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April 10, 2010



Your point is well taken. However, I can't help but think it is harder to *be* a platform than to *want* to be a platform.

Sam Ramji

I fully agree ... platform execution is hard, and growing/maintaining a platform is extremely hard as history demonstrates. There just aren't that many successful platform companies. From Twitter's progress so far they've shown strong growth of usage primarily driven by applications written by 3rd parties using their API; this is a hallmark of a well executed platform strategy.

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When we win it's with small things,
and the triumph itself makes us small.
What is extraordinary and eternal
does not want to be bent by us.
I mean the Angel who appeared
to the wrestlers of the Old Testament:
when the wrestler's sinews
grew long like metal strings,
he felt them under his fingers
like chords of deep music.

Whoever was beaten by this Angel
(who often simply declined the fight)
went away proud and strengthened
and great from that harsh hand,
that kneaded him as if to change his shape.
Winning does not tempt that man.
This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively,
by constantly greater beings.

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