Everyone warns you against being too obsessed/paranoid about your competition.

Paul Graham condenses the main point of competitors in this quote:

A crowded market is actually a good sign, because it means both that there's demand and that none of the existing solutions are good enough.
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This assumes two principles. Firstly, in Keynesian economics: 'Demand creates its own supply'. If there is no supply (i.e. no competitors supplying a product for a given need) then there must not have been a demand. And second, on the internet: Winner takes all. If there are multiple competitors then there is no winner. The upshot is: multiple competitors are a good sign. If there is a winner, a single competitors who dominates the market, then it's time to pick a fight.

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