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Is First-to-Market Best? - Steve Blank (Serial Entrepreneur)
Date: 11/11/2009
Length: 1 minutes
Speaker(s): Steve Blank
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Why is it a bad idea to be the first and only player in a market? Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, outlines a host of reasons, including limited market opportunity, the expense of defining a new market, and the positioning risk
involved in setting the market standard. Blank cautions that it may not be wise to be break new ground, and that safer terrain can be found in the footholds of the "first fast follower". Historical examples of this advantage include Amazon,
EBay, and Google.

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