Business Analysis · Business Strategy

Resources or problems faced by domain experts in their domain?

Ujjawal Mishra Seasoned developer, able to develop variety of applications

September 12th, 2019

I am a technical person and want to create a successful startup. And approach I am more inclined towards is solving existing problems using technology.

So I am looking for some resources where business domain expert share the problems they are facing in their industry.

Like a repository of detail problem statement and analysis or even something simple.

I have tried to search but could only find something like business ideas or startup ideas.

What I am looking for and I believe will be useful to others as well is real industry experts talking about all kind of problems they have in their industry.

Anyone know of such resources, kindly guide.


David Insro Founder & CEO, Serial Entrepreneur

September 13th, 2019

The best place to find that information are trade conferences. There will be lots of talks given about the current issues that industry faces. Talks are presented by both end users and solution vendors so you'll usually just attend the end user ones and ignore the vendor sales ones. Each conference will publish their full agenda well in advance so you can see what the talks are about. The problem is that these conferences charge you to attend but some of them publish videos of their previous years talks. If the videos are on youtube, you can open the full transcript and quickly scan what they are talking about rather than watch a 45 mins talk which may not contain any good nuggets of information.

Paul Garcia marketing exec & business advisor

September 12th, 2019

This is one of the primary purposes of a trade association. Whatever your domain/industry is, there's most likely a trade association for it that acts as the hub of all information about the industry.

Domain experts sometimes protect their position by keeping industry analysis private (or charging money for it). I don't think you'll find a whole lot outside anecdotal discussions with your peers.

Ryan Farber I'm an individual looking to build some cool stuff

September 13th, 2019

Try such repositories as Quora, Reddit, or even social media platforms such as facebook. The way to use the other platforms is sometimes not so much the question you ask but the answers you find in the comments.

This can be a daunting task yet very rewarding. Going to facebook pages of larger companies such as GE, Apple, or Nike you'll find complaints but also praises. Let me take a stance on how I use these:

Complaints/Compliments -

1. I'll use due diligence and common sense to make a list of these that I feel are relevant.

2. Once my list is done I'll search smaller companies in the same industry on facebook to see if I can cross check the same complaints/compliments. This way I'll know that there could be a problem or pain point that is consistent with small and large companies.

3. Lastly I'll give a call to my local industry businesses and just ask the question, Are experiencing this pain point, problem, or praise?

It takes time but you'll be able to build your own repository to get a small pulse on what is going on in other industries. Then you'll be able to have a powerful conversation with those who have the problems, i.e. impart empathy. Good luck!

Ujjawal Mishra Seasoned developer, able to develop variety of applications

September 15th, 2019

@ryan farber

Great answer