Disruptors & Big Ideas Track

Disruptors & Big Ideas Track Overview

For the entrepreneurs setting out to change industries with visionary ideas

At Transpose, we rally behind game-changers and disruptors. The Transpose platform is designed for the inventors and entrepreneurs who naturally think outside the box, pushing innovation forward by tackling industry-wide problems — not just small-scale solutions.

With these users in mind, we designed Transpose to be a tool that has no limits, but we understand how precious time is when you’re starting a new business, too.  We’ve created everything you need to get started, from tracking customer info, to inventory, to-do lists, and finances.  As you grow, you can rest assured that our platform will be flexible enough to handle anything you can throw at it.

For this year’s Global Startup Battle, each participant on the Disruptors and Big Ideas Track will receive a customized kit of templates when they log into Transpose. We built these templates to help you succeed throughout the weekend and beyond.  Best of all, each participant in the Transpose Disruptor’s Track will receive a free Prime account for one year!

We’re rooting for you and we can’t wait to see how you’ll use Transpose alongside your innovative ideas!

About Transpose

Transpose is revolutionizing the way we use information. In a world saturated with content, Transpose provides order and meaning through a robust platform geared towards individuals, teams, and companies. Whether you’re looking for an all-in-one solution, a template to get started, or a blank slate for your own information solution, Transpose offers the tools to create exactly what you need, customized for your unique challenges. Our community of users has generated over 180,000 templates for their own projects and organization needs — how will you use Transpose?

Important Dates: 

  • Nov 13 – Weekend 1 submissions open (8:00am PST)
  • Nov 17 – Weekend 1 submissions close (11:59pm PST)
  • Nov 22 – Weekend 2 submissions open (8:00am PST)
  • Nov 24 – Weekend 2 submissions close (11:59pm PST)
  • Nov 27 – Voting begins
  • Dec 4 – Voting ends
  • Dec 4-9 – Judging
  • Dec 9-10 – Scoring/Admin
  • Dec 11 – Winner Announcement

Judging Criteria:

Experience (how does the product look & feel):

  • How is your product relentlessly user-focused?
  • Is your product engaging?
  • How does your product feel?

Execution (what was built):

  • Does the product execution reflect a commitment to changing the way people work or approach problems?
  • Does the product disrupt a broken process or system with an innovative solution?
  • How much is built?

Validation (is this business feasible, do you have customers):

  • What is your key value proposition?
  • Who will be your users, who will be your customers (are they different)?
  • How many users have you engaged with?
  • Does your business concept successfully reduce a complex problem with a manageable, stable solution?
  • How did you validate your problem & solution with customers, and what did you learn from them?
  • How do you plan on making this a successful business? (have you thought about competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, revenue model etc.)


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Team must use Transpose to work on their startup

Prime Account Access

Get 10 Prime user accounts for up to 10 people for 2 years. Transpose lets everyone create and organize their world in a way that makes sense to them. 

Business Consulting

20 hours of business consulting to help you optimize your Transpose resources. Let Transpose help you get started!


Mentoring sessions in fundraising, product design/UX, biz dev, product development, branding, PR, customer success, and more from the Transpose team

Testing Devices

5 free devices (tablet, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.) to test your app on each platform.

Meeting with the Media

Enjoy a one hour meeting with a startup reporter from the Seattle community, home of Transpose HQ!

Track Judges

Hussein Ahmed

from Transpose

Hussein is the Founder and CEO of Transpose. Hussein wanted to build a startup that addressed a real need and was especially interested in developing a way to organize worlds of information. With a redesigned, re-imagined service, Transpose lets people create, organize and collaborate on whatever matters to them. His motto is always shoot for the moon and never settle for the stars.

Justin Kamm

from Crown Predator Holdings

Justin Kamm is Partner at Crown Predator Holdings, Venture Capital and Private Equity firm based out of New York. He previously served as a Board Member and Chief Operating Officer of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. He has also worked in various levels of collegiate athletics. Justin founded an online auction company and led it to a successful exit early in his career. He joined Crown Predator in 2007 and continues to pursue investments in a range of industries and stages of development while working actively with management teams of portfolio companies to grow their businesses. Justin graduated with a BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University and an MS in Sport Administration from the University of Miami.

Daniel Li

from Madrona Venture Group

Daniel is part of the investing team at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm. He works on identifying new investments, supporting the growth of portfolio companies, and actively participating in the Seattle startup community. Before joining Madrona, Daniel worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on strategy and operations projects for Fortune 500 technology and healthcare companies.

Samah Gad

from Transpose

Samah is CTO and Co-founder at Transpose. Samah’s expertise in Data Mining comes with a sharp focus on Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. She is widely published, with more than seven research papers in top tier IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ACM (Association of Computing Professionals), and Elsevier Journals and Conferences. She has worked on Data mining, Big Data, and Data visualization research projects funded by NSF (National Science Foundation), NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities), and IARBA. She earned her Ph.D in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 2014. She is an active volunteer in multiple international/national organizations that are focused on empowering women in the Science and Engineering fields.

Check out the 2015 Champions!

View the winning ideas and pitches of GSB 2015.