Yes, it’s official: we are definitely rocking the boat. But in our minds, that is something to be encouraged, and it’s fantastic to see that many people agree with us – that’s why we have been chosen as one of the top 25 disruptive companies in the South West.

We’re in good company too: Zeetta Networks, Wriggle, and Ultrahaptics are just some of the other 24 disruptors that made the cut. Almost 100 people attended at Loco Klub, underneath the heart of Engine Shed, to explore the global and regional direction that disruptive companies are taking. The night ended with the big reveal: the 25 companies that Tällt Ventures, ADLIB, and Foot Anstey have chosen as the leaders in their industry, taking their marketplaces in a different direction.

Our CEO and Founder, Gareth Williams, was understandably chuffed: “YellowDog’s mission is to transform the use of cloud computing in every sector and country, and it’s fantastic to see that our disruptive approach is not being ignored, but celebrated.”

Beyond being chosen as a company that doesn’t accept the industry rules and instead re-writes them, Gareth was invited to speak on a panel at the event that explored South West People, Products, & Potential, along with Ben Shorrock from TechSPARK, Dr Laura Lafave from OnCorps, Samantha Payne from Open Bionics, and Craig Jackson from Funding Circle. He revealed his passion for diversity (“More diverse role models within tech would help increase diversity”), how the types of jobs we do within technology are changing, and our passionate belief in Limitless Compute. The entire event was an insightful spotlight on the innovations finding a home in the South West.

It is always encouraging for us all in the YellowDog offices to be recognised for our unique approach to cloud compute, especially when we are battling against so much confusion about what cloud even is, and how it can transform businesses. As we see our customer base exponentially grow, events such as Disrupt South West signal that we are doing the right thing – even if it does make us rebels.

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