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Feb 04, 2022

CNBC Disruptor 50

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CNBC Disruptor 50

This year’s Disruptor 50 list will be CNBC’s tenth annual, and as we prepare to reveal the next list of game-changing companies, we’ll also take a fresh look at the past decade and reflect on the paths of companies that made the inaugural list in 2013. Among the companies on the original list, 21 have gone public, while 14 have been acquired, some by incumbent giants including Alphabet (the parent of Google), Meta Platforms (the parent of Facebook), and United Healthcare, others by private equity firms or even by other start-ups. There have been some phenomenal success stories from that first year’s list — sector-defining companies such as Twitter, Pinterest, Uber, Airbnb, Spotify and Warby Parker, to name a few. We’ll be rolling out a company-by-company feature covering the inaugural Disruptor 50 in our weekly newsletter. That newsletter also provides updates on the more than 200 companies (85 of which are now public) that have been named to the Disruptor 50 list over the last nine years. The 2021 Disruptor 50 has already delivered a fair share to the public markets – six of last year’s honorees have made their public debut since we announced the list last May, including 2021′s top-ranked disruptor, Robinhood. That means a new No. 1 company is guaranteed for 2022. Who will it be?