TechCrunch discusses the rise of platforms. This movement is making it faster, easier and less expensive to create businesses both online and offline. This also allows for more hyper-specialization and small teams with big exits.
As companies become more comfortable using these outsourced services, more specialized and niche services can flourish, and so the process of launching startups becomes faster and cheaper. It’s become possible to build billion-dollar companies with a handful of engineers. Thanks to these services and tools, we’ve “decoupled the technical ability and experience needed to write tricky software from the ability to solve problems for people.”