The Disruption House (TDH) is on a mission to de-risk and fast-track new technology adoption across the global financial services industry and beyond. The firm was founded in 2017 by seasoned practitioners Rupert Bull and Chris Corson, and both share a vision for change. TDH is driven by an expert team of research analysts, technologists, and business development specialists. This combination of experience and understanding of the challenges highly regulated firms and new technology businesses face when engaging is unrivalled across the industry. Their goal is to provide an invaluable industry-wide resource that enables corporate companies, financial institutions, and early-stage technology firms to accelerate meaningful and successful business relationships.
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
He has over 25 years of FinTech experience within both large organisations (Reuters and Instinet) and start-ups. He co-founded, built, and sold Expand Research, the leading Capital Markets benchmarking and research business to The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2011, before leaving to found The Disruption House in early 2015.
Co-founder & Executive Chairman
Chris has over 23 years banking experience at Credit Suisse and as a senior Managing Director and head of the Emerging Markets business globally. He was also a member of the management team for the Global Fixed Income business.
Head of Product & ESG Research
Marcus has worked in investment banking for 25 years serving fund managers across geographies and asset classes in Asia and Europe. After 5 years leading Barclays Asia research content platform in HK, he transferred back to London to head up global thematic research product and spent the last 3 years working on pan sector sustainability and ESG-linked research. He joined TDH to develop the ESG Pathway, partnering with high growth seed and startup businesses to develop early ESG strategies where proportionality based on scale and maturity provides the optimal platform for workable ESG strategies benefitting companies and consumers over the long term.
Head of Research
Dr Usha Back has over 10 years of experience in the financial sector and has worked internationally at the Capital Group Companies. Her role as an Investment Analyst involved analysing and investing in listed companies on behalf of institutional clients. She subsequently founded a strategic consulting company focused on the fintech and biotech sectors. Usha holds a PhD in Pharmacy from the UCL School of Pharmacy where she is also currently a guest lecturer.
Chief Technology Officer
Tom’s career in front office trading systems ranges over twenty years in diverse business lines within banks such as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank.
Tom has also held CTO and COO positions in firms such as, CTO at a market surveillance technology firm, CTO at a FinTech for broking firm, CTO and director of technology for a virtual trading floors/simulations and CTO at a private group of acquisition-based companies. This gives Tom both the technical and business expertise to allow the firm to grow and succeed in the fast-paced world of technology.
Head of Operations and Business Support
Nick has worked education and IT and Database Management within Local Government. Over the past 15 years he has been directly involved with reporting of county and regional youth employment figures for Norfolk, managing IT networks and managing database development and customer success.
Les is a highly skilled and seasoned business development / sales & marketing operating at ExCo and Board level within the FinTech vendor community and is uniquely positioned having successfully sold into the buy and sell sides of the industry. He has built, structured, trained, mentored and managed domestic, regional and global sales and multi-disciplined teams to 20+ people. He has personally closed business valued from $125K – $150m whilst generating sales pipelines with his teams to significant multiples of these values. He thrives on creating and fostering positivity and diversity within the teams he manages, builds and leads. Prior to building Akcelus and working with TDH he has helped start-up, growth and mature Fintechs following a successful career with BlackRock.