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caryk
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We’re currently in an epidemic of loneliness. All our lives, there’s structure and social opportunities built in until we join the “real world” as “adults.” Once that happens, if we don’t have many friends or if we haven’t learned social skills to keep them, you’re more or less on your own. Social isolation is one of the worst feelings, and it can’t get better until it’s addressed and maintained. I want to build a community to address this epidemic and help people make and keep friends as adults. I want to start out by helping make connections between people with similar hobbies or backgrounds and then they can help introduce even more people. Beyond making friends, I see this turning into a community ...Read more

We’re currently in an epidemic of loneliness.

All our lives, there’s structure and social opportunities built in until we join the “real world” as “adults.” Once that happens, if we don’t have many friends or if we haven’t learned social skills to keep them, you’re more or less on your own. Social isolation is one of the worst feelings, and it can’t get better until it’s addressed and maintained.

I want to build a community to address this epidemic and help people make and keep friends as adults. I want to start out by helping make connections between people with similar hobbies or backgrounds and then they can help introduce even more people.

Beyond making friends, I see this turning into a community that cares for itself, with different chapters across the country, that volunteers, builds community gardens, and more. I think when we connect people to other people, we build stronger ties and stronger communities.

I’d love to hear opinions on where to get started and what you might want out of a community like this.

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georgefletcher
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I’ve been thinking about a new way to create an online peer-to-peer lending site. I’m thinking of creating a platform that would match people who have money to lend (in the form of personal checking or savings deposits) with people who need a loan. This would be a win-win for everyone. Individuals would be able to take advantage of opportunities traditionally only available to banks, e.g., earning revenue by lending out money sitting in your account. Borrowers would benefit from a lower interest rate than they would get from a credit card. My idea for this new company is to help borrowers get out of debt by enabling them to use peer-to-peer loans to get a lower-interest loan. My idea is ...Read more

I’ve been thinking about a new way to create an online peer-to-peer lending site. I’m thinking of creating a platform that would match people who have money to lend (in the form of personal checking or savings deposits) with people who need a loan. This would be a win-win for everyone. Individuals would be able to take advantage of opportunities traditionally only available to banks, e.g., earning revenue by lending out money sitting in your account. Borrowers would benefit from a lower interest rate than they would get from a credit card.

My idea for this new company is to help borrowers get out of debt by enabling them to use peer-to-peer loans to get a lower-interest loan. My idea is that people could use this new platform to negotiate an interest rate between 4% and 6%.

I’ve been in talks with a few people in the industry about starting this company and I’d love to get feedback on my idea to get a better idea of whether this is a viable business idea.

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mannyr
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How many times have you been in the car, driving through the city, and seen a street artist painting or performing on the sidewalk? How many times have you been curious about where they’re from, what they like to paint, or who they are? If you’ve seen an artist you like, you probably have no idea how to find out any of these things. My idea is to create a platform that provides street artists the ability to post their work, as well as their bio and contact information, so that if someone likes their work, they can contact the artist and purchase their work from them. This could be useful for street artists trying to make it in the art world ...Read more

How many times have you been in the car, driving through the city, and seen a street artist painting or performing on the sidewalk? How many times have you been curious about where theyre from, what they like to paint, or who they are?

If youve seen an artist you like, you probably have no idea how to find out any of these things. My idea is to create a platform that provides street artists the ability to post their work, as well as their bio and contact information, so that if someone likes their work, they can contact the artist and purchase their work from them. This could be useful for street artists trying to make it in the art world by allowing them to make passive income by selling their work. My idea is to start this platform in Miami, since thats where Im located, but Id love feedback on how to make it scalable to other cities and other countries.

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thewanderingkiwi
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I want to create a platform that connects people to local experts when they travel. Through the platform, people would be able to search for local experts they’d want to work with: photographers, tour guides, musicians, and more. The website would work in a similar way to how Uber and Lyft work, but instead of being able to just request a ride, you’d be able to be matched with a local expert for whatever you might need. When someone searches for a local expert, they would be presented with a list of experts that match their search. When the person selects an expert, they would have the option to request a session. The expert would then accept the request, and ...Read more

I want to create a platform that connects people to local experts when they travel. Through the platform, people would be able to search for local experts they’d want to work with: photographers, tour guides, musicians, and more. The website would work in a similar way to how Uber and Lyft work, but instead of being able to just request a ride, you’d be able to be matched with a local expert for whatever you might need. When someone searches for a local expert, they would be presented with a list of experts that match their search. When the person selects an expert, they would have the option to request a session. The expert would then accept the request, and the expert and the person would be able to chat about the services that the expert offers and the cost of the session. The expert would also be able to provide the person with a price estimate, or the expert could simply charge the person a flat fee for the session. When the session is completed, the expert would be able to provide feedback and a review for the person, and the person would be able to do the same for the expert. 

Is this something you’d find useful when traveling?

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Anonymous
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I’ve been thinking about how to make it easier for people to give money to charity. I’m thinking about creating an app that allows people to indicate the charity they want to support. The app then tracks what they buy, and every time they use their debit card for a purchase, the app takes a small percentage of the cost and donates it to the charity of their choice. This would make it easier for people to donate to charity and make it easier for charities to collect donations. What do you think? Is this something you would use?

