Abigail Posner – Head of Strategic Planning, Google


Abigail is the Head of Strategic Planning at Google. As a thought leader, author, manager and corporate executive, Abigail has spent her life catalyzing change and ensuring impact. Whether it is leading brands at DDB and Publicis to new strategic spaces; guiding teams to reinvent themselves with new tools and practices at Google; stimulating organizations […]

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Sarah Holbrooke — Executive Director, The Pinhead Institute

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Sarah Holbrooke is the executive director of the Pinhead Institute, a non-profit providing STEM education to school children in rural southwestern Colorado. Before joining the organization in April 2014, she was a filmmaker and Peabody award-winning television producer, working for ABC News, CBS News and CNN. She collaborated with anchors such as Peter Jennings, Katie […]

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Michele Promaulayko — Health Editor and Author


As the Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo Health, Michele Promaulayko curates what has become one of the largest, most authoritative and compelling resources for health news and wellness content online today. Previously, Michele spent six years as Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health, where she oversaw all facets of the brand, including the magazine, website, apps, […]

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Avery Blank — Women’s Advocate & Policy Attorney

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Avery Blank is an award-winning policy attorney and nationally recognized women’s advocate. She has been recognized by the National Association for Women Lawyers and was given one of the “20 in Their Twenties” Award by Maryland’s leading business and law publication for her work on policy and the advancement of women. Blank has worked in […]

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Iman Oubou — Founder of Entrepreneurs En Vogue

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Iman Oubou is a proud Moroccan American who is truly a self-made inspiration. She is the ideal blend of inner and outer beauty and is always seeking to better the world around her. While her outer beauty is obvious, Iman has used her pretty in the best way possible. She won the title of Miss […]

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Mindy Grossman — CEO and Director, HSNi


Mindy Grossman oversees a $4 billion direct-to-consumer retail portfolio that includes live content retailer HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio of home and family lifestyle brands. During her tenure she has positioned HSNi as a leader in boundaryless retail, offering customers a seamless shopping experience across multiple channels; nearly half of the company’s revenue is now generated […]

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Cara Smyth — VP Glasgow Caledonian University and Founder of the Fair Fashion Center

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Cara Smyth is Vice President of Glasgow Caledonian University New York (GCU) and the founding Director of The Fair Fashion Center.  An executive GCU board member, Ms. Smyth is responsible for establishing the University’s New York campus and instilling its mission “For the Common Good” in all of its programs and initiatives. Recognizing the integrated […]

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Alexandra Cart — Co-Founder and Director of Business Development, Madeira Global

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Alexandra P. Cart is the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development of Madeira Global, a leading strategic advisory and quantitative analytics firm serving alternative investment managers and their limited partners in the area of impact investing. Previously, Ms. Cart served as managing director with G2 Investment Group, a New York based boutique investment management firm servicing leading global […]

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Josh Beckerman — The Foodie Magician


Josh Beckerman is the Foodie Magician. A professional entertainer who intertwines magic, mentalism, and comedy around the world. Josh also is out every day and night, eating at restaurants. As the NY Times states, “Go out often enough, and the Foodie Magician will materialize at the edge of your table…” It’s dinner and a show […]

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Jordan Kassalow — Founder and Co-Chairman, VisionSpring


Jordan Kassalow is the Founder and Co-Chairman of VisionSpring. Jordan also founded Scojo New York and the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his position at the Council, he served as Director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International. Jordan is a fellow of Draper Richards Kaplan, […]

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Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia — Founder and CEO, PlayWerks


Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia is the Founder and CEO of PlayWerks, an interactive media company that creates high quality multi-platform immersive games and experiences that engage children and adults. She is also the Founder of  WhizGirlsAcademy, where students engage in exciting projects that help them acquire coding skills while building confidence, healthy balanced lifestyles, and growing […]

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Thomas Thurston — Founder, Growth Science


Growth Science was founded by Thomas Thurston following a year-long research effort he led at the Harvard Business School with professor Clayton Christensen and the Intel Corporation. Thurston had previously helped found an Intel business in the high performance computing industry that was ultimately spun-out and acquired by a competitor. The experience motivated Thurston to […]

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Fabio Zaffagnini – Creator, Rockin’ 1000


Fabio Zaffagnini is the creator of Rockin’1000, a crowdfunded project that culminated in a performance where 1000 musicians played a Foo Fighters’ song, whose video went viral on the web with more than 24 million views. Furthermore, Fabio is a Co-founder of Trail Me Up, a start up that creates augmented virtual reality experiences of […]

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Steven Gilbert — Chairman, Gilbert Global Equity Partners, L.P.


