I agree with some of what you have said.
Mr. Walker
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The problem is most ‘perfectionist’ either don’t release products, or spend years working on something only to find out no one wants to use it.

→ haha , True. Then I guess the advice will be finding a mid point. That’s why i used the word standard (just to specify a reduced level of perfectionism).

Nairaland (that amuses you), Reddit and HackerNews (and flappy bird if i may add) are cases that will always amuse most people in this galaxy. They are not normal cases and I strongly doubt that they set out to make the big name they have with that interface. I (My personal opinion) believe it just happened. Since it is what it is now, I guess we’ll never know what would have happened if they started off with an interface that was better (or worse).

Im a UI/UX guy (based in Ibadan. I actually know your team really well) and I follow design trends religiously. I think the first versions of Facebook and Twitter were quite okay for their time. Plus we cant say that counts anymore. Now the competition within niches is so high, one cant (or shouldnt) afford to overlook the variables of proper execution of a startup idea (e.g UX). Execution of an idea (no matter how good or bad it is) is simply a multiplier.

You multiply a good idea, lets say weighted as 4 with execution, lets say weighted 5, you get 20.

You multiply that same good idea (weighted as 4 ) with execution, lets say weighted 2, you get 8.

You multiply that same good idea (weighted as 4 ) with execution, lets say weighted 0.8, you get 3.2

You multiply a average idea (weighted as 2.5 ) with execution, lets say weighted 10, you get 25.

… so on and so ... Im sure you can map the trend ;)
My theory is one should minimize the possibility of casualties as much as possible. Counter-ing this by simply doing the right things and in most cases not overlooking things that people may tag — trying to make perfect.

No idea. I mean no idea succeeds as a result of randomness. A phenomenon or more (whether social, business, spiritual etc ) acted to cause their success or failure.

Lastly for startups, money ALWAYS ends up being the motive. Else it dies (you should read how harshly Mark Z spoke against Ads when he started). What you just said is what many tech speakers/authorities are trying to cure in Nigerian startup folk. We aren't building enough sustainable businesses. We are just building stuff that gain press. We clamor for press so much and that gives the founders and watchers a fictitious belief of successes. Thats why Hotels, iroko and konga are celebrated. The money they are making. The business in the idea. Else __ it__ DIES. Its a hard but simple truth.

Before we even get to margin of error, as for working and building, I’m living that life. Its easier said than done (and my job isnt even full time). While one is working and struggling for 2 years to build something, some guy whose mum got his back and lives at home will do it in 6/7 months. If you want cases, I got many to tell. Life is more difficult for the average Nigerian youth (in this case, developer) than people think. Many dont have the priviledge to test and be great. Thats just it.

With all said, I can only encourage people to understand the circumstances in their lives and act based on them (very wisely. common sense is rare in Nigeria).

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