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How to get unlimited startup ideas
Even if I lived for 200 years, I can’t build all the startups on my to-do list. But in 2021, I had none. Let’s break down how to never run out of ideas.
Hey — it’s Marc. After an earthquake in Bali and a typhoon in Hong Kong, I’m back home ready to rock & roll.
In 2021, I had 0 startup ideas. Today, there are 50+ on my list.
Let’s break down how to never run out of ideas.
Estimated reading time: 2 min 24 sec
1. Upgrade your life
Solve your own problem—they said. If you’re a specialist, you’re lucky. But if you’re a generalist like me, your #1 problem is finding startup ideas.
Instead, find something you do daily and improve it.
Build a better habit tracker
Make a better email drip tool
Automate your coding flow
Customers won’t pay for your creativity. Instead, do something boring—upgrade an existing product/service you use often.
It increases the odds of making money: People are already paying for solutions
It boosts your conversion rate: You care about the market, and you speak their language
It generates tons of problems—a.k.a. startup ideas (see next part)
Build a daily habit of questioning what could be improved in your daily workflow and ideas will germ.
2. Build more
Legendary solopreneur—Pieter Levels—builds on top of his startups: AvatarAI created InteriorAI, which made PhotoAI.
Ideas emerge from building them.
You use the same code boilerplate: it’s a startup
You struggle with DNS records for email deliverability: it’s a course
You launch in the same directories: it’s an info product
Start something boring. Launch it. Find what you can automate, fix, or teach. You’ll never run out of ideas.
3. Universal needs
There are problems everywhere:
𝕏 users want more followers
Businesses want to make more money
Anyone want to be fit and healthy
Problem = startup ideas. Start with a market you care about and think about how to fulfill their basic needs.
In 2018, I was lost, with no income and no startup idea. I didn’t know how to code and I just love video games.
So I cold-called escape room businesses and sold them a marketing tool: An embedded mini-game on their websites to increase the conversion rate (aka. universal need)
Someone bought it, I was shocked at how easy to is it to sell something when you solve someone’s problem. The software was not even prepared.
The SaaS grew to $6,000 MRR. I burned out because I didn’t care about the market, and closed the business (Acquire didn’t exist back then). But it kept me busy for 2 years, made money, and led me to where I am today.
What universal need can you solve with your skills?
I root for you.