I was leafing through one of the magazines recently and came across an ad for a preamplifier whose claim to fame was it hadn’t changed in 10 years. Interesting.
It reminded me about a division in philosophy that exists in almost every industry: new and innovative vs. old and trusted. Both have extreme value to the right person.
New and innovative appeals to people who want the latest greatest and enjoy pushing the envelope to extend the frontier of what’s possible. Old and trusted appeals to a much more conservative crowd who prefer to let the innovators hash through the good and bad of new directions and then accept what works into their own spheres.
I think one approach cannot exist without the other and therefore both are equally valid.
The challenge is to figure out which camp you’re in and then follow those like-minded people and companies.
There’s no doubt in my mind that new and innovative is what floats my boat.
How about you?