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The sweet spot for great ideas is when they are at the intersection of what seems like a good and a bad idea at the same time

The sweet spot for great ideas is when they are at the intersection of what seems like a good and a bad idea at the same time The sweet spot for great ideas is when they are at the intersection of what seems like a good and a bad idea at the same time
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Peter Thiel spoke at YC he drew a Venn diagram that illustrates the situation perfectly. He drew two intersecting circles, one labelled "seems like a bad idea" and the other "is a good idea." The intersection is the sweet spot for startups. This concept is a simple one and yet seeing it as a Venn diagram is illuminating. It reminds you that there is an intersection—that there are good ideas that seem bad. It also reminds you that the vast majority of ideas that seem bad are bad.

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