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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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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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pgabban
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As a program director for a nonprofit, I come across this case constantly: we always need volunteers, but making sure their time and efforts are used most effectively is always a challenge. There’s so much to do, and not always a lot of organization in place, so people tend to go where they are needed, but it’s not necessarily the best match for their skills or even what the organization is lacking. I envision a new kind of donation/volunteer two-sided marketplace. People indicate how they’d like to give (time, money, other), their skills, their availability, their interests, and their location, and nonprofits indicate what they’d like to receive (time, money, other), what skills they are looking for, when they need them, ...Read more

As a program director for a nonprofit, I come across this case constantly: we always need volunteers, but making sure their time and efforts are used most effectively is always a challenge. There’s so much to do, and not always a lot of organization in place, so people tend to go where they are needed, but it’s not necessarily the best match for their skills or even what the organization is lacking.

I envision a new kind of donation/volunteer two-sided marketplace. People indicate how they’d like to give (time, money, other), their skills, their availability, their interests, and their location, and nonprofits indicate what they’d like to receive (time, money, other), what skills they are looking for, when they need them, and their location. People are then matched to the nonprofit service that is the best fit for both parties, and the platform facilitates the location, events, and times that make the most amount of sense.

Not only do I think this could increase meaningful and helpful volunteers and donations, but I think this could also free up nonprofit staff to focus more on strategic and business planning and less on coordinating volunteers and donations.

Is this something you’d be interested in participating? If you’re part of the nonprofit world, is this something you feel is needed?

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amyhan
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Everyone loves the look of new piercings, but no one talks about the pain and hassle of aftercare! I want to start a fleet of mobile piercing studios, or studios on wheels. I’d rent out a few vans, hire a few piercers, and have each of them use a van in order to meet people where they are for piercings. Not only would it make things more convenient for people to get new piercings, but it would also be great for aftercare— instead of waiting weeks to see a piercer and potentially getting an infection or having your piercing close, you’d have a mobile piercer who could meet you and take a look at your piercing. I think this would also ...Read more

Everyone loves the look of new piercings, but no one talks about the pain and hassle of aftercare! I want to start a fleet of mobile piercing studios, or studios on wheels. I’d rent out a few vans, hire a few piercers, and have each of them use a van in order to meet people where they are for piercings.

Not only would it make things more convenient for people to get new piercings, but it would also be great for aftercare— instead of waiting weeks to see a piercer and potentially getting an infection or having your piercing close, you’d have a mobile piercer who could meet you and take a look at your piercing. I think this would also make it easier for piercers who sometimes have to deal with aftercare for a piercing gone bad weeks too late…

What do you think of this idea? What should I keep in mind in making it happen?

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kaci_myers
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I am thinking of creating a service to match people who are both searching for jobs so they can be each other’s “job search buddy,” motivating each other, holding each other accountable, and helping each other prepare for interviews. Currently, searching for a new job can be very unmotivating and confusing: you don’t know what you don’t know, and you can easily get burned out, especially after a few bad experiences. My services would help people learn from each other and approach what used to be a really solitary experience of searching for a job into a much more social and community-driven experience.  Is this something you’d want to participate in?

I am thinking of creating a service to match people who are both searching for jobs so they can be each other’s “job search buddy,” motivating each other, holding each other accountable, and helping each other prepare for interviews. Currently, searching for a new job can be very unmotivating and confusing: you don’t know what you don’t know, and you can easily get burned out, especially after a few bad experiences.

My services would help people learn from each other and approach what used to be a really solitary experience of searching for a job into a much more social and community-driven experience. 

Is this something you’d want to participate in?

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victoriacorinne
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I am a life coaching influencer in social media with over 10K followers, and I would like to build upon my follower community by offering paid products. I have seen other coaches been successful with selling a variety of products to their followers, including but not limited to: Paid courses Templates and web tools 1:1 coaching sessions Group coaching sessions I would like to hear which of these options might appeal to you and any other feedback you have to help me decide what direction to go in. Thank you!

I am a life coaching influencer in social media with over 10K followers, and I would like to build upon my follower community by offering paid products. I have seen other coaches been successful with selling a variety of products to their followers, including but not limited to:

  • Paid courses
  • Templates and web tools
  • 1:1 coaching sessions
  • Group coaching sessions

I would like to hear which of these options might appeal to you and any other feedback you have to help me decide what direction to go in. Thank you!

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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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millieb
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I am considering opening an artisanal gelato shop in my neighborhood and want to know: is this the type of place where you would consider becoming a customer? Why or why not? Here is more information about myself, my idea, and my neighborhood: Making artisanal gelato is in my blood. My grandparents owned a gelato shop in their town in Italy, and my grandmother taught me how to make gelato when I was a child. Our family specialty is Italian herb gelato: flavors like basil, rosemary, thyme, etc. I have never opened a restaurant or gelato shop before, but I’m a hard worker, and I am excited to give my all into making this work My shop would include Italian herb gelato flavors, ...Read more

I am considering opening an artisanal gelato shop in my neighborhood and want to know: is this the type of place where you would consider becoming a customer? Why or why not? Here is more information about myself, my idea, and my neighborhood:

  • Making artisanal gelato is in my blood. My grandparents owned a gelato shop in their town in Italy, and my grandmother taught me how to make gelato when I was a child. Our family specialty is Italian herb gelato: flavors like basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.
  • I have never opened a restaurant or gelato shop before, but I’m a hard worker, and I am excited to give my all into making this work
  • My shop would include Italian herb gelato flavors, as well as traditional flavors like vanilla and chocolate
  • I would plan to price my gelato a bit more expensive than neighboring ice cream shops, as my ingredients would be more premium and more expensive. In my neighborhood, one scoop of ice cream on a cone goes for about $4, and I would price mine around $4.50-5.50
  • I live in Brooklyn, NYC in a heavily-populated, family-friendly neighborhood. The area has been rapidly gentrifying, and the population tends towards millennials/Gen-X and their families

What do you think? Should I open this gelato shop?

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Anonymous
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As technology changes and new industries change faster than ever, for those looking to break into a new industry or looking to switch industries– the barrier to change is huge. You don’t know what you don’t know, and you don’t know who you don’t know. Industries can be extremely siloed, and you may not even know someone in the industry you’re looking to enter.  My idea is to start a cross-industry mentorship program where people indicate their current industry and future industries they are looking to explore. In order to incentivize mentorship, people must first mentor others who are looking to enter their industry before they receive mentorship in the industry they are ...Read more

As technology changes and new industries change faster than ever, for those looking to break into a new industry or looking to switch industries– the barrier to change is huge. You don’t know what you don’t know, and you don’t know who you don’t know. Industries can be extremely siloed, and you may not even know someone in the industry you’re looking to enter. 

My idea is to start a cross-industry mentorship program where people indicate their current industry and future industries they are looking to explore. In order to incentivize mentorship, people must first mentor others who are looking to enter their industry before they receive mentorship in the industry they are looking to explore. Because of this balance, people will be able to share their individual industry expertise while also connecting with others from other industries. 

What do you think of my idea? Is this something you would use or something you could see a friend being interested in?

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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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