Competition is healthy, it pushes you stay at the top of your game and encourages you to continue learning and building on your skill sets.
Sam Brown, explains the reasons for building Endorse.
Having never been overly worried about the competition, I absolutely love the ideas behind Endorse and I salute Sam + Mike for creating something really cool.
I think that it takes big balls to be able to recommend similarly talented people to yourself and I also think that this is an amazing character trait that more people should learn to indulge.
And then, at some point, you realize you’re spending your best energy on optimization, not on creation.
Seth Godin, The non-optimized life (via 9-bits)
Mmmm… Had to re-read this a few times before it started to make some sense - to me anyway.
Recently we’ve (Woo) been *very* busy trying to figure out how we can streamline our business, increase value for our users and as a result we have probably created a little less than we usually do.
If Seth is however correct, we probably need to find a great balance between optimization & creation. And he may even be suggesting a fully focused strategy on creation, yet I don’t think that this would be entirely viable…
A lot to ponder.
I laughed at Posterous, but they proved me wrong
Moral of the story: don’t laugh at others ideas, as you never know how great it may turn out to be… :)
The idea for selling our own software really came out of frustration more than anything else.
David Greiner, on how they came to the idea of building Campaign Monitor.
I know this is something that many VC’s & startup founders have spoken about, but Campaign Monitor’s story again highlights that if you’re building something to solve a problem that you have, you are most likely also solving a problem that others may have.
WooThemes - for example - grew out of our frustration of managing multiple client design & development projects at the same time and we wanted to give ourselves an easier & more efficient way of earning a salary as web designers. Now, we see many designers & developers building their businesses using our themes for their client projects; so the process & theory of solving problems almost goes full circle.