Steven J. Gilbert is Chairman of the Board of Gilbert Global Equity Partners, L.P., a billion dollar private equity fund. He is Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of MidOcean Equity Partners, LP, Co­ Chairman of Birch Grove Capital, and until 2009, Senior Managing Director and Chairman of Sun Group (USA). From 1992 to 1997 […]

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Shah Karim — CEO, Saferock

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Shah Karim is an expert on customer engagement, improving shareholder value, Big Data, and retail. For more than 20 years, Mr. Karim has guided retailers and corporations on digital transformation, cost reduction, and business turnarounds. He is the CEO of Saferock. Mr. Karim has researched and spoken on Big Data and Customer Engagement at dmexco, […]

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Donald Trump And The Wollman Rinking of American Politics

  Excerpted from a Forbes article written by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: We best understand the world through compelling narratives. Here’s one that helps us process the phenomenon known as Trump for President: “Once upon a time there was an ice skating rink in Central Park that could no longer make ice. No one […]

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‘Scenema’ And The Truth According To Darren Wilson

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Driven by their own quest to better understand the emotions, conflict and complexities that emerged from the tragedy of Michael Brown’s death, filmmakers Sol Guy and Ezra Miller have just premiered a provocative experimental work–a standalone “scene” extruded from the larger drama of Ferguson, Missouri. […]

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Trumping Hamilton: A Tale of Two Bastards

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Last week two great American spectacles, one featuring Alexander Hamilton and the other Donald Trump, had their opening nights. Both shows made great theater, each starring quite arguably a slightly flawed, unconventional anti-hero, i.e. a character with non-traditional heroic attributes. Anti-heroes can tend to be real […]

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Jennifer Jacquet — Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies at NYU

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Jennifer Jacquet is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at NYU. She is an environmental social scientist who studies large-scale cooperation dilemmas, such as overfishing, climate change, and the wildlife trade. She is the author of IS SHAME NECESSARY? (Pantheon, 2015) — about the evolution, function, and future of the use of […]

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Alejandro Bermudez – Director of the English Catholic News Agency, Executive Director of Aci-Prensa

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At present, Mr. Bermúdez is Director of the largest Catholic news Agency in Spanish ACI-PRENSA (www.aciprensa.com) and the Executive Director of the English Catholic News Agency (www.catholicnewsagency.com); as well as the Portuguese www.acidigital.com. He is a frequent contributor to the National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor and is host for several programs both in […]

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Is Donald Trump a Disruptive Political Innovation?

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Despite all of the hoopla about Donald Trump’s quixotic quest to become the 45th President of the United States, it remains highly improbably, in spite of leading in the Republican polls, that the Donald will ever sit in the Oval Office. It is easy […]

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Matt Chamlin, Lifelong Disruptor

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Matt Chamlin has been president of nine consumer product companies including Lark Luggage, Burlington Hosiery, Ellesse, Arrow Shirts, Cybergenics and Izod-Lacoste.  He has also held senior executive positions at Revlon, General Mills, Merck and Reebok.  He is a graduate of Columbia College, received an MBA from Columbia School of Business and subsequently taught at the […]

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Camille Massey – Founding Executive Director, Sorensen Center at CUNY Law School

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Camille Massey is the Founding Executive Director of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY Law School. Launched in the fall of 2014, the Sorensen Center is named after Ted Sorensen, long-time close advisor and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy. The Sorensen Center trains social justice lawyers and protects the rights […]

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Jennifer Lopez – Founder and CEO, Wisenn & Co and Founding Member, NASA Datanaut Corps

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Jennifer Lopez is the Founder and CEO of Wisenn & Co., a global advisory firm providing personalized solutions for strategic partnerships in areas of social impact, STEM, and innovation. Among her recent clients: CASIS – Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, The New York Academy of Sciences, Global STEM Alliance, PopTech, American Society for Clinical […]

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Rabbis Without Borders: The Pop-up Rabbi (by Irwin Kula)


A few weeks back I wrote about how exciting and unnerving it is that, according to a new Pew Report on religion, institutional religion in America is clearly weakening. With people mixing, blending and bending their identities – and with spiritual resources increasingly accessible independent of religious institutions and authorities – there are now more Americans religiously […]

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Asi Burak — President, Games For Change

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Asi Burak is an award-winning game creator, tech executive, and social entrepreneur.  He is the President of Games for Change (G4C), a nonprofit with the mission to catalyze social impact through digital game.  As the Executive Producer of the Half the Sky Movement games, he orchestrated partnerships with Zynga, some of the world’s leading NGOs and […]

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The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer – Rector, Trinity Church Wall Street


