Long development time as a requirement for good software

27 July 2021

Figma took 3 years to get to preview release. Superhuman took a similarly long period. Both companies were going after markets with deeply entrenched existing players. The next generation of software may also have to spend a long time in initial development, especially if they’re looking to usurp existing players. This has tension with the common wisdom of moving fast and getting to initial release as quickly as possible.