The Disruptor Foundation Fellows


The Disruptor Foundation Fellows are a self-defining, self-organizing community of accomplished and promising innovators, applying transdisciplinary approaches in their work and daily lives to further the study and application of disruptive innovation. There are no requirements and no obligations other than to be part of an interesting community of creative “solutionaries” across domains. Mission is [...]

Rick Rubin – Legendary Record Producer

As one of the most widely accomplished record producers of the past 25 years, Rick Rubin is also one of music’s biggest fans, a quality often times lost in the commerce of the record industry.  Whether he is working with an artist in his capacity as a producer, or overseeing a record label, Rubin is [...]

Aryeh B. Bourkoff – Founder and CEO, LionTree LLC


Mr. Bourkoff is the founder and CEO of LionTree LLC, an independent investment bank.  He previously served as Vice Chairman and Head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS, which he joined in 1999.  He was also a member of the UBS Investment Banking Executive Committee.  Other positions Mr. Bourkoff held within UBS include Joint Global [...]

Antoine F. Theysset – SVP for Corporate Development, Amplify


Antoine Theysset was one of the first executives of News Corporation’s digital education division known as Amplify and is Senior Vice President for Corporate Development. He previously served as COO of Fox Interactive Media/MySpace’s international division, where he was responsible for strategy, operations, and corporate and business development outside of the U.S. Previously, Antoine was [...]

Reshma Saujani – Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

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Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. In her groundbreaking new book, “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line,” Reshma advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing [...]

Tom Kuhn – Managing Member, Doorbrook LLC

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Tom Kuhn is the Managing Member of Doorbrook LLC, a private investment firm.  He began his professional career as an M&A and securities lawyer. After graduating from law school, he worked as a law clerk to Judge Richard Cardamone on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  In 1989, he joined Wachtell, [...]

Pamela G. Quanrud – Regional Energy Counselor for Africa, U.S. Department of State

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Pamela Quanrud is an international economist with nearly three decades experience in the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassies abroad, principally in countries in transition.  She has served four agencies — State, Treasury, the National Security Council and the United States Trade Representative — and is currently the U.S. Regional Energy Counselor for Africa, resident [...]

Alan Patricof – Founder and Managing Director, Greycroft Partners


Alan Patricof is the founder and managing director of Greycroft LLC. A longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital, Alan entered the industry in its formative days with the creation of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., a predecessor to Apax Partners – today, one of the world’s leading private equity firms with $41 billion under [...]

Mia Shaw – Health Commissioner, City of Berkeley


Mia N. Shaw is a sophomore at UC Berkeley and a Robert T. Matsui Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow. She is a member of the Berkeley Mayor’s Health Task Force and a Health Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, appointed to the position by Mayor Tom Bates at the age of 19. Shaw is a regular contributor to [...]

Jonathan Keidan – Co-Founder, InsideHook

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Jonathan has spent his career at the intersection of the media, entertainment and technology industries. He is currently a Venture Advisor to Trigger Media (digital media fund) as well as the Co-Founder and President of InsideHook. InsideHook, a recently launched men’s lifestyle platform that curates recommendations for established, adventurous men, is on track to become [...]

John Osborn – President and CEO, BBDO New York


John Osborn is President and Chief Executive Officer of BBDO New York.  John has been in this role for nearly ten years – longer than any other New York agency executive.  Under John’s leadership, BBDO New York has increased revenues by more than 50%, expanded its client base to include categories like btob, retail, healthcare [...]

Rachel S. Haot – Chief Digital Officer & Deputy Secretary for Technology, State of New York


Rachel S. Haot is the Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology for New York State, part of Governor Cuomo’s administration. Her focus is to realize the Governor’s vision for the State by improving the way that government and public engage online, and supporting collaborative innovation with the technology community. Prior to this role, [...]

Tiffany Gabbay – Consultant, Quidlibet Research Inc.

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Tiffany Gabbay serves as an independent consultant with Quidlibet Research Inc., assisting for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in areas related to development, communications, public relations, writing, public speaking and strategic management. Tiffany’s consulting has lent valuable strategic support to organizations like Ventures for Veterans, The David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the Center for Security Policy, a [...]

Charles Best – Founder of DonorsChoose.org


Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one [...]

Rachel Weiss – VP, Digital Innovation, Content & New Business Ventures, L’Oreal

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Rachel Weiss is an award-winning digital professional and recognized thought-leader with vast experience in emerging technology and digital marketing practices.  Currently, she is responsible for creating digital marketing and innovation strategy focusing on mobile, social, content and disruptive technologies across all L’Oréal USA.  She is also responsible for new digital business ventures and partnerships at [...]

Tom Rogers – President and CEO, TiVo

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Tom Rogers is President and Chief Executive Officer of TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO), a leader in the advanced television entertainment market. With a career that has operated at the nexus of media, technology, advertising and public policy for more than two decades, Tom brings to TiVo a distinctive blend of operational leadership and corporate strategy experience [...]

Jason Silva – Media Artist


“Part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from ‘The Matrix’…” – The Atlantic Emmy-nominated Host of National Geographic’s Brain Games, which premiered to the highest premiere ratings in the channel’s history, Jason Silva is an extraordinary new breed of philosopher who meshes philosophical wisdom of the ages with an infectious optimism for the [...]

Dr. Marni Sommer – Columbia Mailman School of Public Health


Marni Sommer, DrPH, MSN, RN, is an assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences (SMS), SMS Global Health Certificate Lead and Executive Editor of ‘Global Public Health’ at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Sommer has worked in global health and development on issues ranging from improving access to essential medicines to humanitarian relief [...]

Ondi Timoner – Filmmaker

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Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice, for DIG! (2004) and WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (2009).  Both films were acquired by MoMA NY for the permanent collection.  She currently produces and hosts the only documentary talk show in the world, BYOD (Bring Your Own [...]

Rus Yusupov – Co-Founder, Vine


Rus Yusupov is a digital product designer and entrepreneur based in New York City. His passion for the arts is grounded in his education at LaGuardia Arts High School and the School of Visual Arts, from which he holds a BFA in Graphic Design. As a designer, he’s always been passionate about the creative process, [...]

Brian Sirgutz – SVP of Social Impact, The Huffington Post


Brian Sirgutz is the Senior Vice President of Social Impact at The Huffington Post Media Group/AOL, where he leads all aspects of the company’s impact editorial content and engagement strategy. Brian founded the Impact, Education, TEDWeekends and Good News verticals which reach over 20 million people on a monthly basis. Brian developed the ‘How You [...]

Tiffany Shlain – Filmmaker and Founder of the Webby Awards

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Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards.  Her films and work have received 60 awards including a Disruptive Innovation Award from Tribeca Film Festival and The US State Department sends her with her films to embassies around the world [...]

A. Alfred Taubman – Founder, Taubman Centers, Inc.

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Alfred Taubman, one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, is active in numerous businesses and philanthropic initiatives.  He is the founder of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE:TCO), one of the nation’s leading real estate developers and operators of regional shopping centers, and is the author of the best-selling business memoir, Threshold Resistance: The Extraordinary Career of a [...]

Luis R. Mejia – Senior Associate, Office of Technology Licensing at Stanford

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Luis Mejia, an engineer by education and training, has been a Silicon Valley doer for over 30 years and has used that experience to continue to spur the region’s innovation engine.  As a Senior Associate in Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing, he manages a portfolio of over 300 technologies ranging from biotech to cleantech, including [...]