While the ends have justified the means, from a reinvent the wheel perspective, why did you create dev.to and not use another pre-existing platform - Medium, Reddit, StackOverflow, etc?
I've always like to riff off existing patterns. I never think of it as reinventing the wheel. There's room for different approaches.
I have lost track of the source, but there was an interview with an entrepreneur who had the advice along the lines of "A good way to innovate is to first catch up with the existing thing and then build on top of it" instead of having to come up with something radically different from the start. I'm not ashamed to take the things I like from the other successful approaches and use them to build my own platform with the goal of augmenting the developer community to be more collaborative, inclusive, and awesome.
Definitely agree. Was interested in your take and glad to hear your approach on dev.to.
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