How do you view successful competitors?

Dylan Merideth
9 replies
Does it shake your confidence? Does it validate your market? How do you mentally process it?


Dylan Merideth
Its always going to be something entrepreneurs deal with, if you are solving a problem that is worth solving, chances are you will find someone else with a similar idea. Sometimes I feel fear that because I am not the most novel founder on the planet, that somehow correlates to a lower probability of success, but the amount of apps and services I see seems to contradict this notion. Where are you on this?
Ezzat Suhaime
@dylan_merideth I think in most cases, execution is more important than being first. Of course it’s always better to execute effectively while also being first. The most common example that people always bring up is Facebook. Before Facebook, there was Myspace. But you could also look at Bitcoin. The bitcoin technology is ancient compared to what is happening now with the Cosmos ecosystem; however, Bitcoin is still extremely popular to build off of. At the end of the day (corniness incoming), if you believe in your product and your abilities to execute —> you’re golden. So your assumed lowered probabilities of success are probably just paper tigers. Go get em :]
Dylan Merideth
@ezzat Thank you so much for the wise words Ezzat, sometimes you just need a little bit of positivity to help break through the blues! You are correct though, first mover advantage doesnt always equate to lasting dominance in a particular niche, even if you create the niche.
Paul VanZandt
For us, it's a huge market validation, but it also can feel like an insurmountable effort. You just have to keep believing that if you offer unique value and keep pushing that you will be able to break through.
Kazimieras Melaika
Successful competitors just show you that there's market and growth is possible. If you're just starting - you're on the right track, and if you're lagging behind - there's definitely something you need to improve. Helps to learn some lessons! Btw, we’re launching in the mid of June. Check out our upcoming PH page: Our project is called: Effecto. It’s an app for detailed habits, health, symptoms, and meds tracking. Pretty much for everything that is related to your physical or mental health and every daily factor that can affect you.
Dylan Merideth
@kmelaika an appropriate barometer for understanding where you stand in the market, great point! hope the launch prep is going well
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