Hey PG, long time fan, first time @-messager. I just heard you dispense sage wisdom to an auditorium of aspiring Harvard undergraduate entrepreneurs last week. Now, I’ve got an idea you might like.
**PG’s Suggestion**: Students should find their co-founders before graduating college and…
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.
Would you like fries with that idea?
A new idea straight from our community:
The idea is to split combo offers that are offered in restaurants and other retailers among strangers looking to get the best deal possible.
Let’s say a restaurant offers “a free drink with an order of fries,” but you only want fries. Now, we can use technology to find someone else interested in buying a coke to help you both get the best deal possible.
An app could enable consumers to group-buy products at a discount and bring new customers to businesses. This could work for so many other business types: sneaker deals, clothing, glasses, you name it.
The stores could post their combo offers on the website or consumers could do so for them. When customers want to buy something they just go on the app, pick an item, and find a purchasing partner.
The app could manage payments or use a third party, like Venmo, to transact. It could also afford the opportunity to meet new people with similar commercial interests.
This would likely catch on among young people (with little money) before spreading to everyone else.
Pass the peace pipe. We need an app for that.
Another stolen idea: TheDatingRing
New YC company, TheDatingRing, does the following:
With The Dating Ring, you apply to join. Pass the first bar and you’ll meet in-person with a Dating Ring matchmaker for five minutes. Users pay $25 for the initial matchmaker meeting and $20 per date.
Sounds a little like PSTI’s Cyrano for online dating… all they have to do next is tell you how to woo her.
Be a fox. Believe in the hedgehog.
There is a line among the fragments of the Greek poet Archilochus which says: ‘The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing’.
Scholars have differed about the correct interpretation of these dark words, which may mean no more than that the fox, for all his cunning, is defeated by the hedgehog’s one defense. But, taken figuratively, the words can be made to yield a sense in which they mark one of the deepest differences which divide writers and thinkers, and, it may be, human beings in general.
For there exists a great chasm between those, on one side, who relate everything to a single central vision, one system less or more coherent or articulate, in terms of which they understand, think and feel-a single, universal, organizing principle in terms of which alone all that they are and say has significance-and, on the other side, those who pursue many ends, often unrelated and even contradictory, connected, if at all, only in some de facto way, for some psychological or physiological cause, related by no moral or aesthetic principle; these last lead lives, perform acts, and entertain ideas that are centrifugal rather than centripetal, their thought is scattered or diffused, moving on many levels, seizing upon the essence of a vast variety of experiences and objects for what they are in themselves, without consciously or unconsciously, seeking to fit them into, or exclude them from, any one unchanging, all-embracing, sometimes self-contradictory and incomplete, at times fanatical, unitary inner vision.
The first kind of intellectual and artistic personality belongs to the hedgehogs, the second to the foxes; and without insisting on a rigid classification, we may, without too much fear of contradiction, say that, in this sense, Dante belongs to the first category, Shakespeare to the second; Plato, Lucretius, Pascal, Hegel, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Ibsen, Proust are, in varying degrees, hedgehogs; Herodotus, Aristotle, Montaigne, Erasmus, Molière, Goethe, Pushkin, Balzak, Joyce are foxes.
“Building a startup hurts.”
“You can be surprisingly stupid if you’re sufficiently determined.”
“Start with a small, intense fire.”
“You’ve got to know who those first users are,” Graham explained, “and sit with them, spend time with them, focus on them — have a party with them.”