The Decline of Kodak...What Happened?


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  • jackelofnar
    jackelofnar 2 дня назад

    Kodak like Fuji are still making though

  • Federico Pedroza
    Federico Pedroza 7 дней назад

    Is this mr beat?

  • SWLinPHX
    SWLinPHX 8 дней назад

    Linda McCartney, Paul‘s first wife, was an Eastman and associated with her family‘s company.

  • Vincent Cheng
    Vincent Cheng 9 дней назад

    Kodak's film business was very profitable and brought in so much recurring (chemicals, printing papers and mini labs' supplies) cash flows that they could not admit to themselves that film's days were over. Digital camera had a totally different business model and delivered no recurring cash flow - not even printing papers. Spending the money to buy Sterling Drugs showed how lost Kodak had become.

  • Brandon Vaughan
    Brandon Vaughan 9 дней назад

    Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.

  • gkiltz0
    gkiltz0 9 дней назад

    You can count on your fingers the number of companies worldwide that are
    1) more than 100 years old
    2) still linear to the original company in a management sense
    3) Still in the same industry they started out in
    4) Still a market leader in their biggest revenue producing industry
    I'm convinced that the normal and expected lifetime of a company is around 100 years give or take
    Not too many make it past that as arguably the same company

  • gkiltz0
    gkiltz0 9 дней назад

    So they believed their own bullshit.Just like the NFL is doing now

  • gkiltz0
    gkiltz0 9 дней назад

    Xerox invented the mouse, but sat on it until Steve Jobs saw it, and bought it for almost nothing

  • gkiltz0
    gkiltz0 9 дней назад

    Kodakchrome was a slide film. It DID have excellent color saturation and very lifelike color, but it was different from their print film

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott 12 дней назад

    I'm 64 yrs old. I have an iPhone XR. It's with me all the time. It takes great pictures. I also have a digital (Fuji) camera. It too takes great pictures. I also have a Canon AE-1 that I purchased in 1982. It currently has a roll of Kodak TMax B&W film in it. It also takes great pictures. Kodak has made some bad choices, they have also made some brilliant choices. I think they are looking at this like the music industry looks at vinyl records. Wait long enough and maybe the market will come back (slightly) their way. Hey Kodak... don't wait too long.

  • Ruchin Singh
    Ruchin Singh 13 дней назад

    Yeah I get the picture. Like CC said innovator's dilemma.

  • Der unbekannte Nette
    Der unbekannte Nette 13 дней назад

    Please do NOKIA!!!!!

  • AnimePancakes
    AnimePancakes 14 дней назад

    My mom used to work at Kodak-

  • Devestation And Reform
    Devestation And Reform 14 дней назад

    As a person who shoots on film, I hope they can make it. They still have my favorite film stocks and seem to be investing in the film commmunity.

  • Thomas Charnota
    Thomas Charnota 16 дней назад

    I think the video is pretty fair looking at Kodak. But I think what Kodak failed to do is see “what else” can be done connected to digital photography. A place online to store photos for a small fee? Branch that concept into online storage and web services? Interestingly they understood the hardware that they saw as commodity but failed to see new business ideas that could have expanded revenue and other business avenues for them. They’re a little better about that today in the commercial space. Understanding how cryptocurrency can be connected to DRM and building technology that can generate revenue from that connection. Great ideas.

  • AmbiencePT
    AmbiencePT 17 дней назад

    I use my Smartphone for snaps and apps. When it comes to artistic projects I only use Kodak films.
    There is still a market for film, they will never be a giant again, but they can provide films for a new generation of artists and photographers.

  • snowboarder 2020
    snowboarder 2020 20 дней назад

    can you do one on polaroid?

