How To Get Startup Ideas

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How To Get Startup Ideas

  1. 1. How Can You Come Up With Great Startup Ideas?
  2. 2. Anthony FrasierFounder, The Phat StartupPartner, BrickCity Tech / ConvergeI founded Playd, an app that allowed gamers to sharetheir activity across multiple platforms. I was featured on“CNN’s Black in America: The New Promised Land -Silicon Valley.” I also made NBC The Grio’s 100: MakingHistory Today list. Was featured in Tech Crunch, CNNMoney, Black Enterprise, and speak at various industryevents.
  3. 3. There is no set formula on startupideas...but there are great frameworks that exist...that you can get lucky with
  4. 4. Startup ideas cancome from two places
  5. 5. Startup ideas cancome from two places Others or Yourself
  6. 6. Lets talk about other people first. (my peeps)
  7. 7. Choose a market orindustry and startdigging in.
  8. 8. Choose a market orindustry and startdigging in.With questions.
  9. 9. Jason Evanish of has a great way to interrogate. Follow Jason on Twitter @evanish | Watch full interview @ http://goo.gl/J3OEy
  10. 10. 1Learn about their role in thatindustry or market to get some foundation.
  11. 11. What is your position at work? Who handles x task?Do you spend tons of time doing this task?
  12. 12. 2 Find out what frustrates them and what problems they have. Don’t worry about what you think is their problems, let them tell you.
  13. 13. What would you say are the top 3 challenges in yourjob or life around “x” topic?If you can snap your fingers and have a solution popup, what would that solution be?
  14. 14. 3 Based on their problems offer up the idea or solution. This is to see if they are interested and to gather feedback.
  15. 15. Are they anxious to use it right away?How is the body language or voice inflection? Are they not impressed.... like the cat? The best indicator is if they are......
  16. 16. Ready to spendMoney $
  17. 17. I like Paul Graham’s formula:
  18. 18. I like Paul Graham’s formula:“I like to find:simple solutions
  19. 19. I like Paul Graham’s formula:“I like to find:simple solutionsto overlooked problems
  20. 20. I like Paul Graham’s formula:“I like to find:simple solutionsto overlooked problemsthat actually need to be solved, and
  21. 21. I like Paul Graham’s formula:“I like to find:simple solutionsto overlooked problemsthat actually need to be solved, anddeliver them as informally as possible,
  22. 22. I like Paul Graham’s formula:“I like to find:simple solutionsto overlooked problemsthat actually need to be solved, anddeliver them as informally as possible,starting with a very crude version 1,
  23. 23. I like Paul Graham’s formula:“I like to find:simple solutionsto overlooked problemsthat actually need to be solved, anddeliver them as informally as possible,starting with a very crude version 1,then iterating rapidly.”
  24. 24. You should be gathering feedbackand iterating constantly whether theidea comes from Others or Yourself
  25. 25. Having technical talent on board isimportant but....
  26. 26. You should still learn to prototype. “Learn how to hack something together so that you can get people interested in your idea, your project, your startup. If you can do that, then you have a better chance of success.” -Fred Wilson
  27. 27. Lets talk aboutYou.
  28. 28. There are different ways to look at it.
  29. 29. What othersYour passion care about Idea
  30. 30. When newVideo Games games are coming out N4G.com
  31. 31. Organic You Need
  32. 32. Organic Your Jobs, Experiences, You Activities, etc.
  33. 33. Organic Need Your Jobs, Experiences, You Activities, etc.
  34. 34. Organic "Why doesnt someone make Need x? If someone made x wed buy it in a second." Your Jobs, Experiences, You Activities, etc.
  35. 35. Organic "Why doesnt someone make Need x? If someone made x wed buy it in a second." Your Jobs, Experiences, You Activities, Need etc. Need
  36. 36. Your going to come across a need or a problem out of your own experiences. Interrogate yourself.
  37. 37. Blogs you should read! The Fallacy of Chasing Startup Ideas http://bit.ly/ToPld0 How To Get Startup Ideas http://bit.ly/QoaQNMHow to Use Mind Maps for Managing Ideas http://bit.ly/YnJBpQ
  38. 38. Thanks! hit me up lets chat! Come check me out at: anthonyfrasier.com & ThePhatStartup.comAnthony Frasierinfo@anthonyfrasier.com@anthonyfrasier

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