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At launch, both apps had their distinct moments of strength and weakness. We thought foursquare was crap, and believed the design nerds flocking to Gowalla validated our attitude. Gowalla also worked anywhere — We were the first to crowd-source a local database from scratch. foursquare only worked in a dozen cities. In short, all else equal, we believed people would use our service because of its superior craft and availability.

Play by your own rules. - Josh Williams

Brilliant piece from Gowalla’s founder. Really good lessons to be had here. In terms of salient content, Medium is really delivering at a pace that’s digestible.