Restarting Innovation

Michael Tsai, regarding Paul Kafasis’s idea that it would be good for indie developers if Apple were to release more WebKit-style system-wide frameworks:

To build a really innovative application you may have to start from scratch, and then you’ll wish that the framework didn’t exist. If the framework provides 70% of what you need, you’re now spending 100% effort to get that extra 30% ahead of your competition. Because of the framework there are now lots of 70% applications that took a weekend to build, and some of which are free, so it’s harder to differentiate your product.

Saturday, 7 July 2007