Skateboards have always been cool. But when someone decided to put a motor in them, they became even cooler, all hazards aside, of course. And with this latest trend of micro-mobility and “last-mile” vehicles, it might come as a surprise that the first motorized skateboards exist since the early 70s. But, in recent years, millennials have taken to electric skateboards and scooters to move about and upload Tik Toks while doing so. And this is largely due to one company: Boosted.
Motorola was a pioneer in mobile communications and helped shape entire markets with groundbreaking products. But now, it’s gone. And, yes, we can summarize this episode and say that it was a giant failing to act upon change. But we’d be lying because there’s more to it. It was the culture and management that killed Motorola.
Amidst this ever-changing crisis, companies -startups included- are trying to come to grips with the new realities of workspaces. If you are a founder who has already built a team of co-founders, consultants, and even employees, here’s what to expect as we shift towards a predominantly virtual landscape.
Decades ago, Atari was THE videogame console. It helped develop the gaming world in the U.S., with its great 2600 console and games such as Pong and Space Invaders. But then a little alien came along, the market crashed, and chaos ensued. Gamers all over the world owe a lot to the once successful brand, which is why we’re going to talk about Atari in this episode of company Forensics.
In this episode of Company Forensics, we’ll talk about one of the coolest clothing brands in the world: The North Face. That’s right. It seems like the brand has existed for decades and that their high-end products last forever. And this is true.
In this episode, we cover HQ Trivia. A mix of bad business decisions, a peculiar personality, a product that was too good to be true; and a flawed business model. Find out why HQ Trivia, a seemingly innocent game in which players earned money by answering general culture questions, against the clock, failed tremendously.
Let’s say you wanted to ship something to the other side of the country, and you didn’t want to look for a box big enough, or queue at the post office. None of that. You just wanted to have someone come and pick up your package, from the comfort of your home. Well, Shyp did just that.
From its QWERTY keyboard to real time emails, the BlackBerry was, for many years, the smartphone by choice. BlackBerry did a lot of things right. But… they did A LOT of things wrong.