Robert Scoble – Why I’m treating startups more critically lately
I recommend reading through this article. For the lazy: there are too many startups, and too many copied ideas.
Scoble tends to be a little harsh but for the most part, I agree, except for tidbits like this:
I hate the term “minimal viable product.” That’s like telling me “we’re shipping without any features because, well, our investors and advisors told us to ship and fix the product later.”
It’s not the MVP methodology thats wrong, it’s the lack of original ideas. Look back at the first iPhone, it was definitely an MVP, but an MVP who hit it out of the ballpark.
Shoot for good ideas, release early and iterate sounds like an idea for success. Go for a copied/bad idea, start with some very basic non “wow factor” features, you will probably go nowhere.