Meet the Disrupters
Features successful entrepreneurs and business leaders who have upended an existing market with an disruptive innovation. They will share insights into how to discover disruptive innovations and how to turn disruptive ideas/concept into actual game changing innovations.
Co-Founder, Managing PartnerPalm Drive Capital
Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Palm Drive Capital
Hendrick Lee is the co-founder and managing partner at Palm Drive Capital. Palm Drive Capital is a growth equity fund based in New York, focusing on young revenue- generating companies within SaaS, B2B, marketplace, enterprise services and innovative data applications in traditional industries. Portfolio companies include high growth startups like Jet.com, Zenefits, Addepar, WeLab, Bench Accounting, Spire Global, Hyperloop, Magic Leap, and Boom Supersonic, etc. Prior to Palm Drive, Hendrick was an investment associate at AEA Investors. He has been a serial entrepreneur since college. He is the co-founder of Lair East, former CEO and current chairman of Pebbo, and co-founder of Canidu. Hendrick holds double undergraduate degree in B.S. of Chemical Engineering and B.A. of Philosophy and a master degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Calvin is managing partner at E14 Fund, the MIT Media Lab venture fund. E14 invests in early stage deep tech companies from the MIT Media Lab community.
Previously he was co-founder and CEO of Transist Impact Labs, an incubator and investor in impact-driven tech startups in China and the US. Earlier Calvin was founder and CEO of Qifang, China's first online student loan service and the first Chinese company recognized by the WEF as a Technology Pioneer. Calvin is a member of the Aspen Institute's inaugural China Fellowship Program, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and served on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation. He was named one of Fast Company magazine's 100 Most Creative People In Business for 2011, was named 2009 Chinese Business Leader of the Year by Horasis and Baker & McKenzie, and is a Social Innovation Park Fellow. He has an MBA from TRIUM (NYU, LSE, HEC Paris), a B.A. from Yale University and has also studied social entrepreneurship, global leadership and other management and policy subjects at Harvard University and INSEAD.
Sameer Penakalapati is a passionate technocrat and visionary. He has a graduate degree in Engineering from one of the premier institutes in India. Prior to embarking on his own venture, he worked for over 15 years in various hands-on programming and technical leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies.
His entrepreneurial journey started with the founding of Avani Technology Solutions in 2008. Avani has since grown into a highly respected custom software solutions and IT staffing company and has been recognized as one of the Inc.500 fastest growing private companies in America for three straight years in a row. It also made the 2017 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list – an honor awarded to companies for technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and rapid growth.
Even as Avani grew rapidly, Sameer’s passion for building technology products for small and medium enterprises never abated. With that was born CEIPAL, a Cloud based Human Capital Management solutions for Recruitment, Onboarding and Workforce Management. Today, CEIPAL has 600+ customers.
Sameer has continued playing a transformational role in developing other out-of-the-box, innovative technology solutions. In 2016 Infyx was conceived - a stealth mode start-up enabling 'Marketing Automation and Social Intelligence'. As expected from Sameer, Infyx promises to revolutionize the PR industry through automation of Marketing, Branding and Social Intelligence. 2016 also breathed life into Idea2Market – a software solution to take an idea and seamlessly move it through the various steps - Idea Scaling, Protoyping, Application Development and ultimately it to bringing it to Market. A relentless innovator, Sameer is presently working on developing a Information Security As A Service (iSaaS) product.
In December 2016, Sameer took over as CEO of Indotronix International Corporation.
Indotronix has been providing staffing and custom technology solutions to Fortune 500 companies since 1986. Sameer is spearheading Indotronix into the rapidly changing digital era by expanding in the Private and Public sector.
Sameer also firmly believes in giving back to the communities his companies operate in by providing learning opportunities. Thus was founded Nigama Foundation with the mission to pave a path of better education for children who really deserved it but didn't have a choice. The foundation operates a primary school under the leadership of Sameer for children who are orphans or whose parents cannot afford to care for them. He also contributes his time and resources to youth programs at YMCA, Red Cross etc.
CEO & Co-founderChelfie
CEO & Co-founder
AJ Jaghori is a serial Technopreneur, Data Scientist, Inventor, Early Blockchain Pioneer, Founder of the MIT Social Genome Project, and a Fortune Magazine Most Influential People in Business - 40 under 40 nominee.
A self-taught, dyslexic coder, he started his first tech company at 17 from the back of a car in Palo Alto and sold it at 19. He’s since had 4 successful exits including to Google and Verizon, 2 failed ventures, a month-long digital detox with a Buddhist monk whose teachings helped him overcome burnout, and a patent litigation battle that nearly bankrupted him --- all before the age of 30. AJ is the CEO and Co-founder of social commerce upstart Chelfie, Founder and Managing Partner at the global tech incubator HelloLoCo, Author of the upcoming book SURVIVING THE STARTUP ECHOCHAMBER. A counterintuitive model for accelerating from concept to market, and Entrepreneur In Residence at the Human <> AI Project where among other moonshots, his team is developing a platform that is capable of storing over 200 petabytes in a single gram of DNA.