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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., May 16, 2017−CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced the fifth annual CNBC Disruptor 50, a ranked list of the most ambitious and innovative private companies representing breakthrough ideas from all over the world. This year saw a record number of nominations with more than 800 companies vying for a spot on the CNBC Disruptor 50 list.

CNBC revealed the list across the network’s multiple platforms and is featuring special coverage throughout Business Day programming and on CNBC Digital this week. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin will lead the network’s on-air coverage reporting live from multiple locations around the Silicon Valley and New York. CNBC’s “Squawk Box” (M-F, 6AM-9AM ET), “Squawk Alley” (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET), “Power Lunch” (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET) and “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer” (M-F, 6PM-7PM ET) will highlight the companies on the list throughout the week.’s special report,, features in-depth profiles of the 50 companies, an explanation of how CNBC chose and ranked the companies on the list, as well as a robust line-up of stories exploring how today’s business decision makers and investors can capitalize on disruptive technology trends. CNBC will also track each company’s progress throughout the coming year.

There’s a reason to believe a lot will happen to these 50 companies in the months to come. IPO activity has been picking up led by Snap, a three-time former CNBC Disruptor and the biggest tech IPO since Facebook. In all, 17 former CNBC Disruptors have gone public. Thirteen former Disruptors have been acquired.

Following are the top ten 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50 companies:

  1. Airbnb
  2. Lyft
  3. WeWork
  4. Grab
  5. Uptake Technologies
  6. Houzz
  7. Ginkgo Bioworks
  8. Palantir
  9. Cylance
  10. Udacity

For more information regarding the CNBC Disruptor 50, including the full list, interviews, in-depth analysis and original digital video, visit

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The CNBC Disruptor 50 was compiled from 838 nominated companies which were ranked using a proprietary blend of quantitative and qualitative inputs from CNBC editorial staff and Disruptor 50 data partners MCAM International, PitchBook and IbisWorld, as well as expertise from CNBC’s Disruptor 50 Advisory Council, a group of 39 leading thinkers in innovation and entrepreneurship.