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Like most people, I don't like to be tracked. I also am the founder of the search engine that doesn't track you, DuckDuckGo. For these reasons, I personally don't use Google services where I don't absolutely have to, and honestly it's not very hard to do.
I'm glad this is my 300th post because it is about another milestone: the release of Traction . I've been working on this book for the past five years on this blog. Early on I did a series of interviews exploring the subject here and on Hacker News.
I was recently in a traction discussion with Loveseat and Iqram (co-founder of Venmo) gave this awesome traction tip: TRACTION TIP: have a monitor dedicated to your server logs. Mount it on your a wall, and have it on AT ALL TIMES. I used to stare at the Venmo logs for the first 2yrs of operations.
If you are in a successful market, then you face or will face competition. If you face competition, then you must differentiate or suffer the fate of a price (margin) war. There are several standard ways to differentiate including on features, distribution, design and values.