Recently, there's been an increase in AI tools, especially for startups. I looked into tools listed on theresanaiforthat.com and futurepedia.io to see how they compare in terms of value proposition and actual function.
Focus: Idea generation & validation
Outcome: AI can inspire and provide general insights, but human intuition remains key. These tools can provide sparks of inspiration, feedback, and guide initial steps, but a deeper dive is essential for concrete idea development.
Number of tools tested: 22
Note: The goal here is to identify tools that produce good, but not perfect, results. I expect AI to handle the bulk of the task, but final refinements are up to humans.
- hotball.ai - "Turn your ideas into a solid business concept." Provides a startup project description based on your idea and frameworks. Free to use, with a $2.99 subscription fee for exports.
- validatorai.com - "Get feedback to validate & improve startup ideas." Offers a list of three potential weak points for your idea.
- stratup.ai - "Generate unique and innovative startup ideas by analyzing market trends." Offers a game-like experience combining random industries and solutions, with a search feature unlockable for $20.
- venturusai.com - "Get an AI-powered market overview of your idea." Provides a perspective on your concept, though it may not always be directly applicable to real work.
- kraftful.com - "ChatGPT but for Product Research." Upload your customer discovery transcripts and get insights.
- bizway.io - "Turn your business ideas into actionable roadmaps." Requires a $19/month fee after accessing features.
- rhetorai.com - "Faster Product-Market Fit with AI User Interviews." An online survey tool that's more suitable for later stages than early stages.
- ideasai.com - "AI-generated ideas, voted by over 1.5M users." A platform to see startup ideas generated by AI with a Tinder-like swipe-left/swipe-right feature.
- paperade.co - "AI-powered tool to generate startup ideas from academic papers." The current state of the tool seems to be abandoned or inactive.
- navalai.co - "Startup and life advice chatbot." Provides philosophical feedback on your questions through Telegram. Requires a payment of $3 to continue.
- the-business-hero.com - "From Idea to Reality: Let AI Craft Your Perfect Business Blueprint." Pricing starts from £10.
- starcycle.xyz - "Your AI co-founder." Currently on a waitlist.
- yc-funding-assistant - "YC Funding Assistant for startup & funding-related questions." Responds with hints on where to find your topic in YC’s content.
- opinio.ai - "AI-powered research tool." Offers AI personas that you can prompt with your ideas.
- founder.snipin.com - "An assistant for Startup Founders." Currently not available.
- testandstart.com - "Generate and validate new business ideas." Currently not available.
- ultrabrainstomer.com - "Turn dull ideas into brilliance." Has transitioned to being a content creation assistant.
- letsrevive.app - "Generate, visualise, share & validate business ideas with AI." Currently in early access.
- rationale.jina.ai - "AI-powered app to help entrepreneurs & managers make decisions." The language and platform specifics are not clear.
- ideabuddy.com - "Launch your business with our easy-to-use planning software." A tool to score ideas and create business plans from templates.
- broadn.io - "Explore new possibilities and expand your knowledge." Currently on a waitlist.
- quikmvp.com - "Turn your idea into a thriving startup." Offers a checklist for MVP considerations.
If you know other effective tools, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/dariaoda.