What are your sources of start-up business inspiration?
Discussion started by Oliver Milman , on 15 September 04:52 PM

Start-up inspiration comes from many places. We've spoken to entrepreneurs who have come up with superb business ideas over drinks with friends or on a chance trip to the shops.


What are your sources of inspiration and how do you bounce back when you've hit a dead end?

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Adam Stanecki
I think that most of my ideas come from observation. Everything that I work on has meaning to me. I have to have a connection with it or I'll get bored quickly. I'm a problem-solver so many of my ideas come about after seeing some opportunity to solve a problem.

Great question. I'll be thinking about the source of my ideas more from now on.
Thursday, 04 November 2010 21:03
No one can be fully open minded because we naturally carry our opinions, but be as open minded as possible, try to reject nothing.
The down side is even if everyone thinks it will fly, it still might bomb. I launched a product in 1997, fully researched, developed, employed experts, marketed in well, and it bombed. It cost me $50,000, so be warned! Having said that, every failure is a lesson for future success.

Good Luck!
Saturday, 23 October 2010 11:26
Simon Richardson

Find out what problems people are having and determine if there is a business or business model that can solve that problem, profitably. It has to be a win-win for customer and business.

Jay De Leon expanded this by linking to facebook streams, but you can search yahoo answers and similar sites as well.

I think you have to put yourself in 'inspiration mode', sort of like meditating, relaxing. This is why it works over a few drinks with friends...fluid conversations, a little fire water to loosen the tongues. Many a poet, writer, musician have been known to be inspired by 'over a few drinks with friends'!

Business in no different. Successful businesses are an expression of the passion of the creators just as art is, so why not look to how artists find inspiration too.
Friday, 08 October 2010 22:02
Jay De Leon
I would say my startup ideas come from things I personally or friends want or need then seeing if other people also have the same wants or needs. I remember reading an excellent article of how some of the big companies started for example Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple) started with his business partner at the time by building a personal computer that they wanted, they then figured out there could be a market for personal computers. You would personally have more passion about the idea also if its something you personally want/need. An idea is by looking more closely into your Facebook activity stream you will be able to see maybe what your friends pain points or likes are and maybe build something they would want/need to alleviate that pain point or better their likes. People usually always mention what they like or dont like about life in their Facebook activity stream.
Friday, 01 October 2010 13:39
Amanda Gome
Sources of inspiration? Other entrepreneurs. How do I bounce back?I go for a walk and tell myself failure is not an option so get on with it.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 08:43

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