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Thank you all for all your positive feedback on last week’s comment. It resonated exceptionally well with you all, even if it was a little depressing.

An interesting point came up a couple of times in the feedback, though. When companies move away from their original idea or customer base, doesn’t it leave space for new companies to come in and take “the low end” of the market again?

Yes, but doesn’t that make it even worse? It feeds an endless cycle of re-creating the same software to satisfy a segment of the market that doesn’t generate as much money as selling to huge companies. Ugh. 🤮

Some of that is inevitable in capitalism. Why wouldn’t a business always seek out bigger and better sources of income? But I think there may be something specific to the software industry, too. We’re never happy to call something “done” compared to many other sectors. Imagine asking, “Should we add a new floor in-between the first and second floor now?” in the final sign-off meeting of a construction project. Someone would quietly remove you from the room. 😂

Is the fact that software is so easy to mutate part of why this keeps happening? That’s something to ponder while you read this week’s links!

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