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Meet the second wave of Disrupt Audience Choice roundtable winners – TechCrunch

We asked TechCrunch readers to vote for the roundtable sessions they would most like to see at TC Disrupt October 18-20 in San Francisco, and startup fans from around the world spoke out.

Roundtables — some of TechCrunch Disrupt’s most popular sessions — are 30-minute, expert-led discussions for up to 20 participants who share a common interest in a specific topic. The format allows for deeper conversations, Q&A, and time for attendees to connect with them and explore collaboration opportunities.

Before we unveil the next five roundtables that garnered plenty of attention at our Audience Choice Voting-a-Thon, here’s a quick reminder from working from home:

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Ready for an interesting mix of roundtable topics? From solving real-world problems with NFTs, to improving AI with better data and disruption-free disruptions, to knowing when to launch from stealth and how to create a graceful, profitable exit, you’ll have a hard time deciding . What a delightful dilemma.

NFTs for real problems

Speaker: Manuela Seve, the CEO of Alphaa.io

NFTs are still associated with digital files, but in reality they can be used to solve issues related to authenticity, resale, and community engagement in art, fashion, and even real estate.

In this roundtable we talk about real use cases – developed by Alphaa.io – for the certification of art and luxury goods. These include point-of-sale integrations for legacy brands, moving from paper COAs to NFTs, building supply, and resale fee generation.

We’ll also look at how, by using NFT’s loyal followers, you can offer exclusive digital environments and products, fund the production of physical objects and experiences, and create a tool that allows creators to stay in control of their work and fund any project.

Expanding the applications of AI to real estate and beyond

Speaker: Sam Stone, Director of Product Management, Pricing and Data at Opendoor

While buying a home is often one of the biggest financial decisions one can make, the process remained unchanged for decades until Opendoor redesigned every part of the transactional experience to be digital, on-demand, and more accessible.

Pricing systems are at the core of Opendoor’s DNA. By developing different machine learning model types and leveraging data science, the company offers a high level of accuracy, coverage and functionality.

Drawing on our expertise in AI, machine learning and data science, this roundtable will focus on finding ways to build a data-centric approach to finance, integrate algorithms and humans, and improve AI with better data.

Lessons learned from disrupting the disruptors

Speaker: Shaival Shah, co-founder and CEO of Ribbon

Is it possible to disrupt, be profitable and work for the social good? Disruption is a natural outcome of innovation, but it could risk destroying necessary industrial ecosystems. With a nuanced approach, founders can create solutions to eliminate industry bottlenecks, create products that solve tomorrow’s challenges and benefit ecosystem growth rather than turn it upside down.

In key industries like real estate, Wall Street investors and iBuyers are increasingly disrupting inventory at the expense of falling homeownership rates. However, disrupting an industry need not disrupt the communities it ultimately serves.

Ribbon entered the market to bring competitive cash offers to everyday buyers through an open solution that incentivizes local agents and lenders – rather than stealing their business. In this roundtable, Shaival Shah will share the lessons he has learned through this process and the good that can come from disrupting the disruptors.

How will I know? How to choose the right time (and way) to boot from stealth mode

Speaker: Andrej Safundzic, co-founder and CEO of Lumos

You have a product or an idea, you have angel investors and some early customers, and now you are thinking about bringing it to market. When? And how? It’s tempting to launch as soon as possible, and many companies are taking that leap.

We took a different launch approach. We went against the grain by challenging ourselves to be storytellers, to build a culture to be proud of and to sell in stealth mode. The world has changed in 2020 and so has our strategy. Like many early-stage companies, we had to think fast and set our go-to-market strategy early.

In this roundtable, we’ll talk about the lessons we learned, how we set goals, built infrastructure, thought about going from a four-person company to a 40-person company—and what we would do differently . Join us and other founders who went against the grain and took a different approach to launching their businesses from stealth mode.

Startup Exits: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Speaker: Sam Wong, CEO Coach at Fundable Startups

Startup founders and investors work for years on a successful exit. After five exits culminating in four acquisitions, Sam Wong has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly.

One exit died at the 11th hour. A deal was struck but ended in financial bust. Another resulted in five offers. Do you choose the buyer who offers tons of stock or the one who offers it all in cash? Another deal resulted in a nine-figure acquisition but likely left money on the table. Sam recently acquired a business, so he’s seen both the buy and sell sides.

In this roundtable, Sam will talk about sellability and due diligence and – to help entrepreneurs position themselves for the best possible exit – he will share the inside story of what worked, what didn’t and why.

Cash the first group of roundtables We recently announced that more Audience Choice Roundtable winners are coming soon!

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