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7 Startup Ideas That've Been Beaten to Death

Sick of Groupon knockoffs yet?
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2011 4:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – Sure, maybe the little kid down the block just happened to think of setting up a, um, limeade stand right after you started hawking lemonade, but in the real-life world of startups the consequences are somewhat more serious—and annoying. Business Insider runs down the seven moldiest startup trends out there right now:

  • Daily deals: The field is clogged, and Groupon and Living Social have clearly won. No room at the inn.

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  • Dating: With Clique, eHarmony, Ignighter, Luv@FirstTweet, Match, OKCupid, and gazoodles of others out there, there is zero chance of coming up with something fresh. Even adultery's covered, notes BI.
  • Check ins: There's Foursquare, Gowalla, Matchbook, MyTown, SCVNGR, Turf, and Foursquare and SCVNGR can "move in any direction and come out on top," notes BI.
For the rest of the list, click here. (Read more Internet startups stories.)

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