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Dan Reus is a writer, connector, speaker, seer of potential and facilitator of innovation and change. He consults with clients aspiring to realize their innovation potential as the founder and chief instigator of Openly Disruptive, and is a proud St. Louisian. Follow him on Twitter at @DanReus.

Founder Series: Kevin Taylor of Hey Let’s Train

Kevin Taylor is co-founder and chief technology officer of Hey Let’s Train, where they’re building a platform to connect people to professional athletes they admire, so they can train exactly as they do. What preparation did...
Tracie Gildehaus Maritz

Disrupting Data-Driven Business with Tracie Gildehaus

Data-driven business performance has strong St. Louis roots. Industry giant Maritz has been a leader in the space for decades, and today is dialing up its own performance by connecting startups and established companies...

Disrupting Brand Experience with Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin

Design led by business strategy and intuitive usability are part of the equation for Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin. Reshma is CEO of B/C Designers, a firm that helps startups and established brands solve business problems beautifully. What...

Disrupting the Food Conversation with Vance Crowe of Monsanto

Food is changing, and if we're to feed the world sustainably, all the stakeholders need to talk. Vance Crowe is director of millennial engagement for Monsanto, where he brings life experiences with the Peace...

Founder Series: Jim Eberlin of TopOPPS

Jim Eberlin is a serial success. Not only has he founded two successful companies that raised more than $200 million combined in institutional investment, but both companies have over 200 employees each. Gainsight has...

Disrupting Marketing with Influencers and Nick Szabo

As COO of Swizzle Labs, Nick Szabo wants to help brands and YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat stars understand and build their audiences. Although Swizzle started in Seoul, it is now a US-based entity...

Founder Series: Dan Lohman of Pushup Social

Dan Lohman is Founder and CEO of Pushup Social, which makes adding an online community to a website as easy as adding as installing a plugin or pasting a line of code. Pushup recently...

Disrupting Financial and Healthcare Experiences with Kevin Dulle

Kevin Dulle helps define experiences for banks and health systems. Using an understanding of the economic value of experiences, architecture and visual storytelling tools in his role as Director, Experience Innovations at NewGround, he...

Founder Series: Roberto Hoyos of Throwboy

Roberto Hoyos is Founder and CEO of Throwboy, a maker of throw pillows based on Internet culture. Roberto made the first pillows as a Christmas gift for a girlfriend, but Throwboy is now embraced by...

Disrupting Science Education with Christian Greer

As Chief Education and Programs Officer at the Saint Louis Science Center, Christian Greer is helping lead the transformation of one of the country's most popular science centers. With new and renovated exhibit experiences,...

Disrupting Infection with Nanotechnology and Tom Cohen

Tom Cohen is founder of Nanopore Diagnostics, a St. Louis life science startup that's part of a new wave of companies bringing nanotechnology tools to today's challenges. They’re creating a clinical testing device to...

Disrupting Fashion with 3D Printing and Natacha Alpert

Natacha Alpert grew up working and living internationally. With a background in footwear from her Grandparents’ shoe stores, she became a production designer in film and managed iconic shoe lines for Reebok, Timberland, Nine...
Tanya Hamilton

Founder Series: Tanya Hamilton of Independent Youth

Each week, EQ will feature local founders: The work they do, the goals they set and where they draw their inspiration.

Disrupting Foot Pain with Teen Entrepreneur Ehan Kamat

Ehan Kamat is a 15 year-old inventor and entrepreneur who has developed, patented and is currently selling a medical device called the Solemender for foot pain. He has participated in GlobalHack, was one of...

Disrupting Lighting with Plant Genomics and Alexander Krichevsky

What if the answer to lighting up a room was to have more houseplants? Alexander Krichevsky is founder of Bioglow, a biotech company working on plants as alternatives to electricity-consuming light sources. How do you...

Disrupting Aerospace Through Cubesats with Michael Swartwout

As the space industry enjoys a renaissance, entry level employees might have already designed and operated their own satellites. Michael Swartwout, co-director of Parks College of Engineering's Space Systems Research Laboratory, trains Saint Louis...

Disrupting Revenue Operations with Tara Kinney

Tara Kinney is bringing a discipline of evidence-based marketing and sales growth to emerging companies. With a background in driving growth for established companies as well as consulting for dozens of MIT-launched startups, Tara...

Disrupting the Gig Economy with Stephanie Leffler

Companies like Uber, Airbnb and Instacart are participants in the gig economy—connecting people with spare time or unused stuff with those who need them. Stephanie Leffler's OneSpace, headquartered in the St. Louis metro area,...

Disrupting Company Culture with Jennifer Oertli

Change comes fast and furiously and organizations struggle to adapt and thrive, often without a change-ready culture to do so. Jennifer Oertli came from the realities of HR and finding, managing and keeping talent....

