One plans to colonize Mars. Another promises to bring the department store to your living room. And then there's the upstart that's taking the chicken out of the egg. Yes, chickenless eggs.
Say hello to the future: The 2014 CNBC Disruptor 50, our annual roundup of the country's most ambitious and innovative companies changing the economy and overall business landscape. And once again we're looking well beyond the technology, to identify disruptors in industries ranging from energy and manufacturing to retail and financial services.
The common denominator? All of these companies entered traditional sectors and turned them upside down. It's not about one product or delivery method. It's the power of a company to displace the established incumbents in its own industry, prompting a ripple effect throughout its economic ecosystem. A true disruptor's power is seen in its effects on multiple industries—and its ability to disrupt the public giants.