50 Disruptor Companies Changing the Business World

3D Robotics Tue, 14 May '13 | 8:42 AM ET

Open-source drone technology design, engineering and manufacturing company

23andMe Thu, 16 May '13 | 4:19 PM ET

Low-cost DNA analysis service for individuals.

Airbnb Fri, 17 May '13 | 9:36 AM ET

Community-based travel marketplace connecting people to nonstandard travel options in 34,000 cities and 192 countries. It’s a new traveler and lodging business connection model.

Aereo Tue, 14 May '13 | 12:21 PM ET

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

Atlassian Tue, 14 May '13 | 6:13 PM ET

Software for software developers. Early adopter of software as a service (SaaS).

Audax Health Wed, 15 May '13 | 5:00 PM ET

Self-engagement technology for individuals aimed at bringing down health-care costs and providing better care.

Boku Fri, 17 May '13 | 7:59 AM ET

A mobile billing system eliminating the need for debit and credit cards in online purchases by billing directly to mobile phone numbers.

Box Tue, 14 May '13 | 4:20 PM ET

Provides secure cloud content management and collaboration.

Bromium Wed, 15 May '13 | 4:00 PM ET

A maker of computer security technology using a patented micro-virtualization (isolation as opposed to blocking) approach to upend existing security models.

BuzzFeed Tue, 14 May '13 | 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.

Castlight Health Thu, 16 May '13 | 4:20 PM ET

Health care transparency technology for employers, lowering the cost of health care and providing individuals with unbiased pricing and quality data for health care purchases.

CircleUp Wed, 15 May '13 | 8:24 AM ET

A crowdsourced funding platform for consumer businesses, an alternative to the traditional financing model.

Dropbox Wed, 15 May '13 | 3:53 PM ET

A free cloud storage service that lets you bring your photos, documents and videos anywhere and share them easily.

Etsy Mon, 13 May '13 | 9:07 AM ET

Etsy is a platform for independent businesses to sell their goods. More than 14 million shoppers have made a purchase and more than 100 million items have been sold since 2005.

Foursquare Fri, 17 May '13 | 9:34 AM ET

The social, location-based app is aiming to turn a fast-growing community into a revenue-generating advertising, sales and search business.

Getaround Wed, 15 May '13 | 5:33 PM ET

Solving the problem of car overpopulation and the unsustainable transportation system.

Ginger.io Thu, 16 May '13 | 4:21 PM ET

Technology that can model individual health patterns and behavior through a mobile phone app, and provide researchers, physicians and hospitals with a continuous data stream.

HotelTonight Fri, 17 May '13 | 9:37 AM ET

The first lodging app made exclusively for mobile and for last-minute hotel deals offers steep discounts on lodging of all types and for all budgets.

INRIX Wed, 15 May '13 | 5:34 PM ET

The big data provider of traffic. The largest traffic information network in the world, offering real-time, historical and predictive traffic flow information.

Kabam Thu, 16 May '13 | 5:58 PM ET

Migrating traditional console games to mobile devices. Games are offered free of charge. Gamers pay for access to premium gaming content.

Kickstarter Wed, 15 May '13 | 8:24 AM ET

A new way to fund creative projects, from films, games and music to art, design and technology.

Kymeta Fri, 17 May '13 | 7:58 AM ET

A scalable satellite solution for continuous, high-quality broadband access anywhere in the world, including in transit situations, air, land and sea.

Lending Club Wed, 15 May '13 | 8:24 AM ET

A platform for lenders and borrowers competing with traditional loan services and investments.

LightSail Energy Sat, 18 May '13 | 11:45 AM ET

Energy storage technology that uses compressed air to create heat energy, which can then be stored and more efficiently released onto the grid during off-peak intervals.

LiveU Fri, 17 May '13 | 7:56 AM ET

Broadcast quality video over cellular technology for live transmission in standard definition and high definition globally.

MakerBot Tue, 14 May '13 | 8:42 AM ET

A manufacturer of desktop 3-D printers.

MicroSeismic Fri, 17 May '13 | 5:44 PM ET

An oil service company that is the largest provider of fracture monitoring services in the world.

Opower Sat, 18 May '13 | 11:51 AM ET

Opower is an energy efficiency software company that allows utilities to make their customers smarter about usage.

OUYA Fri, 17 May '13 | 9:44 AM ET

A collaborative video game platform that is aiming to break the last “closed” platform in the gaming market: television.

Nest Labs Sat, 18 May '13 | 11:49 AM ET

A programmable thermostat aiming to make a smarter residence, using sensors to learn behavioral patterns and create a temperature schedule maximizing energy efficiency.

About 50 Disruptors Changing the Business World

  • CNBC has created the ultimate list of 50 private, venture-backed companies disrupting the status quo in 10 traditional industries. These disruptors are posing the biggest threat to the public giants, and changing everything we think we know about the markets. Here is an alphabetical list as the companies.

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