Originally Posted by Hiro
Not to jump on a MS bandwagon but, what was it Netscape was trying to sell?? What business model?? Oh that's right they didn't sell anything! They failed due to the myth of marketshare will make you rich even if you aren't actually selling anything. Great browser for its day, but nothing to sell, just a vacant promise that someday the marketshare will magically generate a sellable produce and crap money everywhere. They just went down early, the rest of the dot-com debacle just chose to ignore the failure by attributing it to MS, not a hemmorage of $$ with no realistic plan to actually make money. Took a couple years but almost everyone learned that lesson in 2000/2001.
You other examples are pretty good, I forget the name of the disk compression firm that got eviscerated as well.
I'm not sure what your talking about there.
Netscape had a fine business model. They came out with the first real browser. They also had an enterprise server solution that was doing well.
They charged $39.95 for the browser, which was fair. It sold very well, and had 85% of the browser market.
In those days, the server software that sold best was the software from the same company that the browser was from. So, if your company standardized on Netscape, you would buy their server software as well.
Once MS stopped charging for IE, because it wasn't selling, and put on the desktop, for free, already set-up, and made it difficult to change, Netscape was in trouble.
Don't forget that in those days it wasn't easy to download a big program and install it for most people. If IE was already there, and working, and free, why would someone spend over an hour downloading Netscape, and then go through the procedure to install it and remove IE from the preferred browser list?
Few people were willing to do that, and pay for it.
Netscape's share started to freefall. They had to drop the charge for it, which meant that 75% of their income was gone.
I still have my Netscape cap they sent me when I bought the program.