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One of the common questions I’m getting is “what makes for a good idea?”

I’ve shared my thoughts on this in the past, but to summarize: Solve a real problem by making something valuable that people actually want.

Go and find at least ten people who want this problem solved. Make sure they’re in real pain and aren’t telling you they are because they want to be supportive. If you can’t, haven’t, or won’t, and you’re about to build a company around this idea, then you’re in serious trouble.

David Cohen
(@davidcohen) Co-founder & Co-CEO of Techstars, previously founder of several technology companies. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at DavidGCohen.com