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  • 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. 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. 32 SugarCRM Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM

    This CRM company has recently expanded to provide salespeople with a mobile platform to help them proactively follow and close deals.

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  • 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. 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. 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.

  • 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.