The 2014 Disruptor 50: Honorable mentions
In 2013, CNBC.com created its list of "disruptors." These were private venture-backed companies that included Twitter, Buzzfeed and Spotify, all of whom shook up the status quo, threatened the public giants or otherwise upset the apple cart.
This year a new crop of innovative businesses has been chosen from more than 500 nominees for CNBC.com's list. Sadly, only 50 of these companies could be selected, which means that hundreds of noteworthy new businesses with interesting ideas had to be turned away.
Still, it seemed unfair to send them all away without some kind of consolation prize, so for that reason, CNBC.com presents its list of honorable mentions. These 10 companies are not necessarily disruptors, but they are original concepts that have raised millions of dollars in venture capital.
Read ahead to see CNBC.com's list of honorable mentions from this year's pool of disruptor nominees. We're sure a few of them will make you ask, "Why didn't somebody think of it before?"
By Daniel Bukszpan