It's time again for CNBC to start the search for the next generation of private companies that will transform the economy with their revolutionary products and services. We look for upstarts that have the potential to unseat corporate giants by targeting unexploited niches in the market.
Last year, 50 companies with a combined worth of $200 billion made our CNBC Disruptor 50 list by reimagining a wide array of industries — from cybersecurity to food to financial services. These included well-known tech darlings Uber, Airbnb and Snapchat. Companies that stirred up a lot of controversy, such as Hampton Creek and DraftKings; as well as Square and Pure Storage, two companies that went public. At least one more, Nutanix, has filed for an IPO.