Timing is Important to Make an Innovative Idea Disruptive
America had to be discovered more than once, until it really had been discovered. The Apple Newton was a superior answer to a question that people did not bother at that time.
Likewise, Kodak invented the first portable digital camera (more
), but the quality of the pictures was so inferior compared to traditional technologies at that time, that they dismissed it. The camera weight was 8 pounds, the resolution 0.01 Megapixel, there were no printers available nor internet services to transmit the picture to a laboratory. There were just floppy disks, and these were low in storage and high in size.
It's easy to claim that Kodak missed an opportunity at that time. But there was no opportunity. The time had yet to come for it.
Brilliant inventions need a supportive environment to innovate. That others like an idea is not nearly enough. There has to be a need, a real market opportunity. And you have to be able to find the people first willing to buy the product to finance its advancement. In other words: the timing has to be right. When the timing is right, innovation happens.