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Ask HN: What are examples of companies that died by the hands of Big Tech?

It's commonplace to mock Big Tech for being slow-moving and lacking an innovation ability with several examples of new companies that competed with, and defeated products from Big Tech. There are tons of examples of this (YouTube Vs Google Video as one). What are examples of the reverse? Like Pebble (smartwatches) losing to Apple Watch, Clubhouse (Kindda pending) losing to Twitter Spaces, Slack (??? had to sell to Big Tech) losing to Big Tech 'Work'.

Sure, there are also examples where the indie coys did not exactly die Dropbox/Box Vs Big Tech storage.

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Ask HN: What are examples of companies that died by the hands of Big Tech?


@hthrowaway5 25 minutes

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Strange to me that you put Dropbox on here since they've really struggled to succeed on their own. I think Steve Jobs was right when he said it was a "feature, not a product." Selling to Google or Apple I think would've been the better move in hindsight.

Snapchat is probably a good example of a company that made the right move by not being acquired.

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@mylons 20 minutes

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heroku getting bought by salesforce

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@beamatronic 17 minutes

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Palm, Dropcam, Nest

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@ternus 39 minutes

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Slack is a strange example here, as it certainly seems to be thriving; do you think it's lost/dead?

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@wilde 38 minutes

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There’s one of these stories every year at WWDC when Apple PMs take top apps and turn them into OS features. “Sherlocked” is a phrase for a reason.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/4/18651190/apple-ios-13-mac-...

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@hn_throwaway_99 13 minutes

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While it's true Google Video was not able to get traction vs. YouTube, I've also read some good accounts of the merger that YouTube would have crumbled had they not had the resources from Google (both machine and people) needed to scale.

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@fullstackwife 13 minutes

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Hipchat

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@cellis 9 minutes

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Basecamp for sure

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@hadeohedron 7 minutes

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While it was more of a tech retailer than a tech company, Blockbuster qualifies.

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@sloaken 56 minutes

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Borland VS Microsoft

Netscape Navigator VS MS IE

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@trifit 1 hour

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Vine

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@loloquwowndueo 29 minutes

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“Large” companies like Lotus, WordPerfect and Ashton-Tate were founded years after Microsoft, came to dominate their niches, and were thoroughly crushed when Microsoft expanded into those niches.

This is a great read about the rise and fall of WordPerfect. http://www.wordplace.com/ap/

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@aaronbrethorst 29 minutes

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Seems quite likely that Clubhouse would still be just as irrelevant if Twitter had not launched Spaces. Clubhouse feels more like a fad than roadkill.

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@polski-g 1 hour

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Every other ticketing system vs JIRA.

Every game market platform vs Steam.

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@klyrs 2 minutes

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Your examples are all tech vs. tech. Tech vs. brick-and-mortar has been an absolute bloodbath. Most local bookstores are gone. Sears, and many smaller retailers. Malls are dead. You kids probably don't remember cool independent computer shops (though there are a few hangers-on). Payless shoes comes to mind, apparently they're trying to bounce back. Local newspapers died at the hands of craigslist, which isn't even "big" tech.

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