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maggiesilva
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Earlier this year, my mom received a call from who she assumed to be her bank. The caller told her that her account information had been hacked online, and to prevent against fraud, she should provide them with all her bank account numbers, usernames, and passwords, across all accounts. She was getting ready to provide these scammers with all her financial information, when I happened to call her. She told the scammers she would call them back, and she accepted the call from me and told me what was going on. Luckily enough, I had called at just the right time, and her accounts remained safe. The FBI estimated that, in 2020, seniors lost $1 billion in ...Read more

Earlier this year, my mom received a call from who she assumed to be her bank. The caller told her that her account information had been hacked online, and to prevent against fraud, she should provide them with all her bank account numbers, usernames, and passwords, across all accounts. She was getting ready to provide these scammers with all her financial information, when I happened to call her. She told the scammers she would call them back, and she accepted the call from me and told me what was going on. Luckily enough, I had called at just the right time, and her accounts remained safe.

The FBI estimated that, in 2020, seniors lost $1 billion in cybercrimes, and that’s only the crimes that were reported. The true number could be even higher. As more and more becomes accessible through the Internet, keeping your parents offline just isn’t an option— the only option is equipping them with the tools to remain safe from those who deliberately target them. I want to create a platform that helps seniors stay safe online. The platform would include educational components and trainings, as well as web monitoring alerts that sync with their various accounts: financial, social, etc. They can assign loved ones as contacts to help monitor those accounts, and when there is suspicious activity, both seniors and their loved ones are flagged. 

I see the target market being the loved ones of seniors, and the market opportunity being $1 billion and growing each year. As the population continues to age and technological changes grow increasingly, so will those who try to profit off of those changes. 

I am looking for feedback on this idea as well as for potential partners. Do you want to join me in helping make a safe Internet for all?

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adamsmith
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For any corporate worker, this will sound familiar: you’ve just finished a proposal, thought process, or project plan, and now it’s time to present to your colleagues. You sigh and prepare for a long night in of building Microsoft Powerpoint slides. Will it be 10 slides, 20, or 50 to convey your idea? Only time will tell. You make yourself a pot of coffee and prepare for the carpal tunnel you’ll experience the following day. It doesn’t have to be like this. As voice-directed technologies progress, so should our ways of communicating with each other, past the casual conversation to the more formal business presentation. I want to make a voice-based presentation builder, where you access the ...Read more

For any corporate worker, this will sound familiar: you’ve just finished a proposal, thought process, or project plan, and now it’s time to present to your colleagues. You sigh and prepare for a long night in of building Microsoft Powerpoint slides. Will it be 10 slides, 20, or 50 to convey your idea? Only time will tell. You make yourself a pot of coffee and prepare for the carpal tunnel you’ll experience the following day.

It doesn’t have to be like this. As voice-directed technologies progress, so should our ways of communicating with each other, past the casual conversation to the more formal business presentation. I want to make a voice-based presentation builder, where you access the microphone of your computer to direct a bot to help you build your presentation— moving shapes, text boxes, and images into alignment. With simple voice commands, you’ll be able to build faster and build with ease— maybe even multi-tasking and doing household chores as you prepare a presentation.

What do you think of this idea: is this something you would use? 

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ericstephan
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What’s more disappointing than sitting down to eat at a restaurant you’ve been waiting some time to try out, ordering a dish, and the dish not meeting your expectations? Regardless of fine or casual dining, having a disappointing meal just sucks. You could have just stayed home and ate leftovers. What if there were a way to find new restaurants and dishes you enjoy based on your previous likes and dislikes? My idea is to create a restaurant recommendation engine fueled by the flavors and food aspects you enjoy. If you’re someone who loves umami flavor, hates apples, and goes for crunchy textures, we’ll find the perfect spot for you. By inputting dishes and restaurants you’ve previously ...Read more

What’s more disappointing than sitting down to eat at a restaurant you’ve been waiting some time to try out, ordering a dish, and the dish not meeting your expectations? Regardless of fine or casual dining, having a disappointing meal just sucks. You could have just stayed home and ate leftovers.

What if there were a way to find new restaurants and dishes you enjoy based on your previous likes and dislikes? My idea is to create a restaurant recommendation engine fueled by the flavors and food aspects you enjoy. If you’re someone who loves umami flavor, hates apples, and goes for crunchy textures, we’ll find the perfect spot for you. By inputting dishes and restaurants you’ve previously liked and disliked, you’ll arrive at a set of custom recommendations suited to your specific tastebuds and preferences. Super-tasters and picky eaters: rejoice!

Would you use this recommendation engine? What am I not thinking about that I should be considering?

