this started out as a mastodon post in this thread but i went way over the 500 char limit, so I just posted it here instead.
i develop whole products as does marco.
a funny thing happens when people think you do much less than what you actually do, they hire people to replace you.
that’s what happened with adam curry and myself back in 2005. he had no idea what i do, he and his partner ron bloom thought they could save some stock and they thought i was being “difficult” (I guess) by not taking orders from bloom, so they hired a couple of programmers to replace me, and guess what happened. nothing. they wasted $100 million in vc money, and barked up the wrong tree. if they had worked with me they wouldn’t have done that, but they would have had to listen to a mere coder.
same thing happened