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  • Musk: Autopilot Cars, Hyperloops and Cheaper Tesla Friday, 31 May 2013 | 11:33 AM ET
    Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Co.

    Self-driving cars will be in Tesla's future, CEO and founder Elon Musk tells CNBC, and the company has been in preliminary talks with Google about the project.

  • No Waze for Facebook as Talks End: Report Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 11:45 AM ET
    Waze navigation app

    Facebook has ended billion-dollar talks to acquire Waze, a free social mapping and navigation application, AllThingsD reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

  • What Makes a Good Start-Up Investment Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 7:08 AM ET

    Most people generally don't associate terms like "inferiority" or "inefficiency" with disruptive innovations, but those are exactly the qualities that lead to market disruption.

  • Technology Companies Down-Shifting Road Rage Friday, 17 May 2013 | 9:30 AM ET

    Four companies on CNBC's inaugural Disruptor 50 list are attacking the unsustainable transportation system: Getaround, Inrix, Uber and Waze.

  • Summer Sun, Summer Fun, in a Virtual Era Friday, 24 May 2013 | 12:04 PM ET

    The way people spend their free time, where they stay when they travel, and what they eat, are being transformed by collaborative platforms, the power of mobile and GPS.

  • Busting the Telecom Monopoly, With a 99-Cent App Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 12:11 PM ET

    Disruptors are dialing up the pressure in telecom, overcoming the high barriers to entry in one of the market's most capital-intensive industries.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50 List Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 11:45 AM ET

    Here are the companies on the inaugural CNBC Disruptor 50 list debuted in 2013.

  • New York's 11 Largest Venture-Backed Exits Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 3:55 PM ET

    Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr was the biggest venture-backed exit of a New York-based company in the state's history.

  • Shale Wildcatters Battle Green Energy Dreamers Friday, 17 May 2013 | 5:55 PM ET

    In a battle between wildcatters in the shale boom and renewable energy dreamers, five companies are uniquely positioned to influence the future of the energy market.

  • The Facebook Money Wall Street Doesn't Want Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 2:11 PM ET

    The financial services landscape has been long dominated by lazy incumbents lacking incentive to change. No longer. Financial services disruptors are all over Wall Street.

  • Technology to Trim America's Health Care Fat Friday, 17 May 2013 | 6:02 PM ET

    Health care has been a bad investment. Lots of money into a system that isn't improving our health or the patient experience. Silicon Valley-backed startups intend to change that.

  • In the Cloud With Tech's Next Big Companies Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 7:10 PM ET

    Tech upstarts are delivering disruption, and the cloud is the driver.

  • Rent the Runway, Warby Parker: Occupying Luxury 1% Monday, 13 May 2013 | 3:08 PM ET

    Communities making and selling. Social sharing as shopping. Retail is invoking the rhetoric of democratization. Introducing CNBC's Retail Disruptors.

  • Angry Babies, Tiny Antennas Buzz Media Giants Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:36 PM ET

    The media industry is under attack. There isn't a silo within media where an incumbent is safe from the power of disruptors to rapidly and thoroughly upend the established order.

  • Pandora's Printer: a Disruptive Manufacturing Era Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 11:20 AM ET

    From 3-D printing to drones you can buy for less than a computer, the disruptions to the traditional manufacturing model have opened up a Pandora's box of possibility.

  • Disruptors Can Delay the Apple iPod Way Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | 12:59 PM ET

    The iPod is a classic example of the lesson that "cheaper, faster, better" has its limits as an innovation mantra.

  • What Netflix and IBM Can Teach Us About Disruption Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | 12:02 PM ET

    All disruptions can be defined as innovations, but not all innovations are disruptive. Consider the cases of Netflix and IBM.

  • Why Some Innovative Gadgets Don't Make the Cut Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | 11:39 AM ET

    The Nokia N-Gage. Apple's Newton. The disruptor graveyard is filled with familiar names that promised to change our lives but never figured out the key to survival.

  • The Wearable Revolution Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | 12:45 PM ET

    Wearable technology won't wear well if it just piles on information. Integrating data into our lives will separate the true trend-setters from the fleeting fads.

  • Recipe for Disruption: Lazy Incumbents Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | 12:02 PM ET
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    To disrupt a market you need a target, and there’s no better target than the fat cats.

About 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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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California.

    Shortly after the opening on Friday the company's share price traded above $120. It's previous high had been $119.

  • A woman uses Google web search on a tablet computer.

    Question-and-answer site Quora has a long way to go to build a big business. But it plans to get there without relying on Google.

  • An attendee wears an Oculus Rift HD virtual reality head-mounted display as he plays "EVE: Valkyrie," a multiplayer virtual reality dogfighting shooter game, at the Intel booth at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas.

    It's not just tech giants moving fast into this technology, which lets users experience totally immersive, computer-simulated environments.

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