I found myself in high school as guy who always eager to do something different. Even I have (bad) habit to twist routine tasks to make it other than ordinary for me. I taught computer courses when we had 286 and 386 machines (I was 15 years old) and were working on pretty applications like WordStar and Lotus. I said pretty because they never crashed :) Still I remember the days when I learned Lotus by books and then taught to group of students just because of eager to do something different. So on and so on, I went college, went University ... always my friends, colleagues and teacher said me "Qasim! you have to do something different", "Qasim! we are expecting different project from you" etc etc. Picture abhi baki he!!! But, I don't want to reveal more.... then who will buy my book? :D
When I look back, I found I always engaged myself to find or do something new ... a unique idea.
Since I attend first and second SI sessions in Karachi, a blinking line, like once I did in GWBASIC, has started appearing in my mind... "What is actually a unique idea for a startup?" Oh! I forgot to tell you, startup was not something new for me before these session, and somehow I and my friends have also worked on some business models.
Recently, I float this question as comment on Jawwad's blog and in return he responded with a very nice and detailed post which describes about "Unique Idea" for him. I must say it is an excellent post but opens few more question but I will hold on those questions till his second part.
Updated: I just came across a good article about Risk in innovation. Read it and share your thoughts.
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