Interesting post from Paul Graham on ideas they’d like to fund.
We get some nice hits in there but from a broader perspective this shows some of the great opportunities that the SaaS world is leaving open.
I especially like this one …
7. Something your company needs that doesn’t exist. Many of the best startups happened when someone needed something in their work, found it didn’t exist, and quit to build it. This is vaguer than most of the other recipes here, but it may be the most valuable. You’re working on something you know customers want, because you were the customer. And if it was something you needed at work, other people will too, and they’ll be willing to pay for it.
I’ve always found that’s the best way to start a technology business. AfterMail and Xero were both like that for me.