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2015 CNBC Disruptor 50


  • Meet the 2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 companies Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Disruptors: Square, Dollar Shave Club, Oscar, and Snapchat.

    Want a snapshot of the private start-ups revolutionizing the business landscape? These 50 innovators may be tomorrow's Wall St. highfliers.

  • An Al Gore billion-dollar energy bet left standing Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 9:55 AM ET
    K.R. Sridhar, CEO, Bloom Energy holds a fuel cell for the company's Bloom Energy Server, last June in Tokyo.

    A cleantech company that has attracted deep-pocketed investors like the Walton family is ripe for an IPO. Is 2015 the year it goes public?

  • Pure Storage unveils FlashArray//m Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 11:51 AM ET
    Pure Storage Unveils FlashArray//m

    Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen, explains the new all-flash array, the FlashArray//m.

  • Hampton Creek CEO: Moment to make food biz better Friday, 22 May 2015 | 6:25 PM ET
    Hampton Creek CEO: Moment to make food biz better

    According to the New York Times, major food companies are turning to Hampton Creek for its powdered egg substitutes as a way to solve the current egg shortage. Insight, with founder and CEO Josh Tetrick.

  • Floating house surprises Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:30 AM ET
    Floating house surprises

    Londoners may have been left wondering why there was a two-storey house floating down the middle of the River Thames. Turns out it was a stunt by home-sharing service, Air BnB.

  • A fantasy sports fan play about to pay $1 billion Saturday, 16 May 2015 | 9:30 AM ET
    DraftKings founders (left to right) Paul Liberman, Jason Robins and Matt Kalish

    DraftKings is soon to hit $1 billion in prizes. Better still, the fantasy sports betting site expects to award $1 billion in 2015 alone.

  • 13 wacky and original ideas raising millions Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Magnifying glass over illustration of lightbulb in head

    Hundreds of noteworthy new businesses had to be turned away from the 2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 list. Here's a look at the honorable mentions.

  • DraftKings looks to change the game in sports Friday, 15 May 2015 | 6:30 PM ET
    DraftKings looks to change the game in sports

    Is DraftKings the king of fantasy drafts? Jason Robins, co-founder and CEO, and Matt Kalish, co-founder, discuss the company's platform and pipeline, with Mad Money's Jim Cramer.

  • Dropbox CEO on work with corporations, higher ed Friday, 15 May 2015 | 2:51 PM ET
    Dropbox CEO and co-founder Drew Houston

    Dropbox is building off Dropbox for Business in order to grow in the higher-education sector.

  • Impossible Burger: Our test tube 'meat' tastes great Friday, 15 May 2015 | 12:16 PM ET
    A cheeseburger made from plants by Impossible Foods

    A Stanford University biologist and physician describes his complex process of recreating the experience of meat using only plant-based ingredients.

  • Bill Gates backs high-tech foods for the masses Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    food laboratory

    Food-tech companies are creating meat and dairy substitutes to meet global food demand. Will consumers have an appetite for these products?

  • Disruptor #6 Dropbox: Business segment growing Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Disruptor #6 Dropbox: Business segment growing

    Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston, discusses collaborations with businesses, and keeping information secure.

  • The biggest myth about small-town America Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 10:30 AM ET
    Wheat farm

    This county of only 10,000 is the most innovative in relation to population, filing patents on everything from biocrops to plant genomes.

  • SurveyMonkey's Dave Goldberg was a 'visionary' Friday, 15 May 2015 | 8:07 AM ET
    David Goldberg

    Late SurveyMonkey David Goldberg embodied the idea of the tech disruptor, the company's executive chairman, Zander Lurie, tells CNBC.

  • Where's the meat? In the veggies: Impossible Foods Friday, 15 May 2015 | 8:44 AM ET
    Where's the meat? In the veggies: Impossible Foods

    Patrick Brown, Impossible Foods CEO, explains how the company is disrupting the global food market by using biochemistry to trick plants into producing the same protein as meat. This innovative method helped land Impossible Foods at #42 on CNBC's Disruptor 50 2015 list.

  • Unicorns that earn billions by making real things Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 11:37 AM ET
    Unicorn disruptors

    Not all unicorns earn their billion-dollar valuations creating the next big app. Some unicorns actually make real things.

  • Binge on buybacks? Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:43 PM ET
    Binge on buybacks?

    Hardeep Walia, Motif Investing CEO, discusses the motif comprised of companies with the highest buyback yield.

  • Warby Parker co-founder on disrupting his own model Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:55 PM ET

    In an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Box," Warby Parker co-founder Dave Gilboa explains why the company is moving beyond e-commerce.

  • Houzz: Disrupting and empowering Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 2:20 PM ET
    Adi Tatarko

    The video component added to Houzz, which helps for home design and renovation, will help homeowners bring ideas to life.

About 2015 CNBC Disruptor 50

  • CNBC has created the ultimate list of 50 private companies whose innovations are having a dramatic impact across their industries. These so-called "disruptors" have attracted billions of dollars in venture capital. They are now poised for hypergrowth.

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