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 digital.hbs.edu/platform-digit 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)

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?
STEM – making big business with big batteries
LiDe
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm
STEM does not own a factory. Yet, it is one of the most promising energy startups. By assembling the best available hardware and adding predictive analytics, STEM is able to create the grid of the future.
HBO: Content Now Or On The Go
Natalie
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm
HBO has launched HBO Go and HBO Now to stay relevant as TV distribution channels shift to digital and viewing habits change.
How AwesomenessTV Became Awesome
sijwang
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 3:47 pm
To start off, you may be wondering: what exactly is AwesomenessTV and why haven’t I heard of it? For starters, AwesomenessTV began in 2012 as a multichannel network on YouTube specifically targeting the teenager and pre-teen demographic (so, not us!). [...]
The New York Times – A Casualty of the Digital Revolution?
KylaW
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 6:01 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 [...]
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 [...]
Penguin Random House
sblemast
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 5:37 pm
Penguin Random House and traditional book publishers have been disrupted by e-books and Amazon.com, but have adapted and should be able to survive
Social Robot Stuck in Traffic
GilG
Last modified on February 2, 2017 at 5:38 pm
Announced in mid-2014, Jibo captured the imagination looking into the potential of home assistant devices, does it still stand a chance?