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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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.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. 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. 40 Square Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square.

    The company's small credit card reader has made it easier for small businesses to accept payment. Now it's promoting a new lending program.

  • 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.