I thought this rant was a very informative read. It really reinforces my belief in building a platform.

What this guy is saying is pretty simple. One probably cannot predict with great accuracy what the users want. The process to figure it out is muddling and tinkering, and this is better be done with other people’s time and resources.

A platform needs to provide many capabilities and an economic incentive system.

What I’d like to learn more are the technical nuances of building a platform instead of a product.

Update: I came across this interview with Amazon’s CTO. He talked about how and why Amazon moved to service-oriented architecture and infrastructure. I couldn’t believe that this is not what all of them are doing. This just makes so much sense.

I wonder how Google App Engine is different or similar from this concept.


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