Ive been thinking about how to make it easier for people to give money to charity. Im thinking about creating an app that allows people to indicate the charity they want to support. The app then tracks what they buy, and every time they use their debit card for a purchase, the app takes a small percentage of the cost and donates it to the charity of their choice. This would make it easier for people to donate to charity and make it easier for charities to collect donations. What do you think? Is this something you would use?

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sarahkincaid
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I’m interested in the social impact of the gig economy, especially in education. I was thinking about this idea for a mobile app that connects students with professional tutors. Students would create profiles describing their academic goals, what they need help with, their schedule (for example, Monday nights are the only open time slot), and what they are willing to pay. Tutors can then apply to tutor them based on those parameters and rates they set. The site helps connect both parties as well as facilitate payments between them. This could be very useful for those who need one-off help, or those who don’t have the financial means to pay for school tutoring programs but want a more flexible option ...Read more

I’m interested in the social impact of the gig economy, especially in education. I was thinking about this idea for a mobile app that connects students with professional tutors. Students would create profiles describing their academic goals, what they need help with, their schedule (for example, Monday nights are the only open time slot), and what they are willing to pay. Tutors can then apply to tutor them based on those parameters and rates they set. The site helps connect both parties as well as facilitate payments between them. This could be very useful for those who need one-off help, or those who don’t have the financial means to pay for school tutoring programs but want a more flexible option than hiring a private tutor.

What do you think? Is this something you’d use?

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terrenceh
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One of the biggest challenges in healthcare is knowing whether the treatments you are receiving are working. I’m thinking about creating an online platform that helps patients gather data about their medical care. The app posts questions like what medications you are taking, what doctors you see, what procedures you undergo, and how your symptoms change over time. You can then review this data with your doctor to identify areas where things may not be working or areas for improvement. This might help patients better understand their conditions and find areas where they need more treatment, less treatment, or a different treatment altogether. What do you think? Is this something that would interest you as a patient?

One of the biggest challenges in healthcare is knowing whether the treatments you are receiving are working. I’m thinking about creating an online platform that helps patients gather data about their medical care. The app posts questions like what medications you are taking, what doctors you see, what procedures you undergo, and how your symptoms change over time. You can then review this data with your doctor to identify areas where things may not be working or areas for improvement. This might help patients better understand their conditions and find areas where they need more treatment, less treatment, or a different treatment altogether.

What do you think? Is this something that would interest you as a patient?

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sammyv
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I am thinking of creating a service to help people write books. The idea would be that you could show your book proposal to other people who have already written books, have them give you feedback, and then find out if they are interested in being involved with you as an editor or co-author or whatever. Is this something you’d be interested in?

I am thinking of creating a service to help people write books. The idea would be that you could show your book proposal to other people who have already written books, have them give you feedback, and then find out if they are interested in being involved with you as an editor or co-author or whatever. Is this something you’d be interested in?

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Anonymous
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I want to create a recommendation engine so groups can decide what to watch on Netflix together. Right now, the algorithm works well for individuals, but what if two or more people are watching together, and they can’t decide what to watch? This algorithm would take each person’s personal preferences and blend them together to recommend films and TV that the group would enjoy together. As groups watch more frequently together, the algorithm understands what to recommend better and the recommendations get more and more personalized Is this something you’d use?

I want to create a recommendation engine so groups can decide what to watch on Netflix together. Right now, the algorithm works well for individuals, but what if two or more people are watching together, and they can’t decide what to watch?

This algorithm would take each person’s personal preferences and blend them together to recommend films and TV that the group would enjoy together. As groups watch more frequently together, the algorithm understands what to recommend better and the recommendations get more and more personalized

Is this something you’d use?

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amyhan
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Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, but it can be really intimidating to get started. Maybe you feel like you’re not fit enough, you’re not good at sports, and so you just decide not to start. Having friends and making things a social experience might be able to help lower that barrier to getting started and discover new ways to get active and meet people, without already needing to be really good at the sport. My idea is for an app where users put in a sport they want to learn, and they’re matched with other people who put in the same sport and are also beginners. The app suggests a location where they can play that sport that’s ...Read more

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, but it can be really intimidating to get started. Maybe you feel like you’re not fit enough, you’re not good at sports, and so you just decide not to start. Having friends and making things a social experience might be able to help lower that barrier to getting started and discover new ways to get active and meet people, without already needing to be really good at the sport.

My idea is for an app where users put in a sport they want to learn, and they’re matched with other people who put in the same sport and are also beginners. The app suggests a location where they can play that sport that’s equal or so distance between the people in the group, and can help book the space, if it’s a reservation-required location. 

This way, people can get started both with getting more physically active and meeting new people, without the existing barrier of needing to be good enough at something that you don’t embarrass yourself. I think this could have some interesting social and health consequences, and I hope it helps people try out new things and lead healthier lives.

Is this something you or someone you know might like to try?

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