  • Pink Back Program Pink Back Program Vote

    Think in the end album would have helped

  • Samuel Osuji
    Samuel Osuji 21 день назад

    Really awful of Kodak

  • josephskiles
    josephskiles 22 дня назад

    Damn now I have that earworm of a song stuck in my head

  • Paul Hughes
    Paul Hughes 24 дня назад

    worked for them for 25 years should have seen it coming you did not mention Instant photography and Polaroid taking them to court they would have lost a lot of money and the copyrights

  • Josh Martimez
    Josh Martimez 26 дней назад

    My first camera was a digital Kodak Camera gifted to me in 2007. Great video.

  • AMA RMDtv
    AMA RMDtv 29 дней назад


  • Shellie Carlson
    Shellie Carlson Месяц назад

    Both of my fav point and shoots are Kodak. I buy their film. It's short sided that they did full court press the digital age. Hope they keep making film because it's great film. Very sad.

  • Jann Adriel Cervo
    Jann Adriel Cervo Месяц назад

    I'm crying. I hope Kodak recovered from their bankruptcy. Though their new line of digital cameras is not that great, but still I miss the days when they are the biggest in the industry and the best. I have to say though if ever they developed the digital camera back then, it is a huge possibility that phones will have cameras earlier instead of the early 21st century, and although if ever they managed their company in the right direction then our current smartphones camera manufacturer would be Kodak. Since what I see in Sony that they are the one who manufactures smartphone cameras. I sometimes imagine, that could be Kodak if they were just quick to decide in their bureaucratic business.

  • personator907
    personator907 Месяц назад

    I got a Kodak 10MP digital camera for my birthday in 2008 and it was good. It held up quality wise for a number of years and I used it until smartphone cameras caught up.

  • racewiththefalcons1
    racewiththefalcons1 Месяц назад

    Kodak should put everything they have into film photography, even though it sounds like a backwards move. The rise of digital photography has made far more people interested in photography than arguably ever before, and a portion of those people who are serious enough about photography could be interested in learning to shoot on film. It won't be a game-changer, but it could end up being the last resource for film shooters.

  • Caroline Loewer
    Caroline Loewer Месяц назад

    Poloroids are making a comeback

  • Bill Holland
    Bill Holland Месяц назад

    The nail in the coffin was the switch to digital projection in theaters. So much cheaper and easier to ship a disc drive to a theater than to ship reels of film. The major studios insisted that theaters switch to digital projectors and stopped shipping film. Kodak’s film production went from 15 billion feet of film one year to less than a billion feet of film the next year, after most theaters had switched.

  • Diogo Cruz
    Diogo Cruz Месяц назад

    Did you sub to pewdiepie yet ?

  • Washington Pendleton
    Washington Pendleton Месяц назад

    What a real woman knows tutwiler twos.levert lewis three.

  • Salim Güzeyer
    Salim Güzeyer Месяц назад

    Kodak 🖐⚘

  • Vincent Revote
    Vincent Revote Месяц назад

    Kodak did not just ride the digital wave. And you cannot blame them. They were very very high profit margins with film sales. And to adapt going digital means altogether adopting a different business model, a very huge undertaking with very huge upstart costs. They could have bought Instagram LOL.

  • Hannah Czynszak
    Hannah Czynszak Месяц назад

    weird thing i have found Kodak branded glasses and vision lenses. so there trying

  • Doby Pilgrim
    Doby Pilgrim Месяц назад

    Nope. What killed Kodak is phones with built in cameras.

  • ImpetuouslyInsane
    ImpetuouslyInsane Месяц назад

    Another thing that most likely killed Kodak - the cell phone and smartphone. It was said from what I quickly looked up, Nokia had the best selling cell phone with a camera in around 05-06. Might be worth looking into for your follow-up

  • Flowerpot Records2
    Flowerpot Records2 Месяц назад

    Shooting on movie film is actually kinda fun and interesting but it's very expensive and a lot of work

  • joseph milone
    joseph milone Месяц назад

    i remember in the 70's kodak had these kiosk type booths where you can drop off your film in a kodak envelope and pick up the prints in like a week or something

  • Endrank luvs da 4 loko
    Endrank luvs da 4 loko Месяц назад

    In the early 90's, I loved those "disposable" cameras made my Kodak that came with 27 or so pic that you'd take then drop off at Walgreens/CVS to get developed in an hour. It was always fun to see how the pics would turn out that you took, especially if it was some party where the camera was passed around. It seemed more genuine than digital pictures cause you couldn't look at it immediately then just take another if you didn't like the way the first one looked. What you got was what you got. It was like buying baseball cards. A lot weren't all that great so the good ones really stood out.

