Why Design and Marketing Matters

From an interesting question on Quora

“Why is Vodka so expensive?”

Because it is sold in expensive bottles.  The “juice” in a bottle typically costs less than $.10 to make.  The vast majority of vodkas in the US get their liquid from a few contract producers like ADM

Interpolate this into your average tech startup – The ‘value add’ for the majority of startups isn’t in using Ruby on Rails, or Cloud Storage, or a no-SQL database. It’s not in using the latest Agile techniques, or the best continuous deployment system (though all of these things help).  It’s how you make your users feel – Design, User Experience, and that disgusting practice that techies love to hate –  Marketing. Technology is a commodity*.

* There is still room for the disruptive technology innovations of your Google, but how many of those come along?