Disruptive Leadership was launched seven years ago, and while the blog has been on hiatus for the last few years, technology has not.
To celebrate the “reboot” of the site, I have ranked the top seven disruptive innovations that have shaken industries while fundamentally changing the way we live and interact with the world.
- iPhone and Mobile Applications – A perfect example of a disruption that is both a technology and a business model, the iPhone and mobile apps have made the smartphone the “swiss army” knife of the digital age. Industries impacted: Mobile phones, software. Roadkill: Nokia, Blackberry.
- The Kindle and e-Books - Amazon introduced the Kindle e-Book reader a few years before tablets became mainstream, putting 98% of publishers out of business (at least in the UK). Industries impacted: Publishers. Roadkill: Borders, Barnes and Noble.
- Android – While the iPhone had first-mover advantage, Google’s free/open-source mobile operating system provided consumers an alternative platform and kept the space vibrant with competition. Industries impacted: PC’s
- Netflix video-on-demand – Netflix has been able to perform a very rare “hat trick” by first making video stores obsolete with online DVD rentals, then taking video streaming mainstream, and finally creating a new phrase, “binge-watching” with Emmy-winning original content. Industry impacted: Video rental stores. Roadkill: Blockbuster
- iPad and Tablets – By essentially taking the iPhone and tripling its size, Apple has created another mandatory “screen” to have in the home along side TV’s, phones and computers. Industry impacted: PC’s, Consumer Electronics.
- Cloud computing - Cloud computing is one of those rare industry “buzz words” that’s stuck and has become synonymous with software and online storage. Industries impacted: Software, storage, business services.
- Social mobile – What started out as an alternative to SMS text messaging letting users bypass mobile data plans, social mobile apps became so hot Facebook dropped an eye-dropping $19 billion to buy WhatsAapp. Industries impacted: social media networks, carriers.
What’s next? ”Crowd-services” such as Uber and AirBnB have shaken up their respective industries offering just-in-time alternatives to traditional taxis and hotels. The “Internet of Things” is starting to take off with a plethora of wearable devices,. Finally, 3D printing could dramatically alter the landscape of how anything physical is created.