2013 Disruptor 50 List

The 2013 List

From hundreds of nominations made by venture capitalists, industry analysts, startup investors, academics at top business schools, and beat reporters, CNBC has created the ultimate list of 50 private, venture-backed companies disrupting the status quo in 10 traditional industries: Energy, Enterprise, Financial Services, Healthcare, Media, Manufacturing, Retail Telecom, Transportation, Travel & Leisure.

The following is an alphabetical list of 2013's CNBC Disruptor 50.

2013 CNBC Disruptor 50

  • Open-source drone technology design, engineering and manufacturing company

  • Low-cost DNA analysis service for individuals.

  • Community-based travel marketplace connecting people to nonstandard travel options in 34,000 cities and 192 countries. It’s a new traveler and lodging business connection model.

  • Aereo

    Aereo is pushing the envelope with the distribution of television content, allowing consumers to watch and DVR live broadcast television over the internet.

  • Software for software developers. Early adopter of software as a service (SaaS).

  • Self-engagement technology for individuals aimed at bringing down health-care costs and providing better care.

  • A mobile billing system eliminating the need for debit and credit cards in online purchases by billing directly to mobile phone numbers.

  • Provides secure cloud content management and collaboration.

  • A maker of computer security technology using a patented micro-virtualization (isolation as opposed to blocking) approach to upend existing security models.

  • An online news organization mixing original reporting across a wide variety of subject verticals, and native advertising (sponsored content), focused on viral traffic growth.

  • Health care transparency technology for employers, lowering the cost of health care and providing individuals with unbiased pricing and quality data for health care purchases.

  • A crowdsourced funding platform for consumer businesses, an alternative to the traditional financing model.

  • A free cloud storage service that lets you bring your photos, documents and videos anywhere and share them easily.

  • Etsy is a platform for independent businesses to sell their goods. More than 14 million shoppers have made a purchase and more than 100 million items have been sold since 2005.

  • The social, location-based app is aiming to turn a fast-growing community into a revenue-generating advertising, sales and search business.

  • Solving the problem of car overpopulation and the unsustainable transportation system.

  • Technology that can model individual health patterns and behavior through a mobile phone app, and provide researchers, physicians and hospitals with a continuous data stream.

  • The first lodging app made exclusively for mobile and for last-minute hotel deals offers steep discounts on lodging of all types and for all budgets.

  • Inrix

    The big data provider of traffic. The largest traffic information network in the world, offering real-time, historical and predictive traffic flow information.

  • Migrating traditional console games to mobile devices. Games are offered free of charge. Gamers pay for access to premium gaming content.

  • A new way to fund creative projects, from films, games and music to art, design and technology.

  • A scalable satellite solution for continuous, high-quality broadband access anywhere in the world, including in transit situations, air, land and sea.

  • A platform for lenders and borrowers competing with traditional loan services and investments.

  • Energy storage technology that uses compressed air to create heat energy, which can then be stored and more efficiently released onto the grid during off-peak intervals.

  • Broadcast quality video over cellular technology for live transmission in standard definition and high definition globally.

  • A manufacturer of desktop 3-D printers.

  • An oil service company that is the largest provider of fracture monitoring services in the world.

  • A programmable thermostat aiming to make a smarter residence, using sensors to learn behavioral patterns and create a temperature schedule maximizing energy efficiency.

  • Opower is an energy efficiency software company that allows utilities to make their customers smarter about usage.

  • A collaborative video game platform that is aiming to break the last “closed” platform in the gaming market: television.

  • The integration and analysis of large quantities of data, or as Palantir likes to say, helping to solve the world's biggest problems.

  • Information age data provider to public and private sector players at the center of energy, climate policy and fracking debate.

  • Social networking site where users collect photos and link to products they love, creating their own pinboards and following the pinboards of others.

  • A collaborative platform for every aspect of product development—from original idea to manufacturing and marketing.

  • Rent the Runway is the premier online destination for dress and accessory rentals with a revolving roster of more than 170 top designers.

  • Creator of low-cost robotics solutions for the manufacturing sector

  • Pioneering on-demand 3D printing marketplace and community to make, buy, and sell custom and personalized products.

  • A music service that is helping to change the concept of a personal music collection. Spotify offers access to a large music library, available on PCs, smartphones and tablets.

  • Shopify is an ecommerce platform that allows individuals and businesses to create online stores. Founded by two snowboarding enthusiasts to sell their snowboards.

  • Mobile payments technology provider and transactions leader.

  • Designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft, with the goal of ultimately enabling people to live on other planets.

  • Behind the biggest conceptual change in the evolution of blogging. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email.

  • A cloud-based platform that allows developers and businesses lacking any physical telecom infrastructure to create scalable communications systems.

  • Global real-time communications platform that invented the 140-character tweet and is poised to reach $1 billion in advertising revenue in 2014.

  • A smartphone and Web-based, on-demand professional car service ordering system.

  • Warby Parker is disrupting the overpriced eyewear market controlled by a few large companies that reap huge profits due to lack of customer choice.

  • World's fastest-growing, community-based traffic and navigation app.

  • Software-based investment management.

  • An unlimited text, audio and video messaging app that works with any existing mobile plan.

  • Free smartphone-based service that lets patients research doctors and dentists, and to book appointments.

About 2013 Disruptor 50 List

  • CNBC has created the ultimate list of 50 private, venture-backed companies disrupting the status quo in 10 traditional industries. These disruptors are posing the biggest threat to the public giants, and changing everything we think we know about the markets. Here is an alphabetical list as the companies.

Squawk Box

Fast Money

Five Innovative Telecom Companies

Upstarts Focusing on Downtime

Disruptors: Next-Gen Financial Services

Retail Disruptors: Who Are They?

  • How will you shop in the future? CNBC spotlights those who see room to innovate the retail business.

  • Etsy is a platform for independent, creative businesses to sell their goods.

  • Social networking site to collect photos and link to products, create pinboards and follow the pinboards of others.

Media Companies Taking On the Old Guard

Manufacturing the Future

Enterprise and Security Now

Disruptors Moving the Transport Market

Health-Care Disruptors Improving Service

2014 CNBC Disruptor 50



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