The Wikipedia definition:
A disruptive technology or disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. The term is used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically first by designing for a different set of consumers in the new market and later by lowering prices in the existing market.
Disruptivators We Admire
Think YouTube. Or Tivo. Google Adwords and anti-lock brakes. Android, OLEDS, and Predator Drones. Nylon stockings, the printing press, and the Roman Testudo. Each created by Disruptivators who were willing to push limits, ask questions, defy expectations, and fundamentally disrupt the status quo.
As the 20th century's greatest Disruptivator said:
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
A project of the NH Innovation Commercialization Center, Disruptivate!™ is a series of events and a network that bring innovators, entrepreneurs, creatives, technologists, angel investors, venture capitalists, and changemakers together. We promote and celebrate "Disruptive Innovation" in the NH Seacoast and larger region.
Our first major event, Disruptivate! 2012, was held in April 2012. Disruptivate! Goes Vertical (Tuesday, October 9th, 2012) is our second conference, with a third planned for late winter 2013.