It’s not surprising that SpaceX, a company founded by Tesla’s Elon Musk, has topped the prestigious CNBC Disruptor 50 list for 2018 – companies that are transforming the economy and changing the industry. SpaceX has an estimated valuation of $28 billion.
Increasingly, the ride-hailing giant Uber ranked number 2 on the list, followed by Airbnb (No. 3); Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing service provider (No. 4); and Lyft (No. 5), Uber’s biggest US competitor.
The business news website placed Grab in sixth on the list ahead of the biotech startup 23andMe, and online learning platform Udacity. The fashion startup Rent the Runway and Coinbase, a digital currency wallet and platform, round out the list at nine and ten, respectively.
These 50 private companies are transforming the economy and changing the industry, 2018
Why: Taking the lead in the new space race.
Why: Faring better in the post-Travis era.
Why: Rewriting the book on bookings.
4. Didi Chuxing
Why: How do you say “Uber” in Mandarin?
Why: Sticking to the high road.
Why: Just another rideshare unicorn …
Why: A genetics house call.
Why: Nanodegree your way to a new job.
9. Rent the Runway
Why: A closet in the cloud.
Why: Buy, sell, HODL.
Why: Eating up foreign-exchange fees.
12. Oscar Health
Why: 200,000 people who like their plan.
Why: Helping companies get paid around the world.
Why: A way to better answers.
Why: Fertile ground for disruption.
Why: The company that gave PayPal the wooden shoe.
Why: What’s in your closet?
18. Indigo Agriculture
Why: Seeding the world.
Why: Powering India’s cashless revolution.
Why: A new spin on spinning.
21. Ginkgo Bioworks
Why: Microbe economics.
Why: No Wi-Fi? No problem.
Why: For when you need some space.
Why: Wall Street for, and by, women.
25. Zipline International
Why: Drones to the rescue.
Why: Won’t let carbon go to waste.
Why: Into the breach, and ending it.
Why: A $100 billion iPhone competitor, any day now.
Why: The robot revolution takes flight.
30. Veritas Genetics
Why: Your whole genome, all 6.4 billion letters of it.
Why: Improving home improvement.
32. C3 IoT
Why: What are those devices saying?
33. Palantir Technologies
Why: They know you, even if you don’t know them.
Why: A digital immune boost.
Why: How do you say …
Why: 100 billion ideas shared.
Why: An underwear innovator takes on Tampax.
Why: Turning trading upside down.
Why: Big machines break, but maybe they don’t have to.
Why: An ad’s journey from screen to screen.
Why: A personalized mobile ad experience.
Why: We don’t need no formal IT education.
Why: Cracking the code on getting your internet business paid.
Why: We all have vulnerabilities.
Why: They root for everyone, as long as you root for someone.
46. Auris Health
Why: A surgical robot pioneer scrubs in, in the next generation.
Why: How self-driving cars see around corners.
48. Apeel Sciences
Why: The end of rotten food.
Why: The ultimate source for open source.
Why: Yes, online lending still has a future.
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