Author of The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss, has posted an interview he did with Matt Mullenweg, the creator of Wordpress. I won’t rehash the entire interview here but there are several good points that you can take from Matt’s experiences in creating one of the most popular software apps in existence today.
What are the top 3-5 principles you focused on that made WP successful as a product?
Besides timing and luck, I’d say:
1. Minimizing startup costs…
2. Being adaptive to user-led changes in product direction
What are the top 3-5 principles you focused on that made you successful as a developer?
2. At the same time, I’m happy to ship a crude version 1.0 and iterate. I find my time is more effective post-launch than pre-launch.