by max5ty
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I got an interesting email the other day and it prompted me to do a little research...

did you know YouTube started as a dating service?

Twitter started as a place where people could find podcasts.

Groupon started as a charity thing.

Flikr started as a role-playing game.

Nintendo started making playing cards and selling vacuum sweepers.

Instagram started as a check-in app.

Wrigley Gum started by selling soap.

the list goes on...

but it proves a good point.

I've said this before...and I discovered it the hard way sometimes...

you never know where your idea will end up until you start it.

You may think the market will be crazy for your genius idea and then find out nobody really cares too much - and so if you're a good entrepreneur you'll pivot into something that works.

But, if you never start you'll never know what works.

Too many people sit around and think and think and plan and plan and try to throw everything into their idea they can think of to make it attractive...only to find out it isn't what anyone wants.

Don't get analysis paralysis.

Start quickly and go from there.

I'm not saying don't plan. I'm saying don't over-plan.

Do you have an idea? Maybe just a simple landing page will work to see if anyone is interested?

Get started and get going.
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Thats right ,dont think to much or overanalize as you cannot know what genial idea you can bring to the surface
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  • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
    I like planning, after assessment. Followed by Execution and Adjustment.

    But testing a new idea, do it at breakneck speed, and on the cheap. You have shown us how these folks ADUSTED from their original idea, and some of that is evolvement and some a pivot.

    Most, or at least many, ideas can be tested cheaply using free websites; marketplaces like eBay, Craigslist, Gumroad or even Facebook Market.

    Thanks max5ty, this is timely advice, I'm testing some lottery stuff...and because I started, with some thought, though not a fully fleshed plan; the adjustments are being made faster as market feedback comes in.

    Whatever the mud is, that sticks...hope to sling a lot more of it. (Opening for all the trolls out here).

    Or as Mama once said, "Son, get off your ass and do something!".

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    Originally Posted by max5ty View Post

    I got an interesting email the other day and it prompted me to do a little research...

    did you know YouTube started as a dating service?

    Twitter started as a place where people could find podcasts.

    Groupon started as a charity thing.

    Flikr started as a role-playing game.

    Nintendo started making playing cards and selling vacuum sweepers.

    Instagram started as a check-in app.

    Wrigley Gum started by selling soap.

    the list goes on...

    but it proves a good point.

    I've said this before...and I discovered it the hard way sometimes...

    you never know where your idea will end up until you start it.

    You may think the market will be crazy for your genius idea and then find out nobody really cares too much - and so if you're a good entrepreneur you'll pivot into something that works.

    But, if you never start you'll never know what works.

    Too many people sit around and think and think and plan and plan and try to throw everything into their idea they can think of to make it attractive...only to find out it isn't what anyone wants.

    Don't get analysis paralysis.

    Start quickly and go from there.

    I'm not saying don't plan. I'm saying don't over-plan.

    Do you have an idea? Maybe just a simple landing page will work to see if anyone is interested?

    Get started and get going.
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  • I think that's right. Just don't think too much
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  • Profile picture of the author IM Simple
    Originally Posted by max5ty View Post

    I got an interesting email the other day and it prompted me to do a little research...

    did you know YouTube started as a dating service?

    Twitter started as a place where people could find podcasts.

    Groupon started as a charity thing.

    Flikr started as a role-playing game.

    Nintendo started making playing cards and selling vacuum sweepers.

    Instagram started as a check-in app.

    Wrigley Gum started by selling soap.

    the list goes on...

    but it proves a good point.

    I've said this before...and I discovered it the hard way sometimes...

    you never know where your idea will end up until you start it.

    You may think the market will be crazy for your genius idea and then find out nobody really cares too much - and so if you're a good entrepreneur you'll pivot into something that works.

    But, if you never start you'll never know what works.

    Too many people sit around and think and think and plan and plan and try to throw everything into their idea they can think of to make it attractive...only to find out it isn't what anyone wants.

    Don't get analysis paralysis.

    Start quickly and go from there.

    I'm not saying don't plan. I'm saying don't over-plan.

    Do you have an idea? Maybe just a simple landing page will work to see if anyone is interested?

    Get started and get going.
    It's very surreal to think these platforms started as such. In my case, I have a LOT of business ideas. The fear of it not working out is the only thing holding me back. I think I don't have enough experience to do all of them. I always find myself wondering if it's OK to start something you're not an expert about?
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  • Profile picture of the author Zabsports
    You're correct, but every new business begins with planning. Proper homework is crucial to start any business, a lesson learned from successful businesses. Past case studies of similar businesses are important for insight.
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  • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
    IMHO the key to creating great products is to forget what you want and find out what they want.


    Find a group of people with an immediate need to fix a serious problem, the more immediate the faster they buy without comparison shopping and the more serious the more the market is willing to pay for it.


    Never make crap, always make sure your product is the best (relatively easy to do).


    Don't focus on the features, focus on how it will transform them, their lives or their situation.


    Always over deliver.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    The Wrigley process came up recently and I grabbed a screenshot of it to share. Several steps in the evolution!

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  • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaGrow
    Interesting, I wasn't aware.

    In my humble opinion, getting started isn't the hardest thing, growing and sustaining the whole thing is the real challenge.
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  • Profile picture of the author vikeshsdp
    Don't over-plan, just get started.
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  • Profile picture of the author NillBraun
    Many successful ventures started with different intentions, proving that the key is to start, adapt, and focus on what works
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