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The 2014 CNBC Disruptor 50 List

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  • 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.

  • 3-D Printing: This Generation's 'Moon Shot' Moment Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 8:35 AM ET
    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     Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 8:41 AM ET

    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.

  • Amazon in 3-D; Uber's SF Fare; Aereo in Hotlanta Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 11:39 AM ET
    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.

  • End of Cable Bundle Is 'Inevitable': Aereo CEO Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 11:37 AM ET
    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 Network Battles     Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 10:17 AM ET

    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.

  • Amazon Rolls Out 3-D Printer Shopping Section Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 2:36 PM ET
    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.

  • A $34 Billion Business Conversation Hits the Cloud Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 3:21 PM ET

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

  • Why Google Wants to Get You Out of Traffic Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | 1:15 PM ET
    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     Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | 6:50 AM ET

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

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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