The ‘Trend of Convenience’

The ‘Trend of Convenience’ doesn’t make things more convenient. Instead it mostly eliminates limitations that prevent change from happening in the first place.

Take the horse carriage versus the car. Many people think of the car as a more convenient horse carriage, but why is that? Is it because it’s faster? Is it because it’s more comfortable inside? Is it because it comes with heated seats and a stereo?

No. […] The reason why we invented the car was not to create a better horse carriage. It was to find a way to eliminate the horses. The horses were a limitation of the past, and the role of the ‘Trend of Convenience’ is to eliminate any limitation that prevents us from moving forward.

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Understanding The Importance of the Trend of Convenience →

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Startup lessons from a crime boss

Interesting things happen when we cut out the middleman. In addition to reducing cost, we often end up creating an internal byproduct that can be productized and sold to a completely new customer. (Amazon Web Services is an example of this.) Sometimes the middleman’s market is so huge, that a freaking enormous business can be built simply by providing their customers a lower cost and more efficient option.

Everything I need to know about startups, I learned from a crime boss →

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