The 2014 CNBC Disruptor 50 List


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

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  • The War We Are Fighting With Outdated Weapons Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 9:55 AM ET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

  • Cutting Power to the 21st Century Electric Bill Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | 11:53 AM ET

    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.

  • Mom Loves Your App? She Better Not Be the Only One Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | 8:05 AM ET
    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.

  • Google May Be Jealous of This Gamer's High Score Friday, 28 Jun 2013 | 4:09 PM ET

    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.

  • Energy Model for the Future, From the 12th Century Friday, 28 Jun 2013 | 11:01 AM ET

    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  Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 7:40 AM ET

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

  • Financial Services Still Stuck in the Stone Age Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 8:37 AM ET

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

  • Rent the Runway rocks fashion  Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 8:41 AM ET

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

  • Death of the Textbook—and the 50-Pound Bookbag Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 4:15 PM ET

    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 Inks Deal; Waze Worries; Tumblr Attacks Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 2:18 PM ET
    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.

  • Health Care Needs a Dose of Social Media Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 12:56 PM ET
    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  Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    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.

About The 2014 CNBC Disruptor 50 List

  • 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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