Over the years, I have been impacted by disruptive innovation and I would like to thank the leaders for doing so. Some of them are gone but, most of them continue to make my life better.
AOL – Thank you Mr. Case for sending me a CD in the mail for a dialup service. I also setup my first email account @aol.com. I sent the first email to myself and heard “you got mail”.
Dell – Mr. Dell allowed me to buy my customized PC from a catalog directly and delivered it to my door. Got my first PDA from Dell but, used it for a short time.
Yahoo – My home page for decades, my first search engine and @yahoo.com has been my primary email account for 16 years. Thank you.
Netscape – This browser turned me into an online user. The rich feature set, the user design truly changed my experience on the internet. Thank you Mr. Andreessen and Mr. Clark.
Amazon – I ventured into the jungle of Amazon.com when I was trying to buy a book in late 90’s. I use it as my default store, am a proud prime member and continue to benefit from Mr. Bezos passion. Thank you.
E*TRADE – The trading fees and calls to the investor broker kept me away from Wall Street. Then, came E*TRADE. My first and only stock broker with simple fees, user experience and delivering Wall Street to my browser. Thank you.
Netflix – The pressure to watch a new movie in 24 hours for $3.99 from Blockbuster was relieved by Netflix. I started to look forward to the mail man. Family night was not defined by the video store. Thank you.
Blackberry – My first smart device with black and white email and a wheel. Used it for years for its reliability and simple feature i.e. emails. Then, Mr. Jobs and the apps changed my view. Thank you.
PayPal – I once had to pay a invoice to a small vendor but, the transfer fee from the bank was more than the amount. I have since, used PayPal and thank your for saving me money.
Google – I use it for more than just a browser. Google now, Google maps, drive and motivation for my Sunday hikes – Tracks. Thank you.
Apple – My Sony Walkman lived its life and was gifted my first iPod. Since then, there are cool white gadgets all around my house. Thank you for saving me money with $0.99 singles and getting rid of CD clutter in my car.
LinkedIn – This is my social media site. Spend hours on it and love the features. Thank you Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Weiner. They transformed business networking.
Twitter – I love to express my view in 140 characters. Helps my creative thinking.
I could go on with this list but, I would like to hear about your disruptions? Who has made your user experience and life simple?