Disruptors

Can a one make, one model car rental startup take the headache out of renting a car?

It’s hard to ignore the allure and convenience ride-hailing start-ups like Uber have brought to the transportation industry. Apps allow consumers to reserve rides with the swipe of a button on a smartphone, with no cash required. As valuations for major ride-hailing players including Lyft soar into the billions, the value of traditional taxicab medallions …

In the same way we learned more than a decade ago that being a dot-com was not in itself a guarantee of success, today we’re learning that not all Internet marketplaces gain traction. So the question is, Why do marketplaces such as Zillow, Airbnb and Uber disrupt their industries, while others stumble? If there were a foolproof formula, all marketplace …

The headlines would make you think that e-commerce is a battle of giants. Amazon, the dominant U.S. player with $78 billion in revenue, has put a choke hold on book publisher Hachette in a dispute over e-book pricing. Chinese giant Alibaba, with sales of $250 billion in China, has just planted a foot in the …

It’s been five years since the recession ended, and most of America’s financial institutions are still standing. The crisis didn’t alter the country’s banks like some people had thought it would, yet many bank executives are still feeling uncertain about the industry’s future. However, it’s not the global economy that has them worried, but rather …

In the second annual Disruptor 50 list, CNBC features private companies in 27 industries—from aerospace to enterprise software to retail—whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. These forward-thinking upstarts have identified unexploited niches in the marketplace that have the potential to become billion-dollar businesses, and they rushed to fill them. In the process, they are …