Digital Winners & Losers

February 2017

February 2017

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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 2. 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 (98)

The New York Times – A Casualty of the Digital Revolution?
KylaW
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm
New York Times – A Casualty of the Digital Revolution?   Introduction The New York Times (NYT) is arguably the best known daily newspaper in the United States. The organization has been operating since 1851 and has won more Pulitzer [...]
Instacart – Leading the way for grocery deliveries
Rahul
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm
Instacart, an on demand platform for delivering groceries, is considered one of Americas most promising companies. The company was founded in 2012 and has rapidly expanded ever since - paving a new way for grocery deliveries
Legen…wait for it…dary…
opheliac
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm
With the rise of online, digital and social media marketing, it is incredibly and increasingly difficult to cut through the clutter and reach one’s target consumer. This is even more pronounced in the entertainment space, where the overall number of [...]
Disrupting Times: the fight against clickbait
Daniel C
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm
The New York Times (NYT) is a classic story of disruption. Founded in 1851, the NYT created value by providing in-depth and high-quality news, opinion and entertainment daily through its printed newspaper. Although radio and TV ‘disrupted’ newspapers before, by [...]
SquadRun: Uprooting traditional BPO workforce by on-demand jobs
Venkat
Venkat
Posted on February 3, 2017 at 1:17 am
How does one convert people who are connected digitally and looking for freelance jobs into a high quality workforce? – by training and connecting them with e-commerce companies. Squadrun, a 5 year old start-up in India, is trying to create [...]
Friend Not Foe: Starbucks Bets a Latte on Digital
Christy
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 5:46 pm
For years, Starbucks has been a lonely example of how a traditional brick-and-mortar retailer can leverage digital innovations, rather than fight them. The company introduced mobile payment systems in 2009 and wireless charging stations in 2015, far before the technologies [...]
The New York Times: Loser (sadly)
Erik K
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm
    As of February 2017, the NYT stock price is down ~ 80% from its high 15 years ago. This decline is in spite of the fact that NYT continues to create massive value for its three million paid [...]
Is Journalism Dead?
Kathy Wang
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 7:13 pm
"The most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment, and video" or making journalism stupider and stupider?
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