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From UberEats to emojis: People candidly reveal the apps and ideas they thought were ‘STUPID’ – until they changed the world

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There's nothing worse than being haunted by the ghost of past ideas, and some people have shared their biggest moments of regret after turning their back on startup success (stock image)
  • In a post on Threads, users shared initial ideas that they initially dismissed.
  • These included UberEats, emojis and iPods, to name just a few.
  • It quickly became inundated with people sharing their own brushes with the success of the app.

There’s nothing worse than being haunted by the ghost of past ideas, and some people have shared their biggest moments of regret after turning their back on startup success.

in a post in threads, User Amber Adrian posted an apology to an app developer she dated in 2009 who came up with the idea for emojis, which she laughed at.

“One day, he showed me something he had made: a way to text tiny pictures to people,” he wrote on Thread.

‘He scrolled through a series of sparklines on his phone and said, “Look, you can send someone a fried egg.” I thought, “Why would I want to send someone a fried egg?”

There’s nothing worse than being haunted by the ghost of past ideas, and some people have shared their biggest moments of regret after turning their back on startup success (stock image)

In a post on the threads, user Amber Adrian posted an apology to an app developer she dated in 2009 who came up with the idea for emojis, which she laughed at.

In a post on the threads, user Amber Adrian posted an apology to an app developer she dated in 2009 who came up with the idea for emojis, which she laughed at.

“Ten years later, I realized that this guy basically invented emojis, which now delight me to the core,” he admitted. “I’m sorry to doubt your fried eggs.”

The Thread resulted in dozens of other people sharing their own brushes on the success of the app or company.

“I had exactly one date with a guy in 1994/95 who said to me, ‘I work on something called the World Wide Web. You’ll soon hear a lot about it,” laughed one user.

“Reminds me of when I used my 2002/2003 Christmas bonus to buy my first iPod and the guy I was with at the time told me I was ‘stupid’ and that it was just a ‘fad’ lol,” another chimed in.

“Don’t worry, it ended shortly after,” they added.

“I still cry every time I look at my prototype for InstaCart and I never made it in 2004 simply because I let some mistakes derail me,” complained another.

Some people were on the verge of helping someone else achieve greatness in their app.

“I dated a guy who was developing an app (I thought he was dumb) in 2012 and I said, ‘Why don’t you contact Uber and convince them that they should use their logistics to have drivers deliver food between fares?'” they explained. . .

The Thread resulted in dozens of other people sharing their own brushes on the success of the app or company.

The Thread resulted in dozens of other people sharing their own brushes on the success of the app or company.

‘He laughed on me. His application never went anywhere. UberEats exists. Who’s laughing now? they joked.

“That reminds me of a time when I was working in an AR/VR lab around 2000 and I was looking for small cameras for a project and I kept finding these great samples of what were very small cameras at the time.

‘I asked the rep why there were so many options available and he said, ‘We’re going to put them on every cell phone,’ and I said, ‘That’ll never happen!'”

Others consoled those still pining to leave some now-successful endeavor behind them.

‘Don’t worry, there’s a Fox executive who signed over the merchandise rights to George Lucas because he didn’t think that “little space movie” would recoup its budget. It happens,’ they wrote.

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