The iphone was an MVP

Lately there has been a sentiment that lean startup and minimum viable product are code for making crappy products. Someone even assert the iphone was the opposite of a minimum viable product. I disagree. The iphone was a minimum viable product. The lean movement is not about creating a new process. It's about articulating and formalizing the existing process that successful companies already follow. The iphone obviously is a great device now, but I think people have forgotten how lean it was when it was launched.

Here is a short list of some features the original iphone lacked (many of which the blackberry had):
no mms
no copy/paste
no app store
no 3g
no video
no flash
no email search
and it cost $500

Remember Steve Balmer scoffed when the iphone came out.

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