What I learnt from not applying to Y Combinator

There are a few reasons I didn’t hit send and submit that Y Combinator application but I learnt lots from the application procedure.

There’s one question in their application form which I’ve come back to again and again:

“What’s new about what you’re making? What substitutes do people resort to because it doesn’t exist yet (or they don’t know about it)?”

In other words – what are people doing now because they don’t know you exist?

I love it. That question made so many things crystal clear in an instant.

I use it as a compass.

When I need to get a little perspective I repeat the question.

If you have a new idea try it.

You’ll be surprised what you learn.

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