| HBS Case Collection
Reviews recent trends and the evolution of the emerging portal industry, highlighting the competitive position of the industry's major participants. The business model of Excite, Inc., and its major competitors are presented. In addition, the case looks at the new entrants to the portal market such as online service providers and large media companies, and discusses how these players may affect the original portal players. Teaching Purpose: Written to demonstrate how one of the leading search engines, Excite, is making the transition into the portal market. Meant to be taught as part of a course that includes a module on how the Internet is leading to the creation of new industries.
Keywords: Competitive Strategy;
Market Entry and Exit;
Web Services Industry;