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shoon
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If you: Enjoy trading stocks and making money Are hypercompetitive Like to be recognized for your achievements Then you may like my app idea! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Idea: A hybrid of a social media site (think Facebook, Twitter, Insta) and a stock trading platform (think Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Fidelity).   Why: Retail investors are taking the investing world by storm but there’s no platform that services them. Instead, these traders have self-organized into disparate, informal groups through online forums and message boards. With the right marketing and messaging, a site that helps bring these individuals together and facilitates the online trading culture may become the hub for retail traders.   Where I Could Use Help & Advice – Are there legal risks to brining together non-accredited, individual investors to share trading advice with each ...Read more

If you:
  1. Enjoy trading stocks and making money
  2. Are hypercompetitive
  3. Like to be recognized for your achievements
Then you may like my app idea!

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Idea:

A hybrid of a social media site (think Facebook, Twitter, Insta) and a stock trading platform (think Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Fidelity).

 

Why:

Retail investors are taking the investing world by storm but there’s no platform that services them. Instead, these traders have self-organized into disparate, informal groups through online forums and message boards. With the right marketing and messaging, a site that helps bring these individuals together and facilitates the online trading culture may become the hub for retail traders.

 

Where I Could Use Help & Advice

– Are there legal risks to brining together non-accredited, individual investors to share trading advice with each other (beyond obvious prohibited acts like insider trading etc.)

– What are the challenges in registering/creating a brokerage. Can anyone create one? What would be the investment required?

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augusttanner
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As an average investor, you don’t have access to the wealth of information financial advisors and banks have. You can read a prospectus, Google a stock, or ask those in your circle, but often times, the information is heavily-quantitative, dense, and impersonal. I want to create a values-based investing app that analyzes your interests and values and recommends portfolios accordingly. My target market is millennial investors, as research has shown that they are more likely to be interested in social impact investing and ESG investing. I anticipate that by offering values-based portfolios, and not the traditional portfolios that are based on risk profiles, we will be able to attract market share and hopefully those who haven’t previously ...Read more

As an average investor, you don’t have access to the wealth of information financial advisors and banks have. You can read a prospectus, Google a stock, or ask those in your circle, but often times, the information is heavily-quantitative, dense, and impersonal. I want to create a values-based investing app that analyzes your interests and values and recommends portfolios accordingly.

My target market is millennial investors, as research has shown that they are more likely to be interested in social impact investing and ESG investing. I anticipate that by offering values-based portfolios, and not the traditional portfolios that are based on risk profiles, we will be able to attract market share and hopefully those who haven’t previously invested because the barrier to entry was too high. Additionally, this hyper-personalized investing experience can help people feel more connected to their investments and hopefully encourage them to invest more and more frequently. 

What do you think? What are some of the risks I’m not thinking of? Would you invest in an app like this?

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sweston
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This would be a tasty form of cracker that would be totally new to the baking space: crackers made with sourdough discard. I use it all the time because I have a sourdough starter used to make bread, and this is my favorite way to get rid of discard. The only other ingredients are herbs, butter, and flour, so this is a really efficient way to get rid of product. All my friends find it extremely tasty. I am now thinking of selling these crackers and have heard from friends that they would buy these. Here are the pros and cons of starting this business as I see it: Pros:  First to market Consumer appeal Efficient and sustainable Cheap ingredients Cons: Lots of work and labor involved Hard hours ...Read more

This would be a tasty form of cracker that would be totally new to the baking space: crackers made with sourdough discard. I use it all the time because I have a sourdough starter used to make bread, and this is my favorite way to get rid of discard. The only other ingredients are herbs, butter, and flour, so this is a really efficient way to get rid of product. All my friends find it extremely tasty.

I am now thinking of selling these crackers and have heard from friends that they would buy these. Here are the pros and cons of starting this business as I see it:

Pros: 

  • First to market
  • Consumer appeal
  • Efficient and sustainable
  • Cheap ingredients

Cons:

  • Lots of work and labor involved
  • Hard hours as a baker
  • Seems like a lot of work from a marketing/sales perspective
  • It would be hard to maintain a consistent recipe if I’m making in larger batches

I am looking for advice on:

  • Financial viability, especially from home baking to more commercial baking
  • What would be a reasonable timeline to scale baking?
  • Advice with renting commercial kitchen space
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ehuang
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Have you ever wanted to monetize a talent you have, but aren’t ready to sink the time and resources needed for it to become a full-fledged business? Have you ever wanted to buy something, but didn’t really want to pay real money for it? I recently thought about how much I like getting my eyebrows done, but how great it would be to trade a good or service for it rather than adding to the long monthly bill of expenses. With this app, you could find individuals or small businesses who are offering services or goods you need, and are willing to exchange them for something you have to offer. Imagine if you could get your eyebrows done in exchange for walking ...Read more

Have you ever wanted to monetize a talent you have, but aren’t ready to sink the time and resources needed for it to become a full-fledged business? Have you ever wanted to buy something, but didn’t really want to pay real money for it? I recently thought about how much I like getting my eyebrows done, but how great it would be to trade a good or service for it rather than adding to the long monthly bill of expenses. With this app, you could find individuals or small businesses who are offering services or goods you need, and are willing to exchange them for something you have to offer. Imagine if you could get your eyebrows done in exchange for walking their dog or acting as their personal stylist – things you both enjoy and are skilled at!

