Ideator

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#4 Product of the DayDecember 07, 2015

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Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner, The Upstarters
So a couple of things that popped into my mind while watching the video... Idea is kept private... don't you think it would be more beneficial to have all the ideas brought to Ideator freely discussed within the network? Others may have tackled problems you are facing and have an easy way to solve them. Much like a startup studio... I think there is more benefit by sharing your idea with those around you (especially if in the Ideator umbrella). There are a lot of benefits to this. I think keeping an idea private is not the best path. Secondly, what qualifies the Ideator team to be the ones in the best position to help anyone with their business? What is the track record, what have people been working on previously and what are their backgrounds? Also, closely related to my previous question... how can people trust that the lawyers/designers/etc Ideator help set you up with are the best people for your idea? Lastly... What is it going to cost?
charlie smithMaker@cpsmith04 · Co-founder
@bentossell Great questions. I completely agree. We want all Ideas to be public. Then the people who leverage the community will benefit the most (just look at Product Hunt). Unfortunately, most people are really hesitant to share their ideas. It’s a big part of the reason they never start their business in the first place. It’s like a 2 step process. First we get them comfortable sharing their idea within a trusted circle. Eventually they may see the benefit of the broader community and open it up. It’s the choice they ultimately get to make. We don’t think we can help every Ideator with every issue they face. That is where the community is so important. We are currently helping some of the ideators through more traditional consulting. This way, we can understand the common challenges they face and help automate the steps to overcome them so others can benefit down the road. I started my career as an Entrepreneur and didn’t really know it. I simply started a business out of college and was off to the races. I sold that and logged a few years at Salesforce. Then the idea for Ideator was brought to me and I couldn’t resist the urge to build it. I see the first part of my career as the perfect persona for our product. The rest of the Ideator team brings with them decades of experience in business in various industries, roles, and locations. When we don’t have the expertise to help an ideator, we bring in the help from one of the advisors in the community. That’s the whole premise. We’re democratizing the process of launching a business by introducing everyone to the tools and resources they need. We have worked with many of the lawyers, designers, etc. that we recommend. That’s hugely important to us. If we haven’t worked with them before, we tend to seek out someone who has to get a referral. Ideators can further vet professionals that might want access to their idea. Then if they decide to proceed the Ideator sends the invite - that triggers an automatically generated NDA for the interested party. Ideator is free. We will monazite though various channels when the community is big enough.
Hans van Gent@jcvangent
I like these things, reminds me a bit of http://home.elevatr.com/, but indeed as @bentossell suggest I think the biggest advance could be to have it public by default. This way you're accountable for the stuff which you put in there, and with the peer pressure which comes along with it, makes it better to actually continue the needed steps. Keep on the good work though!
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner, The Upstarters
@cpsmith04 so I think it would be beneficial to invest it trying to show people how opening up their ideas in the first place can be beneficial... agreed that some people wont but ultimately I think that its probably detrimental in the long run, so if they are not paying for services but using your time - maybe you should consider a stricter process.. On that note, how are you going to divide up your time between each team that joins? If 100 teams joined from Product Hunt today, how would you deal with that? Are there profile links to the Ideator team so people can check them out? Otherwise it is just going off recommendations of others - which unfortunately doesn't always work out! If Ideator is free then who pays for the lawyers/desingers/etc hourly costs?
charlie smithMaker@cpsmith04 · Co-founder
@jcvangent @bentossell Thanks Hans. I love this feedback. Honestly this is the first request I've heard to keep it totally open (we have had lot's of requests for private communities though). I would love to hear others thoughts. Setting to public by default is a bold move but it makes complete sense. Accountability really helps when building the community. And there will always be details that are not public.
charlie smithMaker@cpsmith04 · Co-founder
@bentossell We are not personally helping every person who joins the platform. Although right now, to build a solid foundation for our community, we are helping as many as we can. And users are getting value from the platform today without help from us. Our next step is to provide ideators with tools (specific goals and tasks) to solve a litany of early business challenges. If 100 hunters take us up on our offer, build out a complete idea, and assign a specific goal for us, we will help them. We will take our best crack a providing a really good set of tasks to complete that goal. This process helps create the content we need to build our tools needed to help all our users. Users can access profiles for the Ideator team and all the other users on the platform. If people on the platform connect and do business, they can work out the payment details separately. Right now, we don't want to broker that transaction.
Jessica BuergerMaker@jessicabuerger · Community Manager, Ideator
With all these hunters around, I'm astonished! We’ve hidden 'Glasshole Kitty' on our landing page and no one here has yet found it. https://www.producthunt.com/tech...
Violeta NedkovaHunter@violetanedkova · Creative Rebel Coach
We all need some help with launching our ideas. Am I right?!
Benyamin Clayman@yozapli · FileQE
@violetanedkova Who made your explainer video? Really nice!
Jessica BuergerMaker@jessicabuerger · Community Manager, Ideator
@yozapli @violetanedkova Thanks Benyamin! We're pretty proud of our promo video too. Head on over to: http://videosparks.net/ideator-3! They're great to work with, super fun & talented team.
charlie smithMaker@cpsmith04 · Co-founder
@violetanedkova Thanks again for hunting us! Were you able to find glasshole kitty hiding on our landing page?
charlie smithMaker@cpsmith04 · Co-founder
Thanks for hunting us Violeta! 8 months ago we launched Ideator. Since then we have been working to help a small community of awesome entrepreneurs find success in business. We started to solve one common problem. When starting a business, figuring out the first steps is really hard. Especially with the first business you launch. Then each additional step to move the business forward is another learning process. And most businesses have the toughest time with the same challenges that others face. We are going to fix that.
Spencer Bratman@spencerbratman · Co-Founder
Cool concept. Just made an account. It would be nice if the files uploaded could be synched with Google Docs for collaboration.
Jessica BuergerMaker@jessicabuerger · Community Manager, Ideator
@spencerbratman completely agree. This is on our roadmap for 2016 and I couldn't be more excited, seriously.