Interesting article. I'm sort of here now with something I'm working on, its incredibly general, and thats how I want it.
What I'm going to do however is pitch to the specific groups, the specific uses. I'm going to get out and talk the moms and pops crowd, the artsy crowd, the cyclist crowd and show them how/why they should be using it.
Maybe I've read it wrong, but it doesn't seem like a product/market fit problem to me, it seems like a "I haven't showed these people sufficiently how/why to use it for what matters to them" problem.
Edit: Rereading what I've wrote back I feel even more certain of something: perhaps the problem with creating a product that is too generic is that the gap has to be filled with education, if it isn't obvious on how to use it - like the case might be with a product that is very specific - then you have to fill that with a non-codey layer over the top.
Double edit: I think its funny how I see people write about "coder mindset" as a reason that they've hit a snag but yet still manage to stick to a coder-solution mindset. Maybe try a new layer of packaging, some education. Literally detach from being a programmer. Source: Programmer, marketeer, photoshopper background
That's what I was thinking. The ubiquilist product looks really neat, but there isn't a single use case on the site.
I wouldn't change the product (yet), I would find great use cases and present those in detail and with flair on the site, and then I would find ways to put that use case in front of more people who are like the ones in the use cases.
Possible use cases: show how a family with a dog that needs treatment gets organized to take care of their pet thanks to your product. How a mom & pop shop get their orders right by using the estimate feature as they work on them. And on and on...
Again, for my 2c, this is a marketing problem plain and simple. Close the IDE.
lol - Thanks absolutely, spot-on!
I'm not ditching UbiquiList, but I plan to expose those few simple use cases more elegantly. I believe I can track back from this general solution, with marketing / education, and encourage folks to come on in.
I agree that education is key. Also language / wording and what they see on a landing page to pull them down a path to actual use. I see this is MY problem, but I'm generalising about whether other tech folks also encounter(ed) it. I expect to get beyond it, either with this product or the next :-)
Wales' counties have the same powers as any other county in the UK. However, Wales as a country also has devolved powers in it's own right.
As anywhere else, different areas have different levels of cultural self-identity - in that sense I can understand a comparison between Wales (country) and Cornwall (county) although not to Yorkshire, etc.
This paper  backs up your hypothesis. "First, crack can be smoked, which is an extremely effective means of delivering the drug psychopharmacologically. Second, because crack is composed primarily of air and baking soda, it is possible to sell in small units containing fractions of a gram of pure cocaine, opening up the market to consumers wishing to spend $10 at a time. Third, because the drug is extremely addictive and the high that comes from taking the drug is so short-lived, crack quickly generated a large following of users wishing to purchase at high rates of frequency."
This DEA History Book , however, suggests the reasons might be partially economic. "Soon there was a huge glut of cocaine powder in these islands which caused the price to drop by as much as 80 percent."
Long time member. Today we've begun pushing weartolook, something we've been working on now for a good couple of years. Its been a crazy journey, we could probably write the book on how not to launch your startup.
We're 2 London based founders that are totally self-taught programmers, we have over 300 of the UK's (and some from the US) best stores on board: Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Harrods, Saks Fifth, Net-a-porter to name a few and today we have >3m products.
Take a look and let us know what you think, we're wide open for feedback.
I don't think Flickr and Facebook/Instragram really compete, except in the situation where people didn't need Flickr but Facebook/Instagram didn't exist yet. Flickr is more for professional photographers, not a social network for youths to share their photos with their group. If Flickr loses professional photogs, then they're hurting. But they haven't yet.
Instagram is not going to replace Flickr for Flickr's core audience.
Thats the entire point. Flickr is about photos. If Flickr was releasing new products and testing new things they might have landed on Flickstagram. But like OP said they didn't do much at all, and so missed the boat.
So yes you're right, they don't compete. But thats the problem. Hypothetical one, and I wouldn't blame the CEO for it. Its just one of the many things up the road they didn't travel up.