Finding a Product Idea for Your Micro-ISV
Get yourself a notebook and a pen. You’re going to be writing down every possible idea you can think of. You need at least dozens, if not scores, of candidate ideas from which you will select the best one.
You don’t have to build your entire list in a single session. In fact, it’s probably better if you approach this exercise in a more leisurely fashion. Build your list over a couple of weeks, spending a little time each day.
Ideas for Startups
The most productive way to generate startup ideas is also the most unlikely-sounding: by accident. If you look at how famous startups got started, a lot of them weren’t initially supposed to be startups. Lotus began with a program Mitch Kapor wrote for a friend. Apple got started because Steve Wozniak wanted to build microcomputers, and his employer, Hewlett-Packard, wouldn’t let him do it at work. Yahoo began as David Filo’s personal collection of links.
Developing new startup ideas
If you want to start a company and are working on new ideas, here’s how I’ve always done it and how I recommend you do it. Be the opposite of secretive. Create a Google spreadsheet where you list every idea you can think, even really half-baked ones. Include ideas you hear about (make sure you keep track of who had which idea so you can credit them/include them later).
3 Warning Signs That Your Product Sucks
Why do we continue to use this app? Because it solves a critical problem; it’s a utility we need to run our business and, despite its shortcomings, the app is better than anything else we’ve tried.