Having a bad day? Well, at least you didn’t make these decisions.


Can you imagine being the person who turned down the opportunity to buy Google for less than $1M?

Or being in the team at Blockbuster who rejected a proposal to join forces with Netflix?

There have been some very costly decisions, which form the history behind some of the most successful tech companies of today, and also provide a reason as to why some companies we remember from their heyday no longer exist.

Betway Casino have looked at 8 of the worst business decisions ever made. These negotiations had some of the most expensive consequences, undoubtedly leading to some very difficult boardroom conversations later.


The Worst Business Decisions Ever Made Include:


  • Motorola doesn’t do smartphones: Motorola was one of the biggest mobile phone manufacturers in the world during the mid-2000s, with a market share of 22 per cent thanks to their hugely popular Razr model. However, their lack of urgency in producing a smartphone – not doing so until 2010 – meant their share value fell from $72 in February 2006 to only $12 three years later, an 83 per cent drop.


  • The company that could have bought Google for under $1m: Back in 1999, search engine Excite, one of the most well-known brands on the internet, turned down the opportunity to purchase Google for only $750k. Google went on to dominate the world and are now valued at around $367bn, while Excite were bought out by fellow Ask Jeeves for $343m in 2004.


  • Decca turn down The Beatles: The Beatles are the biggest-selling band of all time, having sold 178m records and counting. Yet, when offered the chance to sign them before making it big, Dick Rowe of Decca Records turned them down, insisting: “Guitar bands are on their way out.


  • Blockbuster block themselves out: Blockbuster had over 9,000 video and DVD rental stores worldwide during the 1990s, with an annual revenue of close to $6bn per year. At the turn of the millennium, new start-up Netflix offered them $50m to help launch their new DVD-by-mail service. Blockbuster have since virtually died out, while Netflix have a market value of around $152bn.


  • EDS miss out on becoming a trillion-dollar company: In 1979, American IT company Electronic Data Systems were worth around $1bn and looking to invest in a small computer company to supply valuable software. Microsoft were one of the options, but EDS refused to meet a 23-year-old Bill Gates’ asking price of $40-60m. Microsoft are now worth more than $1tn.


  • Mars miss a movie opportunity: Steven Spielberg offered Mars the opportunity to feature in E.T., one of the most iconic films of all time, back in 1982, but they declined. Hershey’s, however, jumped at the opportunity and agreed a $1m deal to push their Reese’s Pieces product, with the subsequent exposure worth an estimated $20m.


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