Chatroulette might not be for everyone, but the randomly generated video chat site’s runaway success is a developer’s dream. Created by a 17-year old in three days, the site’s user base has doubled every day since its inception.
The concept of getting users to grow a business was a popular topic at the BRITE conference on Wednesday. As Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems once put it:
“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.”
At Columbia University, many speakers agreed — the role of the consumer has changed. And increasingly, businesses that succeed today rely on their users to create and improve products. But most businesses would kill to be in the position of Chatroulette’s founder Andrey Ternovskiy, who told The New York Times recently:
“It continues to multiply and I just couldn’t stop it from growing.”