Discuss Ideas

Please use the comments feature on this page to share your ideas with other Reedies. If you find a compelling idea and would like to collaborate on it, contact the poster and try forming a team for the Start-Up Lab.


14 Responses to “Discuss Ideas”

  1. jajordan13 January 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    Paul Messnick is looking for team members for Mustache, an online exchange to connect small businesses with advertising and design services. Email Paul to join the team or leave a reply here.

  2. Don Berg January 25, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    Feedback Engine is an online method of enabling people who share a passion to connect with each other in order to deepen their skills or collaborate on arriving at consensus on a particular question. The Feedback Engine is a back end process for web sites that already have an established community that would like to enrich their users experience by offering a contest, offering automated facilitation of discussions to reach consensus on a question, or educate them to a particular standard.

    Don Berg created the Feedback Engine idea and is looking for teammates to flesh it out. Who wants to play?

    • Clemmie Wotherspoon January 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      I do Don! Can I join?

  3. Rory Bowman, '90 January 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I talked with some students about the Working Weekend over Paideia and have seen the on-campus publicity materials (a table tent, poster on Saturday panels, eight-page pamphlet on the Fri-Sun startup series). I think it would help quite a bit to post some general explanation so students understand where these sort of things fit into the general career/business landscape and *particularly* the VC/pitch ecosystem.

    Such an explanation and more orientation well before Friday would, I think, increase the number and quality of attendees for an event that begins on a Friday evening and lasts until noon Sunday.

    • jajordan13 January 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      Hi Rory,
      If you are on campus or know someone who is we could use some help distributing the info. I can write up a more general explanation of the Start-Up Lab, but would need some help getting the materials posted around campus. Let me know if you are some students you know could help.

      • Rory Bowman, '90 January 29, 2012 at 12:18 am #

        I can be on campus early one morning to post 100-150 flyers along the high-traffic corridor between Commons and the Library. Please see email just sent.

  4. Zach Babb January 28, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    If you are interested in working on a household energy idea that would allow home owners to monitor specific energy use and apply “smart” technology to their home appliances while reducing energy waste, email Zach at zachbabb@me.com or reply here.

    • surajdpant January 29, 2012 at 1:26 am #

      Zach, this is a cool area to work in. If you haven’t already checked Opower out, please do.. they are already doing some amazing work.

    • Mia Reback January 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      Hi Zach, I’m really interested in reducing household energy use and cutting down waste! I have an idea for a small solar panel that directly powers specific smaller plug-in appliances (blenders, toasters, microwaves etc) as well as providing a solar connected outlet for people to plug in chargers for things like phones, computers, cameras, lamps etc. It’s a way for people who cannot afford to install large solar systems to power their entire home to still cut down energy bills by using solar energy for extras. Are you interested in encompassing this type of technology into your idea?

      • Zach Babb January 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

        My idea can definitely encompass adding solar power at the household level, and in fact has at the heart of its motivation laying down the infrastructure for easy integration of renewable energy technologies. Email me at zachbabb@me.com and we can talk more.

  5. Matt Fernandez January 30, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    My friend Akash and I are pitching our idea: A computer program to recognize emotion in human voice to benefit people, especially children, with autism. We have developed a working program and have been recognized by many science fairs, filed for a utility patent, and were featured in the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/magazine/mag-27science-t.html) and on NPR Science Friday (http://www.npr.org/2010/12/10/131967508/Teaching-Computers-To-Be-More-Empathetic). Here is a 2min video explaining the research-side of our project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnbsGyViN3Y

    We were invited by Jim Huston, a panelist for Reed startup weekend, and we are seniors in high school. Our goal is to expand our research and software into a company. If you are interested in joining our group, send me an email at fernandm@go.oes.edu.

    • jajordan13 January 30, 2012 at 4:17 am #

      Matt and Akash have a terrific idea and have already been recognized for their work. Email them or reply in he comments to join their team and help move the idea further forward during Reed Start-Up weekend.

  6. Mary Emily O'Hara January 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Seeking techie types to help bring Art Handlr to life! Art Handlr is a sales portal and social networking site & app for artists that dramatically cuts down gallery commissions, allowing artists to retain a larger percentage of income while reducing overall prices, making art purchases more available to buyers of various income sectors.
    Artists will submit a portfolio for review to join the site, just as they would in the gallery signing process. Accepted artists will then be given a sales portal with a section featuring their CV and blog. Artists and buyers will be able to connect with each other in social networking-style communities, with news feeds, forums, and groups.
    I am an artist, journalist, and art historian with a strong interest in web and app-based art sales. I am currently writing a thesis on labor economics in the art world and would like to help contribute to structural economic changes that allow artists to gain more direct control of the business aspect of their practices.
    I have very few programming/platform skills and desperately need a tech team for Start-Up!
    Please respond or email me if interested.


  7. Bryan Kim January 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I am working on a non-profit microfinance/financial literacy idea which aims to offer low-income clients in the US microlending and microsavings services after they have completed a financial literacy course. Ultimately, successful clients should find themselves financially sound enough to be able to access traditional means of banking and capital. If you are interested at all in this idea, please email me at bkim@reed.edu.

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