18 of the dumbest business plans you’ve ever heard, except they sorta’ worked.

Check out these startup plans described by Michael Wolfe: What are some of the most ridiculous startup ideas that eventually became successful?

Suppose any of these will last longer than their first round of VC funding?

    • Facebook– the world needs yet another Myspace or Friendster except several years late. We’ll only open it up to a few thousand overworked, anti-social, Ivy Leaguers. Everyone else will then join since Harvard students are so cool.
    • Amazon– we’ll sell books online, even though users are still scared to use credit cards on the web. Their shipping costs will eat up any money they save. They’ll do it for the convenience, even though they have to wait a week for the book.
    • SpaceX– if NASA can do it, so can we! It ain’t rocket science.

Check out the full post for equally hopeless descriptions of some outfits called LinkedIn, Virgin Atlantic (an airline by the way), Instagram, Firefox, and Twitter (for people who don’t have much to say).

Then you can sit back and marvel at human ingenuity.

(hat tip – Marginal Revolution)

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