If you want a snapshot of the state of the tech bubble in Silicon Valley, take a look at the 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 list. The fourth annual ranking profiles the most innovative private companies in the world that are shaking up industries and causing major paradigm shifts that affect every corner of society (see methodology here). This year 28 of the total are Silicon Valley upstarts. The rest are from other U.S. cities, and five are found abroad.
The list reveals that private top-tier companies in a wide variety of sectors — including cloud computing, biotech, transportation and aerospace — are still raising huge sums of cash that are boosting valuations to the stratosphere. Despite a cooling off in the venture capital industry and IPO market, they are a magnet for investors.