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2013 Disruptor 50 List

The 2013 List

From hundreds of nominations made by venture capitalists, industry analysts, startup investors, academics at top business schools, and beat reporters, CNBC has created the ultimate list of 50 private, venture-backed companies disrupting the status quo in 10 traditional industries: Energy, Enterprise, Financial Services, Healthcare, Media, Manufacturing, Retail Telecom, Transportation, Travel & Leisure.

The following is an alphabetical list of 2013's CNBC Disruptor 50.

2013 CNBC Disruptor 50

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: 3D Robotics Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Open-source drone technology design, engineering and manufacturing company

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: 23andMe Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 4:19 PM ET

    Low-cost DNA analysis service for individuals.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Airbnb Friday, 17 May 2013 | 9:36 AM ET

    Community-based travel marketplace connecting people to nonstandard travel options in 34,000 cities and 192 countries. It’s a new traveler and lodging business connection model.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Aereo Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:21 PM ET

    Aereo is pushing the envelope with the distribution of television content, allowing consumers to watch and DVR live broadcast television over the internet.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Atlassian Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 6:13 PM ET

    Software for software developers. Early adopter of software as a service (SaaS).

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Audax Health Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 5:00 PM ET

    Self-engagement technology for individuals aimed at bringing down health-care costs and providing better care.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Boku Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:59 AM ET

    A mobile billing system eliminating the need for debit and credit cards in online purchases by billing directly to mobile phone numbers.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Box Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 4:20 PM ET

    Provides secure cloud content management and collaboration.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Bromium Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 4:00 PM ET

    A maker of computer security technology using a patented micro-virtualization (isolation as opposed to blocking) approach to upend existing security models.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: BuzzFeed Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:14 PM ET

    An online news organization mixing original reporting across a wide variety of subject verticals, and native advertising (sponsored content), focused on viral traffic growth.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Castlight Health Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 4:20 PM ET

    Health care transparency technology for employers, lowering the cost of health care and providing individuals with unbiased pricing and quality data for health care purchases.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: CircleUp Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 8:24 AM ET

    A crowdsourced funding platform for consumer businesses, an alternative to the traditional financing model.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Dropbox Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 3:53 PM ET

    A free cloud storage service that lets you bring your photos, documents and videos anywhere and share them easily.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Etsy Monday, 13 May 2013 | 9:07 AM ET

    Etsy is a platform for independent businesses to sell their goods. More than 14 million shoppers have made a purchase and more than 100 million items have been sold since 2005.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Foursquare Friday, 17 May 2013 | 9:34 AM ET

    The social, location-based app is aiming to turn a fast-growing community into a revenue-generating advertising, sales and search business.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Getaround Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 5:33 PM ET

    Solving the problem of car overpopulation and the unsustainable transportation system.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Ginger.io Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 4:21 PM ET

    Technology that can model individual health patterns and behavior through a mobile phone app, and provide researchers, physicians and hospitals with a continuous data stream.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: HotelTonight Friday, 17 May 2013 | 9:37 AM ET

    The first lodging app made exclusively for mobile and for last-minute hotel deals offers steep discounts on lodging of all types and for all budgets.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: INRIX Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 5:34 PM ET

    The big data provider of traffic. The largest traffic information network in the world, offering real-time, historical and predictive traffic flow information.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Kabam Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 5:58 PM ET

    Migrating traditional console games to mobile devices. Games are offered free of charge. Gamers pay for access to premium gaming content.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Kickstarter Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 8:24 AM ET

    A new way to fund creative projects, from films, games and music to art, design and technology.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Kymeta Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:58 AM ET

    A scalable satellite solution for continuous, high-quality broadband access anywhere in the world, including in transit situations, air, land and sea.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Lending Club Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 8:24 AM ET

    A platform for lenders and borrowers competing with traditional loan services and investments.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: LightSail Energy Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 11:45 AM ET

    Energy storage technology that uses compressed air to create heat energy, which can then be stored and more efficiently released onto the grid during off-peak intervals.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: LiveU Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:56 AM ET

    Broadcast quality video over cellular technology for live transmission in standard definition and high definition globally.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: MakerBot Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    A manufacturer of desktop 3-D printers.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: MicroSeismic Friday, 17 May 2013 | 5:44 PM ET

    An oil service company that is the largest provider of fracture monitoring services in the world.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Nest Labs Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 11:49 AM ET

    A programmable thermostat aiming to make a smarter residence, using sensors to learn behavioral patterns and create a temperature schedule maximizing energy efficiency.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Opower Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 11:51 AM ET

    Opower is an energy efficiency software company that allows utilities to make their customers smarter about usage.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: OUYA Friday, 17 May 2013 | 9:44 AM ET

    A collaborative video game platform that is aiming to break the last “closed” platform in the gaming market: television.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Palantir Technologies Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 3:45 PM ET

    The integration and analysis of large quantities of data, or as Palantir likes to say, helping to solve the world's biggest problems.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Picarro Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 11:53 AM ET

    Information age data provider to public and private sector players at the center of energy, climate policy and fracking debate.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Pinterest Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:37 PM ET

    Social networking site where users collect photos and link to products they love, creating their own pinboards and following the pinboards of others.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Quirky Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    A collaborative platform for every aspect of product development—from original idea to manufacturing and marketing.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Rent the Runway Monday, 13 May 2013 | 9:19 AM ET

    Rent the Runway is the premier online destination for dress and accessory rentals with a revolving roster of more than 170 top designers.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Rethink Robotics Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Creator of low-cost robotics solutions for the manufacturing sector

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Shapeways Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Pioneering on-demand 3D printing marketplace and community to make, buy, and sell custom and personalized products.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Spotify Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:15 PM ET

    A music service that is helping to change the concept of a personal music collection. Spotify offers access to a large music library, available on PCs, smartphones and tablets.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Shopify Monday, 13 May 2013 | 9:09 AM ET

    Shopify is an ecommerce platform that allows individuals and businesses to create online stores. Founded by two snowboarding enthusiasts to sell their snowboards.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Square Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 8:25 AM ET

    Mobile payments technology provider and transactions leader.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: SpaceX Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 5:33 PM ET

    Designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft, with the goal of ultimately enabling people to live on other planets.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Tumblr Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 9:36 AM ET

    Behind the biggest conceptual change in the evolution of blogging. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Twilio Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:57 AM ET

    A cloud-based platform that allows developers and businesses lacking any physical telecom infrastructure to create scalable communications systems.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Twitter Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:13 PM ET

    Global real-time communications platform that invented the 140-character tweet and is poised to reach $1 billion in advertising revenue in 2014.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Uber Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 5:34 PM ET

    A smartphone and Web-based, on-demand professional car service ordering system.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Warby Parker Monday, 13 May 2013 | 9:08 AM ET

    Warby Parker is disrupting the overpriced eyewear market controlled by a few large companies that reap huge profits due to lack of customer choice.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Waze Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 5:35 PM ET

    World's fastest-growing, community-based traffic and navigation app.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Wealthfront Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 8:25 AM ET

    Software-based investment management.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: WhatsApp Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:55 AM ET

    An unlimited text, audio and video messaging app that works with any existing mobile plan.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: ZocDoc Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 4:23 PM ET

    Free smartphone-based service that lets patients research doctors and dentists, and to book appointments.

About 2013 Disruptor 50 List

  • CNBC has created the ultimate list of 50 private, venture-backed companies disrupting the status quo in 10 traditional industries. These disruptors are posing the biggest threat to the public giants, and changing everything we think we know about the markets. Here is an alphabetical list as the companies.

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2014 CNBC Disruptor 50



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