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Disruptive Nation is dedicated to introducing our readers to the most commercially promising disruptive companies and technologies.

David Wanetick, CEO, Disruptive Nation

David Wanetick has valued thousands of patents for Fortune 100 companies, start-ups, university technology transfer offices, national laboratories, and hedge funds. David is active in monetizing patents. He is a Managing Director at JD Merit, a boutique investment bank. He developed and runs the Certified Patent Valuation Analyst designation. The CPVA program has been run all over the world for nearly 10 years. Some 250 testimonials are available at the CPVA website. David is the author of seven books including Plight of the Patentee: The Case for Restoring Inventors’ Rights; Solution Nation: One Nation is Disproportionately Responding to the World’s Most Intractable Problems; The Strategic Negotiator: A Manual for Negotiating at the Elite Level; and, Business Model Validation: What Makes Business Models Work.

Andy Coffaro, Senior Analyst, Disruptive Nation

Andy Coffaro has been a professional writer and reporter for the past 15 years. His work has appeared in USA Today, MSN, CMSWire, MarTech Series, The Mercury News, East Bay Times, HERO Sports, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview magazine, and dozens more. You’ll find him on fall Saturdays watching college football on three televisions simultaneously. Andy holds a BA in English and an MA in Sport Management from San José State University.

David Liepman, Senior Analyst, Disruptive Nation

David Liepman spent the first half of his 28-year print media career with the San Francisco Chronicle and the Marin Independent Journal on the business management side. The second half he put pen to paper. For 6 years each edition of the Sunday San Francisco Examiner featured David’s “Personal Best” column, profiling athletes and their specialties not traditionally found in the sports pages. David promoted, bolstered, and championed these unique athletic endeavors and events. In recent years David has continued to pursue his passion for profiles as a free-lance writer and now as a Senior Analyst at Disruptive Nation. He holds a BA degree in business management from the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

Elliot Figeuira, Senior Analyst, Disruptive Nation

Elliot Figueira is an experienced analyst and journalist with a passion for technology and innovation. He has written for major tech blogs, entertainment news sites, marketing companies, and many other companies. Outside of writing, Elliot enjoys science-fiction literature and various types of cacti.