  • WildCard Iowa
    WildCard Iowa Месяц назад

    I grew up in the 70s, Kodak was a staple of everyday life.

  • Kenya White
    Kenya White Месяц назад

    I love this channel. These videos are all so interesting...

  • L K
    L K Месяц назад

    Now everyone's gonna comment about their childhood memory of Kotak moments. Fuck off.

  • sornord
    sornord Месяц назад

    I read years ago "Kodak" came from a vocalization of the sound made by the shutters of their original cameras.

  • Carlos Johnson
    Carlos Johnson Месяц назад

    It's Time for a kodak moments.

  • Jeffrey Leary
    Jeffrey Leary Месяц назад

    Bought my first camera in 1977. A little 110, I've loved it for years, I still have it. Have not used it in years. Know were I can film for it?

  • Michael Rabi
    Michael Rabi Месяц назад

    I processed film in high school

    IRUNNNEWY0RK Месяц назад

    Kodak declined the city of Rochester died !

  • matthew s
    matthew s Месяц назад

    NOT ---- 1800's
    Founded September 4, 1888; 130 years ago

  • rofyle
    rofyle Месяц назад

    I work for a company that briefly supplied Kodak with its consumer printers. You're right about Kodak not focusing enough on digital cameras. They spent a vast amount of their resources on printers. The company I work for supplies a lot of different companies with printers, and for a brief period of about 12 months Kodak was easily our biggest customer. They thought people were going to start printing family photos. It never occurred to them that people were storing their digital images on disk and in the cloud.
    I will say one thing though, Kodak did have the best printer image I have ever seen. Hands down, no bullshitting, you could photocopy a dollar bill with their machines.

  • Song
    Song Месяц назад

    in 2005 i bought my first digital camera (Canon SD500) for my photography class. At that time i already know Kodak sucks already.

  • Frank Lamagna
    Frank Lamagna Месяц назад

    Even Ansel Adams foresaw digital photography before he passed away.

  • Angel Gaeta
    Angel Gaeta Месяц назад

    I thought they went extinct because of the invention of mobile phones 😅

  • jon
    jon Месяц назад

    ITS OFFICAL im addicted to company man videos. cannot stop learning! thank you.

  • Mike H.
    Mike H. Месяц назад

    Yet if they re-release Kodachrome and offer the development it would probably do pretty well. I would buy a cheap 35mm on eBay to give it a try. Just a 1 off limited release of the film or something. Charge a decent price + RUclip marketing = gold.

  • MyEyesBled
    MyEyesBled Месяц назад

    You are correct. Yes they blew it because of stupid and torn decisions that started back in the 1980’s when Kodak decided to ignore the suggestions of professionals, then it slowly worsened as they placed even more emphasis on the amateur market.... and now this market metamorphosis is about to be repeated with the emergence of EV’s dominating the auto market as ICE’s are now poised to go the way of Kodachrome... into extinction.

  • Graham
    Graham Месяц назад

    But, why they call you Kodak?

  • rubbara
    rubbara Месяц назад

    If they had embraced the Digital sensor they would have done a lot better using their knowledge of film to get a dominance in the market of selling sensors for OEM and camera applications. This is how Sony's Minolta subsidiary functioned and that is one of the reasons Sony is so big in the camera market with other devices like Nikon that use their sensors.
    Point is, they made money off of the film, they could have done the same with sensors making it so maybe no smartphones would have been made by them, but all the light sensitive semiconductor in the phones would be.
    And before I get yelled at, they did make sensors and they did try and compete. But Company Man is right, they should have embraced the technology and made it their new bread and butter, and they didn't.

