Winners & Losers May 7, 2015

When is a Business Ripe for Disruption?

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Donations to disaster stricken Nepal won this week: The U.S. donated $10 million to the cause and Facebook was able to match the amount by collecting money from half a million of the platform’s users. Facebook’s match showcased a new trend in fighting worldwide disasters and epidemics: Mega-corporations are becoming more essential than nations in fighting them. In the war against Ebola, for example, Mark Zuckerberg and Paul Allen were more relevant than France.

Crate and Barrel is another winner. The company increased revenue per site visitor 130% by observing how customers shopped online and designing their site accordingly. More evidence that the future of retail looks more like Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma and Sephora than Amazon.

When is a business ripe to be disrupted? When it charges more than its value. The Pacquiao/Mayweather fight proved once again that cable television is ripe for disruption. Users turned to Periscope and Meerkat to avoid the $100 fee.

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