An AI tool to automate ideation

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March 7th, 2023
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Automate early brainstorming with AI-powered suggestions for product names, taglines, personas, and more.
Dissatisfied with the tools available for distributed work, maker Kaspars Dancis founded Whimsical in 2017.
The platform’s collaboration tools include flowcharts, wireframes, mind maps, sticky notes, and syncable documents — in an effort to end app-switching and challenge spreadsheet and slide deck dominance in remote team workflows.
Whimsical raised $30M in a Series A funding round in November 2021, with angel investments from GitHub’s CEO and COO, Stripe’s CPO, and Dropbox’s co-founder.
Today, the Whimsical team is launching Whimsical AI for Mind Maps in beta: an integration to the core product that generates ideas for mind maps, in response to simple text prompts.

Automating early-stage ideation with AI

Say you're thinking about building a fitness app. 
Whimsical AI can help you come up with a name for your product, logo ideas, brand values, and potential buyer personas.
Using the provided suggestions, users can generate ideas and conduct research without ever leaving the app or losing their train of thought.
“We want to make it possible for anyone to use this technology directly where it has already proven to be most valuable — during the early stages of ideation.” 
— Whimsical founder and CEO, Kaspars Dancis.

An AI twist on an age-old brainstorming tool

Mind mapping as a tool for ideation and visual thinking was popularized by pop psychology author Tony Buzan in the 1970s. The first evidence of humans using this technique to understand and map complex information, however, dates back to as early as the 3rd century.
Porphyry of Tyre, a Greek philosopher born in 234 CE is credited with creating the earliest known mind map in the form of the Porphyrian tree (see below), which was a way to classify Aristotle’s Categories in a logical process.
As aforementioned, Whimsical’s platform includes not only (now AI-integrated) mind-mapping functionality, but also tools to create user journeys, mockups, actionable sticky notes, and more — collaboration elements the team call “primitives.”
The company’s goal is to make remote work better than being in the same room, and what sets the product apart — other than their new AI-powered suggestions for mind mapping — is how these “primitives” sync up with one another to create more collaborative visual workspaces. (For example: users can connect product requirement documents to wireframe mockups.)

Do you use Whimsical? Leave a review to let the team know your thoughts.

The Whimsical team is open to feedback on Whimsical AI for Mind Maps as well as “any other ideas you have for how we could apply AI to our products in the future.”
Comments (17)
LisaKim
In short words, this is an AI product that facilitates collaboration, amazing! I am an introvert so I like to draw mind maps for myself, I tried Whimsical AI and it was fun because it was like I had a thinking partner to bounce off my ideas from :) Great use of AI!
LisaKim
Another good use of AI is Maimovie! It's a recommendation AI, but instead of creating mindmaps, it creates new semantic signals to generate novel and relevant recommendations. Launched today 🚀
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An AI tool to automate ideation is a software application that uses artificial intelligence algorithms to generate new ideas and concepts automatically. The tool can analyze a variety of inputs, such as user preferences, market trends, and other relevant data, to generate creative and unique ideas for products, services, or solutions. The goal of this tool is to streamline and speed up the ideation process, allowing businesses and individuals to generate more ideas in less time. This tool can be especially useful for teams working on projects that require a lot of brainstorming and ideation, as it can help to generate a large number of ideas quickly, which can then be refined and further developed. Denver Limo service
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Roman
I love the inclusion of the Porphyrian tree symbol, it got me very positively interested. For me the ancient maps of soul/mind are very inspiring. I will definitely dig into your service. Thank you for this amazing visual cue!
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It's a really most valuable app for generating new ideas!!