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

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

  • Mobile's big game changer Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 8:19 AM ET
    Mobile's big game changer

    Geoff Yang, RedPoint Ventures, discusses the changing face of media and delivery of content. Also Ben Lerer, Thrillist Media CEO, weighs in.

  • Warby Parker's vision quest Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:20 AM ET
    Warby Parker's vision quest

    Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, Warby Parker co-CEOs, are raising funds in hopes to change the way patients eyes are examined, and that pursuit has landed them in 10th position on CNBC's Disruptor 50 list. And Ben Lerer, Thrillist Media CEO, explains why he invested in the company.

  • Wall Street big wig sells pigs Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 1:52 PM ET
    Wall Street big wig sells pigs

    Chris Andersen used to run the New York office for Drexel and has spent his career on Wall Street. Now he's investing millions to develop and market Mangalitsa pigs, the "Kobe beef of pork."

  • 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.

  • More mutual funds are investing in tech start-ups Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 11:19 AM ET
    Silicon Valley

    Mutual fund giants aren't just interested in publicly traded companies. Increasingly, they also want to own a piece of red-hot start-ups.

  • Disruptor #26: ZenPayroll makes it easy Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 11:18 AM ET
    Disruptor #26: ZenPayroll makes it easy

    ZenPayroll's CEO Joshua Reeves, discusses his company's goals to enable employee-employer interaction over pay, and the scale of the types of companies it works with.

  • Disruptor #40: Square's mobile strategy Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 11:09 AM ET
    Disruptor #40: Square's mobile strategy

    Square CEO Jack Dorsey discusses his lessons learned at Twitter, Square's payment tools and staying competitive.

  • Trading a career in finance for a cookie Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Trading a career in finance for a cookie

    A new start-up called Doughbies delivers handmade cookies in 20 minutes or less.

  • SoFi: Fixing student loan borrowing Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 8:17 AM ET
    SoFi: Fixing student loan borrowing

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin and SoFi's CEO Mike Cagney, discusses how his company provides non-banking alternatives for debt refinancing, which placed him 25th on CNBC's annual Disruptor 50 list.

  • LISNR: Calls inaudible with Smart Tone technology Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 6:52 AM ET
    LISNR: Calls inaudible with Smart Tone technology

    LISNR CEO Rodney Williams, explains how his "data over audio" technology allows users to connect smart devices, and land him on the number 12 spot in CNBC's annual Disruptor 50 list.

  • Melba's Restaurant: Ravenous for success Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 6:23 AM ET
    Melba's Restaurant: Ravenous for success

    Melba Wilson, Melba's Restaurant owner, discusses the keys to success in the cutthroat world of running a restaurant.

  • CNBC Disruptor 50: Top 5 companies Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:32 AM ET
    CNBC Disruptor 50: Top 5 companies

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin takes a look at the top five companies revolutionizing the business landscape and threatening the status quo.

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.