can tech companies who did most of their business in do well now?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by jefhatfield, Jun 2, 2003.

  1. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    cisco systems really was a foundation for with their promising technologies for wide area networks and high trafficked and reliable stream of online commerce

    yahoo looked to be a vehicle for the superinformation highway and the wealth that seemed to be inevitable on the net

    java developers had their share of website work which could command almost any salary

    ...will the technologies/companies most associated with success ever see their heyday again?
  2. benixau macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia

    it was there before during and after. from memory it does not have a single retail outlet. They are from memory the biggest online retailer in the world.

    amazing - this guy dreamed this up in 1996 and now he sold it for a hellofa lot of profit.
  3. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    The answer is a qualified yes. The Internet fad may have died out, but the Internet itself is not going away. It will indeed eventually replace the print media and many retail businesses. But the ruthless laws of business are defied at peril. Businesses must have solid ways of making real money. Retail stores will still survive, but they must provide good service and quick delivery. (Shipping is the Achilles' heel of online business.)

    Cisco's absurd stock valuation had to be corrected, but as an infrastructure provider, they will probably survive. Yahoo and the other "portals" don't have clear (at least to me) ways of making money. eBay faces a potential iceberg of litigation and liability over auction scams. Their exposure is immense: for the fees they collect, they provide precious little service; yet that fee that they collect implies a responsibility.

    The Internet will look substantially different in a few years. Unfortunately, it may not be the paradise of unlimited freedom many still expect.
  4. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    ..if that infrastructure has little connection with, then is there still enough need to keep such a giant company to exist?

    how many of us really need routers and switches besides some large organizations? enough to keep cisco alive? i doubt it

    i think cisco's only hope to stay afloat is a resurgence of a economy fairly quickly...and it doesn't have to be arevolution this time, steady but sure growth in will do and lead to more confidence with stockholders

    ebay is safe and due to the large amounts of money being made, they can offset lawsuits...heck, look at microsoft

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