The zen of failure

Joel put out one of his patented Joel on Software briefs today, and there’s lots of good reasons to go check it out.

This one was worth the price of admission for me:

The Creative Zen team could spend years refining their ugly iPod knockoffs and never produce as beautiful, satisfying, and elegant a player as the Apple iPod. And they’re not going to make a dent in Apple’s market share because the magical design talent is just not there. They don’t have it.

Basically, this is the Pareto Principle in action …


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