2014 CNBC Disruptor 50


  • Students play JA Virtual Finance Park video game in school.

    AIDS in Zimbabwe, human rights, poverty. Solve the global education crisis, and a generation later you'll make progress on every other problem.

  • In start-up bubble, $4 billion is new $1 billion Sunday, 27 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    The social media effect: Retailers continue to be a big beneficiary of Pinterest.

    Pinterest offers no revenue in return for its $3.8 valuation. But it has a plan for world domination, and that's all that matters.

  • 11 ways your daily routine will never be the same Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 11:09 AM ET

    Your daily routine will never be the same. Here's a look at how disruptive technology and innovation are changing day-to-day activities.

  • How many people does it take to make an LED bulb? Sunday, 25 Aug 2013 | 1:00 PM ET

    The incandescent bulb is an inefficient relic of the dawn of the modern era, but one important design principle endures: You mess with an iconic consumer design at your own peril.

  • The gaming company Google bets on isn't Zynga Sunday, 25 Aug 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    Google gets more serious about gaming, and Kabam scores highly in the tech giant’s analysis of how mobile is the new arcade.

  • The booming business of 3-D printing Saturday, 17 Aug 2013 | 1:00 PM ET
    A 3-D printer being used to engineer a new ear.

    3-D printing is no longer limited to prototypes and futuristic dreams. Additive manufacturing already can be found in everything from teeth aligners to jet engine parts.

  • Forget smartwatches, consider crowdfunding this Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Daniel Yachia, left, and Sedat Barokas

    A new Web company is offering to connect inventors of smaller medical devices with people who can give them the cash they need to get off the ground.

  • Sharing economy: Greater Depression in the making? Monday, 19 Aug 2013 | 8:38 AM ET

    In the opinion of Convergex, the sharing economy, from cars to lodging and luxury clothing, could cause an economic catastrophe because of ripple effects from renting and sharing.

  • The 'gold rush' for 3-D printing patents Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 10:48 AM ET
    3-D printer creates a sculpture of a woman at the DMY International Design Festival at the former Tempelhof Airport Hangar on June 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

    3-D printing could reshape patent and intellectual property laws. Get ready for a patent land grab of intellectual property not seen since the dot-com boom.

  • Madison Avenue targets your DNA Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 4:35 PM ET

    23andMe, the personal genetics testing company that will sell you a kit to know your own DNA for $99, has launched a nationwide TV ad campaign.

  • Shadow Banking: Peer-to-peer lending increasing Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 7:41 AM ET
    Shadow Banking: Peer-to-peer lending increasing

    Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, discusses the growing trend among some consumers to bypass banks and borrow money directly from individuals.

  • Crowdsourcing Quirky summer gadgets Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 8:39 AM ET
    Crowdsourcing Quirky summer gadgets

    Quirky CEO and founder Ben Kaufman explains how his manufacturing company helps businesses fund the invention process and demonstrates several of this season's top gadgets.

  • Can a drone find Bigfoot? Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 4:27 PM ET
    Marissa Mayer and David Karp

    3D Robotics now has a $700 drone that can do some handy things, say, allow a photographer to get shots never before possible without climbing trees. But can a drone find Bigfoot?

  • Google's $35 Chromecast vs. the $100 Apple TV Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 | 1:33 PM ET
    Google's Mario Queiroz shows off the Chromecast SDK.

    The race for the living room just got a little bit more intense. Here's how the two contenders stack up.

  • Radiohead's Yorke: Spotify a music industry creep Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 4:23 PM ET

    The lead member of influential rock band Radiohead, Thom Yorke, who has experimented with new models for selling music online, thinks Spotify is a bad model for musicians.

  • Broadcasters are really, really scared of Aereo Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 5:01 PM ET

    Web TV pioneer Aereo is hit with the latest in a string of lawsuits brought by traditional broadcasters as a result of its expansion into Boston.

  • Time to Hail a Helicopter on Your Mobile Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 1:50 PM ET
    A limousine driver supplements his own fares with those he contracts out from Uber.

    CNBC Disruptor 50 member Uber is offering a novel service this Fourth of July weekend: You can hail a helicopter to the Hamptons for $3,000.

  • The War We Are Fighting With Outdated Weapons Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 9:55 AM ET

    You can't stop hackers from entering your system, you can only hope to contain them. Conventional defenses don't work, but do waste lots of money and resources.

  • 3-D Gun Printing: Here's the Software That Stops It Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 2:35 AM ET

    New software has been developed that aims to restrict the manufacture of 3-D-created firearms.

  • Interest in Car Share Apps Surges After BART Strike Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 7:26 AM ET
    For a second day, hundreds of thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters are scrambling to find ways to work after two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) largest unions went on strike

    Just days before hundreds of Bay Area Rapid Transit workers went on strike, the online ridesharing network Avego bought a new Web address: bartstrike.com.

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