I love my job but am always dreaming up new ideas. I talk about these ideas with friends who usually have great suggestions. I keep a diary of these ideas but that doesn’t seem like a good way to keep the ideas flowing.
Keeping these ideas private adds no value, so here’s the list:
As eco themes, transportation, bikes, buses and trains command more attention and revenue from state and local governments more people are thinking about how they commute. I envision a retail store where people could shop for products they use in their daily commute. The store would need a learning component to it showcases new ideas in commuting and have relationships with other local stores to sell products such as bikes.
I love sites like Mint.com and SmartyPig.com that promote new ways to manage your money and save. Consumers get into credit card debt by purchasing big ticket items then paying a high interest rate. Retails Shops often feel “it’s the Consumers responsibility to manage their money”. It’s time everyone comes together to create a better option.
and on the Startup Weekend website.
My wife and I talk alot about dates of meaningful moments in our past. Although I remember what we did, I can never remember the actual dates. Providing a way for couples to enter key dates, upload photos and share these dates on Facebook would be a cool web app. A nice timeline view and a public presence of this application would be key.
A relatively new idea I’ve been thinking about. We have a 14 mo old daughter and a great Nanny. She logs her miles and expenses, needs to post her vacation time and around tax time, needs us to provide her with a W2 showing her weekly paychecks and other payments (overtime, etc). When our daughter was a baby, our Nanny would also log daily activities and feeding schedules. Today, we use a binder and Basecamp to communicate with eachother, seems like their could be a web app to handle this better.
One Level of Knowledge
Around the water cooler I am talking about sports, pop culture and other topics relevant to our company. I would love to subscribe to a daily email about these topics. Did the Rockies just trade their star player? Did the Broncos decide on a new QB for the upcoming season. I love being armed with one level of knowledge to participate in these 2 minute water cooler conversations.
If you like any of these ideas I’d love to hear your thoughts.