Disrupting Poor Health Literacy with Catina O’Leary

Healthcare can be very difficult to understand. No one knows this better than Dr. Catina O'Leary. As president and CEO of the nation’s largest health literacy non-profit, Health Literacy Missouri, she has a unique...

Disrupting Planetary Exploration with John Richter

Before explorers can go somewhere new, they have to plan how they'll get there and understand what will happen when they arrive. With Transmissions from Colony One, John Richter is using podcasts and radio drama...

Disrupting Research Policy with Kendra Perry

Kendra Perry has a background in politics which comes in handy when she helps people like nanoscientists (scientist that studies really small materials) collaborate outside their lab. She’s currently the Director of Government & Business Relations...

Disrupting Global Business with Gary Kellmann

Gary Kellmann launched his first invention just after college and has sold millions of both his own inventions and those of others he's partnered with. With a solid understanding of the globalized economy, today...

Disrupting Love with Sandra Langeslag

Love isn't just a warm feeling to Sandra Langeslag. It's a neurological process that can be scientifically measured and impacts far more of our lives than we realize. Originally from The Netherlands, Sandra is...

Disrupting Business Complexity with Pravina Pindoria

Pravina Pindoria is bringing simplicity and collaboration to business with Tallyfy. She shared with us why she and Amit Kothari, her co-founder in and husband, would move a company from London to St. Louis,...

Disrupting Shakespeare with Anupam Basu

You might think big data is all about tech, business and the NSA, but Anupam Basu is using these tools to better understand the foundations of our culture. As the Weil Fellow in Digital Humanities...

Disrupting Corporate Finance with Fluent’s Dave Sutter

Plenty of people know about Bitcoin and other "cryptocurrencies", but people like David Sutter, co-founder of Fluent, are using the underlying technology to help large and small organizations and their banks dramatically transform the speed...

Disrupting Planetary Exploration with Valerie Fox

With water discoveries and blockbuster movies, Mars is the planet everyone's talking about these days. Valerie Fox works in Washington University's Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory, where she helps understand Mars and explore it....

Disrupting Beer with Stan Hieronymus

A writer recently characterized as doing "more to advance our understanding of beer than anyone in the past decade" calls St. Louis his home. No matter where he travels for festivals, writing or just...

Disrupting Urban Agriculture with Mary Ostafi

Mary Ostafi has been an award-winning architect, a sustainability consultant and she's taught and worked as an organic farm apprentice. Today she heads up Urban Harvest STL, where they work on rooftop farms, sustainability,...

Disrupting Genomics with Jarret Glasscock

After leaving the world-renowned Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis, Jarret Glasscock co-founded Cofactor Genomics, which has been at the forefront of sequencing and analysis of DNA for researchers worldwide. Jarret and...

Disrupting Manufacturing and Education: Bill Macy and 3D Printing

Everybody is talking about 3D printing these days, but Bill Macy has been working to bring its on-demand flexibility and mass customization to manufacturing for years for companies like McDonnell Douglas and Stratasys. As...

Disrupting Energy Bars: Hůga Bar’s Luis Rivero

Originally from Venezuela, Luis Rivero spent years in the corporate world at DuPont Nutrition & Health (formerly Solae) before deciding to take his understanding of protein, nutrition and energy bar markets and do something about...

Disrupting games through crowdfunding with Jamey Stegmaier

Stonemaier Games founder Jamey Stegmaier has raised more than $1.4 million from more than 19,000 backers in seven successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns and now he also helps others succeed. His book, "A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide",...

Disrupting beer, tech and pizza with Jonathan Leek

Jonathan Leek is Director of Special Projects at Lumate, owner of Pulse Pizza, event organizer for Open Data STL, and past chair of the International Game Developers Association - Saint Louis. Whether he's working his...
Carl Reed Forge Comics

Disrupting Comics with Carl Reed

Move over, DC and Marvel. As Chief Creative Officer of Lion Forge, Carl Reed is bringing creativity, technology and insight about how people want their comics to the business. Why do comics need innovation? The success...

Disrupting Medicine with Dr. Henry Randall

Dr. Henry Randall is the Division chief, adult and pediatric transplantation at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and is bringing the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE) to St. Louis. Whether he's working to...
Rosa Mayer St Louis LaunchCode

Disrupting The Tech Talent Gap With Rosa Mayer

If you're in the startup community, you know Rosa Mayer. Rosa moved to St. Louis in 2009 to work with College Bound. When that assignment ended, she became part of the burgeoning coworking movement...

Disrupting Tech Events With Alex Miller

Alex Miller knows how to build code and communities of coders. As a developer at Cognitect, Miller supports the community developing and maintaining the Clojure programming language. But he’s a man with many hats; he...
Aaron Addison

Disrupting Exploration: Aaron Addison On Caves, CAVEs And Wall-Climbing Catfish

As Director of Scholarly Services at Washington University in St. Louis, Aaron leads a team of 15 professionals in the design, implementation and documentation of research services and spatial data related technologies. As a...

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