A great way to build software is to start out by solving your own problems. You will be the target audience and you will know what’s important and what’s not
This quote is from an ebook “Getting Real” by 37signals. It’s free and have lots of interesting perspective on why you should not follow the market leaders. Many entrepreneurs are solving problems and making the world a better place, but for those who do not know where to start, solving your own problems is a great way.
For example, Tumblr CEO David Karp wanted a tool/platform for easy sharing. He felt that the standard blogging tools he had that time was too complicated so he started one that allows easy sharing and for a user to have expressive identity. He solves his own problem.
Another great example is wordpress, the blogging platform I’m using now. The founder Matt, started blogging after a trip to a summer camp. He used a blogging tool called b2 but b2 stop development. Now he had a problem and he solved it by building his own.
Are you building something that’s solving your problem?