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Uber creating cabbie riots. Facebook and Google redefining the advertising market. Over-the-top services that turn every device into a TV. And apps that turn every home into a hotel. The pace of disruption is accelerating at breakneck speed, and the only way to stay on top of it is to know what’s next before it hits. Airing Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. ET beginning Oct. 8, THE DISRUPTORS returns to BNN for its second season, charting the latest emerging technology trends and tracking game-changing innovations like no other television program in Canada. BNN Anchor and Reporter Amber Kanwar, along with digital pioneer and entrepreneur Bruce Croxon, return to helm the weekly, half-hour program.
Each week, the duo reviews pitches from Canadian start-ups, providing expert advice, insight, and analysis. In addition to identifying the big tech trends rocking the worlds of information, transportation, finance, and workplace, THE DISRUPTORS introduces an exciting new interactive component, allowing viewers to vote for Top Disruptor. The start-up that is chosen will get a chance to be spotlighted on the program and given the opportunity to pitch Croxon’s investment company, Round 13.
Each week, THE DISRUPTORS speaks with CEOs of Canadian and international technology companies who share their own success stories, along with their thoughts on the risks faced by start-ups fighting for traction.
Long before social networking became an underpinning of modern society, Croxon was making his mark as a digital pioneer, co-founding the dating website Lavalife in 1987, consequently revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, Croxon grew this early tech start-up from four to 600 employees, creating a marquee brand of online dating with more than 200 million users and nearly $100 million in revenue. Since then, Croxon has earned success as an investor and advisor in early-stage companies in the technology and hospital sectors. A familiar face to Canadian viewers, Croxon was a judge on the hit television program DRAGONS’ DEN from 2011 to 2014. His latest endeavor is as Principal in Round 13 Capital, a firm investing in the Canadian high-tech field looking to find and create the next wave of disruptors.
BNN’s Kanwar specializes in equity markets and is constantly digging for stocks flying under the radar, recognizing trends that are about to emerge, and curating research to make it accessible to viewers. Kanwar has interviewed CEOs from across the continent, from BlackBerry’s John Chen to Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, and brings the day’s biggest business stories to viewers on BNN, CP24, and CTV News Channel. She’s an expert at finding the big deals before they are announced and bringing those scoops to viewers.
THE DISRUPTORS is produced by BNN, with additional research provided by BetaKit, the nation’s foremost source for Canadian start-up news and tech innovation.