18 successful startups that seemed crazy at first

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This question originally appeared on Quora.

What are the most ridiculous startup ideas that eventually became successful?

Answer by Michael Wolfe, founder of four startups and counting.

The best startups seem obvious in retrospect — this is because by the time we find out about them as users, they have already reached critical mass.

It is possible to create a good startup with a good idea, but great startups are often the result of ideas that seem ridiculous if you hear them prior to seeing them work.

This is true almost by definition: If the idea is so obvious, someone would have [brought it to life] already. Ask yourself, if you were a venture capitalist who was pitched one of these ideas, what would your reaction have been? Read more...

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