Disruptor Digest


  Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 8:55 AM ET

The rise of Airbnb

Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb co-founder and CTO explains his company's business model and discusses the tax implications they will soon face. Benjamin Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz general partner, provides insight. »Read more
  Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

DoJ backs broadcasters in Aereo dispute

Posted By Amy Schatz
CEO Chet Kanojia shows a tablet displaying Aereo's technology.
CEO Chet Kanojia shows a tablet displaying Aereo's technology.

In a Supreme Court filing, the Justice Department backed broadcast networks in their fight against online video streaming start-up Aereo.

Justice Department lawyers argued in Monday's filing that Aereo's broadcast television streaming service infringes on broadcasters' copyrights and asked the court to reverse a lower court's decision in favor of the start-up.

Click here to read full story on re/code.

By Amy Schatz

CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.

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  Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 5:26 PM ET

Dropbox valued at $10 billion in new funding round

Source: dropbox.com

Dropbox has raised $350 million in a new funding round, bringing the company's total value to $10 billion, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The online storage company raised $325 million from its investors and has the option to add $125 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

According to the Journal, Dropbox has included $25 million extra to bring the total to $350 million but does not plan on adding more.

Dropbox will use the funds to expand its international business, it said.

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  Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 3:25 PM ET

Zuckerberg says WhatsApp worth more than $19B

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that WhatsApp fits perfectly with his goal of connecting the world and that the messaging platform was worth what his company is paying for it—and then some.

Last week's $19 billion deal for WhatsApp was Facebook's largest yet—dwarfing the $1 billion it paid for Instagram.

To some, the move was not a wise one.

"This is crazy money," Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group, told CNBC at the time. "I think they massively overpaid. ... They've done it because they are desperate."

(Read more: Why Facebook valued WhatsApp at $16 billion)

Zuckerberg defended the move in his keynote speech to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

"Already almost half a billion people love using WhatsApp for messaging, and it's the most engaging app that we have ever seen exist on mobile by far," he said. "About 70 percent of people who use WhatsApp use it every day, which kind of blows away everything else that is out there."

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  Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

Spotify job posting adds to IPO speculation

Online music streaming service Spotify is recruiting a U.S. financial reporting specialist, adding to speculation that the Swedish startup is preparing for a share listing, which one banker said could value the firm at as much as $8 billion.

Meeting U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission standards for filing financial disclosures is essential for any firm planning to go public and bankers and lawyers said they inferred from the job ad that the company is getting ready for an initial public share offering, possibly next year.

Streaming and on-demand music have soared in popularity alongside smartphone use, though such services have so far struggled to make profits due to the cost of royalty fees.

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  Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

Box CEO: Investing aggressively for growth

Box CEO Aaron Levie discusses the company's profitability and what makes Box different from other cloud computers. CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports. »Read more

2014 CNBC Disruptor 50



  • In a battle between wildcatters in the shale boom and renewable energy dreamers, five companies are uniquely positioned to influence the future of the energy market and climate policy.

  • Boku, Kymeta, LiveU, Twilio, and WhatsApp: changing how we connect and upsetting traditional telecom business models.

  • Travel market disruptors are hooking us, and booking us, with lodging options once out of reach to anyone but the elite.