The problem, as MG points out, is that focusing on table stakes isn't how innovation happens. Can you imagine if Instagram had tried to match Flickr feature-for-feature? 30 second videos, albums, collections, tag clouds, groups. Arguably, at the time Instagram launched, these features would have been considered table stakes by most people building photo competitors. It would have been easy to assume (and hard to argue against) that without these features, your fledgling photos product would be crushed by the well-established and feature-rich Flickr.
The reason Instagram won (and continues to win) is because they didn't base their product on table stakes. They didn't use their competitors as a baseline. They didn't battle with Flickr, or Twitter, or even Facebook. The reason Instagram is succeeding (and by all accounts winning) is the same reason every majorly successful startup ever wins:
They started playing an entirely different game altogether.
Scariest part of "Merchants of Doubt" is clearly this woman crashing her Rascal scooter https://t.co/70o10qqM6Z
Ah yes, the 1, 2, 3, and TUNES button, just like a regular car. http://t.co/NuPf1ESWjU
Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders http://t.co/OZpZTme9Ct
I predict this will be a huge list of mixes within the next 8 weeks
"Software is eating the world. That?s a good and bad thing. But sometimes it?s just amazing." https://t.co/dqZeCAbSRS
The Summer Mix Series lives on? via Reddit! Very cool of these guys to continue the tradition: https://t.co/T9boI5ToFL
How is there not a 10-hour version of this? I'm shocked at you YouTube.
To give myself a new hobby while fighting this monster in my body, I started an Instagram acct for my geriatric dog @thisishumphrey
My son needed an empty piece of paper, so he opened a blank Word document and printed it out. We're doomed.
IMO: If you're ordering bacon and bbq chicken on your salad, you should just go ahead and eat a sandwich. #andyrooneymoments
Found a hard drive with archived photos from my trusty RAZR phone. Endless treats: http://t.co/PFl59b5WaX
haha check it out it's like they're literally fading into the past like the shitty old ghosts they are http://t.co/qlJPKzJmVU
Makeup and Vanity Set recommendation
Can someone urge the folks behind Spotify Eternity to open source the code? http://t.co/kTbapFcSCw
John's are looking old but keeping it interesting
bummed this is a CD / Spotify only release. But I'm glad it will exist regardless.
getting into this rad record from Shawn Foree featuring a Faint like sound (and a member of The Faint)
There's an app called "is it dark outside" that just tells you if it's dark outside. Sometimes I just can't celebrate the work of others.
a damn fine record. streaming now from all the usual spots
very ambitious project for a 3 part film to accompany an album. #backedit
Warning! There's a man biking around Brooklyn w a child's seat & an e-cigarette. I repeat: Vaping Biker Dad is on the loose.