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We happen to live in a massive time of transition. The PC market that has dominated computing for the past few decades is decaying while mobile computing is soaring — with the only limit in sight being the total number of people on the planet. As a result, startups have been gradually shifting their focus from web-first to mobile-first. It’s the reason why I stay up late at night writing posts simply repeating “mobile” hundreds of times.

Mobile is clearly the future, but is it the present? At first, Vibhu Norby, co-founder of Origami Labs thought so. But after a tough time gaining traction with their first mobile product, Everyme, he re-thought that position as he laid out in a post entitled: Why We’re Pivoting from Mobile-first to Web-first.

Some of Norby’s points were so compelling that we had to have him into the TechCrunch TV studio for a discussion/debate.

Disclosure: CrunchFund, where I’m a general partner, is an investor in Origami Labs. We invested based on the mobile-first thesis of Everyme, so I figured if I was going to yell at Vibhu for turning his back on the future, I may as well do it in public. See my other disclosures here.