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  • 50 highfliers that investors should know about Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    2015 Disruptors: Birchbox, SpaceX, Uber and Airbnb

    CNBC's third annual ranking of private companies that have wooed billions in funding may surprise you. They debunk start-up myths.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 32 SugarCRM Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM

    This CRM company has recently expanded to provide salespeople with a mobile platform to help them proactively follow and close deals.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 34 Wealthfront Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Adam Nash, CEO of Wealthfront

    This online investment company has passed the $2B mark for assets under management—focusing on Gen Y with its proprietary algorithms.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 16 Pure Storage Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    (left to right) Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen and co-founders John Hayes and John "Coz" Colgrove

    The secret to this company's success is its flash memory technology, a method that's faster and simpler than traditional disk storage.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 23 Motif Investing Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Hardeep Walia, co-founder and CEO of Motif Investing

    This online brokerage firm recently partnered with insurance giant Pacific Life to offer cause-driven investing themes to tap millennials.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 4 Uber Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber Technologies

    A ride-sharing service that helped launch the on-demand economy, Uber continues to expand beyond the roads of the US.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 44 Nutanix Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Dheeraj Pandey, founder and CEO of Nutanix

    Nutanix simplifies data centers by integrating servers and storage into one solution that can be up and running in an hour or less.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 21 Synack Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Synack founders Mark Kuhr (left) and Jay Kaplan

    The brainchild of former National Security Agency agents, this company combines the best of human knowledge and tech to fight hackers.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 15 Quirky Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky

    This 6-year-old company culls ideas submitted to its website, and the best ones get made and sold in some of the world's biggest retailers.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 37 Dollar Shave Club Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    DollarShaveClub.com founder & CEO Michael Dubin.

    With $140 million in projected 2015 sales, Dollar Shave Club is expanding beyond razors, looking to one day own the men's bathroom.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 48 Qubole Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ashish Thusoo, co-founder and CEO of Qubole.

    Created by two members of the 'Facebook mafia', this startup wants to make sense of the Internet's mass of data, and democratize its power.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 19 Blippar Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ambarish Mitra, co-founder and chief executive officer of Blippar

    Using image recognition technology, this app lets consumers point their smartphone at a product and gain a wealth of additional information.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 18 Personal Capital Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Bill Harris, co-founder and CEO, Personal Capital

    This online financial services firm believes the new model for investing is the combo of tech and seasoned advisors—700,000 users agree.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 9 Slack Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Stewart Butterfield, co-founder and CEO of Slack

    The virtual office has made communications among far-flung teams tough, but this business app lets people share data from any device.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 50 Snapchat Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.

    A huge hit with teens, the Snapchat message app that lets you share video and photos in seconds has built a cult following.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 10 Warby Parker Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Two of the Warby Parker founders, David Gilboa (left) and Neil Blumenthal

    Selling eyeglasses online to the masses is this company's mission—as well as partnering with nonprofits to give to the needy.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 36 Betterment Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Jon Stein, founder and CEO of Betterment

    By requiring no minimum amount to invest, this online financial services company is looking to gain the attention of millennials.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 14 SurveyMonkey Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    The employees of SurveyMonkey

    The cost of expensive surveys has plummeted with this tool that helps companies of all sizes gain insights about their customers.

  • Tech: What Europe is capable of   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 5:15 AM ET
    Tech: What Europe is capable of

    Roxanne Varza, start-up lead at Microsoft Ventures in France, explains why she thinks European tech start-ups are getting stronger.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 11- NerdWallet said it had raised $64 million in its first round of funding, far more cash than it needs to run the personal finance startup, in part to underscore its growth and show it has the potential to one day be valued at over $1 billion. Once a company hits a $1 billion valuation, it becomes what Silicon Valley calls a "unicorn.