As soon as one startup hits it big, a crop of clones rush to cash in on the excitement. The latest company de jour to mimic is Pinterest, the popular visual-bookmarking site. And, as with Groupon and Airbnb before it, we’ve seen tons of “A Pinterest for ____” PR pitches.
A developer that sells apps in Apple’s ubiquitous App Store goes by the name Anton Sinelnikov. Pulling up his apps today shows a much thinner selection than yesterday, according to website VideoGameWriters. Nine apps are left on sale from this particular seller, down from 68 previously. The reason? Cloned apps. Knockoffs.
Cloning or copycatting ideas, companies, and products is nothing new in China. Westerners, especially Americans, loathe cloning; it hurts their pride and is an insult to their creativity and hard work. The Chinese, however, love it. It comes as second nature and presents a grand opportunity to seize a massive market potential.
Guest Post Protests in Russia last week have dominated international news, and talking heads have been eager to explain how this is evidence of an increasingly divided and unstable Russia. Although the political response has not been as graceful as it could have been, the restraint the government has shown in regards to the protesters is encouraging, especially compared to how similar protests were met in Syria, Libya, or Egypt.