Michael Mace writes:
Think small. If you’re building a new service or product, make sure it’ll be cash flow positive even on a small user base. It doesn’t necessarily have to pay back all of the sunk cost all at once, but if you need to get 20% penetration of the user base in order to break even on your day-to-day operating costs, you might as well start preparing your resume now, because you are going to fail.
Set realistic expectations. Make sure your management chain understands that there are no killer apps in mobile data. The market’s made up of narrow segments, and getting five percent of the users to be passionate about something is actually quite a success. Cable TV programs thrive on that sort of viewer base all the time; that’s the type of world you’re operating in.