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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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danielstevens
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I’m an orthopedic doctor who sees many patients for back pain. Oftentimes, they carry heavy backpacks or purses, which make the problem even worse. I’m thinking about designing a doctor-recommended backpack: designed to more evenly distribute weight and release tension from areas of the back that are weaker to areas that are more strong. Would you be interested in purchasing something like this? Are you a product or industrial designer/engineer who could partner with me on this?

I’m an orthopedic doctor who sees many patients for back pain. Oftentimes, they carry heavy backpacks or purses, which make the problem even worse. I’m thinking about designing a doctor-recommended backpack: designed to more evenly distribute weight and release tension from areas of the back that are weaker to areas that are more strong. Would you be interested in purchasing something like this? Are you a product or industrial designer/engineer who could partner with me on this?

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Anonymous
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My idea is for an app that trains virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google home to understand accented English better. The program will use thousands of hours of audio from different accents and machine learning to help these virtual assistants better interpret English with accents. What do you think? Would this be helpful for you or anyone you know?

My idea is for an app that trains virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google home to understand accented English better. The program will use thousands of hours of audio from different accents and machine learning to help these virtual assistants better interpret English with accents. What do you think? Would this be helpful for you or anyone you know?

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Anonymous
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There’s nothing more frustrating than going to the doctor, being told you’ll owe nothing or have no co-pay for a visit, then having a hefty medical bill arrive in your mail a few weeks or months later. Why is it that we know the price we’re paying for every other service before we buy it except for American healthcare? I’m proposing a site that functions like Yelp but for medical bills. After a visit, you share what doctor you saw, what insurance you have, what treatment you had, and then what you ended up paying out of pocket. You’re able to see other people’s experiences with doctors and what they paid before you have a visit, and you can pay it ...Read more

There’s nothing more frustrating than going to the doctor, being told you’ll owe nothing or have no co-pay for a visit, then having a hefty medical bill arrive in your mail a few weeks or months later. Why is it that we know the price we’re paying for every other service before we buy it except for American healthcare?

I’m proposing a site that functions like Yelp but for medical bills. After a visit, you share what doctor you saw, what insurance you have, what treatment you had, and then what you ended up paying out of pocket. You’re able to see other people’s experiences with doctors and what they paid before you have a visit, and you can pay it forward by helping others estimate their medical bills ahead of time as well.

What do you think?

Is this something you’d find value in?

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jon_leavens
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I am thinking of creating a plugin to help track and share gift suggestions with people, so people can receive and give gifts they actually want.  Currently, gifting is challenging: you could take a gamble and give someone a gift they don’t actually want. You could ask their friends or family what to get them, but they might not be able to clearly identify someone else’s taste and know what they would actually want. With this plugin, you’d simply allow it to track your web browsing activity (similar to social media), and others you allow to see your activity would get personalized gift recommendations for you.  Is this something you’d use?

I am thinking of creating a plugin to help track and share gift suggestions with people, so people can receive and give gifts they actually want. 

Currently, gifting is challenging: you could take a gamble and give someone a gift they don’t actually want. You could ask their friends or family what to get them, but they might not be able to clearly identify someone else’s taste and know what they would actually want. With this plugin, you’d simply allow it to track your web browsing activity (similar to social media), and others you allow to see your activity would get personalized gift recommendations for you. 

Is this something you’d use?

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kira_g
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With more and more employees reporting mental fatigue and burnout, especially since the start of COVID, companies are starting to put actions into place, offering more mental health resources, webinars, and trainings. However, these actions are typically for employees once they’ve already started burning out, which doesn’t necessarily mitigate the burnout. I propose a more proactive solution: an Employee Burnout Tracker. This tracker would link to project management software, like Jira and Asana, and it would measure employee workloads by measuring assignments given to them and deadlines. If an employee is coming close to being overloaded with work, it proactively informs the employee’s manager, so the manager can start to look for ways to alleviate workload or redistribute assignments, so the ...Read more

With more and more employees reporting mental fatigue and burnout, especially since the start of COVID, companies are starting to put actions into place, offering more mental health resources, webinars, and trainings. However, these actions are typically for employees once they’ve already started burning out, which doesn’t necessarily mitigate the burnout.

I propose a more proactive solution: an Employee Burnout Tracker. This tracker would link to project management software, like Jira and Asana, and it would measure employee workloads by measuring assignments given to them and deadlines. If an employee is coming close to being overloaded with work, it proactively informs the employee’s manager, so the manager can start to look for ways to alleviate workload or redistribute assignments, so the employee is supported before they become burned out.

I believe my solution will be valuable for enterprises in helping improve employee experience and retention. If you are a corporate buyer: is this something you’d be interested in for your workforce?

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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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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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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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