The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer became the 18th Rector of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City in 2015. Dr. Lupfer oversees Trinity’s local and global ministries, which benefit people in New York City, nationally, and throughout the world. As Rector, he is focused on racial justice, mass incarceration, homelessness, and low-income housing, and is […]

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Ava DuVernay – AFFRM Founder & Filmmaker


Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, her most recent film SELMA chronicles the historic 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ‎She previously wrote, produced and directed the dramatic feature, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, which earned her the […]

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Veni, Video, Vici

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The Wall Street Journal featured a front page story on our own Prince Fahad al Saud who gave the world its first public preview (at Tribeca and Games for Change) of his gaming company’s ground-breaking video game “Saudi Girls Revolution.” Scheduled for release toward the end of the year by Fahad’s gaming company NA3M, SGR is designed to help […]

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Congratulations to our Fearless Moderator Perri Peltz on her New Film

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Here’s a piece I’d like everyone to read. And watch the video. It’s a piece Irwin did about Perri Peltz’s latest film:  “I was in Baltimore this past weekend for the bar mitzvah of my close friend’s grandson. The site of our last racial hot zone, Baltimore is still reeling from the recent unrest over Freddie […]

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Innovating Race in America (by Rabbi Irwin Kula)


Part of the #TENRABBIS blog by the rabbis at TDIA 2015. Originally posted on The Wisdom Daily.  By Rabbi Irwin Kula Do you know who Dixon White is? The proud, self-proclaimed “redneck” is a former racist – and a YouTube phenomenon. His viscerally honest, rough, intense, cuss-filled (NSFW), incredibly discomforting video “I’m a Redneck and I […]

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Photos: Awards 2015

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Photography credit: Andrew Federman

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By Craig Hatkoff Two years ago at the Awards, Clay Christensen issued a call to action for everyone in attendance; Clay in his remarks exhorted that “we desperately need to disrupt religion, parenting and terrorism!” We took Clay’s call to action quite seriously particularly with regard to religion. Last year Pope Francis received our Adam […]

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When You Give David Lynch A Hammer…

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Last Friday at the sixth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, we honored filmmaker David Lynch for his work with the David Lynch Foundation, which has become a powerful force introducing Transcendental Meditation as a healing and stress-reducing program to hundreds of thousands of children and adults. We welcomed TM educator of 40 years and the Foundation’s Executive […]

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Fran Lebowitz — Writer

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Fran Lebowitz lives in New York City where she divides her time. Video: 

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Cobie Smulders — Actress and Activist


Cobie Smulders, well known to audiences for her role as Robin Sherbatzky on CBS’s hit show “How I Met Your Mother,” has recently starred in “The Avengers”, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson. She reprised her role for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will next […]

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Press Release: 6th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL AND DISRUPTOR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE HONOREES FOR SIXTH ANNUAL DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS *** Award collaboration with Harvard professor Clay Christensen to recognize leading disruptors of consequence including Airbnb, VICE Media, Rent The Runway, Girls Who Code, journalist Peter Greste, Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Formula E Racing and more *** Walter Isaacson’s “The Innovators” […]

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Pope Francis: CEO and Epic Innovator

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Every CEO is an evangelizer. So those struggling with how to deal with the pressures of disruption would do well to closely follow Pope Francis. His first bit of sage advice for every CEO is: “An evangelizer must never look like someone who has […]

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Pittsburgh Education Blog Part 2: STEAM Learning

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We are thrilled to have two of our 2014 disruptors from honoree city Pittsburgh, PA — Cathy Lewis Long and Gregg Behr — continue with fantastic guest blog posts in their series on the evolving nature of education!    Left and Right Sides of the Brain Reunite through STEAM Learning By Gregg Behr, Linda Hippert, and Cathy […]

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VIDEO: TDIA Profiled on HLN

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During the week leading up to this year’s Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, HLN introduced the world to four of the newest key players in disruptive innovation (above) on national television. Watch their reel featuring four of our honorees — Kevin Kelley (“The coach who never punts”), Debbie Sterling (“GoldieBlox”), Yael Cohen (“Fuck Cancer”) and Adam […]

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How To Die In America: Welcome To La Crosse, WI

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: One of the most intractable and politically charged problems in the U.S. healthcare system is end-of-life care. Unlike other third rail issues it only took two words—death panels—to put a screeching halt to the much needed public conversation about how we address medical care during […]

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Jason Silva on Shots of Awe: Instagram

Originally published by Ryan Grenoble as “Profound Examination Of Instagram Will Leave You Inspired By The Power Of A Photo” on The Huffington Post If you use Instagram, then filmmaker and TV personality Jason Silva would like to congratulate you on successfully navigating two different, simultaneous realities. Don’t worry. Near as we can tell, this […]

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Pittsburgh Education Blog Part 1: Back To School

