Where do you look for your product ideas?

James Gil
33 replies
Inspirations don't come cheap. Where do you guys go to get inspired for new ideas?


Aaron O'Leary
Primarily out in the real world, talking to people (my friends and family) seeing problems come up and thinking can I solve this. I don't act on many, my goal isn't to be a CEO but I like making things that solve things or are just fun
Anca Sandu
@aaronoleary second that. I was about to write the same things when I saw your post. I also look outside in the real world. I am fortunate to be part of an NGO so problems pop-up every day. I love to find creative solutions to them. Mainly looking outside, trying to immerse myself in other people's worlds to understand the problem better and coming up with real solutions.
James Gil
@aaronoleary Many good ideas started from people simply wanting to resolve their daily inconveniences and problems. I think it's up to our critical thinking and proactive mindset when faced with issues.
David T. Kim
Talking to people "indirectly". When I ask them what they want, people often give bad answers. But When you let them talk about some issues, sometimes they share a valid insight.
Sreekanth PM
Questioning inside your brain, permutation and combination inside yourself. Observe more.
Jinith Nair
Apart from personal experience, pain points that I personally come across or hear from friends, I usually look up ideas encouraged by startup accelerators like y-combinator etc. As you read about these amazing ideas in action, you end up getting into this "ideating zone". You start thinking if a particular idea would work in your city, maybe in another market segment, could it be applied in another form!
Lluís Ventura
My own experience, talking to people (as much as I can), reading a lot (, ... at the end this is about connecting dots and seeing things differently!
Ana Bibikova
I presume it's a common practice to follow reviews on the existing products and find opportunities there. If something is a hit despite of the fact that thousands of users are extremely unhappy, it makes sense to enter competition field by creating a new player devoid of the most annoying features. This strategy hits two birds with one shot: you know that there is a market for your product, and you know exactly what to avoid
Piyush Dinde
Paul Grahm of Y Combinator has written an amazing essay on this here. You can check it out here. http://www.paulgraham.com/startu...
ahmad sani
At odd places; Ideas come (to me) when I am alone at odd places, such as standing in front of the Microwave at 2am, waiting for the clock to run down. Or when I am in the toilet (yes, happens often). I have a jotter & biro that I go to the bathroom with
Vineet Sinha
An antenna for misery and an ear for empathy births products
James Gil
@mdorsett lol do you think there is a way to 'set' one's brain to be creative? anything that helps our brain to get out of sleep mode?
Miriam Dorsett
@james_gil for creative mode try art. Painting, drawing, doodling, shaping clay, freewriting. If you're looking to solve a specific problem you can use colors or more "abstract" ways to "extract" ideas. Color what the problem looks like. What color or colors come your mind when thinking about the problem. Now if the problem didn't exist, same question. For sleep mode it is a challenge for me to turn off! Music/dancing, working out. Having a power up playlist. I can share mine if you like!
Jesse Jensen
First I look at what problem I am trying to solve. Then I use Bionics. All inventions come from there. 😉
Pasindu Subasinghe
Talking to people, friends and family, getting advice from people who has started there own product line and also posting it on social media and seeing what people think of it and what they need and doing research on the current trends and problems as well
shashidhar enaganti
Products from real world is the simplest answer. But you are processing real world with your thought process, in business which could wrong 99% of times and only 1% succeed, that's been the story of Tech Start Up across the globe. Innovation has to be backed by dollar value. Value innovation is real word for creators and consumers.
Vaibhav Namburi
Diary your day, anything you see yourself doing more than 2 times can potentially be a habit Habits are the best source for big problems Then I'll google and 99.999% find someone else solve for it. Then evaluate if this is something I care about enough. Then search competitor reviews and tweet threads to find anything bad people have said If none, I look at gaps I find in the product with my own wants and experience Once done, then find out main areas the competition markets in and I see if i can market there too or if i've got no chance. Proceed to reach out to potential users via a landing page, give lifetime deal discounts to them, once i get 10-30 lifetime deals build out MVP in 2-3 weeks
Saurabh Yadav
While playing basketball
Roberto Robles
Usually I just talk with my clients and identify their needs, pains and challenges.
For me, most of them happen to arrive while thinking and questioning on a very niche topic of interests. Most of the time the end goal isn't to think of an idea.
Alejandro Cantarero
In addition to looking around for inspiring ideas, we actually created a page in our company wiki/knowledge base called "Product Best Practices" where people upload screenshots and add descriptions of great product experiences they encountered "in the wild". We even added a set of tags so you can at a glance get an idea of what the particular product idea is about. Over time it has collected a lot of great ideas.
I always search one web to find new ideas. Always their minds inspire me a lot .