As the technology becomes even more accessible and easier to plug-and-play into real applications, look for more startups get launched using the paint-by-numbers, app-in-a-box approach. And do not expect the winners to be based on the best tech. It will come down to execution, closing deals, smart user acquisition strategies, and superior service/community.
I suspect that this was always the case but is only more apparent in NYC as the barriers to entry drop and we get an influx of people from outside the traditional founder and entrepreneur set.
As someone who was a non-traditional founder (female, fashion, degrees in esoteric shit from UChicago) a good five years before everyone else decided to have some sort of fashion start up in New York I welcome this change. It just makes it a lot harder to tell who is going to succeed or fail because traditional pattern recognition techniques for what makes a quality founder are thrown out the window.
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