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The complete history of the CNBC Disruptor 50

You may be surprised to learn that Shopify has had the best return of any recent tech IPO. We aren't. Maybe you knew about Snap but had to look up the names Cloudera and Okta when they went public, or even did a double take when Unilever spent a billion dollars to acquire Dollar Shave Club or when Hewlett-Packard bought SimpliVity last year. You could have learned about all of these start-ups on previous years' CNBC Disruptor 50 lists. This year marks the fifth year of the CNBC Disruptor 50, and in that short history a lot has changed for these companies. Seventeen past Disruptors are now public companies; 13 have been acquired; three of the previous Disruptors went the way of many start-ups: bankrupt. Seven companies have made the Disruptor list all five years. Below is the complete history of the CNBC Disruptor 50, with details on every start-up to make the list between 2013 and 2017.

Company
2017 rank
2016 rank
2015 rank
2014 rank
2013 made the list*
Material changes
23andMe 12 5 - - Yes -
3D Robotics - - - - Yes -
Aereo - - - 7 Yes Bankrupt November 21, 2014. It was later purchased by DVR company TiVo for $1 million in March 2015.
Airbnb 1 2 5 41 Yes -
AngelList - - - 26 - -
Apptio - - - 30 - IPO September 23, 2016
Atlassian - - - - Yes IPO December 10, 2015
Audax Health - - - - Yes Acquired by United Health Care February 19, 2014
Betterment - - 36 45 - -
Bill.com - - - 37 - -
Birchbox - - 43 50 - -
Blippar 30 9 19 - - -
Bloom Energy 23 6 3 - - -
Blue Apron 42 - - - - IPO June 29, 2017
Boku - - - - Yes -
Box - - - - Yes IPO January 23, 2015
BrightRoll - - - 27 - Acquired by Yahoo November 11, 2014
Bromium - - - - Yes -
BuzzFeed - - - - Yes -
Castlight Health - - - - Yes IPO March 17, 2014
ChargePoint - - - 12 - -
CircleUp - - - - Yes -
Cloudera - 14 - - - IPO April 28, 2017
CloudFlare - 24 - - - -
Coinbase - - 31 35 - -
Cool Planet Energy Systems - - - 25 - -
Coursera 26 10 - - - -
CrowdStrike 11 - - - - -
Cylance 9 40 - - - -
DAQRI - 15 - - - -
Dataminr - 43 - 13 - -
Deezer - 36 - - - -
Diamond Foundry - 33 - - - -
DocuSign 39 - 13 29 - -
Dollar Shave Club - - 37 - - Acquired by Unilever July 19, 2016
Domo 29 - - - - -
DraftKings - - 45 - - -
Drawbridge 24 - - - - -
Dropbox 36 42 6 24 Yes -
EcoMotors - - - 22 - -
Etsy - - - 3 Yes IPO April 1, 2015
Ezetap 16 3 - - - -
Fon - - - 40 - -
Foursquare 46 - - - Yes -
Fullscreen - - - 21 - Acquired by Otter Media/ Chernin Group/ AT&T September 22, 2014
GENBAND - - 22 - - Merged with Sonus Networks May 23, 2017
Getaround - - - - Yes -
Ginger.io - - - - Yes -
Ginkgo Bioworks 7 7 - - - -
GitHub 22 48 20 6 - -
Grab 4 - - - - -
GreenSky 17 - - - - -
HackerRank - - 30 - - -
Hampton Creek Foods - - 24 36 - -
Hearsay Social - - 39 - - -
HotelTonight - - - - Yes -
Houzz 6 11 11 - - -
Humacyte - 37 - - - -
IEX 21 - - - - -
Illumio 32 - - - - -
Impossible Foods - - 42 - - -
INRIX - - - - Yes -
InsideSales.com - 31 - - - -
Instacart - 50 - - - -
Intarcia Therapeutics - - 29 - - -
Jaunt 25 47 - - - -
Kabam - - - - Yes -
Kabbage - 35 - - - -
Kickstarter - - - 49 Yes -
Klarna - 8 33 - - -
Kumu Networks - - - 44 - -
Kymeta - - - 46 Yes -
LanzaTech - 13 - - - -
Lending Club - - - 33 Yes IPO December 11, 2014
LightSail Energy - - - - Yes -
LISNR - 45 12 - - -
LiveU - - - - Yes -
Lyft 2 27 - - - -
MakerBot - - - - Yes Acquired by Stratasys June 19, 2013
Medium - 26 - - - -
MicroSeismic - - - - Yes -
Moderna Therapeutics 18 41 1 8 - -
MongoDB 27 19 27 42 - -
Motif Investing - 44 23 4 - -
Narrative Science - - 46 - - -
Nebula - - - 31 - Bankrupt April 1, 2015
Nest Labs - - - - Yes Acquired by Google January 13, 2014
Nexmo - - - 39 - Acquired by Vonage May 5, 2016
Nextdoor - - 49 - - -
Nutanix - - 44 - - IPO September 30, 2016
Okta - 38 - - - IPO April 7, 2017
Opower - - - - Yes IPO April 4, 2014. Acquired by Oracle May 1, 2016
Optoro - - 38 - - -
Oscar - 17 17 43 - -
OUYA - - - - Yes Acquired by Razer July 28, 2015
Palantir Technologies 8 4 7 5 Yes -
Payoneer 40 - - - - -
Persado 48 - - - - -
Personal Capital - - 18 17 - -
Phononic 33 18 - - - -
Picarro - - - - Yes -
Pinterest 31 46 35 32 Yes -
Progyny 13 - - - - -
Pure Storage - - 16 19 - IPO October 6, 2015
Qualtrics 28 - - - - -
Qubole - - 48 - - -
Quid 50 - - - - -
Quirky - - 15 18 Yes Bankrupt September 22, 2015
Redfin - - - 34 - IPO July 28, 2017
Rent the Runway - - 28 38 Yes -
Rethink Robotics - - - - Yes -
Robinhood 43 - - - - -
Shape Security - - - 23 - -
Shapeways - - - - Yes -
Shopify - - - - Yes IPO May 21, 2015
SimpliVity - 22 - - - Acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise January 17, 2017
Skillz 41 - - - - -
Skybox Imaging - - - 14 - Acquired by Google June 10, 2014
Slack - 23 9 - - -
Snapchat - 16 50 48 - IPO March 2, 2017. Now known as Snap
SoFi 45 49 25 - - -
SpaceX 14 30 2 1 Yes -
SparkCognition 20 - - - - -
Spotify 35 25 47 9 Yes -
Square - - 40 - Yes IPO November 19, 2015
Stripe 49 29 - 15 - -
SugarCRM - - 32 - - -
SurveyMonkey 15 32 14 - - -
Synack 38 20 21 - - -
Teespring - 21 - - - -
TransferWise - - 8 16 - -
Trulioo 37 - - - - -
Tumblr - - - - Yes Acquired by Yahoo May 20, 2013
Twilio - 39 41 47 Yes IPO June 23, 2016
Twitter - - - - Yes IPO November 7, 2013
Uber 19 1 4 10 Yes -
Udacity 10 12 - - - -
Uptake Technologies 5 - - - - -
Veniam 34 28 - - - -
Warby Parker 47 - 10 2 Yes -
Waze - - - - Yes Acquired by Google June 11, 2013
Wealthfront - - 34 20 Yes -
WeWork 3 34 - - - -
WhatsApp - - - - Yes Acquired by Facebook February 19, 2014
Yext - - - 28 - IPO April 13, 2017
ZenPayroll - - 26 - - Now known as Gusto
ZocDoc 44 - - - Yes -
Zuora - - - 11 - -

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