Mobile software is too controlled. Innovation is limited by App Store approval. This is an issue of freedom and control. Not open vs closed. We need to dismantle the control that is in place, and move towards a more open platform. The Web. If ever there was a platform designed for mobile, it is the web. It is instant and ubiquitous. A perfect combination. The skeptics will say web performance is not as good as native. My reply? Web is marginalized on mobile. A precedent was set by the mobile platforms to prioritize native over web. At the beginning (2008) it was technical. Native just worked better. Mobile web standards didn’t exist really. Now, Apple and others have a vested interest in proprietary apps. Developer lock-in, for one. Native mobile apps controlled by a proprietary platform have about as much relevance in the future as traditional currencies and gas cars. Let’s just say, I wrote an interesting post and 50,000 people checked it out in less than 24 hours. Try getting 50,000 installs (let alone opens) in 24 hours. Native is dead. Long live The Web.
The thing that was so important about the advent of the commercial internet was that it enabled global permissionsless innovation. Meaning, that anybody who wanted to deploy software on a web server anywhere in the world could immediately access customers everywhere in the world. […] There were no, there are no intermediaries required.
Fred Wilson testifying at the NYFS virtual currency hearings.
The curious thing about Fred’s testimony was how he corrected himself towards the end of this quote. Fred said “there were no”, then, “there are no”. I can’t help but feel the correction of tense has something to do with the iOS App Store and that he knows deploying software is not as permissionless as it once was.
Remember how exciting life became when you realized you no longer needed to ask your parents for permission before you did stuff?