Which app do you miss the most? (continued)

The other day I tweeted, “which failed startup’s app do you miss the most?”

I got a number of interesting responses. 

One that touched my heart was Andy Weissmann’s response:

But by far, the most popular response I got was from folks like Jason who missed Kozmo the most:

I never had the opportunity to use Kozmo since they didn’t exist in places that I lived. But it feels like their customers were big big fans of the service. 

For the most part, I miss mostly things that grow stale and stop innovating (e.g. Tivo, Flickr, etc) instead of failing altogether. 

There are a number of startups that were killed off by their owners that I do miss (like ffflick and Danger). And Napster brings back a lot of memories. We were loyal Webvan users when our daughter was first born. That was a big help in those days. 

Considering how many startups fail, it’s interesting to think about the ones that you miss….or don’t. 

But Zynga and Facebook? They seem more able to be toppled. It seems possible to knock them off of their throne. Two companies, OMGPOP and Instagram, came out of nowhere and became viable competitors. That’s kind of amazing. It’s amazing to me that Instagram got 30 million users in no time at all. It’s crazy that Draw Something can get 50 million downloads in 50 days. It’s mind blowing that Pinterest went from nothing to 10 million users in the blink of an eye. It’s amazing how fragile it all is. Facebook may be the first viable threat to Google, but its own market dominance is by no means assured.

I feel guilty when my son says, ‘Mommy, put down the BlackBerry, talk to me’ and that happens far too much. I think all women feel guilty. I think what’s interesting is I don’t know many men who feel guilty,

Sheryl Sandberg: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Work-Life Balance’

there is much about this post that i agree with. but this particular line doesn’t ring true for me.

i know what’s like when my kids tell me to put my phone away. it sucks. 

Did my position on this issue evolve over the last 12 months? I am not ashamed to admit that it certainly did. The more I became educated on the realities of these issues, the more I came to the realization that a mandated technical solution just isn’t mutually compatible with the health of the Internet.

Former MPAA tech policy chief Paul Brigner speaking to CNET about SOPA.