I saw a facebook post today, with an idea for a mobile app.
The first response to this post was - “I have a feeling that you are not the first one who thought about it”.
Comments like this, make me furious.
I deeply believe that it’s not about being first, it’s about being the best.
Startup is like running for a long distance. If you are better than all the other runners, and they get the opportunity to start running 3 minutes before you, you will eventually keep up with them and win.
There are so many examples of companies who succeeded big time, and they were not the first, like YouTube & 5min.com.
In fact, my co-founder at PlayerDuel, was doing wisetrainer.com 2 years before 5min.com. He even gave them all his videos when he closed the website and they just started. 5min.com became a huge success although it was not the first. They were later acquired by AOL for $65M.
So the next time you come up with an idea, and someone tells you: “You are not the first”, just tell them that you are going to be the FIRST - The FIRST to make this idea a great success !
Now I’m less furious, after writing this post :)