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Flickr and YouTube each dramatically changed their business idea - PG's policy of only asking about an idea out of politeness makes sense... (cambrianhouse.com)
8 points by e1ven on Mar 28, 2007 | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

This past "startup" weekend, we got a chance to bounce our idea off a bunch of different people. I got some really good feedback and wrote down every suggestion I received as soon as I could.

Let people know what you're doing so you know if you're doing something worthwhile. Remember: if they don't get what you're doing, it's certainly not their fault. Don't get haughty and cry that they're not sharing your vision. Let a potential user tell you what they want.

'... Let a potential user tell you what they want ...'

good point. harnessing user intelligence not eyeballs ~ http://news.ycombinator.com/comments?id=5886

I really like the focus PG now has on funding groups with quality people, not just an impressive demo. I was very surprised when I heard him say they will accept applications with the idea "I have no idea". The realization that you can have an outstanding group of founders but not a complete product yet and still get accepted into YC is very encouraging. Startup ideas often change and he recognizes that.

I just hope this still remains the case with SO many applications (most with solid demos I imagine..). Its probably very easy to get lost in the sea of impressive startup demos.

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