Meet the 2019 CNBC Disruptor 50 companies

In the seventh annual Disruptor 50 list, CNBC features private companies — from biotech and machine learning to transportation, retail and agriculture — whose innovations are changing the world and fueling a race between superpowers like the U.S. and China. These forward-thinking start-ups have not only identified unexploited niches in the market that have the potential to become billion-dollar businesses, a majority of them already are billion-dollar businesses. A startling 36 disruptors this year are unicorns that have already reached or passed the billion-dollar mark.

Unseating corporate giants is no easy feat. But we ranked those venture capital–backed companies doing the best job. In aggregate, these 50 companies have raised over $46 billion in venture capital at an implied Disruptor 50 list market valuation of more than $266 billion, according to PitchBook data. Many already are part of our daily lives, whether or not we know it. Read more about the trends that stand out in the 2019 list ranking — from the future of farming and residential real estate to the battles for control in the rapidly growing artificial intelligence and genetics industries — and the methodology used to select this year's Disruptor companies.

1 Indigo Ag A better way to feed the planet
2 Didi Chuxing China's uber-disruptor
3 The We Company We is the world
4 Grab Southeast Asia's super app
5 Rent the Runway Now rent the living room too
6 GoodRx Leading the fight against high prescription drug costs
7 Airbnb Hotel everywhere
8 Casper Bed in a box
9 Peloton On-demand workouts
10 Xiaohongshu China’s trendspotting app
11 Convoy Keep on trucking
12 InMobi Unlocked content at a glance
13 Stripe Global e-payments
14 Kabbage Quick money for small businesses
15 LanzaTech Transporting the world to a low-carbon future
16 Textio A.I. for help-wanted ads
17 Phononic Quietly cool
18 DoorDash Food, faster
19 Ginkgo Bioworks Made-to-order biology
20 YITU Technology Eyes everywhere
21 Coursera 50% off master's degrees
22 CLEAR I know your face
23 TransferWise Borderless money exchange
24 Flexport Moving $1 trillion in freight forward
25 Fanatics Dress like a champion today
26 SoFi So far, 600,000 members, $30 billion in loans
27 Impossible Foods Home of the plant-based Whopper
28 Duolingo Gōntan ao ūndegon Tymptir Dēmalȳti mōrī bantis?
29 Virta Health Reversing diabetes
30 Progyny Helping families form
31 Skillz You've got (e)game
32 Cohesity Better backup in the cloud
33 Affirm Buy now, pay later
34 Palantir Do you want to know a secret?
35 Opendoor Low-stress home sales
36 Airtable Next-generation workplace collaboration
37 Lemonade Refreshing take on home insurance
38 Niantic The wand chooses the wizard
39 Zipline International Lifesaving drones
40 Nauto Keeping drivers in focus until we don't need drivers
41 LISNR Ultrasonic connections
42 Synack The ethical edge of hacking
43 Houzz A $4 billion house
44 Veritas Genetics The doctor will see your genetic test results now
45 Ellevest Yes, she can
46 23andMe Science-based rationales for all your quirks
47 Robinhood The stock market's fair trade
48 Apeel Sciences Invincible avocados!
49 Uptake Identifying success inside potential failures
50 It's all connected

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