The GW Entrepreneurs' Trever Faden shares his scientific method to brainstorming a kickass startup idea using the wisdom of Paul Graham, Y Combinator, and Clay Christensen. Learn More at: www.gwentrepreneurs.com or www.treverfaden.com
Brainstorming a kickass startup idea by GW Entrepreneurs
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To come up with startup ideas “The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. Its to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.” -Paul graham Further reading: How to Get startup ideas
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30 Problems worth solving By y-combinator 1. A cure for the disease of which the RIAA is a symptom. 2. Simplified browsing. The web for grandparents and children 3. New news. Blogs? crowdsourced? Reddit & Hacker News? 4. Outsourced IT. Wofoo, Amazon Web Services, Google Tag Manager... 5. Enterprise software 2.0. SMB Technology 6. More variants of cRM. Salesforce, Pipedrive, Trello... 7. Something your company needs that doesnt exist. “We’d pay for X to make our lives easier” 8. dating. chicken Egg Problem: Sites w/ less people = better matches, but a smaller # of matches... 9. Photo/video sharing services. Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, Flickr, deviantArt...2.0 10. Auctions. Ebay 2.0
30 Problems worth solving By y-combinator 11. Web Office apps. compete with Microsoft Office...Google Cocs? 12. Fix advertising. Engaging ads that provide value add to the viewer + advertiser? 13. Online learning. 2U, coursera, Skillshare... 14. Tools for measurement. Identify most productive units (people, departments, projects) in the organization 15. Off the shelf security. AdT competitor? Smart House? 16. A form of search that depends on design. Search + design = Advantage over google 17. New payment methods. Square? Bitcoins? Nfc? 18. The WebOS. chromeOS 19. Application and/or data hosting. 20. Shopping guides. Identifying what you want..not just the cheapest place to find it
30 Problems worth solving By y-combinator 21. Finance software for individuals and small businesses. Intuit 2.0 , indinero... 22. A web-based Excel/database hybrid. Robust spreadsheet as database...intuitive database creation with integrations 23. More open alternatives to Wikipedia. Wikipedia = wide...what about deep? 24. A buffer against bad customer service. User-friendly wrapper around customer service...user end! 25. A Craigslist competitor. craigslist as a good business! 26. Better video chat. Skype 2.0! Rabbit? 27. Hardware/software hybrids. Software driven hardware solutions. See Meraki! Sold for $1.2 billion!!! 28. Fixing email overload. Inbox as to-do list + Too many emails. Mailbox App? Mailplane 29. Easy site builders for specific markets. Niche intuitive web builders. Wix or Weebly or About.me for restaurants, hair salons, etc... 30. Startups for startups. Yc, Techcrunch, Elastic Sales!