“Is your startup idea taken?” — and why we love X for Y startups

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☝Above: Michelle Rial (follow her at @TheRialMichelle), then working at Buzzfeed, posted this hilarious infographic with all the “X for Y” ideas. Here’s the original article.

I had a quick laugh, of course. But then seeing this infographic made me think through some deeper things:

What are “X for Y” companies and why do they sound compelling?
Are “X for Y” companies actually a good idea?
When do they work? When do they not?
.. and finally, what happens when my “X for Y” startup idea is taken?

And so this is an attempt to provide some serious ideas for this otherwise funny question.

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