What CEOs can learn from CNBC’s top disrupters of 2017

Airbnb
Airbnb led CNBC's list of disrupter companies for 2017.

CNBC recently released its fifth annual list of Disruptor 50 companies. These companies, which represent industries including biotech, transportation and retail, all have one thing in common: They’re shaking up billion-dollar industries with their innovative solutions to modern-day problems.

But what else links these various companies? What trends are these disrupter companies setting? What do these trends mean for the future of executive management? FierceCEO took a look at the top 10 disrupter companies of 2017, and here’s what we found.

CNBC’s Top
10 Disruptor Companies:

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

Less goods, more service—going against the norm

Why sell a car when you can offer a ride? A common trend among the top 10 disrupter companies is that they do not offer a long lasting, physical good, but rather quick and simple service. Disrupter companies such as Airbnb, Lyft, Grab and WeWork are revolutionizing the way we travel, vacation, commute and work. By sharing car rides or even office spaces these companies are able to offer the services we need at the prices we want.

Proactivity is an entity

In a world where unexpected crises occur daily having someone stop a problem before it becomes a problem is an asset. Three of the top 10 disrupter companies understand just that. Uptake Technologies, Palantir Technologies and Cylance each offer services to detect, prevent and correct failures and increase efficiency in various industries.

Making the big world smaller

The 2017 disrupter companies are opening doors and bridging gaps. Online learning platform Udacity offers online self-study and nanodegrees in a variety of tech fields for a fraction of the cost of traditional programs. With 25,000 students enrolled, Udacity is expanding education to thousands. Asian ride-sharing company Grab has also tapped into an unattended niche in order to stand out among its competitors. By offering ride-sharing in seven countries otherwise underrepresented by other ride-sharing companies, Grab is making its mark.

All-around innovation

Whether they offer office space rentals, ride sharing, crisis prevention or nanodegree granting, these companies are disrupting billion-dollar industries with their innovative services and solutions. Their presence shouldn’t be feared, but instead embraced and adapted for the future of executive management. 

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