I just had to get this off my chest...
Being first to market doesn't guarantee anything. Apple had the first desktop computers but Microsoft dominated the market with Windows. Eiger Labs' MPMan was the first mass produced MP3 player but iPod's dominate the market.
Being first doesn't mean anything, especially when someone can learn from your mistakes, develop a better product and capture market share. Pay attention to the competition, learn from their failures, identify their weakness and develop accordingly.
Stop racing to be first. Instead focus on developing remarkable products, exceptional customer service and fanatic customers. The rest will take care of itself.