Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas

http://paulgraham.com/ambitious.html

I especially enjoy the take on the need for a new search engine and a replacement for email (points 1 and 2, respectively).

I have been giving this a lot of thought recently and I want a search engine that can take multiple types of media; if I see a country flag, I want to be able to take a picture and find out more about the country. If I hear a song, I want to be able to record a snippet and find out who it is by and why they wrote it. I understand that there are services that do these things, but I want it to be in one location and easy to use (with media type detection, etc). But the rub has always been how to get users over. From Graham:

The way to win here is to build the search engine all the hackers use. A search engine whose users consisted of the top 10,000 hackers and no one else would be in a very powerful position despite its small size, just as Google was when it was that search engine. And for the first time in over a decade the idea of switching seems thinkable to me.

Email is the bane of my existence. I don’t want it anymore and I want something better to replace it (or at least faster), but it is so engrained in how people use the Internet, this will be a big job.

Email was not designed to be used the way we use it now. Email is not a messaging protocol. It’s a todo list. Or rather, my inbox is a todo list, and email is the way things get onto it. But it is a disastrously bad todo list.

Agreed!


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There is no better reason to not do something
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Against tyranny and strife

Removal is often the goal
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Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance

But it can bring about great change
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And so I live with friction
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But I stay upon my guard

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There is no better reason to not do something
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Against tyranny and strife

Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance

But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night

And so I live with friction
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And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard

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There is no better reason to not do something
There is no better reason to try
There is no better reason to fight
Against tyranny and strife

Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance

But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night

And so I live with friction
And so I live with what is hard
And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard

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There is no better reason to not do something
There is no better reason to try
There is no better reason to fight
Against tyranny and strife

Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance

But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night

And so I live with friction
And so I live with what is hard
And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard

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