Bye Blockbuster—Throwback Thursday

Amelia Baer
  • Amelia Baer
  • November 7, 2013
Bye Blockbuster—Throwback Thursday

As many of you know, this week Dish is closing nearly half of the remaining Blockbuster stores. A piece of my childhood is withering away, but the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and even YouTube are a nice and evermore convenient consolation. I will miss the aimless ambling my friends and I used to do throughout the store before finally selecting the weekend’s winner—back when time was not of the essence. I won’t miss the late fees, physically putting the return through the slot, or the new releases always being out of stock.

Our company CTO, Ryan Unger, speaks at conferences around the country, and when discussing the process for building amazing products that users love he’ll reference Darwin’s quote, “It’s not the strongest who survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” Complacency will get you crushed by competition—and for Blockbuster it wasn’t another big brick-and-mortar movie rental shop, it was a new paradigm in movie distribution. There is no longer a need to leave your couch on those cold evenings, movies are available on the TV, streamed through laptops, tablets, and smartphones. When customer expectations shift, the product or service must also realign to remain relevant. In this insanely mobile and social world, one must react quickly to survive.


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