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E283: How to Find a Solution Worth Building

In this episode, Sean discusses the importance of finding a solution worth building after identifying a problem. He emphasizes the need for a comprehensive and inventive approach to problem-solving, using an example of a parking issue in his city. Rather than relying on temporary mitigation tactics, Sean encourages software entrepreneurs to think outside the box and create permanent solutions that truly solve the problem at hand.

Key Points

  • Identifying a problem is just the starting point; finding a solution worth building is the next step.
  • A comprehensive solution must be better than existing alternatives and meet the needs of the target market.
  • Conventional solutions may not always be effective; a more creative approach is often required.
  • Solving persistent problems requires thinking outside the box and considering unconventional methods.
  • The example of a parking problem illustrates the need for a better and more accessible solution.
  • Redesigning the area to enhance public transportation accessibility can be a more permanent solution.
  • The goal is to find a solution that solves the problem comprehensively and permanently, not just temporarily.
  • “You really can’t make it better from there. It just winds up being wasted time, money, resources until you kind of sputter out.”
  • “That’s a mitigation tactic that has been attempted for years, maybe decades at this point. Yet the problem remains.”