Digital Winners & Losers

February 01, 2018

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Digital technologies are upending many industries and companies. Think about Uber’s impact on the taxi business or Spotify’s impact on music downloads and the record industry.

For this assignment, we would like you to identify companies/organizations that you think are winning or losing. Just work on either winners or losers. Please focus on just one organization. Tell us why they are a winner or loser. Discuss elements of how they create and/or capture value that is leading you to call them a winner or loser.

Create an approximately 500-750 word post to make your contribution on digit.hbs.org by 6pm on Feb 1. Please create appropriate tags for your post including if it is a “winner” or “loser.” Please also respond to and comment on three other posts per module. Feel free to use graphics, data, videos and links to other sites to corroborate your points.

Selected posts will be discussed in class and also featured on the HBS Digital Initiative website.

Please prepare a 2-3 min summary of your blog post before class.

Responses (83)

Amazon | To Go Or Not To Go
Juan
Posted on January 31, 2018 at 11:43 pm
Amazon has been one of the clear winners in the digital age, but will it also win in the grocery shopping space? Or will it be forced to share its technology and level the playing field?
Fitbit: From Winner to Loser
Pumchanut
Last modified on January 31, 2018 at 5:47 pm
The rise of wearable technology began in 1975 when the first calculator watch was launched by Pulsar. Over time wearable technology started to improve. In 2008, Fitbit takes wearable technology to the next level. The company’s CEO James Park has [...]
Juicero: how much would you pay for your juice?
Iryna
Last modified on January 29, 2018 at 11:21 pm
Post analyzes Juicero, company that had great mission - to help people live healthier - and provides thoughts on why it moved from a cool tech kid to the digital revolution loser in 16 months
Netflix: The Media Killer
SLA
Last modified on January 30, 2018 at 2:34 pm
Netflix has upended the media and entertainment industry, becoming one, if not the biggest, winners in the business. With a simple value capture formula, it has focused on ways to create value for its consumers.
Venmo: What’s Cash?
JC
Posted on January 31, 2018 at 11:08 pm
Venmo replaces cash and checks with a digital peer to peer transfer app and is spurring the shift towards the digital wallet
Sad Snaps
Mike M
Posted on February 1, 2018 at 2:05 am
Is Snap Inc. a WINNER or a LOSER in the battle for eyeballs among the duopoly of technology advertising giants?
“Put your Money where your Mouth is”
E. Haviland
Posted on January 27, 2018 at 9:00 am
Why you should have, "put your money where your mouth is" and invested in the non-tech winner that is Domino's Pizza instead of in all of the tech titans that we think of today. Source: https://www.statista.com/chart/8670/dominos-stock-surges/
Walmart – Blurring the lines between digital and physical
JY
Last modified on February 1, 2018 at 5:15 pm
Despite starting out slow against Amazon, Walmart is increasingly becoming a “digital winner”, as it builds out a fast-growing ecommerce business and also leads in digital innovations when compared to other brick-and-mortar retailers.
Amazon: The Worldwide Leader In Sports
HBS2018
HBS2018
Last modified on February 1, 2018 at 5:25 pm
Although Disney's ESPN has been the dominant player in sports content for decades, its slow reaction to digital video consumption trends and inability to monetize sports content as effectively as tech giants could see the king lose its crown in [...]
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