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They were so busy asking “will it scale?” they forgot to ask “does it need to scale?”

@aral imo the bigger problem is the "should it scale?"

@aral ha ha, that happens so often 😂

"Yes nice, but how can it possibly replace [FAMAG monopoly XYZ]?"

Dude, why should it?

@humanetech Random thought spawned by this toot: People often seem to believe that "scale" is the answer to "how do I make more money", whereas it really is the answer to "how do I squeeze out the competition".

(Ok, making more money comes right after that though...)

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@aral it’s the model VCs push for. Scale as fast as possible. Don’t worry about revenue. Eventually we will turn to ads.

@1ll173r47 @aral Wallstreet's obsession with growth over *EVERYTHING ELSE* is so toxic. It makes good, functional businesses corrupt or causes them to falter and stumble when they were otherwise healthy.

How much growth can you expect out of entrenched giants like Microsoft or Apple? Yet they're constantly being pushed and prodded to expand their empires further.

It's ridiculous.

@crasher35 @aral the focus on short term growth is terrible. Why on earth do companies have to report every three months? Forces companies to think about how to cut costs quickly. Which is almost always layoffs. The incentives are all wrong.

@aral

On *some* scale (haha), that's what the internet and computers and all that is about: A piece of code takes about the same amount of work, independent of how many (millions of) computers/people are using it.

The important detail is whether you keep some strings attached to it which make its creator money, which scale in the same way. By now, a large fraction of the web consists of such strings

But actually without them, things can scale even better.

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