We are thrilled to have two of our 2014 disruptors from honoree city Pittsburgh, PA — Cathy Lewis Long and Gregg Behr — be a part of several of the next upcoming blog posts on the evolving nature of education! “Raising the Next Generation of Innovators through Maker Learning” By Gregg Behr, Cathy Lewis Long, […]

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Tribeca Film Festival 2015 Dates Announced


We’re proud to announce that the 6th annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards will be held Friday, April 24th, with more detailed information to follow here on our blog! As you know, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards recognize individuals, organizations, initiatives and ideas that make a significant contribution to the field of disruptive innovation or other […]

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Blog: Weird Al Gets Disruptive

(This article was written by Karen Kemmerle and was originally posted on tribecafilm.com 7/29/14) The parody king is back on top with a number one record! The Atlantic thinks his new media strategy (and his talent, of course) is the reason why. Let’s face it. If you’ve been online this week, there’s a good chance […]

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The Lindon Leader Logo Blog – Part 2

Disruptor Foundation Fellow Lindon Leader has created some of the most iconic and memorable logos in the history of marketing. We are honored to run his “situation-challenge-solution” brief for some of his favorites.   NCAA Indianapolis, IN The Situation: Redefining a proud American institution In 1998 the NCAA faced a number of issues, among them: […]

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The Lindon Leader Logo Blog – Part 1

Disruptor Foundation Fellow Lindon Leader has created some of the most iconic and memorable logos in the history of marketing. We are honored to run his “situation-challenge-solution” brief for some of his favorites.   Technicolor North Hollywood, CA The Situation: Re-branding a Hollywood icon Technicolor’s enviable heritage traces back to 1915 when the company pioneered […]

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Awards Ceremony Video


Video of the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards can now be found on YouTube! Enjoy the full ceremony (below) or click here to see the entire playlist of individual honorees’ speeches and segments.

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Clay Christensen Responds, and Reflects, on all the Hoopla


By Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula, co-founders, Disruptor Foundation As co-founders with Clay of the Disruptor Foundation, our mission is to raise awareness of and encourage the advancement of disruptive innovation theory and its’ application. Jill Lepore’s New Yorker article, and the river of commentary in its wake has certainly achieved a heightened level of awareness […]

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“The Greatest Flops in History” by Craig Hatkoff, Speaker at NYU Stern Undergraduate Baccalaureate

On Thursday May 22nd, Craig Hatkoff had the honor of being Keynote Speaker at the 2014 NYU Stern School of Business Undergraduate College Baccalaureate ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Craig’s speech, titled “The Greatest Flops in History,” featured the symbolic TDIA Hammer, and offered advice and anecdotes for the Class of 2014: The Greatest Flops […]

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Photos: Awards 2014


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“From Outer Space to Inner Space…Sputnik 2.0”: TDIA Opening Video 2014


In its fifth anniversary year, TDIA explores the impact of the original “Sputnik moment” and takes a bold journey from outerspace to innerspace, in search of the innovations that will come to define “Sputnik 2.0”. Written & Produced by Joshua Cicerone, Edited by Jeremy Mather  

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Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Mark Romanek Team Up for 808 Acceptance Speech Video That Rocks Tribeca


Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Mark Romanek Team Up for 808 Acceptance Speech Video That Rocks Tribeca by Craig Hatkoff, Chief Curator, Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards & Co-Founder, Tribeca Film Festival This trio raised the bar: disrupted the future for all award shows and the usual deadly, boring acceptance speeches.   I was a bit […]

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Press Release: The 5th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL AND DISRUPTOR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE HONOREES FOR FIFTH ANNUAL TRIBECA DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS *** Award collaboration with Harvard professor Clay Christensen to highlight successful disruptive innovation including non-traditional, identity-based domains such as culture, education, healthcare, philanthropy, politics, religion and social entrepreneurship *** Curator and Chairman of TEDMED Jay Walker and Olympian Dick Fosbury […]

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Jack Dorsey Debuts Square at the First Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, 2010


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Disruptive Innovation in the Talking Transition Tent


Harnessing Disruptive Innovation: Conversations on New York City, innovation, and disruptive economy led by one of the City’s leaders in the field. Tuesday, November 19th 2013 – 2PM **Panelists include: Ann Christensen – President, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation Melvin Ming – President and CEO, Sesame Workshop Irwin Kula – President, Center for Learning […]

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Four Years of Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards!

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2013 Disruptive Honorees Announced


We’re proud to honor pioneers and groundbreakers across all fields at the fourth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), in association with the Disruptor Foundation and Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen, father of Disruptive Innovation Theory, is pleased to announce the innovative honorees from various disciplines and domains that will […]

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