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Want to start a startup? Get funded by Y Combinator. November The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.
The very best startup ideas tend to have three things in common: Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google, and Facebook all began this way. Problems Why is it so important to work on a problem you have?
Among other things, it ensures the problem really exists. It sounds obvious to say you should only work on problems that exist. And yet by far the most common mistake startups make is to solve problems no one has.
I made it myself. In I started a company to put art galleries online. But galleries didn't want to be online. It's not how the art business works. So why did I spend 6 months working on this stupid idea? Because I didn't pay attention to users. I invented a model of the world that didn't correspond to reality, and worked from that.
I didn't notice my model was wrong until I tried to convince users to pay for what we'd built. Even then I took embarrassingly long to catch on. I was attached to my model of the world, and I'd spent a lot of time on the software. They had to want it! Why do so many founders build things no one wants?
Because they begin by trying to think of startup ideas. At YC we call these "made-up" or "sitcom" startup ideas. Imagine one of the characters on a TV show was starting a startup.
The writers would have to invent something for it to do. But coming up with good startup ideas is hard. It's not something you can do for the asking. So unless they got amazingly lucky the writers would come up with an idea that sounded plausible, but was actually bad.
For example, a social network for pet owners.
It doesn't sound obviously mistaken. Millions of people have pets. Often they care a lot about their pets and spend a lot of money on them.
Surely many of these people would like a site where they could talk to other pet owners. Not all of them perhaps, but if just 2 or 3 percent were regular visitors, you could have millions of users.
You could serve them targeted offers, and maybe charge for premium features. They don't want to use it themselves, at least not right now, but they could imagine other people wanting it. Sum that reaction across the entire population, and you have zero users.Or perhaps his answer is his new book, If You Knew Then What I Know Now, an essay collection that could almost double as a memoir.
It’s also as compelling as a great novel, and as ethereally beautiful as a poem that you read and still remember years later. The short essay ( pages), typed and double-spaced, is an excellent way to demonstrate your ability to condense a great deal of material into what is essentially a compact essay.
A short essay is not a research essay and should not be treated as such. November The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.
If You Knew Then What I Know Now is the title of the book but also the title of an essay.
Is there any other essay title that you think would make an interesting title for the complete book? Why? 6. Most of my essays employ a"classic narrative" strategy a story with a beginning, middle and end presented from start to finish.
By aziz ansari. My parents had an arranged marriage. This always fascinated me. I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I couldn’t imagine navigating such a huge. In time, like space, a curious mathematics often takes hold.
The fewer things you have in your memory, the more space each one has to reverberate inside you.