Lots of new ideas are ahead of their time, meaning they lack necessary infrastructure or customer demand. Besides, there are all sorts of unintended consequences of bad timing. For example, announcing a product too far ahead of its availability -- like Research in Motion (RIM) did with the BlackBerry 10 platform -- can freeze sales of existing products, a phenomenon known as the "Osborne Effect."
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