12 Industries That May Not Exist By 2020

Some of these industries, such as paper and home phones, you can guess. But some will surprise you.


The following answers are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

1. Metropolitan Taxi Systems

The dual driving force of decentralized apps (Uber, Lyft) and self-driving technologies will cause the centralized taxi industry to disintegrate. In just a few short years, Uber has already made a sizable dent in their business and will continue to do so. On the other hand, automated taxis will spread like wildfire once viable. As an NYC resident, all I have to say is good riddance, yellow cabs!

– Brian HonigmanBrianHonigman.com

2. The USPS

Almost all of the processes that used to require a mail response are completely online now, and the USPS today is essentially one big junk mail courier for companies wanting to advertise at a 1.4 percent conversion rate on average. The only spectacular aspect of the USPS is their Media Mail rate, but if the industry was privatized, the price would be just as competitive via the nature of private industry, e.g. UPS (UPS) and Fed-Ex (FDX) .

– Jon ClineRokit SEO

3. The Paper Industry

The paper industry won’t ever disappear completely, but it will be almost obsolete by 2020 as everything is digitized.

– Elliot BohmCardcash.com

4. Home Phones

I believe home telephones will be obsolete by 2020, if not sooner. Smartphones have outpaced landlines as a far more convenient and necessary form of communication. It’s already very rare to meet someone without a cell phone. We even contemplated this year switching all our office phones to cell phones. (TVZ, STMUS).

– Simon CasutoeLearning Mind

5. Mobile Phones

Years ago, mobile phones became portable computers; we just insisted on thinking of them as mobile phones. The industry dedicated to making and supporting phones is already in rapid decline in the U.S. Over the next five years, that will spread globally. All data will just be data, and no distinction will be made between phone data and Internet data. Companies caught on the wrong side will be gone.

– Brennan WhiteCortex

6. Credit Cards

Just like music CDs and VCRs, the plastic card that we walk around with in our wallets could very well disappear. Sooner or later, they will be replaced with mobile payments. It’s awkward each time we have to type 16 numbers into a web page, swipe an overused card repeatedly, or have to wait for the machine to spit out that receipt. Even worse, having to sign it. Smartphones will disrupt this.  Bad news for MasterCard (MA), Visa (V), American Express (AXP) and Discover (DFS).

– Vishal ShahNoPaperForms

7. Movie Theaters

Sales have been declining steadily and with good reason: for the price, seeing a movie in theaters just doesn’t deliver good value. The only benefit used to be the huge screen and great sound system, but with HDTV and a small investment at home, you can create an experience that’s much superior. As more movies become available for streaming and download, movie theaters will slowly fade away.

– Jared BrownHubstaff

8. Storage Media

CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray Discs, External Hard Drives, Memory Cards, etc. With the increasing presence of cloud storage, the desire to remain connected to the digital world and the increasing presence of streaming media services, many forms of physical storage will become obsolete.

– Stanley MeytinTrue Film Production

9. Retail Health Insurance Agencies

The Affordable Care Act has created marketplaces for individuals to purchase health insurance. The brokerage incentives to provide individual insurance coverage will continue to evaporate and health policies will no longer be promoted by your neighborhood insurance broker.

– Avery FisherRemedify

10. Cable TV

The Internet is changing the way we consume video. Millions have already ditched their cable subscriptions in favor of Netflix accounts. As high-speed Internet reaches more places, there will be less of a need to keep paying for your old cable service. You can already get almost everything you want on demand except live sports. When that fully switches to live streaming, it’s game over. (TWC, VZ).

– Anthony ScherbaYeti

11. Wallets

Mobile payment apps like LevelUp, Venmo, Google Wallet (GOOGL) and ApplePay (AAPL) make it fast, easy and convenient to pay for anything. As more retailers adopt alternative payment methods and new technologies, there will soon be no need to fish out the old leather wallet from the back pocket or pay a visit to the ATM for cash.

– Firas KittanehAmerisleep

12. Fast Food Workers

Pay attention McDonald's (MCD) and Burger King (BKW): in a restaurant atmosphere that’s all about low price and fast service, the workers themselves will quickly become expendable. This is because customers don’t care so much about service, but rather that they can get the right order in the same amount of time or less. With the push for higher wages, this could become reality sooner rather than later.

– Andy KaruzaSpotSurvey

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Sam Sha 8 years ago Member's comment

hahaha one day Everything will be destroyed from the Creator, so you all must be hold true beliefs and divine text for survival and death. keep trying be happy.

Dr Swati Deshmukh 8 years ago Member's comment

with the advent of internet, offices, supermarkets, banks will turn into mere storage spaces, and peole will work from home,shop from home and bank from home....we have already started!

Wendell Brown 9 years ago Member's comment

Some really thought provoking ideas here.

Pa Ul1 9 years ago Member's comment

Sd cards would be available for cloud storage is not reliable as it is.

Rebecca Duncan 9 years ago Member's comment

Then you are using the wrong cloud provider. But if you want your privacy and/or concerned about being hacked (remember all those "private" celebrity photos that were released recently?), then physical storage is the way to go.

Gareth Collocott 9 years ago Member's comment

Very good article. While this is certainly all possible, there is the 1 thing that all Americans seem to forget and that is that america is only one country in the world. Written for an American, maybe even European audience yip really possible, but a lot of the world just does not have the infrastructure for this to happen.

Alexis Renault 9 years ago Member's comment

Excellent point.

Christopher Zvolanek 9 years ago Member's comment

God knows...Crisis comes near.

Frans Van Erk 9 years ago Member's comment
The advertisement industry is the most corrupt and rotten in the world.