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Disruptive Media Companies Taking On the Old Guard

Media Disruptors

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Aereo, Tumblr, Spotify, Twitter, Buzzfeed. These are the media companies that made our exclusive CNBC Disruptor list. They're shaking things up in the media sector.

  • Twitter banners on the NYSE ahead of their IPO launch on Nov. 7, 2013.

    Twitter's original expected range was $23 to $25 per share.

  • CEO gets $81 million to stay at Yahoo's Tumblr Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 9:20 AM ET
    David Karp, founder of the micro-blogging site Tumblr, opens the NASCAQ Exchange in New York City.

    As part of Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr, the blogging service's founder, David Karp, will receive a $81 million payment if he stays will the company for the next four years.

  • 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.

  • X-Rated Google Glass App Gets Banned Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | 8:05 AM ET
    Google Glass T&G

    Google Glass officially got its first porn app, but it may not be available for long if Google has its way.

  • Yahoo's Mayer: Tumblr Will Operate Independently Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 11:29 AM ET
    Marissa Mayer and David Karp appear on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" at the Nasdaq.

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tells CNBC the $1.1 billion deal for Tumblr is "part of enhancing our growth story" and the company will remain independent, even under Yahoo's ownership.

  • 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.

  • Aereo Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:21 PM ET
    Aereo

    Aereo is pushing the envelope with the distribution of television content, allowing consumers to watch and DVR live broadcast television over the internet.

  • BuzzFeed Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:14 PM ET

    An online news organization mixing original reporting across a wide variety of subject verticals, and native advertising (sponsored content), focused on viral traffic growth.

  • Spotify Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:15 PM ET

    A music service that is helping to change the concept of a personal music collection. Spotify offers access to a large music library, available on PCs, smartphones and tablets.

  • Tumblr Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 9:36 AM ET

    Behind the biggest conceptual change in the evolution of blogging. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email.

  • Twitter Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:13 PM ET

    Global real-time communications platform that invented the 140-character tweet and is poised to reach $1 billion in advertising revenue in 2014.

  • Google Glass Gets Its First Porn App Monday, 3 Jun 2013 | 2:41 PM ET
    Google Glass T&G

    Well, that didn't take long. The first porn app has officially launched on Google Glass.

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Videos

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

The "Squawk on the Street" news team discuss the IPO of cloud storage firm Box. CNBC's Jim Cramer breaks down competition in the cloud space.

Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 7:41 AM ET

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

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.

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