June 26, 2019
An abridged list of business and side project ideas
I love writing down business ideas and side project ideas as they pop into my head. I'm not sure if it's my natural tendency or design thinking training that prompts me to do it, but it's a growing habit. The problem is, I often get sidetracked fantasizing or designing the whole business model in my head, before I even consider whether I like the idea. I've decided a healthier approach to my habit is to share them with others.
If anyone is inspired or interested in a particular idea, let me know. I'll happily support and collaborate. If you want to know the ideas that hold my attention and didn't make the list, then contact me and let's have a conversation.
The List (Updated June 26th)
AudioCulture: A directory site that shows company profiles and all the public videos/podcasts/talks by current employees. A more contextual way to learn about company values and culture.
Demostat: A collaborative smart-thermostat that averages the feedback of people in the building.
LandGrab: Using aerial photography to prospect ideal locations for commercial urban rooftop gardening. Data analysis from third parties could calculate the viability of a location in regards to delivery points and access to consumers.
Layman: Genius for terms of service documents. Crowdsourced and upvoted interpretations of popular terms of service documents understandable by everyone.
Podcast Roulette: Each week randomly pair 2 thought leaders and connect them for a conversation. They wouldn’t know their identities until the record button is pressed.
Gingham: Mobile or on-demand service that sells pre-packaged picnic baskets that people can pick up and share with friends at parks, concerts, outdoor events.
JobType: A job board that is filterable by Myers Briggs personality types. Helps job seekers find jobs that fit their larger potential, rather than limit to current title.
ShowTell: Augmented reality instruction manual that enables customers to point their phone camera at specific points on a printed manual to reveal visual instructions.
The Opportunist: A newsletter focused on highlighting opportunities at the fringe of mainstream business. Inspiring people to pursue careers in other industries and expanding their understanding of what’s possible.
Landed: Consulting service that helps large private landowners diversify their income streams, utilize tax advantages, and responsibly open their land for public use. Could operate in conjunction with a platform like HipCamp
Flowback: A tool that ingests Webflow backup history and creates time-lapse videos of specific pages to show their development and progress.
RecipeBox: A Blue Apron-like service that allows you to upload a recipe and have the ingredients sent to your house in an already-prepared box.
Graham and Co.: Restaurant and bar that centers around the ability to reserve a campfire for the night. Would pay by the hour and be serviced by a “fire tender” who also provides food and drink service.
System Error SEO: Create a list of popular software products and identify the known error messages they throw. Find clients in relevant industries and help them create hyper-targeted content addressing those issues. Ie. Salesforce consultants, Hubspot marketing experts, Wordpress developers...etc
GreenChef: Browser plugin which replaces unhealthy ingredients in recipes with common healthy alternatives. * Would only work on websites using specific schema markup
Music Pods: Converted storage units with 24 hr access and soundproofed interiors. Modeled after co-working with private pods clustered around shared creative spaces.
Design Patterns: Coloring books for designers where each page is a screenshot of a famous web page from the Internet Archive