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Small Business Start-ups


  • 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.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 26 ZenPayroll Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Joshua Reeves, CEO of ZenPayroll.

    These three Stanford grads are targeting the small-businesses owner, offering a simpler and more affordable way to manage the payroll process.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 38 Optoro Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Adam Vitarello (left) and Tobin Moore, co-founders of Optoro

    Optoro's tech platform is helping companies find buyers for excess inventory rather than sending it to liquidators who dump it in landfills.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 11 Houzz Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Houzz founders Alon Cohen and Adi Tatarko

    Homeowners, designers and retailers exchange ideas and sell their wares on this platform, aimed at those in need of renovation help.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 45 DraftKings Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    (Left to right) DraftKings co-founders Paul Liberman, Jason Robins and Matthew Kalish

    Disney is getting into the fantasy sports business—a global market set to reach $1.7 billion by 2017—infusing $250 million into DraftKings.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 20 GitHub Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Chris Wanstrath, co-founder and CEO, GitHub

    Built around a piece of software named Git, meaning a "foolish person," this version-control system has over 9 million users.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 2 SpaceX Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Elon Musk

    Elon Musk's venture manufactures and launches advanced reusable rockets and spacecraft, lowering the cost of space missions.

  • 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. 16 Pure Storage Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    (left to right) Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen and co-founders John Hayes and John "Coz" Colgrove

    The secret to this company's success is its flash memory technology, a method that's faster and simpler than traditional disk storage.

  • 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.