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Starting a Project Underfire

Over the past few months, I have been looking noticing some trends and thinking about what the next web service could be.  I had a few ideas including merging all the social media sites with one website which would aggregate everything you want into one easy to use and maintain site.  This site would remove the need for logging into 15 social media websites to keep up with friends and family.  After considering the work required and possibility of a revenue stream, I considered other alternatives.

I decided to enlist the help of one of my good friends.  Hes a contractor and has tons of experience with creating projects from the ground up, hes worked with various startups and seems to be a generally knowledgeable person who will share his knowledge.

Over a few days, I sent him various concepts I thought of from where ever I come across them.  After we nailed down a few concepts, he showed me some competing websites and mentioned some of their strengths and weakness and what services I could offer to differentiate myself.

I find it surprisingly easy to talk myself out of a project, more then talk myself into it.  Even now, I can not decide which project of the few, has the most possibilities.

Have you ever had an idea you thought could change your community or possible the world? Did you push forward with your concept even when you faced established competition?

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