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  • Disruptor 50: No. 46 Narrative Science Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Stuart Frankel, founder and CEO of Narrative Science

    This A.I. firm analyzes data and turns it into a narrative so companies can spend less time crunching numbers and more time with customers.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 39 Hearsay Social Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Hearsay Social co-founder Steve Garrity.

    To top robo-advisors, Hearsay is collecting data from social media feeds so human advisors can offer relevant, personalized advice.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 13 DocuSign Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    DocuSign founder Tom Gonser (left) and Keith Krach, chairman and CEO

    Millions of people sign on the electronic dotted line using this technology, now available in 43 languages.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 7 Palantir Technologies Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Alexander Karp, chief executive officer and co-founder of Palantir Technologies Inc.

    The FBI and CIA are clients of this secretive Silicon Valley firm that mines data for intelligence on cybercrime and fraud.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 5 Airbnb Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    (Left to right) Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia, co-founders of Airbnb

    This online marketplace, which allows people with extra space to rent rooms to visitors around the world, may be getting primed for an IPO.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 29 Intarcia Therapeutics Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Kurt Graves, CEO of Intarcia Therapeutics

    Investors believe Intarcia's drug-delivery system could very well upend the $55 billion worldwide market for treating Type-2 diabetes.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 41 Twilio Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Jeff Lawson, CEO of Twilio

    Twilio is pulling $100M in revenue, convincing developers to use its technology to add call, voice, text and picture messaging to any app.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 24 Hampton Creek Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Josh Tetrick, founder of Hampton Creek

    Many believe these plant-based products are shaping the future of food, including Bill Gates and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 33 Klarna Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Sebastian Siemiatkowski,Victor Jacobsson and Niklas Adalberth.

    With its online checkout process bringing in revenue of $300M in Europe in 2014, Klarna is now poised to enter the US market.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 27 MongoDB Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Dev Ittycheria, CEO of MongoDB

    This company is upending the $30 billion database market by offering database technology as a subscription service, training included.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 34 Wealthfront Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Adam Nash, CEO of Wealthfront

    This online investment company has passed the $2B mark for assets under management—focusing on Gen Y with its proprietary algorithms.

  • 50 highfliers that investors should know about Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    2015 Disruptors: Birchbox, SpaceX, Uber and Airbnb

    CNBC's third annual ranking of private companies that have wooed billions in funding may surprise you. They debunk start-up myths.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 23 Motif Investing Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Hardeep Walia, co-founder and CEO of Motif Investing

    This online brokerage firm recently partnered with insurance giant Pacific Life to offer cause-driven investing themes to tap millennials.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 35 Pinterest Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann, co-founders of Pinterest

    The company was recently valued by investors at $5 billion—and plans to further up its revenue through paid "pins" by advertisers.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 21 Synack Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Synack founders Mark Kuhr (left) and Jay Kaplan

    The brainchild of former National Security Agency agents, this company combines the best of human knowledge and tech to fight hackers.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 15 Quirky Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky

    This 6-year-old company culls ideas submitted to its website, and the best ones get made and sold in some of the world's biggest retailers.

  • Tech: What Europe is capable of Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 5:15 AM ET
    Tech: What Europe is capable of

    Roxanne Varza, start-up lead at Microsoft Ventures in France, explains why she thinks European tech start-ups are getting stronger.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 11- NerdWallet said it had raised $64 million in its first round of funding, far more cash than it needs to run the personal finance startup, in part to underscore its growth and show it has the potential to one day be valued at over $1 billion. Once a company hits a $1 billion valuation, it becomes what Silicon Valley calls a "unicorn.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 11- Private financial technology startup NerdWallet said it had raised $64 million in an initial funding round, large even by increasingly inflated Silicon Valley standards.

  • How Meerkat's fighting against Periscope: Apps Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:15 PM ET
    Periscope app, left, and Meerkat app

    It may have been cut off from Twitter’s social graph, but that doesn’t mean Meerkat’s giving up the fight in live streaming.