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Avoid These Tempting Startup Ideas
This is an AI-generated summary of a YouTube video "Avoid These Tempting Startup Ideas" by Y Combinator!

Founders should research and consider supply and demand when choosing startup ideas to increase their chances of success.

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    00:00
    YC warns founders to avoid common tar pit ideas that can trap them in a cycle of failure.
    • Founders often pivot into and away from common ideas, which are called tar pit ideas, that many people try but don't succeed in.
    • Tar pits are pools of petroleum that resemble fresh water ponds, luring animals in and trapping them, leading to a cascading negative effect.
    • YC tries to communicate common paths of failure to help founders avoid falling into the tar pit of bad ideas.
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    03:59
    Consumer businesses are popular due to familiarity, but can be difficult to execute due to competition and timing.
    • Products marketed to individuals, such as social networks and the gig economy, are examples of consumer businesses.
    • Founders tend to choose consumer ideas because they are familiar with the problems they face as consumers and the products they are marketed.
    • We tend to think of consumer startups and successes due to the hero worship of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, but rarely consider enterprise Founders and startups.
    • Consumer ideas are difficult to execute due to the high bar of existing products, and timing can be a major factor in success.
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    07:47
    Google became a success without spending money on marketing due to their high-quality product that people were obsessed with.
    • Google had incredible Word of Mouth when it first came out, and people had to manually search for it on the internet.
    • Google became a success without spending money on user acquisition, marketing, or branding, due to their high-quality product that people were so obsessed with they were pulled into it.
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    09:50
    In the 2000s, the emergence of broadband and computers created an opportunity for iconic consumer companies to launch products that were so addictive they didn't need ads or other tactics.
    • Iconic consumer companies tend to have users that are really excited and use their product a lot without the need for ads or other tactics.
    • In the 2000s, people had access to broadband and computers, creating an opportunity to launch consumer products.
    • Facebook was so addictive because it was competing with nothing, while TV incumbents were competing with each other.
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    13:28
    Many people try sexy consumer ideas that are difficult to pivot away from due to emotional attachment.
    • The bar for creating mobile apps was low when the iPhone came out, but now there are many apps in every category.
    • A tar pit idea is a consumer idea that many people try, which feels sexy and gets positive feedback, but is difficult to pivot away from due to emotional attachment.
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    15:44
    People often search for better options than what exists, but the world is limited and what exists may not be sufficient.
    • People want a better way to discover new restaurants, events, concerts, bands, and videos.
    • People often search for better options than what exists, but the world is limited and what exists may not be sufficient.
    • People tend to prefer popular music from a few bands, similar to how they prefer McDonald's over more esoteric dishes.
    • People may think they are the first to discover a problem, but it's likely the "tar pit" talking.
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    19:25
    Founders applying to IC should be aware that popular ideas have a higher bar, while OpenC's launch proves NFTs can be more than just a theoretical concept.
    • Founders applying to IC should realize that the bar is higher for popular ideas such as software to help people bet or gamble on things, and web 3 opens up many possibilities for rebuilding.
    • OpenC launched with users, graphs, and tokens, showing that NFTs can be more than just a theoretical concept.
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    21:30
    Do research and consider supply and demand to find the best startup ideas and increase your chances of success.
    • Founders and startups have different levels of supply and demand, with some ideas having a large supply of Founders and others having a low supply of Founders with the necessary skill set.
    • The supply of Founders wanting to build open source developer orchestration tools is low, while the demand for an unlaunched undifferentiated social app and high quality software that solves a major business problem is low.
    • Ideas with the highest demand relative to the number of founders wanting to start them are the best startup ideas.
    • Startups are not just for app creators, but for anyone with a unique perspective and expertise to solve an industry problem.
    • Founders should pivot towards ideas with low supply of other people doing it and high demand from customers.
    • Do research, consider supply and demand, and avoid common patterns of failure to increase your chances of success.
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Avoid These Tempting Startup Ideas
This is an AI-generated summary of a YouTube video "Avoid These Tempting Startup Ideas" by Y Combinator!