Originally Posted by RKsailsolo
Sounds like there may be a market for another app. Maybe even pay for play. What would be the value tipping point for an app that delivers the right info? Two revenue sources include users and commercial service
providers. Alternate to a subscription fee would be an AC competitor startup app that's crowd sourced. The quality of that data could possibly be higher.
The value of crowd-sourced applications is in network scale and the quality of crowd. If the filter on crowd membership
is significant, you lose scale. If you only want to show "the right info", you need to filter out those who aren't qualified and those who aren't biased and then you have to curate the information that comes through and vet it for accuracy. Lack of bias kind of rules out commercial service providers. That doesn't leave you with an easy or affordable business model unless you're a government
That's not to say there isn't room for an AC competitor. There are parts
of the world with lots of sailing and not much AC penetration. Those regions would seem to be good places to try out differing versions. If something else takes off, it's likely to be adapted elsewhere.
However, the idea that anyone would use any source of information, especially crowd-sourced, without vetting makes me cringe. I use AC regularly and value what I get, but it's just one source of information. I use my iPad
, my chartplotter
, my charts
, my friends and my senses (in reverse order). All have a role.