Quickapply and I went through a rocky period in December. I’m committed now, but then I was totally planning to jump ship:
I spent a whole week generating, researching, and validating different ideas. And memes aside, I was totally planning to move forward with one of these. Can you guess which one?
Problem: Bay Area Indian immigrants want stuff (snacks, clothes, etc.) from India.
Solution 1: Getting travelers to share luggage space for money. Say, $100 for a suitcase’s worth.
Solution 2: Shipping those sought out products to the U.S. myself and selling the specific products here. #globaltrade #IWorkAtFlexport
Verdict: My mom shot it down, which was worrisome, because she’d be the user. I’d also have to interview my mom’s friends to understand the space better, which would be awkward, though maybe I’d get over it. I’ve currently dismissed it as not my opportunity to pursue.
Problem: The Internet is so distracting, and not just the main sites like Facebook and Twitter, but also Medium, Quora, StackOverflow, etc.
Solution: Chrome extension that hides not just Facebook/Twitter, but other sites, especially recommended articles/links on various sites.
Related Problem: So easy to get distracted when doing research for an article.
Related Solution: Chrome extension to show only 3-5 Google results, so you don’t click on every link when doing research.
Verdict: In the short term, I want to make money. I see it as a scorecard more than anything else, but this was a dealkiller for me.
#3. Expat List
Problem: What are the good software engineering jobs abroad? And maybe not as often a problem, what are the breakout companies abroad with SWE jobs?
Solution: A job list that has those software engineering jobs! MVP, a spreadsheet. Perhaps not just a job list, but a resource for looking for SWE jobs abroad.
Verdict: I don’t know if people actually want it. But I do see the path forward in making it and distributing it if they do. Info software product!
Problem 1: Terminals hurt my eyes when looking at logs and error output. Can we have some automatic styling for that stuff?
Problem 2: When I code, I get errors. I don’t like that.
Solution 1: Better styling, not enough to warrant new product.
Solution 2: Automagically suggest fixes in terminal for errors. Perhaps MVP, show StackOverflow thumbnails based on error message?
Verdict: I actually didn’t research this one as much as the others. But it’s super hard for me to reason about the solution, and again, it seems a bit like a Solution In Search of a Problem
#5. CaaS—Community as a Service
Problem: It’s hard to find a community (a friend group) when you get to a new city. Mostly just get one-off friends. Also, in adulthood in general.
Solution: Some platform that organizes a group of people to become a friend group. Potentially through an initial trip (I believe this is a great way to form a friend group, there’ll be a group chat plus extended time to hang out). Potentially through housing (Bungalow might do smth like this tho). Potentially through some kind of community center, like a subscription based dining hall or bar? Or some variant of fraternity pledging?
I think it’s unlikely any of you will implement these ideas.
I remember I was vaguely worried these two Facebook commenters would steal my Quickapply idea, which was silly.
See my chat with a friend:
But they never did build out the idea!
On the real though, I don’t mind, build one of these out! Do an awesome job, and then tell me all about it :)