Before Facebook, there was MySpace. Before YouTube, we watched videos on Google Video. Before Sonos and Alexa you might remember HomePod. (Thankfully, many people don't).
Some people think they have have to race to get their ideas off the ground, without poring through the user experience, the design, business model, etc. I've seen this in the startup space in Canada, having covered it for 15+ years as a journalist, but I've seen this be-first-or-else anxiety infiltrate the spoken word scene, the theatre space, in sports too.
Example: You shouldn't launch an arts festival unless you have everything in place first. I was once part of an ambitious Toronto arts fest that ended up capsizing because it didn't have the budget for the artists it invited, and the fest only featured its spoken word segment, which I helped lead. I saw, from the inside, how racing to be first can be thrilling, sure, but you end up with blind spots that could lead you errors in judgement.
Seth Godin has a great quote on this ideas race: "Be an inventor if you choose, but don't expect that you'll be the one driving the bus once the masses decide to get on."
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