It will be nearly impossible for anyone to walk away unscathed, but companies can take steps to mitigate losses.
Keep your books in the black through smart planning and earnest leadership.
Big corporations are starting to think like disruptors, adopting 'codeless integration' processes.
If there is a business opportunity in offering a product or service, there are people doing it already. But their being first doesn't prevent you from being better.
At least you can avoid manually sifting 1,000 applications.