Alley Insider, one of my favorite tech blogs, published an interesting post yesterday, titled “If We Hear About Any More Startups Like These, We’ll Scream“, listing some of the latest startup trends in idea buckets. Their frustration is coming from the sheer number of startups doing the same thing in the US, but for all of us living out of the US, the question should be: Is it currently being done right your country?
So, for all of you saying I want to start a startup but [insert your own reason here] (i.e. “don’t have a good idea”, “everything has been done”, “can’t think of something that would stick” etc), I hope these 20 startup trends give you some inspiration. See the full list after the jump.
20 Startup Bucket Ideas for your inspiration
- Photo Sharing –
- US companies in the space: Instagram, Piictu, Pinterest,Sincerely, Pictour.us
- Israeli rep: JPEGmini (sort of)
- US reps: Storenvy, Goodsie, Magento.go, as well as larger companies like Yahoo eCommerce
- Israeli rep: Giftsproject
- TaskRabbit, Zaarly, and of course Craigslist
- Israeli rep: Fiverr
- Square, Intuit, Google Wallet, Starbucks Mobile Card, Giftly
- Spotify, Turntable.fm, MOG, Rdio
- Israeli rep: Vibedeck (based in LA, founded by Lior Shamir)
- Birchbox, GuyHaus, ManPacks, ShoeDazzle, FreshDirect
- Ovia, Take The Interview, Skype and Google Hangouts
- Goodsie, Onswipe, Flotype, Onepager
- Israeli rep: Ineze (sort of)
- BenchPrep, AppAddictive, Copia, BookTracks
- GetAround, Airbnb, LooseCubes, Liquid Space
- US : Zynga, Rovio, Lima Sky
- US reps: Groupon, LivingSocial, Group Commerce, SignPost, Yipit
- European reps: too many to mention!
- Match, JDate, eHarmony, OkCupid, Clique, HowAboutWe, Ignighter, Moonit, Luv@FirstTweet
- In Europe: Zin.gl, Badoo
- US Reps: Nextstop (acquired by Facebook), Sonar, SpotOn
- US Reps: Twitter, Shelby, Meebo, OnSwipe
- US Reps: Gilt Groupe, Ideeli, Lot18, HauteLook (acquired by Nordstrom), Artspace, Village Vines
- In Europe: BuyVip (acquired by Amazon), Privalia (Spain)
- US reps: Kohort, Path, Fridge, Beluga (acquired by Facebook), Facebook page, Google
- US reps: Foursquare, Gowalla, SCVNGR, Turf, MyTown, Matchbook
Deciding to launch a startup is a big decision and there’s plenty of books talking about that. Personal circumstances aside, you’ll have to test the market and industry in a macro level (secondary research, industry reports, etc) and in a micro level (interviews with potential customers, people in the field, etc). And then you have to build the team that can deliver the promise. Not an easy feat.
That said, just because there’s someone else doing it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. If it already exists in your market, think if you could make the product better, cheaper, faster or more viral. Think of a better mouse trap, an unfair competitive advantage (for example, your deep connections with _____) or the perfect niche customer that is currently being unfulfilled. Unlike the orignal post on Alley Insider, the aim of this post was to inspire you – I hope it did!
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