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Finding a great idea is a critical step in building a sustainable marketplace business. You should make sure that with this idea you’re solving a real, painful problem for both the customers and providers of your marketplace. In the early days it’s especially important to focus on a narrow niche to that mission.
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Many great marketplace ideas are based on unlocking idle assets or aggregating small providers from fragmented markets. In many cases, you can improve on the existing solutions by building a layer of trust with your marketplace.
Once you have come up with an idea, research the field to find out what others are doing. If your idea is any good, others are likely working on it as well. Don’t be discouraged—instead, talk about your idea openly to everyone and try to find a unique angle and strategy to focus on.