Deprecated: The Ars 2017 tech company Deathwatch
That means it’s time for us to look forward to the year ahead and select the companies and technologies least likely to see its end.
“Deathwatch” is not a prediction of actual corporate demise—that sort of thing, as we’ve seen with past Deathwatch selectees, rarely happens quickly or completely. Most failing companies—and even many failed products—limp on in some way through acquisition, integration, inertia, or the eternal zombie life of bankruptcy protection. Instead, Deathwatch is a way of recognizing those entities in a different sort of mortal peril: technical, economic, and/or cultural irrelevance.