We all feel trapped — or maybe captured — by the various
ecosystems we live in. We all use excellent products every day
made by behemoth companies, but increasingly only made by those
companies. iPhone or Android, Chrome or Safari, Surface or Mac,
Windows or Chrome OS, and even Facebook or Twitter: all, in one
way or another, come from one of the big guys.
Eero was different. It was a tiny little company that made a great
little product. Something simple, elegant, and reliable. Would it
have been too much to ask that it stay independent? Perhaps, but
we don’t know Eero’s financial situation. But it’s getting harder
to find independent hardware startups that can scale up to
something big without getting bought.