Last month CNBC revealed itsthird annual list
of the 50 most disruptive private companies. The list includes a cornucopia of diverse industries, including healthcare, energy, aerospace and fintech. Moderna Therapeutics, which hopes topioneer
a new class of drugs made of messenger RNA, ranked number-one this year. Dropbox, which has beenrumored to go public
for more than a year, was among the top companies highlighted by CNBC. Quirky (a crowdsourcing site for inventors), Pinterest and Square (the mobile payment solution fromTwitter IncTWTR
co-founder Jack Dorsey) were also featured. "We are very honored to be a part of the CNBC Disruptor 50 list for the past two years," Jon Stein, CEO of Betterment, told Benzinga. "It's exciting to be included with so many other great companies." Stein launched Betterment, which aims to provide individuals with abetter way to invest
, after spending several years consulting for major Wall Street institutions. "We're proud of what we've been able to accomplish over five years, but we're even more excited about where we're going," Stein added. "It's still the beginning of our vision."
Just Plain 'Thrilled'Personal Capital
CEO Bill Harris told Benzinga that he is "thrilled that Personal Capital has been recognized for the second year in a row by CNBC as a financial innovator." "We plan to continue using technology to democratize financial planning by providing lower cost yet personalized investment planning for families who need a complete solution to manage and grow their net worth," Harris told Benzinga. Personal Capital offers free financial software that allows users to see all of their financial accounts in one place. The company has already launched an app for theApple Watch
. Several other fintech companies -- including Motif Investing, another startup featured in CNBC's Disruptor list -- have also pledged their support forApple's first smartwatch
. Betterment addedApple Watch functionality
to its app earlier this year. Disclosure:At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.
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