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Beware of the critics

If you're someone that builds products, it's easy to find criticism. But remember - while criticism can be worth listening to - try not to take too much criticism to heart.

"Sounds like CouchSurfing several years late? Or am I missing something?"

A comment on TechCrunch about Airbnb, which is currently valued at $13 billion.

Anyone who thinks Rails is difficult to configure doesn't know what they are talking about. Heroku = Fail.

A comment on TechCrunch about Heroku, who were acquired for $212 million in cash.

"By all means write your PR recap / puff piece about this new application, but lets not kid ourselves about this being innovative or anything close to an 'email killer'."

A comment on Fast Company, about Slack which is currently valued at over $1 billion.

"I have a few qualms about this app... for a Linux user, you can already build such a system yourself quite trivially by getting an FTP account, mounting it locally with curlftpfs, and then using SVN or CVS on the mounted filesystem."

A Hacker News comment about Dropbox, valued at $10 billion.

"I don't understand the appeal at all"

A TechCrunch comment on Snapchat, valued at $10 billion.

"Do we really need another app that makes slightly interesting disposable images?"

A TechCrunch comment on Instagram, which sold to Facebook for $1 billion.

"Great just what the world needs, another freaking MP3 player".

A MacRumors commenter on the launch of the iPod

Published November, 2014

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