Remember the (stupid) “out of the box” cliché?  Yeah, I hate it, too . . . but a lot of entrepreneurial opportunities involve fixing broken things. Disruptions under way, and disruptions needed. I’m just thinkin’.

  1. Disruption there, waiting for you: YouTube is free, powerful and extremely easy to embed in a website, and almost universal. Can Google support it forever? Can it support itself? Are you working with it yet? Will your competitors work with it?
  2. Disruption needed: Textbooks are too expensive. When setting up my start-your-business course, just as an example, my students can get Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start for $18. Most textbooks on entrepreneurship sell for about $120.
  3. Disruption disorganized, struggling to be born: something to bring entrepreneurs and investors together that isn’t illegal, isn’t haphazard and works. I’ve posted on this before. Angelsoft.net and thefunded.com are on the way. But seriously, investment falls, recession . . . isn’t it time for something new?
  4. Disruption and now what? Doing the hard work in journalism, like investigative reporting, digging and getting paid for it. How’s that going to work in the future? Related note: the Huffington Post has full-time journalists on staff now; is that the news media of the future? (and disclosure: I’m biased; I post (proudly) on Huffpo).
  5. Disruption needed: all those good blogs nobody notices. Finding needles in a mountain of needles. The scarce resource is not finding, but sorting through.
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Tim Berry is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com. Follow him on Twitter @Timberry.