The seventh annual “Disruptor 50” list is out, spotlighting private companies whose innovations are “changing the world and fueling a race between superpowers like the U.S. and China."
The CNBC list ranks venture capital–backed companies, noting 36 disruptors this year are unicorns that have already reached or passed the billion-dollar mark. In aggregate, the 50 companies on the list have raised over $46 billion in venture capital, according to PitchBook data.
Amid this impressive collection of biotech, machine learning, agriculture companies and more, land four retailers re-shaping the industry. Read on to learn about each of these innovative retail start-ups filling unexploited niches in the retail market.
- Disruptors That Touch Retail
On-demand technology platform that allows trucking companies and shippers to connect via an app instead of relying on a broker, which utilizes email or phone calls.
Companies, including Amazon, Google, and Under Armour, use Stripe's software tools to securely accept payments from anywhere in the world.
Kabbage claims that in three steps — and in under 10 minutes — a small business can apply and be approved for a credit line of up to $250,000.
20. YITU Technology
This Shanghai-based company’s artificial intelligence technologies are utilized in industries such as public safety, health care, banking and retail.
This start-up is a global freight forwarder and customs broker powered by cloud software and an analytics platform.
Affirm uses proprietary algorithms at the point of sale to determine a person's creditworthiness.
C3’s software can read data and tell a product’s owners if something is about to break down, or the most efficient ways to use sensor data in their supply chain management.