The best startups seem obvious in hindsight – this is because by the time we found out about them as users they had already reached critical mass.

It is possible to create a good startup with a good idea, but great startups are often the result of ideas that would have seemed ridiculous if you had heard them prior to seeing them working.

This is true almost by definition – if they had been so obvious, someone would have done them already.

Ask yourself, if you were a venture capitalist pitched one of these ideas, what would your reaction have been?

  • Facebook – nobody wants to get into somebody’s social life. We’ll open it up only for few thousand over worked anti social geeks.
  • Dropbox – we are going to build a file sharing and syncing solution when the market has a dozen of them that no one uses, supported by big companies like Microsoft.
  • Amazon – we’ll sell books online, even though users are still scared to use credit cards on the web. Their shipping costs will eat up any money they save. They’ll do it for the convenience, even though they have to wait a week for the book.
  • Android – Lets make an iOS for non apple devices and make the OS free.
  • Google – we are building the world’s 20th search engine at a time when most of the others have been abandoned as being commoditized money losers. We’ll strip out all of the ad-supported news and portal features so you won’t be distracted from using the free search stuff and ultimately raising money out of them.
  • Instagram – We will use phone’s camera, few filters and deteriorate the photos uploaded before sharing. How cool it is.
  • LinkedIn – how about a professional social network, aimed at busy 30- and 40-somethings. They will use it once every 5 years when they go job searching.
  • Firefox – we are going to build a better web browser, even though 90% of the world’s computers already have a free one built in. One guy will do most of the work.
  • Quora – people will come and post random questions and random guys will come and answer them. People gonna love this stupidity.
  • Twitter – it is like email, SMS, or RSS. Except it does a lot less. A social micro blogging site that allows only 140 characters.
  • Snapchat – Lets make a photo sharing app but wait the pic will self destruct in 10 seconds.

Its all that i know of. You can add more and more in the comments. Lets see how many ridiculous ideas became successful.

Some Rediculous Startup Ideas That Became Successful Muzammil Hassan Technology
The best startups seem obvious in hindsight - this is because by the time we found out about them as users they had already reached critical mass. It is possible to create a good startup with a good idea, but great startups are often the result of ideas that would have seemed ridiculous if you had heard them prior...
The best startups seem obvious in hindsight - this is because by the time we found out about them as users they had already reached critical mass. It is possible to create a <b>good</b> startup with a <b>good</b> idea, but <b>great</b> startups are often the result of ideas that would have seemed <b>ridiculous</b> if you had heard them prior to seeing them working. This is true almost by definition - if they had been so obvious, someone would have done them already. Ask yourself, if you were a venture capitalist pitched one of these ideas, what would your reaction have been? <ul> <li><b>Facebook</b> - nobody wants to get into somebody's social life. We'll open it up only for few thousand over worked anti social geeks.</li> <li><b>Dropbox</b> - we are going to build a file sharing and syncing solution when the market has a dozen of them that no one uses, supported by big companies like Microsoft.</li> <li><b>Amazon </b>- we'll sell books online, even though users are still scared to use credit cards on the web. Their shipping costs will eat up any money they save. They'll do it for the convenience, even though they have to wait a week for the book.</li> <li><strong>Android</strong> - Lets make an iOS for non apple devices and make the OS free.</li> <li><b>Google</b> - we are building the world's 20th search engine at a time when most of the others have been abandoned as being commoditized money losers. We'll strip out all of the ad-supported news and portal features so you won't be distracted from using the free search stuff and ultimately raising money out of them.</li> <li><strong>Instagram</strong> - We will use phone's camera, few filters and deteriorate the photos uploaded before sharing. How cool it is.</li> <li><b>LinkedIn</b> - how about a professional social network, aimed at busy 30- and 40-somethings. They will use it once every 5 years when they go job searching.</li> <li><b>Firefox</b> - we are going to build a better web browser, even though 90% of the world's computers already have a free one built in. One guy will do most of the work.</li> <li><b>Quora </b>- people will come and post random questions and random guys will come and answer them. People gonna love this stupidity.</li> <li><b>Twitter</b> - it is like email, SMS, or RSS. Except it does a lot less. A social micro blogging site that allows only 140 characters.</li> <li><strong>Snapchat</strong> - Lets make a photo sharing app but wait the pic will self destruct in 10 seconds.</li> </ul> Its all that i know of. You can add more and more in the comments. Lets see how many ridiculous ideas became successful.