What's the first thing you do when working on a new idea?

Aaron O'Leary
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You have a new idea and it's on your mind, you want to get started, but where? What do you do first?

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Chef
For me, it's always the domain hence why I have about 20 unused domains 🥲
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I am a microworker
CEO & Co-Founder @DeltaHub
@aaronoleary Jokes aside, I feel like finding a cool/matching domain name isn't as easy as one would imagine haha
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Simplification enthusiast 🌵
@aaronoleary Same hahah I go crazy and immediately search for the TLD
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Founder & Developer @ Funmetric
@aaronoleary This is legit the same thing I do.
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Creator sendsimple.app blurweb.app
@aaronoleary i usually go for free .web.app domain so first focus becomes building the product and landing page to not waste much time on landing page i use Frontendor
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working on something interesting
Something. Anything. If you do not start work (real steps to win) within 3 days - idea will RIP. It means do not think too much - just start do something ASAP and then you'll just feel what to do next and plan will be born by itself.
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Publisher and maker of resources
@dribas I agree. Starting is the most important step.
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Product Marketing at Codecademy, Author
See if anyone else is doing it and how. Even if they are doing it, I end up doing it anyways because I think I can make it better.
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Hi, I am building apps for now.
@donte_ll The Force is strong with you.
Building graphboss.com
Domain and social media accounts.
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Creator sendsimple.app blurweb.app
@richdevelops that should be the later thing for me once i have more than 50 customers
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Shopify Expert
Make a list with time frame and goal
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I am a microworker
Is this good
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@deleted-3314361 what?
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I write everything down first. Nothing structured, just raw thoughts. Then I read through those notes and think about it all for a while, to see if I like the idea. See if it's something I want to pursue vs whatever else I have going on. Sometimes just writing it down is enough.
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Creator sendsimple.app blurweb.app
@leandro8209 good stuff
Product Manager & Consumer SaaS
I think for me its to validate the idea. Understand what work has been done in this field if at all. {literature review} , SWOT analysis with a focus on impact and scale. Then it’s about finding things that work independently that will help me materialise this new idea such as tools and teams.
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SWE, PM and designer from India.
@chai_mohan Absolutely. I suggest you check out the Delta 4 theory by Kunal Shah (Founder of Freecharge and CRED) https://www.kunalshahtalks.com/p...
Consultant ⚡ Entrepreneur ⚡ Developer
Procrastinate 😀 . Then one day, finally buy a domain (like you @aaronoleary , i have about a dozen unused domains as well ,good to know i am in good company 😀 ). Then day-dream about how my new startup is going to have customers fighting over each other to try and be the first to signup with me. Procrastinate some more. Then finally take a pen & paper and write down the pros, cons, blockers and core focus of my idea. By then, usually, someone more sensible already launches a product with the same idea. So, then it's time to repeat the process once i get my next "big idea" 😀
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Building tools to create better content
@aaronoleary @notanothervivek 😄 Know the feeling!
Full Stack Developer
Validate the idea !
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Sociable, funny
I personally look for inspiration. I do web design, and for me inspiration is the most important thing. I think you should start with that too. Find something that inspires you. It doesn't have to be one thing or one picture. It can be anything. Personally, I spent a lot of time making flyers for nightclubs and looking at what they were like on various free services. I even tried to find something suitable from free flyer templates download https://www.elegantflyer.com/cat... . Early in my career, I couldn't come up with anything of my own. And that's absolutely fine. I want to tell you not to worry about it. Just try to do it again, but in your own way. You have to be aware of what you are doing.
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@charlie_wex i am software developer and i think building new products i do look for inspiration
Failed on two Startups.
Never think about an idea first. As i designer i think about an space to work on. It's create an broad way to looked at it. small example:- India have disorganised industry in pets sector. Person A:- I want to build FMCG product for pets, which may be an good idea.Idk Person B:- Okay so why i'm having different experiences in this industry. > Why there is only 40,000 doctors for animals in india ? ( only pet dogs population 21m ) > Why paw parents are not trained to take care of their pets? Can i shift their behaviour ? > why laws are not so organised ? >there are many ..........
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I am fond of Science,Technology,Art,etc
I research on that then make goals and plans for it.
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@jaskiran_kaur i too research market on the competitors how they are doing things and how i can add more value i like setting goals but recently been reading atomic habits book so will be focusing more on the systems
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I am fond of Science,Technology,Art,etc
@sanskar_tiwari That's great Sanskar. I will definitely checkout that book.
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why ?
Maker of upvote-bell.com
Looking for something similar in Google. I upgrade my idea based on competitor. And finally - Design -> Code -> Product Hunt :)
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Software Developer
I open an IDE for writing some code
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Creator sendsimple.app blurweb.app
@jmbastida that's me ✋ , is it struggle for you too to leaving projects in middle or quite in the end just because something else got more interesting 😄?
Software Developer
@sanskar_tiwari same here 😂
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Founder of Tetriz.io
Estimate required effort to implement it. => if more than 2 days of work postpone assessment to the end of the month (I end each month by making my backlog for the next one). Estimate the potential return (market size if business idea, or impact on branding potential for content ideas) If the potential return/effort worth it I review the existing competition. If I still see potential: - If it is less than 2 days of work, implement it on some weekend - Otherwise plan it my monthly backlog.
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Seller at heart, helping founders sell
Speak to your prospects first to validate the idea before even buying a domain.
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Entrepreneur and video strategist
Always start on paper.
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@fritzly i miss paper i should start using it more
Maker of things such as adrapid.com
@fritzly Paper should be the most upvoted product!
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Simplification enthusiast 🌵
Write down the idea on my Trello dashboard because I know I'll forget it 2min after otherwise 😅
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Creator sendsimple.app blurweb.app
@eugenemarage i use bear app for mac its amazing
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Unbalanced Flavorist of Design
@eugenemarage same hahaha i usually draw them :P
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