ruffled a few feathers, as local enterprises and business in the same field are forced to adapt to compete with these highly disruptive businesses.

An upcoming one-day business conference is attempting to uncover how the fastest growing companies in the world are achieving unprecedented success by disrupting traditional industries.

The Disruptors Business conference on September 5th in the Marker Hotel sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank, will explore some of the science and commercial background behind the latest business catchphrases such as "crowdfunding", "The Lean Startup" and "distributed working". The event also promises to explore where funding dollars are going, the future of marketing and the need for diversity in work teams.

As consumers turn to disruptive brands such as Spotify to stream music, Netflix to watch movies and Skype to make calls, this event is timely. None of these brands existed 10 years ago. "A recent Kauffman foundation report found that over 50pc of the current Fortune 500 Companies will have disappeared in 10 years," said event organiser, John O'Loughlin. "This ultimately means that you are either disrupting your industry or your industry is being disrupted.

The event will feature several international speakers of note including: Claire Lee (Head of Corporate Venturing; Silicon Valley Bank) San Francisco; Margaret Molloy (Global Chief Marketing Officer; Siegel + Gale) New York; Clay Hebert (Crowd funding expert) New York; Joe Haslam (Executive Director, IE Business school) Madrid; Johan Wendt (Ashoka Fellow and Founder of Mattecentrum) Stockholm; David Smith (Silicon Valley connector) San Francisco and Modwenna Rees-Mogg (Crowdfunding author) London.

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