CNBC Disruptor 50


  • Google, Apple and Amazon as the next Ivy League Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 1:30 PM ET

    As the idea of online education become more mainstream, is there anything that will ultimately stop Google, Apple and Amazon from offering degrees?

  • Students play JA Virtual Finance Park video game in school.

    AIDS in Zimbabwe, human rights, poverty. Solve the global education crisis, and a generation later you'll make progress on every other problem.

  • In start-up bubble, $4 billion is new $1 billion Sunday, 27 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    The social media effect: Retailers continue to be a big beneficiary of Pinterest.

    Pinterest offers no revenue in return for its $3.8 valuation. But it has a plan for world domination, and that's all that matters.

  • 11 ways your daily routine will never be the same Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 11:09 AM ET

    Your daily routine will never be the same. Here's a look at how disruptive technology and innovation are changing day-to-day activities.

  • How many people does it take to make an LED bulb? Sunday, 25 Aug 2013 | 1:00 PM ET

    The incandescent bulb is an inefficient relic of the dawn of the modern era, but one important design principle endures: You mess with an iconic consumer design at your own peril.

  • The gaming company Google bets on isn't Zynga Sunday, 25 Aug 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    Google gets more serious about gaming, and Kabam scores highly in the tech giant’s analysis of how mobile is the new arcade.

  • The booming business of 3-D printing Saturday, 17 Aug 2013 | 1:00 PM ET
    A 3-D printer being used to engineer a new ear.

    3-D printing is no longer limited to prototypes and futuristic dreams. Additive manufacturing already can be found in everything from teeth aligners to jet engine parts.

  • Forget smartwatches, consider crowdfunding this Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Daniel Yachia, left, and Sedat Barokas

    A new Web company is offering to connect inventors of smaller medical devices with people who can give them the cash they need to get off the ground.

  • Sharing economy: Greater Depression in the making? Monday, 19 Aug 2013 | 8:38 AM ET

    In the opinion of Convergex, the sharing economy, from cars to lodging and luxury clothing, could cause an economic catastrophe because of ripple effects from renting and sharing.

  • The 'gold rush' for 3-D printing patents Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 10:48 AM ET
    3-D printer creates a sculpture of a woman at the DMY International Design Festival at the former Tempelhof Airport Hangar on June 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

    3-D printing could reshape patent and intellectual property laws. Get ready for a patent land grab of intellectual property not seen since the dot-com boom.

  • Madison Avenue targets your DNA Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 4:35 PM ET

    23andMe, the personal genetics testing company that will sell you a kit to know your own DNA for $99, has launched a nationwide TV ad campaign.

  • Shadow Banking: Peer-to-peer lending increasing   Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 7:41 AM ET
    Shadow Banking: Peer-to-peer lending increasing

    Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, discusses the growing trend among some consumers to bypass banks and borrow money directly from individuals.

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

    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.

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