WTF? How does "lean startup" factor into this? That seems like an odd little digression there at the end of the article.
The implication is that a slightly less lean startup would have had more design resources and wouldn't have done something so stupid.
BUT... I still believe that "lean principles" and "doing stupid things" are orthogonal ideas. Nothing about embracing lean mandates (or even suggests) doing something this lame-brained. I think it was a bit of an unreasonable jab at lean startup advocates, by the author of this piece.