A friend of mine sent me a link to an article by InfoWorld.com written by Mike Elgan that talked about 10 things the author felt wouldn't make it through the recession we're in.
These things are all around now, the last day of 2008, but will they still be here at the end of 2009?
Here's the list of the 10 Things That Won't Survive the Recession:
- Free Tech Support - humans answering the phone and helping with tech problems will fall by the wayside, and many companies will resort to message boards for consumers to seek help from.
- Wi-Fi We Pay For - public and/or free wi-fi is popping up all over the place, including many towns setting up their own wi-fi for their residents. With this happening, there won't be any need to keep paying for it.
- Landline Phones - with so many dropping their landlines to go totally cellular, it's predicted landline phones will become archaic very soon.
- Movie Rental Stores - downloading movies will force this to happen.
- Web 2.0 Companies With No Business Plans - investors have dried up, and those with money want to see solid business plans before letting go of any money.
- Silicon Valley Companies - failures and mergers of tech companies have caused this to happen, and a prediction of them to boom again during the next boom.
- Palm, Inc. - iPhone, Blackberry and Google causing the demise of Palm and its investor partner, Elevation Partner.
- Yahoo - not being able to compete with Google, will it go the way of Netscape, Commodore, and others?
- Half of All Retail Stores - online shopping has taken over a huge chunk of shopping, and the prediction is that malls will become ghost towns, many stores will just disappear, and Amazon.com will become a monster shopping site.
- Satellite Radio - the losses are too big and financial obligations can't be met. New car sales are way off, and that's where most of the satellite radios are sold. Ah, goodbye Howard Stern??
I'm inclined to agree with this list, and I'm sure we'll see more than just this list of 10 disappear. What are your thoughts on these things disappearing? What others would you include that you don't think will make it through the coming year, or that won't make it through this recession?
Change is afoot, and has been, and I think we'll see some very interesting changes during the coming year. Any predictions on what those might be? Feel free to leave your predictions in the comments.
Here's to a great and interesting 2009 for all of us!
Happy New Year,
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