Life is the ultimate aim of moral design, which it must protect, advance, ennoble and enrich. Immoral design, which is also bad design, is the opposite. It takes life by stealing time; it impoverishes by pretending to be more than it is; it does not last; it deceives, harms, enrages and degrades. The difference between the two lies at the origin of the work, when the designer first establishes their true goals and decides whether it is to satisfy their destructively selfish aims, or it is to be something higher, something that respects and elevates people’s lives, something that they are not ashamed to put out into this world because they know that their heart lies in the right place; and if they fail to achieve what they set out to do, it will be but an error of affection, not ill work laden with guilt.
Eventually the bubble will burst, and then we'll build on whatever open APIs we have, and the corporate APIs will explode along with the bubble. It has to happen, it always does. Until then, be smart.
Businesses are not out to make money tomorrow. They're trying to make money today. When a CEO has to answer for the latest quarterly finance report, he's not going to think about how to make money 10-20 years down the road, when a kid grows up. He won't have a job by then. Even if he could have kept it, he would have willingly switched companies a couple of times by then. These big companies aren't run by a man who built it from the ground up, working out of his garage, some 10 or 20 years ago. The CEOs of these companies have no true sense of ownership, and no desire to see this "baby" of theirs flourish when they're long gone.
Long term isn't the only kind that exists. Short and mid terms are fine as well, as long as you find a way to monetize fast and early. Just be aware that the party may be over at any moment and, when it is, exit gracefully and before the crowd starts yelling for the already absent DJ to play just one more song. Use that time to find a different party to join to, one that's just starting.
Whenever a man chooses his purpose and his commitment in all clearness and in all sincerity, whatever that purpose may be, it is impossible for him to prefer another. It is true in the sense that we do not believe in progress. Progress implies amelioration; but man is always the same, facing a situation which is always changing, and choice remains always a choice in the situation. The moral problem has not changed since the time when it was a choice between slavery and anti-slavery."Existentialism Is a Humanism" (1946)
That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.