I don’t think it is as bad as the author paints it. All markets move from easy pickings to competitive and hard to break into, so he’s right that it has got harder, but you are right that SAFEnetwork changes this considerably until it starts to mature!
The thing is to choose who you go up against and how, and to try to be first rather than “me to” if you can. That’s creative, innovative and miss fun as well as increasing chance to succeed.
@whiteoutmashups an easy way to deal with that kind of stress is to realize - there’s an ebay, and an amazon, and a openbazaar and an upcoming safex… and upcoming another more marketplaces of varying custom kinds… indeed something as described as safex is next level but only because it uses Safe Network for its backbone just like all other apps of the future that might do the same (use Safe Network as backbone) and those ones too will be next level and ground breaking.
On the other hand - when you bought some mandarins at the store that one store didn’t know you were coming, just as easily could have bought them at a different store too but you already gotten your mandarin satisfaction. That doesn’t mean that only 1 store will stock mandarins for the whole world.
Same thing with all these marketplaces and everyone of these app ideas and all these coders… there are more things to code than there are people available to code them; and also think about how many messaging apps exist… there’s forums and chat rooms (both are messaging apps… not solved by one single application) we have different flavours of forums different styles of chat apps too. Indeed they don;t just hocus pocus magically poof app exists… it is built iteratively, with time, attention, and effort
But the original argument is that it’s much easier for independent devs to onboard with SAFE because of built in security, infrastructure, etc. It lowers the barrier to entry and supports a much more equal playing field. Small teams are much more sustainable in general because they require less resources and the only reason Amazon and Ebay are so sustainable in today’s internet is because they have so much capital.