    • rubbara
      rubbara Месяц назад

      Actually a fun video to dive more into the photography realm might be Fujifilm since I am guessing here but they had a similar business model and they successfully went from film to digital.

  • John Iii
    John Iii Месяц назад

    As with most companies it comes down to bad management that didn’t keep up changing times and come up with new ideas

  • Lee Elliott
    Lee Elliott Месяц назад

    During the middle and late 90's Kodak spent a ton of money trying to improve the quality of their film and photographic paper. I worked on one job here in Rochester where they spent 300 million to improve their photographic paper process, only to scrap the whole thing about a year later.
    Given the clarity of hindsight, what they should have done is spend their money developing solar panels and batteries. Two areas where they were well positioned to develop. Just imagine where they'd be today if they had a fast charging high energy density battery to sell to the burgeoning EV market

  • Edward weaver
    Edward weaver Месяц назад

    This is a great video, it goes to show what happens when companies fail to invest in the future, do you still play with the things you thought were the shit in the past?

  • Mystikal 36
    Mystikal 36 Месяц назад


  • Gregory Swanson
    Gregory Swanson Месяц назад

    Having worked for Kodak through the 90s and in Digital Imaging, I agree with you. We struggled with the new business model. We had trouble getting people (including share holders) to think in terms anything other than “give them the camera, sell them the film”. The only thing that I would add would be the impact of the internet. The one thing that Kodak could have done was buy HP, Apple, or Adobe and spin the new company off. But who knows what would have happened with that...good analysis!

    DAVID STEVENS Месяц назад

    My view as an ex employee is past senior management arrogance And incompetence to change , and inability to reduce costs - 3 company jets ? Very sad story of a great technology giant

  • Chee Y
    Chee Y Месяц назад

    This sounds very like Apple now! It has stopped innovating and just kept focussing on producing these expensive giant phones. I wonder where would Apple be in a century?

  • evan keyes
    evan keyes Месяц назад

    They call it Kodak because they’ll shoot a nigga

  • Candis Carnegie
    Candis Carnegie Месяц назад

    Company Man is way better than Vox videos. I grew up with Kodak bc my dad was a photographer. I also grew up going to camera shops and picking up developed film...I mean photos. Those small plastic black cylinder containers with the gray caps were littered thru out my dad's house. I had no idea Kodak created digital cameras. Once again we are seeing the ego of man crumbling great companies. At least Kodak still dominates in film in movies. They have large offices in LA catering to the studios.

  • Mystninja
    Mystninja Месяц назад

    Kodak underestimated how lazy humans are.

  • Dabuddah453
    Dabuddah453 Месяц назад

    I think cell phones

  • Vaclav Haval
    Vaclav Haval Месяц назад

    Kodak's copy machines in the 1970s were unbelievably fast, much faster than any I have seen today. I could copy a stack of a thousand pages in a couple of minutes. You should have seen one of those things blow those pages through that machine, very impressive.

  • Gray Bryan
    Gray Bryan Месяц назад

    Kodax's problem wasn't that they didn't make digital cameras. It was that digital camera's don't require ongoing purchases. There are no ongoing supplies required.

  • waveali P
    waveali P Месяц назад

    Its amazing they invented the digital camera and still ended up in this predicament.

  • Dilly Dally
    Dilly Dally 2 месяца назад

    I blamed cell phones. Once they got cameras and you could print them out yourself, kodak and polaroid became an after thought. Why bring a camera? You keep your phone on you all the time, so the camera is with you too. They should have started making cell phones with cameras.

  • Jaxxon Balboa
    Jaxxon Balboa 2 месяца назад

    They give us those nice bright colors
    They give us the greens of summers
    Makes you think all the world's a sunny day
    I got a Nikon camera
    I love to take a photograph

  • Akira625
    Akira625 2 месяца назад

    It's ironic that Kodak invented the very thing that killed them, the digital camera.

