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2015 CNBC Disruptor 50


  • 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

    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.

  • Female-led VC Aspect Ventures closes $150M Fund Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:18 PM ET
    Jennifer Fonstad, left, and  Theresia Gouw.

    Aspect Ventures, which completed a first funding of a $150 million, aims at bringing diversity to Silicon Valley.

  • SurveyMonkey: Building a disruptor   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 7:16 AM ET
    Survey Monkey: Building a disruptor

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin sits down with SurveyMonkey interim Executive Chairman Zander Lurie to discuss how the company became an industry disruptor and honor the role former CEO Dave Goldberg played in building the company to where it is today. Survey Monkey came in at number 14 on CNBC's Disruptor 50 list.

  • Disruptor #11: Houzz disrupts home renovation   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:51 AM ET
    Disruptor #11: Houzz disrupts home renovation

    Adi Tatarko, CEO and Co-Founder of Houzz, discusses the HouzzTV channel, and the demand for tips on home renovation.

  • Do 'unicorns' like Uber point to a tech bubble? Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 9:06 AM ET

    Two venture capitalists offer their behind the scenes views on whether the valuations of big private tech companies spell trouble.

  • Square CEO Jack Dorsey on lessons learned at Twitter   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    Square CEO Jack Dorsey on lessons learned at Twitter

    Julia Boorstin sits down with Square CEO and Twitter co-founder and Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey in an exclusive interview.

  • Oscar's hipster health care plan   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:45 AM ET
    Oscar's hipster health care plan

    Mario Schlosser, Oscar CEO, explains how he found opportunity from Obamacare by offering freelance workers affordable health insurance. His company reached a billion dollar valuation in barely 18 months and that landed him on CNBC's Disruptor 50 list, coming in at number 17.

  • LISNR aims to disrupt Bluetooth: CEO Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 12:57 PM ET
    Rodney Williams, co-founder and CEO of LISNR

    CNBC Disruptor LISNR sends messages over ultrasonic waves, turning microphones into communications devices.

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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