Spreadsheet startup cheat
It’s actually Microsoft Excel.
We don’t normally think of it as such, but spreadsheet formulas are actually a (functional) programming language.
Coming up with great startup ideas can be difficult, as it requires finding a problem to solve.
Everyday countless office workers around the world use Excel spreadsheets to solve their problems. Many of these businesses are solving the exact same or very similar problems too.
Spreadsheets aren’t the most elegant solution to these problems. The information presentation and visualization options aren’t specific to the domain of the problem. When workers create spreadsheet formulas there’s potential for errors.
Arguably what many successful SaaS startups have done is put a much more efficient and satisfactory user interface around work that was previously done with spreadsheets.
SaaS startups tend to do well in Canada. They are a logical leap to make for web development service companies looking to become or create spin-off product companies.
If you’re looking for a SaaS startup idea, a good heuristic to follow is to try to figure out what common business problems are still being solved in spreadsheets.