In the startup world, there is a lot of talk about the original “idea” or the “big idea”. Actually, the original idea is just a seed. It is a very small thing that has some potential. Just like the tree that grows large from a single seed does not in any way resemble the original seed; the idea looks very little like the final product. So, in a startup it makes no sense to focus too much on the original idea or who had it first. There is nothing new under the sun. You are not the first person to think of the idea, nor is it your first idea. The trick is to choose the idea you want to build a startup on, validate it properly and then EXECUTE. A startup is all about execution, not the original idea.