Commercial space to rent

Thursday 18th September, 2014

 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Lyst, 48 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, London,
N1 6PB

Complimentary drinks, nibbles and networking


Do disruptive industries play fair or are we heading towards new forms of exploitation?

The rise of non-traditional, disruptive business models that either cut out the middleman, for example in the case of decentralised sectors such as digital currencies like bitcoin or help facilitate a new income and savings for the average Joe (in the case of the sharing economy) has brought with it a myriad of problems. On the one hand, people are rejoicing at paying £25 a night for accommodation in holiday hotspots or circumventing bank fees by sending cross-border payments using bitcoin and even funding an idea, project or business through the crowd where access to finance might not have been otherwise possible. We feel empowered, like the ‘little man’ is winning in the war against big brands and mass consumerism.


On the other hand, however, naysayers are shouting foul: Disruptive industries are not in our best interest if they bypass useful regulation that protects the consumer. Who do we turn to if it all goes wrong? Are the independent contractors that support the sharing economy getting their fair share of the revenues? And what happens to the taxi drivers, the home and driveway owners and other ‘benefactors’ when their ‘bit of extra cash’ is threatened by the onset of regulations and restrictions?  In this talk, we discuss the rise of the two forms of civil disobedience: the sharing economy and decentralised industries. Are they fads brought on by our discontent with the meltdown of the financial system in 2008? Is such disaster capitalism sustainable? Hear our panel of speakers, discuss:

  • What are disruptive industries? Examining forms of distribution, sharing, reusing and peer-to-peer that make up decentralisation and the sharing economy
  • Exploring the entrepreneurial roots that have tackled inefficiency, eliminated waste and connected people to form new economies
  • Is there a case against decentralisation and the sharing economy?
  • How are traditional businesses fighting back?
  • Does criticism against disruption stifle competition?
  • How can the consumer be best protected in this new age of “will of the people” ecosystems?
  • What is the future for disruptive industries that have invoked a new form of civic engagement?
Alastair Budge, CEO, JustPark
Russell Hall, co-Founder, Hailo
Warren Heal, CEO, Rent My Items