Who has done this well already?
There is nothing new under the sun, and there will always be somebody or some company who is already doing something very similar to what you want to do. Learn from them and you save time and frustration, and gain a lot of knowledge.
Bill from the blog post above:
Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve tackled every big new problem the same way: by starting off with two questions. I used this technique at Microsoft, and I still use it today. I ask these questions literally every week about COVID-19.
Here they are: Who has dealt with this problem well? And what can we learn from them?
- Bill Gates