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  • 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. 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. 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.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 4 Uber Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber Technologies

    A ride-sharing service that helped launch the on-demand economy, Uber continues to expand beyond the roads of the US.

  • 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. 19 Blippar Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ambarish Mitra, co-founder and chief executive officer of Blippar

    Using image recognition technology, this app lets consumers point their smartphone at a product and gain a wealth of additional information.

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.