Agostino is now cofounder and CEO of Monarch, a subscription-based personal-finance app due to launch this year. That happens to be the business model Intuit itself pursued when it launched its would-have-been Mint rival Quicken Online in January of 2008 as a $2.99/month Web app—before closing it in 2010 in favor of shifting its attention to Mint. … [Read more...] about What the hell happened to Mint?
These companies illustrate an important phenomenon: small, resource-strapped startups can now design their way to competing with larger incumbents. I remember watching the rise of Soma a few years ago, a beautifully conceived water filter that stole market share from Brita through superior design. Tarform, a small company with an electric motorcycle, may be poised to do the same with a product that, to my eye, far exceeds anything produced by Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, or Honda. … [Read more...] about Software ate the world. Now it’s design’s turn