Digital Winners & Losers

February 02, 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 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.

Submitted (99)

Netflix – Showing Viewers What They Want
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm
Does data-driven content production limits creativity?
23andMe: Current personal genomics market leader turned market loser?
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 6:05 pm
Pivotal decision to not invest in new genetic technology to undercut 23andMe’s future position in the consumer genomics space
Can Adidas win Back North America?
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm
Adidas knows that digital is where it needs to be, despite making a physical good.
Betterment – Investing automated for masses
Anish Nahar
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 5:41 pm
How Robo-advisors like Betterment are democratizing wealth management for the masses at fraction of cost.
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 [...]
Rocket is falling down to Earth
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm
German incubator’s quest to dominate internet businesses outside of China and US ignores the realities of emerging markets
Will Data be the Oil of the 22nd Century?
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm
The commodification of healthcare data and its resulting losers
The Fabulous Demise of Fab.
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 3:23 pm
For this post, I will analyze why exactly Fab was in fact always a digital loser and why VC’s didn’t notice and actually encouraged this behavior.  
Salesforce Sails Past Legacy Enterprise Software Competitors
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm
Salesforce is winning because it was born in the cloud - while SAP, Microsoft, and Oracle are struggling to balance the transition from legacy cash cows to cloud-based software delivery.
Goldman Sachs: A Bull in the Digital Age
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm
A decade ago, Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn was asked if he’d license the bank’s proprietary securities pricing software, SecDB, for $1.0 billion. He said no. How about $5.0 billion? Maybe. Today, Goldman Sachs gives away SecDB for free. What [...]
The Death Of A Broker
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 4:04 pm
Real estate brokers are the next victims of the digital age
Digital Transformation in the Not-For-Profit Sector: I got Garbage! “IGG” (and a Winning Strategy).
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 4:51 pm
Not for profit organizations, following the same trend as traditional businesses, are increasingly aware of the need to engage with digital technology. A successful case ...handling Waste.
Microsoft is not enjoying its Office After Party
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 5:28 pm
Microsoft needs to leverage Office better and faster.
Quicken Loans – Rocketing Forward the Digital Mortgage
Dan Sawyer
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 4:18 pm
Quicken Loans is transforming the mortgage process through digitization and automation
Amazon in the Clouds
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 1:22 pm
Amazon Web Services has quickly grown to one of the most powerful forces in cloud computing today. With an aggressive product launch tempo and willingness to take on big rivals, AWS is poised to continue its explosive growth.
Blockbuster: It’s Failure and Lessons to Digital Transformers
Posted on February 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm
Blockbuster, a wildly successful national movie-rental chain, filed for bankruptcy 6 years after achieving $6 billion dollars in revenue. Why did this happen and what lessons can we learn from it?
HBO a Leap from Feature to Destination
Posted on February 1, 2017 at 11:16 pm
HBO will win by jumping the sinking ship of Cable TV packages
Etsy: Handmade Success
Last modified on February 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm
Etsy continues to craft its own way to the top
Nintendo is Hoping to ‘Switch’ its Way Back to the Top
Andrew Yoo
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm
Nintendo has a new console – the Switch – launching this year and it looks like it will be a winner
2016 AD: Drones with Wheels Spotted Delivering Groceries & Parcels on Sidewalk
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm
Automation, innovation & last-mile delivery: your parcels delivered by ground robot
Posted on February 1, 2017 at 11:46 pm
In 2013, Alibaba Group went public on the Nasdaq stock market. With its sky rocketing sales revenue and profit, Alibaba is a clear winner. A key reason in Alibaba’s success is its effective use of foreign capital and know-how. But [...]
SquadRun: Uprooting traditional BPO workforce by on-demand jobs
Last modified on February 3, 2017 at 1:22 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 [...]
Atlassian: Quietly Rebuilding the Enterprise from the Bottom Up
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 2:11 pm
The Australian firm sells enterprise software directly to teams and anticipates a future in the cloud.
Zenefits, Gusto and the Revolution in Digital HR & Insurance
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 10:30 am
The digital revolution disrupts core corporate administrative functions.