Monthly Archives: August 2009

5 (New!) Ideas for Startup Weekend

Wow. I can’t believe that the last real idea post on this blog was five ideas for Startup Weekend that happened back in February! I’ve been throwing out little 140 character micro-ideas for a while (shameless plug: follow me! @astartupaday), but nothing with substance. So, in honor of the big event tomorrow, I’m going to go old-school up in here and throw out a few ideas to inspire all y’all startup weekend junkies.

Idea #1 – Social Media Certification

Problem: It seems like nowadays everyone is a self-proclaimed social media expert. How can you tell the difference between true social media experts and all the wannabees out there?

Solution: A site that allows users to take a validated, standardized test to determine the true depth of their social media knowledge. The test would be free, and users could post a badge on their site showing off their achievements. For a small fee, users who pass the test can order framed certificates or plaques to display in their office.

Idea #2 – FaceMeme

Problem: As more and more user-generated content is created via social networks, the amount of information becomes overwhelming.  Better filters are needed to pull out the best, most relevant information.

Solution: Create a site that pulls out the most popular links from all users who have set their Facebook profiles to “public”, and also allow users to log in to see the top links from their friends.  This site would be similar to TechMeme or TwitMeme, but for Facebook status updates.  Note: although most users have their profiles set to private now, as Facebook opens up more this app would be in a good opportunity to capitalize on the flood of data that will eventually be available from the Facebook public stream.

Idea #3 – Call 2 Compare

Problem:When people are out shopping for big-ticket items at brick-and-mortar stores, it is difficult to know if you are getting the best price or not.

Solution:Using the awesome Twilio service, build an app that allows users to call a phone number, enter the UPC code using your keypad, and hear a list of the best prices for that item. 

Idea #4 – Party Starter

Problem: You’re hanging out at a party where you don’t know anyone and are having a hard time making conversation with strangers

Solution: A mobile app that provides conversation starters, jokes, and other nuggets to make you the life of the party.

Idea #5 – Raising John Stamos

Problem: The problem is that this app needs to be made!  I pitched it at the last Startup Weekend, but it didn’t get enough interest.  Sooner or later…this will get made.  :)

Solution: It’s a mobile app that follows the basic format as the Tamagotchi or (fluff)Friends virtual pet – but with a twist. 

Instead of raising a cute little fuzzy animal, you would instead start off with an egg that hatches into a baby John Stamos.  Your job is to nurture your little Stamos from a fussy little baby into an international superstar.  Along the way, your Stamos would evolve from being an out-of-work waiter to landing his first TV commercial to getting cast in a pilot to becoming the uncle we all wished we had, Uncle Jessie in Full House.  

So which idea should I pitch on Friday?  Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Startup Day Early-Bird Pricing Ends Today!

The esteemed Mr. Marcelo Calbucci, founder of the Seattle 2.0 site where I occasionally blog, is putting together a very cool event next month called Startup Day. I would attempt to describe it, but knowing me I would probably butcher it, so here’s the official description shamelessly pulled from the front page of the site:

StartupDay 2009 is the conference for pre-entrepreneurs interested in founding or joining a tech startup. Learn what’s important for creating a tech business from scratch. Meet one-on-one with advisors. Learn how to pick the right idea, build your team, fund the business, build your product, bring it to market and make a profit.

I just signed up today, and I’m glad I did because today is the last day to get the early-bird pricing. If you’re interested, you can sign up at http://www.startupday.com. Hope to see you there!