I have been in the tech industry for over 16 years. Like anything else there is a lot of fiction, rumors, and misunderstandings to sort out from the truth.
Right now as it stands, there are a few big tech giants that dominate IT field in regards to us users. They are Google, Apple, and Microsoft. In recent times, there has been a massive upsurge of angst against these 3 plus social media as well. If you want to use a smartphone, you don't have much choice.
So many users, content creators, and IT admins seem to believe they have no other choice. I grew up near silicon valley. What made start-ups like Apple possible was that there was no need to invent any new. A few guys simple took all the hardware and put it all together into one single working unit called, the Apple 1. The rest is history.
Nowadays, history can repeat itself. Except now, it is software. All the pieces are out there, ready to be put in place. What is needed is the vision, will power, and teamwork to make it happen. The opportunity is now.