2014 CNBC Disruptor 50

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  • Electrical outlet

    What worked for utility companies during the first hundred years of electricity won't work anymore. Utilities that think they can keep charging at will for electrons will be gone.

  • Sam Shank, CEO and co-founder of HotelTonight

    HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank says relying on praise from family and friends to judge your start-up is often a road to painful, prolonged failure.

  • Ouya sells out in its initial gaming console launch (and Google seems very interested); Square wants to be the next Amazon, eBay and Etsy; ridesharing company Uber drives over LA.

  • A rebellious 12th century farmer is the true father of disruption in the utility industry, even though he lost his battle against the lords of the power grid.

  • Retooling Biz With Robot Named Baxter

    Scott Eckert, president and CEO of Rethink Robotics, talks about new manufacturing technologies.

  • Health care,education and financial services have been the sectors most resistant to the power of disruptive companies. No longer.

  • 'Rent the Runway' Disrupts Fashion

    Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman explains how her Internet rental business is shaking up the marketplace.

  • The textbook's day's are numbered, with the rise of e-books and self-publishing. That will mean lighter bookbags and prices, but they're still not cheap.

  • MakerBot's popular Replicator 2

    Makerbot being bought by Stratasys; Google's Waze deal may face regulatory roadblock; Tumblr's David Karp attacks social media companies for "gross" self-promotion.

  • Naimish Patel

    Going social leads to better health and a better health-care system, and it will reinvent the Obamacare era.

  • OUYA 'Disrupts Video Game Industry

    Ouya founder and CEO Julie Uhrman discusses how her company's $99 gaming console could give PlayStation and Xbox a run for their money by allowing developers to publish game apps to the television.

  • Cliff Fischer of Wisconsin Precision Casting uses 3-D printing and iPads on the manufacturing floor.

    3-D printing holds much promise for many sectors. But innovation brings risks, such as 3-D guns. In addition, is America's workforce ready for advanced manufacturing jobs?

  • Need a Room Tonight? There's an App for That

    Sam Shank, CEO of HotelTonight, explains how its new app lets impulsive travelers and procrastinators book same-day hotel reservations from their mobile phones and at a discount.

  • 3-D printer by Makerbot for sale on Amazon.com.

    Amazon has launched a dedicated section on its website where consumers can buy 3-D printers; now Jeff Bezos' investment in Makerbot becomes crystal clear.

  • Aereo's Chet Kanojia

    Even if Aereo is ultimately unsuccessful, the unraveling of the cable bundle is inevitable, the company's CEO tells CNBC.

  • Aereo CEO on Battle With Networks

    Chet Kanojia, CEO of Aereo, discusses his company's plan to expand its online programming service into Atlanta, despite controversy with television networks over its legality.

  • 3-D printer by Makerbot for sale on Amazon.com.

    Amazon has launched a section on its website where consumers can buy 3-D printers and related materials, including software, all in one place.

  • Start-ups are attacking the $34 billion language-services market, breaking through a fundamental business barrier at a fraction of the cost.

  • Google Maps App

    Google announces the acquisition of maps app Waze, after Facebook failed to reach a deal with the Israeli company. Waze's real-time data attracts a high price tag.

  • Paradigm Shift Disrupts Cyberthreats

    Gaurav Banga, Bromium co-founder & CEO, discusses how his growing company is making the world more secure from cyberattacks.

About 2014 CNBC Disruptor 50

  • CNBC has created the ultimate list of 50 private companies whose innovations are having a dramatic impact across their industries. These so-called "disruptors" have attracted billions of dollars in venture capital. They are now poised for hypergrowth.

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