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CNBC Begins the Search for the Third Annual CNBC Disruptor 50

A Call for Nominations

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., January 21, 2015—CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced it is accepting nominations for its third annual CNBC Disruptor 50, an exclusive list of the most ambitious, innovative private companies bringing rapid change to the economy and the overall business landscape. The 2014 list included new household names like Uber, Airbnb, and Snapchat, acquisition targets like Skybox Imaging (now owned by Google) and BrightRoll (soon to be owned by Yahoo!) and one now-public company, Lending Club.

The deadline to submit the nomination form is February 15, 2015. As in years past, the network has asked the venture capital community to examine their portfolios and submit their recommendations for the list. In an effort to widen and diversify the search for the most disruptive companies, this year CNBC is accepting nominations directly from the companies themselves, as well as from the general public, using a detailed application form, found here.

Nominees will be put through a long, iterative process of researching and scoring, using a proprietary blend of quantitative criteria, such as the amount of venture capital raised and estimated sales and user growth, along with qualitative criteria, including originality and scalability.

Winners will be notified in April and the list will be published in May across CNBC's TV and Digital platforms.

To stay a part of the conversation, follow @CNBCDisruptors and #CNBCDisruptors on Twitter, and look for updates at disruptor50.cnbc.com.

About CNBC:

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