In the year 2020 I predict that the following list of companies won’t be around anymore. I think these companies won’t be around simply because either they are irrelevant or just have a bad business model.
First on the list is YAHOO. I think in 2020, Microsoft will own Yahoo and it’s search engine integrated into BING and it’s email will work on Hotmail.com. I think if Microsoft keeps the Yahoo brand around they won’t keep it for more than 5 years before it’s finally killed off.
Second on the list is Best Buy. They are doing right now the exact same thing Circuit City did. They are expanding too fast in areas they are not needed. Everywhere in my immediate area where there was a Circuit City there is now a Best Buy. These stores are almost always empty when I go. I literally have 4 Best Buys with-in 3 miles of me. Just have one HUGE store instead of 4.
Third on my list and maybe a shocker for most is AMD. I just find the company boring, and while the video card division is great their CPU division leaves a lot to be desired. Sure the APU’s are great but does anyone want a netbook? They have NO IDEA how to market anything. Any one know what the slogan for AMD is? DUM DUM DUM DUM. Oh wait that’s Intel. I know I will take a lot of heat for this one.
Fourth on the list is T-Mobile. I don’t think T-Mobile will go bankrupt I just believe they will be bought out by a 3rd party. I think a lot of people think it might be Sprint and I agree. I just hope this deal goes a lot better than the Sprint Nextel merger.
The Fifth and final company on the list is Hulu. They are not relevant anymore. Most cable companies now offer prime time shows on demand to compete with Hulu and Netflix. Plus with Hulu you don’t get the content as fast as other VOD services. Plus if I have to see commercials I don’t want to pay 8 bucks to watch it.
That’s my list, do you still see them around 8 years from now? By the way I wanted to make this list 6 companies and add Oracle. But I am not sure if they will be out of business in 8 years.