  • Per Nilsson
    Per Nilsson 2 месяца назад

    I worked as a photographer in the late 90's. I started my photographic interest in 1989 and Kodak Tri-x was the film that i used in the beginning. And then there was Ektachrome and Kodachrome. I really loved the looks of the Kodak film. And i truly miss the film days. And i miss Kodak. I am not usually sentmental about compaies missing new trends or new tech but this really makes me sad.Thanks for great videos Company Man. It would be great if you covered more companies that not just big in the US.

  • Christopher Digital
    Christopher Digital 2 месяца назад

    You missed something HUGE in your video, the motion picture industry. Kodak didn't just make film for still picture photography and digital cameras, they helped start the motion picture industry and supply film for movies and television recording as well as the film for movie theater projection. When digital projectors became the standard in movie theaters this was also a huge blow.

  • copperlocks1
    copperlocks1 2 месяца назад

    DAMN it Kodak!! ..You stop innovating and went the way of the DODO;I used all your products growing up;all my childhood memories are on Kodak products!!..MY KODACHROME got taken away!! 😢

  • suiken
    suiken 2 месяца назад

    So what happened in 1993? They lost so much in that year, yet digital cameras have yet to invade the market at that time.

  • Michael Gonzalez
    Michael Gonzalez 2 месяца назад

    I still shoot expired Kodachrome and develop in b&w !!!

  • Terrance Purdy
    Terrance Purdy 2 месяца назад

    Still a film shooter , I hope that Kodak will never end.
    It is cool that digital cameras are a thing because it democratized photography even further and made it a bit cheaper in some cases. But I shoot film because of the magic that happens during this action. The fact that you don’t see the pictures , the fun of developing and contact printing. I hope that film lasts forever as it is such a pure and amazing process.

  • carl piper
    carl piper 2 месяца назад +2

    I worked for Kodak for about 9 years on High Volume Copier / Duplicators . . . I worked on the Ektaprint 100, 150 and 250's. We were in head to head competition with Xerox. The Copiers were a Major part of Kodak! The last I heard, some German company bought them out.

  • Princess Hermione
    Princess Hermione 2 месяца назад

    no one in my family owns a digital camera, honestly. We use our phones, i have no idea how digital cameras are still on the market.

  • Paris Minto
    Paris Minto 2 месяца назад

    Its lil kodak take a pic

  • oober goober
    oober goober 2 месяца назад

    My dad worked for Kodak for 20+ years. This vid only scratches the surface of Kodak's blunders.

  • evman1396
    evman1396 2 месяца назад

    They failed to realize that consumers all around were going digital. Consumers were buying computers. Color printers were becoming affordable. So add all three, digital camera, computer, color printer. Oh look, instant physical photos at the touch of a finger. They should have shifted sooner and allocated more resources into their digital cameras and printers, maybe even buy a memory storage manufacturer like SanDisk. If they did that in 2002 we would see a whole other story. We could have possibly saw a Kodak smartphone since independent digital cameras nowadays are used more by professionals. Just imagine, the Kodak iPhone.

  • Dana W
    Dana W 2 месяца назад

    I went digital in 1995. I'd show people my camera and tell them in 20 years everybody will be using a digital camera and that film will be a toy for hobbyists. Everybody laughed, especially photographers. Nothing could ever replace film! Wrong.

  • Peter Collin
    Peter Collin 2 месяца назад

    One thing you didn't mention is that right before the digital boom, Kodak came up with the Advanix line of cameras and film - a complete retooling of how film cameras were used. They sunk a lot of money into their development and production, only to launch the line right before the digital boom. They never sold enough Advantix cameras to make their money back.

  • Vincent Syler
    Vincent Syler 2 месяца назад

    Here's an idea, Kodak could try to make a deal to make the camera and camera software for phone manufacturers in order to try to cut into that market.

