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)

Bezos, The Digital Midas. Turning Around the Washington Post
ME
Last modified on February 1, 2018 at 2:36 pm
If one person has the knack for turning a digital-phobic industry on its head, it's Jeff Bezos. His acquisition and subsequent digital transformation of the Washington Post has been a massive success. How did Bezos take a struggling paper, in [...]
Stitch Fix: Personalizing Fashion with Data
D
Posted on February 1, 2018 at 5:52 pm
As we have seen in lately reports, digital transformation is disrupting the retail industry. E-commerce sites are changing the consumer’s behavior, shifting purchases from brick and mortar stores to on-line. In the apparel industry, Stitch Fix created a business model [...]
H&M – Nowhere to Turn
RobD
Last modified on February 1, 2018 at 5:58 pm
  H&M is one of the three largest fashion brands in the world, with $23 Billion in sales and over 10,000 stores worldwide. 3 decades ago, H&M and Inditex (Zara) disrupted the fashion industry with a rapid supply chain and [...]
Nvidia – a #winner by choice or by stroke of luck?
jklim
Posted on January 31, 2018 at 7:47 pm
NVIDIA, the publicly traded (NVDA) producer of graphic chips was little known to anyone, until 2016 when it became the best performing stock, delivering over 207% returns to its shareholders. Today with market cap of almost $150bn it is hard [...]
Xiaomi: China’s Threat to Apple
Gloria
Posted on February 1, 2018 at 5:59 pm
Xiaomi’s long-anticipated IPO is expected to be valued at $100 billion – quadruple of Alibaba’s record breaking offering of $25 billion three years ago. What’s Xiaomi’s secret to success?
LEGOs: Still “The Apple of Toys”?
RPARK
Last modified on February 1, 2018 at 12:33 am
After being on the brink of bankruptcy in 2004, LEGO managed to successfully implement a digital strategy and thrive. Through movies, mobile games, and mobile applications, the company made choices that blended the physical and digital worlds, perhaps appealing more [...]
Watch out! Airbnb is near by!
Al
Posted on February 1, 2018 at 3:14 pm
Airbnb has contributed to a massive change in lodging segments and how consumers perceive travel by creating a new virtual trust between local hosts and visitors, however as it's growth will change the urban fabric of hosting cities. So, will [...]
A Blockbuster Failure and the Changing Media Landscape
B4AD56
B4AD56
Last modified on January 31, 2018 at 3:52 pm
The fall of Blockbuster remains a classic example of digital disruption. Formerly a dominant player in the rental market, Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2010. The trends the led to the big B's demise are also challenging the media ecosystem [...]
Paytm
Shiv
Posted on February 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm
India's Digital Wallet
AT&T: from baby Bell to dumb pipe ?
Y.Z.
Posted on January 31, 2018 at 10:02 pm
Few industries are as loathed as Telcos. Lousy service, opaque billing, rising rates, you name it. But do we really want their demise ?