In the race for well-stated thoughts, the “Convenience Wins, Hubris Loses” piece from Ian Rogers has been far out front for a while now, but here comes serious competition from Steven Frank.
In his post about Google’s acquisition of Android, Mr. Frank really speaks some truth about entrepreneurship and innovation, in general.
A 34-company committee couldn’t create a successful ham sandwich, much less a mobile application suite.
Find someone, ONE person, with a unique vision. Lock them in a room with some programmers and a graphic designer. Twenty people, tops. Change the world. Quit re-hashing the same old bullshit and telling me it’s new, exciting, or in any way innovative. Be ready to fail, many times, but for love of all that is holy take a stand on something.
People don’t want FEATURES. They’ll tell you they do until they’re blue in the face. But what they actually want is ease-of-use, and solutions to real-world problems — looking at a map, finding nearby restaurants, sending a photo to a friend without going through 6 submenus, not to mention making phone calls. You’re Google, you’re actually not too bad at this. Ditch those other 33 companies, put 20 of your smartest people on it, and you stand a fighting chance. Otherwise just let it go — this PR non-announcement isn’t worth the time it takes to read.
Each of the above fall squarely into the category of smartest thing I’ve recently, but I’m partial to number 2.
That’s another beer I’m looking forward to purchasing.