Your Best Startup Idea? Somebody is Already Working on It

Your best idea is probably not original. It’s easier to receive this shocking knowledge than it ever before has been, just by Google search, by talking with other startup people, even just hanging around a coworking space. Check around. You’ll find out fast.

Someone has already thought of something quite similar to what you’re pouring your heart and soul into at this very moment.

Don’t worry. It’s not about being first.

Much has been written about the so called ‘first mover advantage.’  But the history of innovation is filled with lots of people who had the same idea at the same time, all round the globe. Tesla and Edison fought fiercely about electricity. Newton and Leibniz independently and simultaneously brought calculus into the world. Television had many parents, as did cinema. There will always be a Lyft to your Uber.

I was on Skype yesterday, describing an idea I have for mentoring startup founders, and the entrepreneur I was speaking with said, ‘Right, we’re working on that also.’

Ideas turn into great startups in the execution.

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