Starting a new business is difficult. And we’re not just talking about all the legal and accounting requirements you have to deal with, forms, extra paperwork, hassles, etc. To start a business, you have to have an idea. And while ideas are easy to come by, ideas that result in a successful new business model can be a little trickier.
If you’re a budding entrepreneur, why not ask for a little help?
GoDaddy – yes, the domain name registrar – has officially launched a new app for iOS (now) and Android (soon) that aims to take the guesswork out of idea generation a bit, assuming participants give their honest, candid feedback on any business ideas you have. Enter, To burst.
“Everyone has ideas, but too often they go nowhere. We created Flare because we recognized the need for a community where people can get unbiased feedback on ideas and connect with new ideas. others to help turn those ideas into something meaningful.Whether you just had a passing thought and want to explore where you might be able to take it, or you’ve dreamed of starting your own business all your life , Flare is the first place to go for someone who wants to take the next step,” Rene Reinsberg, vice president of emerging products at GoDaddy, said in an interview with VentureBeat.
Luckily, GoDaddy does a little to help users avoid having to evaluate and review hundreds of thousands of crazy business ideas at once. When you load the application, you are offered three ideas. That’s it. And, to borrow a page from Tinder, you swipe left on an idea to banish it from your screen and swipe right on ideas you like (either personally or ideas you think have the potential to become real businesses).
Each Flare user can submit one idea per day. So, no, flooding the app with all your ideas all the time won’t work. And if people don’t really care about your idea and it gains less than ten followers (right swipes) in a 24-hour period, it’s automatically removed from Flare. If it’s of some interest, you can interview more people to help you narrow down some details.
“Once your idea is popular, you can ask quick yes/no questions to decide where you want to take your idea. Ask as many questions, as often as you want. Think about the questions you would need answered before you decide to invest a lot of time and energy into an idea and ask your followers these questions. Remember, these are people who love your idea and want to help you make it happen. Take advantage of their help.” Notes from GoDaddy.
Be careful though. What you share on Flare is fair game for others to steal their debut on their own, if you haven’t taken any legal steps before sharing sensitive or detailed information on the service.
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“In some cases, you may want to consider not immediately sharing certain technical details or filing a provisional patent to secure patent pending status. Even then, two ideas may sound very similar or start with one goal. similar, but their paths may diverge as they grow and become very different. In most cases, you, the entrepreneur, are the secret sauce to making an idea succeed,” warns GoDaddy.
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