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The 18 Most Ridiculous Startup Ideas That Eventually Became Successful

Discussion in 'News' started by NigelM, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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  2. Bearman

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    Thanks for posting this, I really laughed out loud reading these "business plans".
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  3. PopSmith

    PopSmith Saving for a Model 3

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    My favorite "summary" was the SpaceX one.

    To me, though, this shows that with the right planning and enough tenacity even "crazy" ideas can become successful.
     
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    What about Aptera, Coda, and Fisker...
     
  5. Arnold Panz

    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    ...that eventually became successful

    Tesla really did beat the odds (so far, anyway).
     
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    Pretty damn good company!
     
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    Memo to self: Invest in Elon's next venture...
     
  8. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    Note taken. I've had this thught for a while and I'm going to "put my money where my mouth is" :)

    SpaceX investor's thread
     
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    Certainly paying off nicely today for those in TSLA, wow - hovering around 46!

    Great article, if they only included Solar City too! Good find...
     
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    GeekGirls Kid in Candy Store

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    They went out of their way to make the ideas sound absurd, when in practice most of the companies in question could give pretty compelling reasons for their strategies from day one. Success stories are generally more about execution and timing than the core idea.
     
  11. Plug Me In

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    The FedEx business plan was apparently pooh-poohed at HBS and got an average grade. Delivering packages cross-country overnight? That plan worked out OK.
     
  12. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    That was a Yale School of Management project, and yes, it got a barely-passing grade. "Those who can't do, teach."
     
  13. K5ING

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    I've always admired WOOT. I'm imagining them going into the banker's office and telling him they want to start a store that only sells one item per day. The next day, they will sell one other item only, and so on. Sounds crazy to me!

    Of course, I'm speaking of the original Woot, not the current version after they were bought out by Amazon for an obscene amount of money.
     

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