50 Disruptor Companies Changing the Business World

Palantir Technologies Wed, 15 May '13 | 3:45 PM ET

The integration and analysis of large quantities of data, or as Palantir likes to say, helping to solve the world's biggest problems.

Picarro Sat, 18 May '13 | 11:53 AM ET

Information age data provider to public and private sector players at the center of energy, climate policy and fracking debate.

Pinterest Tue, 14 May '13 | 12:37 PM ET

Social networking site where users collect photos and link to products they love, creating their own pinboards and following the pinboards of others.

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

A collaborative platform for every aspect of product developmentā€”from original idea to manufacturing and marketing.

Rent the Runway Mon, 13 May '13 | 9:19 AM ET

Rent the Runway is the premier online destination for dress and accessory rentals with a revolving roster of more than 170 top designers.

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

Creator of low-cost robotics solutions for the manufacturing sector

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

Pioneering on-demand 3D printing marketplace and community to make, buy, and sell custom and personalized products.

Spotify Tue, 14 May '13 | 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.

Shopify Mon, 13 May '13 | 9:09 AM ET

Shopify is an ecommerce platform that allows individuals and businesses to create online stores. Founded by two snowboarding enthusiasts to sell their snowboards.

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

Designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft, with the goal of ultimately enabling people to live on other planets.

Square Wed, 15 May '13 | 8:25 AM ET

Mobile payments technology provider and transactions leader.

Tumblr Tue, 14 May '13 | 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.

Twilio Fri, 17 May '13 | 7:57 AM ET

A cloud-based platform that allows developers and businesses lacking any physical telecom infrastructure to create scalable communications systems.

Twitter Tue, 14 May '13 | 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.

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

A smartphone and Web-based, on-demand professional car service ordering system.

Warby Parker Mon, 13 May '13 | 9:08 AM ET

Warby Parker is disrupting the overpriced eyewear market controlled by a few large companies that reap huge profits due to lack of customer choice.

Waze Wed, 15 May '13 | 5:35 PM ET

World's fastest-growing, community-based traffic and navigation app.

Wealthfront Wed, 15 May '13 | 8:25 AM ET

Software-based investment management.

WhatsApp Fri, 17 May '13 | 7:55 AM ET

An unlimited text, audio and video messaging app that works with any existing mobile plan.

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

Free smartphone-based service that lets patients research doctors and dentists, and to book appointments.

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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  • Social networking site to collect photos and link to products, create pinboards and follow the pinboards of others.

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