5 Unexpected Places To Find Your Next Great Business Idea

Recently, Apple became the first U.S. company to be valued at $2 trillion. This is all the more striking considering just two years ago Apple became the first U.S. company to be valued at $1 trillion. 

All of this got me thinking: what makes for a trillion-dollar business idea? What will the next one be? What’s the secret sauce shared by today’s rocket-ship companies? 

And, on a much more basic level, what goes into a winning business idea, to begin with? 

To find out, I put out an open call to friends and colleagues on social media — a cross section of millions of amazing entrepreneurs, innovators and just plain brilliant people from tech, media retail and more — and asked what inspires their business ideas. 

This list is by no means comprehensive. But I hope their insights (edited below) can provide a little inspiration to help accelerate your

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