DHH quotes on innovation

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Any gig-worker app that cannot make the business model work while paying $15/hour (after expenses!), basic benefits, vacation time, and family leave should not exist. Running a modern-day serf economy behind a slick UI is disgraceful.


Gift cards are the worst. The. Worst. You exchange money that can be used for anything, anywhere for the same amount of money that can be used in one place within a certain time.


How I loathe the word “innovation”. If there was ever a word embraced with the pompous performance to sound knowing, sound participating, yet revealing the exact opposite. It’s a word for spectators who fancy themselves a slice of glory without contributing any merit. Ugh.


When civilization rebuilds after the nuclear winter, let's hope "ad tech" is one of those things it just doesn't bother to rediscover.


Here's two truths that are possible to hold in your head at the same time: Musk did the world good by creating Tesla / Musk is a sleep-deprived, exhausted mess of a human that desperately needs to justify his personal sacrifices with a narrative of necessity.


Quickest way to spot an enterprisey software company? They can't just sell products, they must sell "solutions".


Dropbox is an interesting case where entire market window for the service could close before they ever had a chance to make real money.


Solve encrypted email = Make it as easy as iMessage and WhatsApp so that hundreds of millions will actually use it.


For all its trouble, iOS nails the basics better than any other computing platform I've ever used in my 30 years of computing.

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