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Great advice.

I do think that you should try to think about how you might try to solve something before looking at what your competitors do. The reason being that it's easy to trap our minds into thinking that there are no other solutions unless they fit into a similar box of what's already working. Naïveté combined with thinking for yourself can often be a powerful reason why many startups succeed.

If your solution ends up looking similar, at least, it was likely derived from first principals vs the path of least resistance: blind copying.




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