I have a different approach to this. Having talked to over 1000 people what I’ve found is a solution is almost always available to every problem. The right question would be how can I make the solution better. Integrating different parts of different problems to come to a unique suite of solutions is what i think is more bound to be successful.
Take Uber for example!(Of course I’m spit balling here to get to the context I’m referring to) ! everyone knows and have some way or another to get a taxi. The problem is not getting it on demand. Alternates to the solutions are also present where you hire a transport company to provide you taxis or similar things whenever you are going to that country/state/city. you get the point. What uber did was bring the same solution that we already have and make it more accessible and charge on that service.
The second example would be FlipKart. These guys came into existance when there were world players in e-bay and Amazon. What they did was get the Indian population’s attention and rest is history.
So all in all the solutions might already be present. What you need is a solution that is need of the hour/future.
I hope I make some sense,
The first thing is a solution idea over a problem that you see around yourself to work upon. If you have an idea, you have to make a prototype of it first without thinking anything else. And you need a similar thinking environment around you, which is very important.
Trying focusing on problems not on solutions. People love to talk about their pain. 90% of problem solving is problem-definition. So, got out and talk to folks, ideally non-technical folks who are using computers, so they could benefit from a software solution but there aren’t thousands of people with that problem who also think “hey, I’ll write a problem to solve this.”
Case in point: don’t try to solve problems for software developers unless you can write THE best software solution because you’re going to have competition from every customer, who figures “I’ll write my own…”.
Thanks Parampreet and Akhil,
You know the main problem when I focus on problem and solutions is – the problems I think I can solved have already been solved and others I think are a big problem I cannot solve. so, i end up doing nothing. For example, I am a hostler so I thought i will create an app through which hostlers, bachelors could contact aunties who can sell their home made food to them. But after a little research I came to know some people are already doing it.
Akhil: I just loved your approach. I think I need to talk to many people about their pain points but nor developers’. 😀
Hey Akshay, thanks. Your answer is so positive that I think I should once again check my ideas diary. Although what I am planning there are many hurdels and regulations but just going by your example even Ola and Uber are constantly fighting with these regulations even when they have become so big. I will definitely try to bring out differentiation to my product that customers find more valuable. Thanks for igniting the lost hope. Can I bother you again if I need some help/ guidance?
- Anytime!! I’m an aspirant same as you. Hopefully in the near future we both will be big!
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