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Small Business Start-ups


  • Disruptor 50: No. 9 Slack Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Stewart Butterfield, co-founder and CEO of Slack

    The virtual office has made communications among far-flung teams tough, but this business app lets people share data from any device.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 44 Nutanix Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Dheeraj Pandey, founder and CEO of Nutanix

    Nutanix simplifies data centers by integrating servers and storage into one solution that can be up and running in an hour or less.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 10 Warby Parker Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Two of the Warby Parker founders, David Gilboa (left) and Neil Blumenthal

    Selling eyeglasses online to the masses is this company's mission—as well as partnering with nonprofits to give to the needy.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 36 Betterment Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Jon Stein, founder and CEO of Betterment

    By requiring no minimum amount to invest, this online financial services company is looking to gain the attention of millennials.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 14 SurveyMonkey Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    The employees of SurveyMonkey

    The cost of expensive surveys has plummeted with this tool that helps companies of all sizes gain insights about their customers.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 37 Dollar Shave Club Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    DollarShaveClub.com founder & CEO Michael Dubin.

    With $140 million in projected 2015 sales, Dollar Shave Club is expanding beyond razors, looking to one day own the men's bathroom.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 12 LISNR Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Rodney Williams, co-founder and CEO of LISNR

    This free communication technology app delivers proprietary "data over audio" to connected smart devices.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 48 Qubole Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ashish Thusoo, co-founder and CEO of Qubole.

    Created by two members of the 'Facebook mafia', this startup wants to make sense of the Internet's mass of data, and democratize its power.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 17 Oscar Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    (Left to right) Mario Schlosser, Kevin Nazemi and Josh Kushner of Oscar

    This company is setting itself apart from other health insurers by emphasizing technology, data and its easy-to-understand services.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 49 Nextdoor Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Nirav Tolia, co-founder and CEO of Nextdoor

    Who are the people in your neighborhood? Facebook can't tell you, but Nextdoor is using social media to reconnect Americans locally.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 42 Impossible Foods Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Pat Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods

    A Stanford biochemistry professor is upending the global food industry, promoting plant-based meat and cheese substitutes.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 18 Personal Capital Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Bill Harris, co-founder and CEO, Personal Capital

    This online financial services firm believes the new model for investing is the combo of tech and seasoned advisors—700,000 users agree.

  • Disruptor 50: No.1 Moderna Therapeutics Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Stéphane Bancel, president and founding CEO, Moderna Therapeutics

    A biotech company that helps the human body make the medicine it needs to cure a range of disease—from cancer to diabetes.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 50 Snapchat Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.

    A huge hit with teens, the Snapchat message app that lets you share video and photos in seconds has built a cult following.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 40 Square Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square.

    The company's small credit card reader has made it easier for small businesses to accept payment. Now it's promoting a new lending program.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 6 Dropbox Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Arash Ferdowsi (left) and Drew Houston, co-founders of Dropbox

    An MIT grad invented this cloud file-sharing technology that has become a ubiquitous tool used by more than 300 million people worldwide.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 28 Rent the Runway Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Jennifer Fleiss (left) and Jennifer Hyman, co-founders of Rent the Runway

    This $50-million-plus company is envisioning the day when hotel guests will have their closet filled with pre-rented clothes upon arrival.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 25 SoFi Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Mike Cagney, co-founder and CEO of SoFi

    This nonbank alternative to student-loan funding has already funded over $2 billion in loans—and envisions an IPO next year.

  • Disruptor 50: No 47 Spotify Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify.

    Spotify wants to make sure you never again hear a song on the radio and then run down to the local record shop, or onto iTunes, to buy it.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 8 TransferWise Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Kristo Käärmann, co-founder and CEO of TransferWise

    Skirting banks and Western Union, this company allows consumers to transfer money among 292 currencies at a fraction of the cost.