Digital Winners and Losers

September 13, 2015

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The basic thesis of our course is that 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 module, 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. 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.

Submitted (145)

Quip and the end of the paper communication protocol
Last modified on September 13, 2015 at 2:14 pm
Word, PowerPoint, Google Sheets, and Google Slides share the same fundamental, analog constraint as did the typewriter: the printed page. Paper as the primary workplace communication protocol is still at the core of these products, and it is fundamentally outdated.
Slack, a Digital Open Office
Last modified on September 13, 2015 at 10:54 pm
I was first introduced to Slack during my internship this past summer at a very small startup that used Gmail as their email client of choice; an already significant step-up from my previous Outlook experiences.  A few weeks into the [...]
Polyvore: Consuming Traditional Fashion Retailers
Last modified on September 14, 2015 at 12:28 am
A post analyzing the impact of social commerce site, Polyvore, that has emerged as a digital winner by disrupting traditional e-commerce, the brick-and-mortar department store, and even major fashion publications.
FacialNetwork: Why Big Brother will be a Big Winner
Last modified on September 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm
"FacialNetwork is at the confluence of three pivotal technology trends and is leveraging the latest advancements in mobile, cloud and big data to create practical facial recognition applications."
Instacart + Whole Foods Market = Digital #Winner
(Wo)Man in the Arena
Posted on September 13, 2015 at 10:19 pm
Instacart paired a digital solution with the existing supermarket model. They rely on speed and accuracy to deliver (no pun intended) on their customer promise. By rethinking the way we shop, Instacart has been able to disrupt the traditional shopping [...]
Walmart: A Surprising Winner in Omnichannel Retail
Sean L
Last modified on October 19, 2015 at 6:03 pm
As delineations between physical and digital storefronts fade, Walmart has recognized that the future lies in “omnichannel” retail — a world where retailers serve customers seamlessly through online, mobile, and in-store interactions.
LinkedIn: Winning with Professional Data
Posted on September 13, 2015 at 11:03 am
LinkedIn has built up an invaluable user base and professional category of data that unlock a number of different and robust revenue streams.
Waze: Redefining Carpooling
Posted on September 13, 2015 at 10:50 pm
In spite of rising costs of car-ownership (>$8,000/year on average) and parking ($3,000/year on average), 80% of Americans still drive alone when commuting to and from work. This has led to a tremendous increase in road congestion, especially in major [...]