Unless I’m mistaken (haven’t logged out or made a new account in a while), Snapchat has users register on their very first open as well. The camera view comes after that, or on subsequent opens. Agreed with the piece as whole though.
The internet has enabled this exact thing: distributed software as cutting edge technology, at scale. Seems like the next decade (or more) will be full of the installation of distributed computing/AI applications in all facets of life and all industries.
Really makes me wonder: after that time, what will the next sea change in high technology even look like?
Was Quirky ever in the business of producing CPGs that have extensive raw material sourcing processes and also need to meet FDA and other regulatory standards? Kind of a moot point since it has since shut down, but I think this is a bit of a stretch of a comparison.
The biggest and best unique benefit is in the ecosystem of Apple products and the design of the entire system — adding the ability to pay with the most common non-cash payment system is just adding to that. You’re right, they don’t want to and shouldn’t really be in the payments business; their current one is way bigger and higher margin