What do you think? Would you use this app?

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ellagomez
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Learning isn’t something that ends in school. It’s been reported that retention rates rise 30-50% for companies with strong learning cultures. With learning both benefitting individual employees with upskilling their careers and benefitting organizations in employee retention and skill of their workforce, it’s a win-win.  Currently, companies may incentivize employee ongoing learning through offering subsidies or requiring certain training. However, there doesn’t exist a way for organizations to currently measure and analyze the ROI on employee learning, as employees may take courses from a variety of sources and may or may not report their certifications and/or learnings to their employer.  The platform I would like to create would serve as a ...Read more

Learning isn’t something that ends in school. It’s been reported that retention rates rise 30-50% for companies with strong learning cultures. With learning both benefitting individual employees with upskilling their careers and benefitting organizations in employee retention and skill of their workforce, it’s a win-win. 

Currently, companies may incentivize employee ongoing learning through offering subsidies or requiring certain training. However, there doesn’t exist a way for organizations to currently measure and analyze the ROI on employee learning, as employees may take courses from a variety of sources and may or may not report their certifications and/or learnings to their employer. 

The platform I would like to create would serve as a portal for employee learning, linking out to external learning platforms like LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, and even YouTube. As employees look to learn new skills, their click patterns within the website are tracked and metrics are shared with their managers and employee development liaisons. Managers can view what new skills their employees are learning at the individual and aggregate level and start to understand where their teams currently invest their skills. From there, the data can help managers and organization leaders see and predict how their workforce develops skills and get ahead of the curve in developing industry-leading skills. 

This platform would be unique in tying together employee learning with advanced analytics to help organization leaders predict skills of the future and prepare their workforce for upcoming shifts in talent and technology. 

If you are a manager or organization leader, is this something you’d want to invest in for your team?

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Anonymous
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My idea: an app that uses AI to diagnose a home repair issue and then guides you through how to fix it. You use your phone camera to take a picture of the issue, the app guides you through other pictures/videos needed or questions to answer to determine the root cause of the issue, and then it guides you through how to solve it. This is for DIY aficionados and home handypeople who want to learn how to fix up simple issues in their homes. 

My idea: an app that uses AI to diagnose a home repair issue and then guides you through how to fix it. You use your phone camera to take a picture of the issue, the app guides you through other pictures/videos needed or questions to answer to determine the root cause of the issue, and then it guides you through how to solve it. This is for DIY aficionados and home handypeople who want to learn how to fix up simple issues in their homes. 

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xiaowen
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Did you know the cost of onboarding a new hire can be nearly $4000? Even after the initial onboarding, new hires can still have trouble acclimating to work environments, and managers may have trouble integrating new hires into their work culture. Though each company may have specific training related to their practice and industry, many elements across companies may be common: email norms, out-of-office norms, standard communication practices with stakeholders, etc.  My idea is to create a standardized onboarding program for new hires to supplement each company’s training. This program would focus on the intangible and qualitative aspects that help employees integrate into corporate cultures and prepare them for the workforce. Though ...Read more

Did you know the cost of onboarding a new hire can be nearly $4000? Even after the initial onboarding, new hires can still have trouble acclimating to work environments, and managers may have trouble integrating new hires into their work culture. Though each company may have specific training related to their practice and industry, many elements across companies may be common: email norms, out-of-office norms, standard communication practices with stakeholders, etc. 

My idea is to create a standardized onboarding program for new hires to supplement each company’s training. This program would focus on the intangible and qualitative aspects that help employees integrate into corporate cultures and prepare them for the workforce. Though this may be most applicable for fresh hires out of academic programs, this may also apply to those new to traditional work cultures or those switching industries. I see an opportunity to expand this program to more than onboarding in the future– it could also become an employee success program to ensure employees are set up for success, both boosting individual outcomes and boosting retention for organizations. 

My target market would be HR and Talent departments for small to medium-size organizations. For those who are in this market or have worked with similar markets, would this type of program be something you’d consider purchasing?

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