Stripe, Coupang, Indigo Ag, Coursera and Klarna are top “disruptors” of 2020 … innovators poised to thrive as they emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic

August 19, 2020

CNBC’s 2020 Disruptor 50 list is a great source of companies whose breakthroughs are influencing business and market competition at an ever accelerated pace. In particular, this year, they are poised to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic with tech platforms that have the power to dominate.

They are turning ideas in cybersecurity, education, health IT, logistics/delivery, fintech and agriculture into a new wave of billion-dollar businesses.

A majority of them, in fact, already are billion-dollar businesses: 36 disruptors this year are unicorns that have already reached or passed the $1 billion valuation mark. Maybe more important this year: 37 have hired new employees since the pandemic began, and 19 have pivoted their products or launched new ones to meet the challenges of the pandemic.

Technology is already a major part of our daily lives and the public markets, and that will only increase on the other side of Covid-19, from the future of food supply to health-care diagnostics and the way we shop, study, work and pay.

Here is CNBC’s top 50 ranking:

1 Stripe Unlocking the lockdown’s biggest value
2 Coupang Beating Bezos at his own online game?
3 Indigo Agriculture The future of farming is carbon negative
4 Coursera Online ed’s biggest test begins
5 Klarna No online sale left behind
6 Tempus Precision medicine for the Covid crisis
7 Zipline Medicine takes flight autonomously
8 SoFi The future of your financial future
9 Neteera Contactless health
10 Gojek Indonesia’s original ridehail, growing up
11 WeLab Branchless banking
12 DoorDash The most in-demand in on-demand
13 Heal The next big thing in medicine: housecalls?
14 Movandi A network key to the 5G future
15 Better.com Closing the mortgage gap online
16 Grab Southeast Asia’s super app
17 Lemonade A.I.-ing the end of the insurance agent
18 Root Insurance Replacing demographics with real driver data
19 Healthy.io Home-based health testing
20 GoodRx Technology tackling the high cost of health care
21 Eat JUST Just the egg, no chicken
22 goPuff The convenience store gets more convenient
23 Affirm Building new credit history
24 Kabbage A main street lending lifeline
25 Chime No-fee banking
26 Dave Taking down the overdraft Goliath
27 Trulioo Verification for a more virtual world
28 Ripple A crypto answer to money transfer
29 TALA Making microloans add up to a billion
30 Didi Chuxing Riding a post-Covid pickup in China
31 SentinelOne Cybercrime is up; so are defenses
32 Butterfly Network A smarter ultrasound
33 Marqeta Paying with a full deck of cards
34 Apeel Ridding the world of rotten produce
35 K Health Primary (smartphone) care
36 Databricks Data help for data nerds
37 C3.ai The world’s biggest brains building an even bigger one
38 Attabotics Amazon’s ant-size competition
39 CLEAR Biometric screening for a new world of hidden dangers
40 Snowflake A data warehouse in the cloud
41 Airbnb Your delayed destination
42 Duolingo The universal language
43 LanzaTech A carbon-capture moonshot
44 Ginkgo Bioworks The world’s most advanced manufacturing
45 Guild Education Upskilling America
46 Robinhood The new bull market-makers
47 Convoy A monster trucking problem solved
48 Beautycounter A makeover for the cosmetics industry
49 Impossible Foods Doesn’t seem so impossible anymore, does it?
50 UiPath The robots are coming for your boring, repetitive job