Sears, Uber, and Other Companies We Can’t Believe Are Still in Business

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3. RadioShack

Founded in 1921

Even after over 100 years in business and two bankruptcies, RadoShack is somehow still around. The company traces its beginnings back to amateur radio, though it switched its business model to hobbyist electronic equipment in the 1960s. Despite having success in the 1980s and ‘90s, RadioShack went downhill, marred by a slew of bad decisions, such as failing to ramp up e-commerce in time to compete with Amazon. And yet, there’s some evidence that RadioShack could make a comeback, with its new owners planning to bring back its bricks-and-mortars stores.

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4. Nokia

Founded in 1865

If you’ve heard of Nokia, you probably associate the Finnish company with its mobile phones, which were popular in the 2000s. But since the decline of the flip phone, the company has abandoned that industry, instead making money by selling networking equipment and licensing patents. The Finnish company changed its logo this year to shed its old reputation as a mobile phone company.

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8. Uber

Founded in 2017

Uber reported its first operating profit in 2023 … six years after its founding. That left some Redditors scratching their heads: How does a huge company keep functioning without a profit? It turns out that investing in unprofitable companies is commonplace these days, as investors privilege growth over profitability, Paul Condra, lead analyst of emerging technologies at startup research firm PitchBook, told Recode. “As we’ve seen during most of the recovery period since the Great Recession, investors are not so margin-focused, but continue to put a premium on businesses with long-term future expansion or disruption potential,” Condra explains.

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9. Travel Agencies

Online booking platforms and travel apps reign supreme, so the persistence of traditional agencies seems almost quaint. Yet, surprisingly, they're still in business. The over 90,000 travel agents still working in the U.S. cater to niche markets such as luxury travel, cruises, and complicated itineraries that benefit from a human touch. Their survival speaks to the fact that, even in a digital world, there's still a place for personalized service and industry expertise.

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