In March 2000, I launched the website Joel on Software1 by makingthe very shaky claim that most people are wrong in thinking you need an idea to make a successful software company:
The common belief is that when you're building a software company, the goal is to find a neat idea that solves some problem which hasn't been solved before, implement it, and make a fortune. We'll call this the build-a-better-mousetrap belief. But the real goal for software companies should be converting capital into software that works.2
2. Joel Spolsky, "Converting Capital Into Software That ...