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 digital.hbs.edu/platform-digit 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.

Submitted (83)

“Human Uber”
Nandx
Last modified on February 1, 2018 at 4:40 pm
Feeling tired to go to some events but your physical presence is important? Let the "Human Uber" attend it for you!
No Signs of Surrender at This Retail Bank
LT
Last modified on January 31, 2018 at 4:07 pm
Many have prophesied the death of retail banking - and while the traditional retail model may be dead, at least one traditional bank is changing to keep up with the times.
A Blockbuster Failure and the Changing Media Landscape
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 ?
Hotel Tonight – A Travel Winner
MAB
Posted on February 1, 2018 at 6:04 pm
Hotel Tonight (HT) is a mobile-only marketplace that brings together hotels with travelers. HT started in 2010 as a mobile app that helps travelers find a hotel room on the same day at a discounted rate. It achieved deeply discounted [...]
Condé Nast: No Longer in Vogue
JZ
Last modified on February 1, 2018 at 3:04 pm
Condé Nast, once a magazine powerhouse, is in decline. Through a series of company reorganizations and brand closures, all signs point to a company struggling to adapt to the digital economy.
Peloton: Bringing the Studio to You
MHS
Posted on February 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm
Peloton has created their own "fitness as a service" ecosystem that delivers the quality and experience of a boutique studio workout without leaving your home.
Can a 69 billion$ acquisition save CVS against Amazon disruption?
A
Posted on February 1, 2018 at 6:26 pm
CVS recently announced the acquisition of U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for $69 billion, with the goal to introduce lower-cost medical services in pharmacies. Will the move stop CVS stock price decline as Amazon threatens to enter the pharmaceutical market?