  • Shawn Conway
    Shawn Conway 2 месяца назад

    You're a bit off the mark here. It's not that Kodak was done in by digital cameras themselves, it was that there were more companies producing them. Kodak had such a large market share that they were a monopoly before, but in the 90's Japanese companies like Sony began making cameras as well, and that competition hit Kodak much in the same way that it hit a lot of markets. But perhaps more importantly, you miss the main reason that Kodak didn't want to switch from film, and that's the film industry, by which I mean movies and television. Up until about two or three years ago, most movies and television shows were still shot on film, not digital. The reason was is that film gave a higher quality resolution, and what they would do is shoot everything on film, and then they'd scan it in to be edited digitally. This produced higher quality products than if they had shot only on digital cameras. This changed roughly the same time Kodak went bankrupt, because film studios found that it was both more expensive to shoot on film, and that digital camera resolutions had made such strides that there wasn't a resolution hit. Furthermore, the equipment to scan in film to make it digital, if you've never seen it, is gigantic and expensive and time consuming. So basically, Kodak could afford to hold on against competition, so long as they had the gigantic film and television industries to buy their film. As soon as they no longer needed that, they went bankrupt. Companies like Sony, Panasonic, and Canon started supplying all the cameras too, and that's basically when the bottom fell out.

    TEPPOSH 2 месяца назад

    When kodak was made camera for the phone, it called motorolla zn5. It consider the best camera phone at that time.

  • CMCFA57
    CMCFA57 2 месяца назад

    I've often thought about what happened to Kodak along the way into digital photography. I wonder why after the digital camera became a viable photography tool, why we don't see a $5,000 24 Megapixel professional camera that says Kodak on it instead of Canon. Or, to look at where the money has really gone since film: Canon makes a camera that sells for $33,000 and Hasselblad makes a cute little number that goes for $47,995. Whew, Kodak missed the digital express, even though they invented it.

  • David Cuerpo Jr
    David Cuerpo Jr 2 месяца назад

    I worked in a few electronic stores selling film and digital cameras between 2002 - 2007. Back then, Kodak point and shoot digital cameras were known for their ease of use and decent image quality. They also had some of the best portable photo printers. The problem was they never had a product line that customers could graduate up to whereas Canon and Nikon had point and shoots, super telephoto zooms then entry level to pro level DSLRs.

  • bnarit
    bnarit 2 месяца назад

    The emerging is too fast.
    Kodak has a great CCD imaging device. Their color filter is an industrial standard.
    However, CMOS sensor won and leaved CCD behind.
    Also CCD technology wont let them complete the whole camera.
    They didn't know about human interface like Nikon and Canon whom are their partners.
    Thus, it is not easy to cross your partner's product.
    The emerging is too fast. If they have a chance to buy GoPro they might be survived. However, they might die later with them.

  • firstname lastname
    firstname lastname 2 месяца назад

    fucking fuck rochester and all of upstate new york on my life

  • FighterCK
    FighterCK 2 месяца назад

    I would imagine if Kodak were smart they might have positioned themselves as the ones who made camera mechanisms for phones and imaging equipment for printers etc. Having Kodak technology could have been as big a badge as Pentium processors were...

  • Truth Stalker
    Truth Stalker 2 месяца назад

    "A Kodak Moment is Miller Time!" 😎🏆

  • WɅVeCɅst
    WɅVeCɅst 2 месяца назад

    I literally grew up 2 blocks from their main and original location, much of my family and friends family, worked there. It literally was THE employer for my home city for a generation. You did a great job explaining the actual reasons that they fell from glory. Their digital cameras were good for their time..but they definitely didnt put the resources required into innovating their technology. Much kudos sir. Thats my home.

  • wasimroks
    wasimroks 2 месяца назад

    I think it was the rape allegations...

  • Rob C
    Rob C 2 месяца назад

    How about one on the rise and fall of Polaroid?

  • James
    James 2 месяца назад

    Yup I agree with you 100%