102: Timing Is More Important Than Product
- Yesterday, Chris was in Los Gatos, a small town near where he lives. He saw someone Periscoping (or Facetiming) with another remote person as they were walking down the Chris talked about how he “invented” Periscope 8 or 9 years ago, using a combination of his Treo 650, a USB cable, a laptop and a USB connected webcam. He tethered the laptop to the internet iva a USB cable and the Treo 650, and the webcam to the laptop. He then fired up Skype, threw the whole thing into a backpack, then placed the webcam on his shoulder. The remote friend could then watch him walk down the street in Los Gatos. This was 2007.
- He then talked about inventing a Quora type service which ran from 2000-2005. Once again, the service never got the traction it needed and he had to shut it down.
- The moral of the story? Maybe the problem is not the product? Maybe the problem has always been timing. The problem with visionary founders is that they are often right, but at the wrong time.