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Apply to Y Combinator without an Idea

Y Combinator has yesterday launched a new funding experiment, with NO ideas: "Almost every smart person has a good idea in them. They just don't know it. And we now have lots of practice helping founders see the startup ideas they already have."

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Y Combinator is trying a new experiment this funding cycle: applying with no idea.
For people who think they would make good founders of a start-up, but don't yet have a clear idea of what they would start... Very interesting and open approach. 
 
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"So if the only thing holding you back from starting a startup is not having an idea for one, now nothing is holding you back. If you apply for this batch and you seem like you'd make good founders, we'll accept you with no idea and then help you come up with one. (We'll consider single founders too, but we prefer groups.)

Why are we doing this? Partly because we realized we already were. A lot of the startups we accept change their ideas completely, and some of those do really well. Reddit was originally going to be a way to order food on your cellphone. (This is a viable idea now, but it wasn't before smartphones.) Scribd was originally going to be a ridesharing service.

The other reason we're doing it is that our experience suggests that smart people who think they can't come up with a good startup idea are generally mistaken. Almost every smart person has a good idea in them. A good startup idea is simply a significant, fixable unmet need, and most smart people are at least unconsciously aware of several of those. They just don't know it. And we now have lots of practice helping founders see the startup ideas they already have.

If you're a group of people who are really good at what you do, and have known each other for a while and work well together, we'll take the risk if you will."

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Quite a liberal and open experiment - aren't they being nice ? :) 


To apply : http://news.ycombinator.com/apply-noidea

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I like the idea of nurturing the potential of people. It reminded me Louise's inspiration http://www.openideo.com/open/web-start-up/inspiration/get-help-with-your-own-project-instead-of-giving-it-to-someone-else./
and some discussions on it.
thanks for sharing!

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