Jun 28, 2024
11:00am - 12:00pm

DisrupTV is a weekly podcast with hosts R "Ray" Wang and Vala Afshar. The show airs live at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET every Friday. The audience can expect A-list guests, the latest enterprise news, hot startups, insight from influencers, and much more. Tweet questions to #DisrupTV or @DisrupTVShow. We broadcast live on StreamYard. 

Show Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/ConstellationR

Featured Guests:

John Mullins
Associate Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School

John Mullins is an Associate Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School. He earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. An award-winning teacher and scholar and one of the world’s foremost thought leaders in entrepreneurship, John brings to his teaching and research 20 years of executive experience in high-growth retailing firms, including two ventures he founded and one he took public.

Since becoming an entrepreneurship professor in 1992, John has published five books, more than 50 cases, and more than 50 articles in a variety of outlets, including Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. His research has won national and international awards from the Marketing Science Institute, the American Marketing Association, and the Richard D. Irwin Foundation. He is a frequent and sought-after speaker and educator for audiences in entrepreneurship and venture capital.

John’s first trade book, The New Business Road Test: What Entrepreneurs and Executives Should Do Before Launching a Lean Start-Up (1e 2003; 5e, London: FT 2017), has become the definitive work on the assessment and shaping of entrepreneurial opportunities and is widely used by investors and entrepreneurs and in university courses and workshops worldwide.

His second book, the critically acclaimed Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model (Boston: Harvard Business Press 2009), co-authored with Randy Komisar, a partner at the esteemed venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, was named to “Best Books of 2009” lists by BusinessWeek and INC Magazine.

John’s third book, The Customer-Funded Business: Start, Finance or Grow Your Company with Your Customers’ Cash (Hoboken: Wiley 2014), was named one of five “not-to-be-missed books” for 2014 by Fortune magazine. It challenges the commonly held assumption that among an entrepreneur’s first and most important tasks is that of raising investment capital. Its material provides the foundation for John’s widely viewed MOOC on Coursera, How to Finance and Grow Your Startup – Without VC.

John’s newest book, Break the Rules! The Six Counter-Conventional Mindsets of Entrepreneurs That Can Help Anyone Change the World (Hoboken: Wiley 2023), identifies what makes entrepreneurs “entrepreneurial” and provides a roadmap for how anyone can adopt and master these mindsets to challenge assumptions, overcome obstacles, mitigate risk, and perhaps change the world.

John has done executive education on five continents for a variety of organizations both large and small, including the Young Presidents’ Organization, Endeavor, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Kenya Airways, Merck-Serono, 3M, the European and African Venture Capital Associations, and the IFC, among many others. He has served on the boards of fast-growing entrepreneurial companies in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia. Listen to John on the From Founder to CEO podcast.

Twitter: @John_W_Mullins


Ryan Aytay

Ryan Aytay is Chief Executive Officer of Tableau where he brings more than 27 years experience working in technology and strategy, including two years as Tableau’s Chief Revenue Officer running its global sales and distribution organization. Since joining Salesforce in 2007, he’s served in a series of executive leadership positions including Chief Business Officer and roles that spanned product management, alliances & strategy and global corporate development. Prior to Salesforce, Ryan worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting and as an investment banking analyst for Piper Jaffrey. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Finance from Augsburg University and a MBA, Strategy and Supply Chain from University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management.

Twitter: @Ryanaytay


Leslie Zane
Author of The Power of Instinct: The New Rules of Persuasion in Business and Life

Leslie Zane is an award-winning marketer, TEDx speaker and authority in harnessing the instinctive mind to accelerate brand and business growth. Founder and CEO of Triggers, the first brand consulting firm rooted in behavioral science, Zane champions the primacy of the instinctive mind in brand decisions. Credited with the discovery of the Brand Connectome® and Growth Triggers®, her groundbreaking contributions have deepened our understanding of human decision-making and unlocked the elusive formula for accelerating brand and business growth.  She is an alumna of Yale, Harvard Business School and Bain & Company, and a recipient of the Congressional Women of Distinction and the Ogilvy Award.  In 2021, she coined the term “Covid-stasis” forecasting the pandemic’s lasting psychological and behavioral effects.  Preview her TEDx talk: The Hidden Link Between Success and the Subconscious (linked here).

Twitter: @Leslie_Zane