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May 23, 2008

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Theodore

Hi Josh,
Nice blog, it's a very interesting argument, and I'd say 37signals would probably find its time better spent going after people, who are cloning their apps, rather than companies that using generic designs for totally different uses (e.g. Auto CRMs, Educational Software, etc.):
http://www.cwrblog.net/699/basecamp-gets-a-rival.html

In a traditional sense, their business really has a limited moat. It's great they've scaled it up, but Google Apps just released a pretty similar groupware product for free.

While I don't know what we'd do without HighriseHQ, Basecamp and some of the other apps have a lot less "stickiness" and the benefit of suing a bunch of companies & developers for design infringement seems limited given that the vast majority of those companies are probably 37s customers and do not compete in any way with 37s.

-Theodore

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