Okay cool, words mean things, and doesn't "best" mean "better than the rest"? I just feel like the article is full of phrases like this that rub off as motivational speaker styling, and that makes me inherently skeptical.
The problem is that I love the space they operate in, but I feel they're delivering mostly generic tripe. I can't just go work for them. I don't have the clout to become a leader in their orgs, and I wouldn't be happy at the bottom.
I'm talking about Netflix and Disney.
The reason it became popular was pretty simple. It was fast, clean, single purpose and had no advertising. It was the complete opposite of Altavista and Yahoo at the time. And as we've seen countless times there is always room in a market for simple, focused products.
That means they needed a lot of startup capital to get started. No adds no income. Give the heroin out for free until people get addicted.
(if you're offended by his use of "fools" don't be -- he was being sarcastic: people can always find a reason to say "no").
Good article. I long for a return to this kind of old-school capitalism, where people study the competition instead of fearing it, and try to get their money by being better.