Monday, November 06, 2006

Pain Points & Solutions

Is there a site out there that collects problems and desired use cases?

I've wondered repeatedly over the years if there wouldn't be a huge value to having a site that collects problems and use cases. You see, in my experience, having clearly articulated a question is almost having an answer, and most difficult questions are so because we haven't really nailed the question yet.

So, what I propose is a Yahoo-like directory, using categorization, tagging, comments, cross-linking, etc., to capture what we perceive to be problems awaiting solutions—and solutions awaiting problems (yes, these are abundant and valuable as well).

It seems that the Internet is already giving rise to solutions in this direction, such as the recent My Dream App contest. But, I have yet to see it done in a systematic fashion.

I think it would be a great adjunct to a service like the one my wife is starting up to help startups start up, Startup Cents.

A directory of problems and solutions would seem like a great water cooler for inventors and entrepreneurs to gather around.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Claes-Fredrik Mannby said...

Here's a great start to a list of pain points:

Turn your iPod into an office?

7:16 AM  
Blogger Jesse Peterson said...

Something like ShouldExist.org perhaps? If such a site/system got immensly popular how would one keep the idea submissions on track? Say, a digg-style rating system or maybe just activity (though popularity begets popularity so there'd have to be some check.

5:54 PM  

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