A weekly recap of news on the CNBC Disruptor 50 companies seeking to upend the status quo in the markets.
Makerbot Makes a Deal
MakerBot is being acquired by Stratasys for $403 million. Stratasys, which in December completed a $1.4 billion merger with the privately held 3-D printing company Objet, said MakerBot will operate as a separate subsidiary when the deal closes in the third quarter, and Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis will continue to lead the business.
MakerBot has sold more than 22,000 3-D printers since its launch in 2009 and generated revenue of $11.5 million in first-quarter 2013.
Airbnb Is Cheaper Than Hotels, Survey Says
Looking at every major U.S. city and comparing the cost of renting an apartment on Airbnb to a hotel, Priceonomics found that Airbnb rentals are 21.2% less than hotels. For budget travelers, a private room booked on Airbnb can be as much as 49.5% less than a hotel room.
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In cities where Airbnb has less inventory, it is not always cheaper to rent an apartment, but it's almost always cheaper to stay in an Airbnb private room than book a hotel, the study found. The cities with the most Airbnb listings relative to their population are San Francisco; Cambridge, Mass.; Berkeley, Calif.; Boulder, Colo.; and Washington.
A week after Microsoft and Sony's big splash at the E3 conference, CEO Julie Urhman of $99 gaming-console maker Ouya, appeared on CNBC's "Squawk Box" to discuss the future of the gaming market and opening up the last "closed" platform: television. All games are free to try on Ouya.
"The console industry has not changed in over 30 years, and games cost $60 before you even know if you like it. We're telling any creator with excitement and vision to build a game for the television, Uhrman said. "The consoles don't allow that today. … This is truly disruptive."
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