Paul Graham has published Startup Ideas We?d Like to Fund at YCombinator.
- A cure for the disease of which the RIAA is a symptom
- Simplified browsing
- New news
- Outsourced IT
- Enterprise software 2.0
- More variants of CRM
- Something your company needs that doesn?t exist
- Photo/video sharing services
- Web Office apps
- Fix advertising
- Online learning
- Tools for measurement
- Off the shelf security
- A form of search that depends on design
- New payment methods
- The WebOS
- Application and/or data hosting
- Shopping guides
- Finance software for individuals and small businesses
- A web-based Excel/database hybrid
- More open alternatives to Wikipedia
- A buffer against bad customer service
- A Craigslist competitor
- Better video chat
- Hardware/software hybrids
- Fixing email overload
- Easy site builders for specific markets
- Startups for startups
It?s a great list for entrepreneurs to start thinking about what to build next. The best part is that a number of folks have been building this software in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and other places in Canada. Here is my quick feedback about stuff that I can think of that fits the Canadian criteria.
5. Enterprise software 2.0 ? Jevon has been talking about this for ages.
6. More variants of CRM ? Dan McGrady is building integrate. Scott Annan and Scott Lake are building MercuryGrove. I love applications that focus on improving customer interactions, increasing the resolution of the interaction, these are products that small businesses drool over because they have an immediate impact on the bottom line.
19. Application and/or data hosting ? Reuven Cohen is working at building some of the tools for Enomaly. While not Canadian, I?m intrigued with 10gen, Joyent, GoGrid, EngineYard and others. I wish there were some additional strong Canadian contenders in this space.
21. Finance software for individuals and small businesses ? Mike McDerment and the kick ass team at FreshBooks are taking a stab at financial management tools for small business. George Favvas is building SmartHippo to enable better mortgage and financial information for consumers.
22. A web-based Excel/database hybrid ? Avi Bryant and Andrew Catton are building a great tool, DabbleDB
Kevin Leneway, who apparently is part of my brethren in DPE at Microsoft, has started going through each idea on the list one-by-one. He has decided to address each of the 30 ideas to generate ideas for a startup. It?s a great series of posts.
- Y Combinator Challenge #1: A cure for the disease of which the RIAA is a symptom
- Y Combinator Challenge #2: Simplified browsing
- Y Combinator Challenge #3: New News
- Y Combinator Challenge #4: Outsourced IT
- Y Combinator Challenge #5: Enterprise Software 2.0
- Y Combinator Challenge #6: More variants of CRM
- Y Combinator Challenge #7: Something your company needs that doesn?t exist
- Y Combinator Challenge #8: Dating
Are there other Canadian companies that are solutions to one of the 30 ideas? Share them with us!