Ideas and Validation November 21, 2020

Collection of over 3,300 ideas for you to steal.

David Delahunty @daviddel

Over the past few years, three to be exact. I've generated well over 3,300 ideas. I've taken the decision to share all my ideas publicly for anyone to grab. Please click the link to have a look, you can also share any idea by highlighting them. https://www.ideasgrab.com/

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    I appreciate your effort. But I don't like the thought behind all of this. Generating random ideas for startups is a bad habbit.

    The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.
    Paul Graham

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      But these are problems I’ve had myself 😜

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        Really? You had 3,300 problems? :D

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          But a girl ain't one :D

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          We all probably have that many but we just get used to them.

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        I saw this comment first and read your list. And this problem of yours:
        "Charity boxing match between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos."
        – cracked me up. 😂

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    very well done, great ideas out there. But remember that execution is everything.

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    Marvel should create a CGI Stan Lee to keep the cameos going.

    Is that a business idea?

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    Bookmarked it and I can't stop reading. Well done!

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      Happy to hear that my man

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    "1003. Shazam for sneakers. Take a picture of someone’s sneakers and the app will tell you where to buy them."

    Why not just ask? Millennials... :)

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    Wow you idea machine! Thanks for sharing! Also, I can see why some of these things stayed ideas haha

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      They can’t all be great ideas

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    That's insane, thanks for this.

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    It would be cool if you can allow visitors to discuss any of these idea on your website. May be people are interested in refining it further or see what others think about it, kind of like what is happening in some of the comments here.

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      You can do this on my private community https://www.ideasdrop.com/

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    this is a really FANTASTIC list man.

    I added it to the highlights of the day in mastermind:
    https://mastermind.vision/ideasgrab/

    I hope there is no problem for you.

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      No problem, thank you for doing that :)

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    Pretty cool! For sure you can make some Twitter threads and share them on threadok.com

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    1. Glasses that will highlight dog poo when walking.

    This is awesome 😆

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      why not glasses with laser that vaporize dog poo

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    I use the same wordpress theme on my site I launched yesterday : Lipy.cc
    Here are some of my ideas that anybody can grab.
    1pixel1satoshi but one pixel for one satoshi
    jordan peterson website a place to get all your JP
    bitcoin locker lock your btc until you finish a task
    tryplipstick a website that lets you try lip stick

    :) no that I posted them I feel I can let them be and focus on just the first one.
    Having a good idea is important. It is also important to stick to it and not go after another good idea witch is what I did and never finished any of them...

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    "I have so many ideas...some of them are actually good". Ha.

    This is a really cool list and in the least, a great way to spurn other's creativity. Also, some very cool ideas/features. You are a creative/imaginative guy. Also great perseverance to keep w/ the project!

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    wow this is actually a great list of ideas...some are obviously subpar, but so go ideas: not all are brilliant. That being said, of the first 100 i can see a business model (or a personal use) for a large number of them. Thanks for making this public. I'd love to see someone not already working on their own list of projects bring some of these to a profitable reality.

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    What's the highlight to tweet tool you use on that page?

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      Think it's called highlight to share

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        Looks like that's the one. Thanks, man. Great list. I do think most makers find the motivation for their next projects based on their own a-ha moments - and not lists from others. But maybe this lists sparks an a-ha moment for others. Also, great lead gen for your upsell product.

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    Great ideas! You have quite an imagination. Looking forward to some of these ideas coming to fruition!

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    This is incredible. I know that because I had already tried 2 of them.

    1. Collaborative playlist backed by YouTube, SoundCloud and local storage. 6 years ago. Didn't launch it.
    2. IMDb integrated in Netflix — Open Source Android app —https://github.com/jayrambhia/MovieRatings
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fenchtose.flutter
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      That's awesome Jay, I'll check them out.

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    This is pretty cool! Thanks for sharing! I've only read through the first dozen ideas, I like the simplicity of the concepts aimed at making everyday tasks better aided by technology. I'll most likely be coming back to the page for amusement and inspiration as I'm starting a personal 12 Startups in 12 Months challenge. I already have a pretty good concept of what I'll be working on for the first four months, but maybe I pick up one of yours!

