Heuristics to Generate Startup Ideas

Looking for startup ideas? 🤔

Initially came across this fun list via Twitter:

His actual post, is embedded in his Tweet, but you can visit the list here. But in particular I enjoyed #8:

Turn open source projects in to SAAS businesses — Find open source projects that are very popular and turn these in to out of the box services for enterprises, e.g. PagerDuty is like Nagios.

Great entrepreneurial advice, and easily serves as a fun jumping-off point for any viable hack-a-thon. Any hacker or eager founder can find some amazing open-source projects and inspiration on Github.

My personal favorite startup adage, for any would-be-founder is, be the arms dealer.

An Improved and Definitive Texas City Emoji Guide

Growing up in Fort Worth, having lived in Denton, Dallas and Arlington, having visited (frequently all the cities within DFW and) Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christie, Padre Island, Brownsville, Austin, Bee Cave, Grandbury, Stephenville, Plano, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, San Marcos, Tyler, Weatherford, Longview, Waco and (of course) Texarkansas — each city sets itself apart from the rest. The sum of its parts, is what makes Texas such a great state.

I’ve never known another state to have such a vast, rivalrous, chivalrous, friendly but at times fiendish mythology of the neighboring cities within itself. Perhaps, I’ve never really known another state like Texas. Or maybe, I’ve never really looked hard enough, because — well… I’m from Texas.

Anyways, without further ado, enjoy the emoji Texan-take tweets from Bobby Blanchard (@bobbycblanchard) of The Texas Tribune:

God I love it, all of it. My only critique is that Denton’s emoji should be a Saxophone although an Eagle is fitting 🙂

Twitter and The Transparency Center

Marty Swant of Adweek:

In the next few weeks, the company will begin showing its users more information about who is advertising on Twitter and what those ads entail. The additional disclosures will include all ads running on Twitter, how long they’ve been running, the creative for a campaign and information about why a user is targeted with an ad.

The tool will be called the Transparency Center. According to the report, certain information will be made public such as: the organizations that buy political ads, the target demographical data, ad spending for a candidate per advertiser and more.

This tool, has likely been under construction for a while now but the announcement timing was pretty coincidental. The Honest Ads Act was introduced to The House only 6 days ago.

Personally I’m glad to see Twitter doing this. Glad to see it setting an example for others to follow. While, Facebook on the other hand has been pretty lukewarm to the problem (and solution).

A Familiar Face Returns to Twitter

When Standard Oil began vertically and horizontally integrating sections of industry into its’ grasp, people got pretty upset. Ultimately, it led to The Department of Justice suing the company in 1911 under federal law and allegations of anti-trust. The Rockefeller’s vision for the planet, was bleak and self-serving. Apparently, vertically and horizontally integrating businesses can get you into a big heap of trouble. Is there an exception? What about Google and Apple’s integrations into production and telecoms?

If Twitter integrates micro-payments via a new Square API, is that integration or is it really just a small innovation? Is it incestuous if Dorsey decides the next big feature at Twitter is one that hinges on his other company, Square? Sending payments with a Tweet doesn’t sound all that bad. Maybe this is less about self-serving his two companies, and more about making things work together. I think we’ve graduated into a new era. Silicon Valley moves fast—like really fast. In comparison to the early 1900’s, it’s unbelievably fast. Business decisions happen at light speed now. Mistakes can be mended and resolved with an email. Customer services and user documentation are moving to public sectors like Twitter and Facebook. Look at how Elon Musk, manages Tesla and SpaceX while simultaneously serving on the board at SolarCity; he’s also the a former co-founder of PayPal.

All of his companies have come into founding in the last 15 years, with his leadership help and direction at some point. Absolutely incredible, and insanely fast. Elon wants a more effective, smarter planet. Howard Schultz transformed Starbucks when he returned in 2008. He slashed budgets, and projects and closed a ton of stores. Moved cash to projects that mattered, and reinvigorated culture, invested in coffee plantations, and breathed new life into new products and fresher foods. Schultz has a vision of variety, culture and coffee for a greater, smarter world. I think Dorsey is a fine leader at Square, and it will be good to see him back at the helm at Twitter. He said he is focusing on three things at Twitter: simplifying the product, discipline, and communicating value to the current user base. If Musk can tango with two companies, and Schultz fixed Starbucks—I have an inclination Dorsey can transform Twitter into what it needs.

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