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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.