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      12 Startups in 12 Months challenge? I'm sorry what is this exactly?

      Do I get this right you won't be doing market research, customer interviews, trying to get a deep insight about the industry etc. All of this before you should write a single line of code. And you're really passionate about 12 different business ideas? You really want to do this in a single month for one idea?

      Sounds like ice bucket challenge for indie hackers, but maybe I don't get it. Thanks for clarifying :)

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        its what Pieter Levels did to get himself to a point where he focused on and perfected LAUNCHING before spending a large amount of time perfecting a project. While doing so he eventually built out an MVP for Nomad List that gained incredible traction when it was just an editable spreadsheet hosted on the web. Before finishing his 12 Startups in 12 months, he had found a profitable project that he doubled down on and focused his attention on that to grow it, then followed up with RemoteOk. It's a Shot Gun approach to building a startup: Try many things, give yourself a short time constraint to validate the thing and see if it gains traction. if it does: double down, if it does not move on to the next thin. Eventually you 1. Learn that launching an MVP quicker is beneficial to validate with real users, 2. after a few failed projects you can spot real traction if it is there, 3. you burn through your bad ides and get to your good one(s) faster.

        Pieter's a huge inspiration to a lot of Indie Hackers (even old guys like me), and was the inspiration for this site per Courtland. Check him out:

        https://levels.io/12-startups-12-months/

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6reLWfFNer0

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          Thanks. Good video, but don't follow his advice about copying code without understanding it :D

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            meh. I've been doing this for over 10 years, sometimes you don't need to know how the code works, as long as it does. Just like i don't need to know how my computer works if i can type the code into it and launch a website. Yes it's important if something breaks and i have to troubleshoot, but otherwise I have a lot of other problems to solve. There is merit in not sweating the details as you are pushing for a fast launch to validate an idea or hit a project deadline.

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              Yeah in the case you just want to validate some feature quickly then it doesn't really matter. I have no problem with technical debt at this stage.

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        As @Scotalia has summer up quite nicely above, the 12 Startups in 12 Months is a personal challenge pioneered by Pieter Levels. If you read his initial post, or any of the many people who have done similar subsequent challenges, you'll see that the goal is to force you to work on ideas: by time-boxing and forcing you to ship, you are more likely to focus on asking the right questions: definitely starting with 'should I be working on this? > what problem does this solve? who are my first 100 customers? Go and talk to them, etc.'

        A couple of key things to point out is that the term StartUp is used very loosely, it can be any idea, project, product or service (much narrower scope). Once again, the beauty is in the process. The paradox of starting with a vague, simple goal to force you to work on your craft eventually leading you to have a much more refined outcome because your perfected the tools.

        Finally, you may also find that Pieter didn't actually finish his 12 projects. He stopped after one of his ideas gained enough traction and he decided to focus on that one. That is a good problem to have. I will be doing the same thing; you challenge yourself to learn and grow, adapt as you go.

        P.S: the secret sauce are No Code tools. It is certainly wise to validate the idea before 'writing a single line of code', there is no better form of validation that being able to quickly and cheaply patch something together, show to customers, draw insights, iterate, or move on.

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          Thanks, I get it know.

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    Thats a lot of ideas

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      And a lot of digest, an awesome thing you could do with this is to have a page that shows one random idea from the list! And a button for next

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        Yes will 100% do this :)

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        You could also try to monetize this. Display the list with a 'Buy this idea' button and allow users to pay $10 for the idea. Remove purchased ideas form the list. You won't sell them all, you may not sell any, but maybe you can find a way to earn something from all work generating and curating these.

        There's so many people out there who seem to have such a hard time coming up with ideas and believe that's the hardest part of starting a start up. Provide them with the ideas and charge them a bit not only for the idea but also for removing it from someone else grabbing it.

        Pieter Levels did something like this with his AI generated ideas: https://ideasai.net/ Just an 'idea' :)

        If you don't sell any, you're no worse off than what you're doing now. If you DO sell a few, it validates the idea of selling your ideas to wannapreneurs.

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