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disruption

Being “disruptive”, when expressed by a start-up’s founder, refers to the act of forcing one’s way into a niche, bludgeoning the existing competition with a new method of delivering a service and generally injecting greater efficiency into something people have done or used since time immemorial.

In this sense, the word “disruption” can be paired with any industry and the start-up team will sound plausible, such has been the effect of the internet in scaring corporate bosses in even the most low...