Every startup on the web today begun with an idea the founder conceived. It probably was among a lot of other ideas the founder was considering. Year after year new startups are built and launched with or without investor support. The initial idea has always been a starting point– not a blueprint, but mostly a question that seeks to solve a problem. I have been thinking about these ideas and have been conducting a lot of research to see their potential in the year 2010.
Although not all these ideas are very complicated, they do require a bit of technical know-how for the most part. Some might use Mobile Broadband and some use wiki-technology, but most of them use some sort of user interaction and Web 2.0 functionality. Check them out and use them as a starting point for your own startup ideas.The Startup Ideas worth Exploring in 2010 includes
Location based ads for consumers.
Consumers spend lots of time on the internet looking for products to buy. You can help by providing mobile application that sends specific ads to users in locations they prefer. Persuading customers to sign up for a steady barrage of marketing offers may prove the bigger challenge. Enterprises pay to send micro messages as ads to consumers.
Redefine IT Departments of Enterprises
Consider building an application for the IT department of Enterprises that will help in their daily and routine jobs of finding solutions to problems in their company. Add a collaboration tool that enable them to share within the LAN or WAN.
If you google “Frustrations of EBay Customers” , you can find so many problems that customers go through when using ebay. Some of them are difficult for eBay to implement because of the structure and nature of their business. You can identify particular once that have received the most complain and make it into a startup. You can tap into their API if need be to solve it.
IPhone application marketer.
Raising app awareness at the app store is a huge problem for iphone developers. Currently there are 150,000 applications recorded. is a marketing problem. Applications are buried a week or two after its official acceptance to the appstore. You can build a mobile application or even a web app that makes it easy for developers to blast campaigns about their apps to their target market.
Product and Service wish list + SMS
Shoppers and internet purchasers add products to their shopping carts all the time. Sometimes some of these products are not bought by user, but if there are discounts on them consumers may consider buying. Your task is to develop a web app that makes it easy for consumers to add their wish list to their accounts, you will then send them notifications via email, feeds, or sms if they are discounts on the products they select. You can even allow them to buy from your platform.
Enterprise wiki + project management + Yammer.
Employees collaborate to accomplish so many tasks at various companies. Allow your users select colleagues and send notes both long and short. New employees can sign up in the network for training through media exchanges. In simple terms give them socialtext, yammer and a project management feature on a single dashboard.
Customer feedback for enterprises on a single platform. Enterprises pay to access information customer complains for their company. Businesses will be looking to customers, partners and other company sources for the ideas and innovation through the feedback. Getsatisfaction uservoice are doing well, but I think it’s just the beginning. There are still opportunities to serve the new customer who now has a voice.
People and contact aggregation for sales.
Allow your users to see how they are connected to other people who could be a lead for sales, which is an excellent tool in generating new contacts of your own for sales purposes. This should just be focused on sales leads. Companies would sign their sales executives on if you give them opportunity to connect with others on the internet that can help them make a sale.
User generated Magazine
Allow users to Subscribe and create their own magazines. Aggregate all top magazines online and allow users to combine articles and create their own version. Partner with subscription and paid magazines. Users can download their magazines for a fee.
TV/Radio Programs Aggregation
Aggregate movies or TV shows programs for the week being shown in users geographical area based on particular stations/channel. Users pay subscription fees to be updated weekly on any location of their choice.
Hundreds of technology meetings are organized all over the word every year. Most Technology followers and startup founders wish they were present at such functions. Your responsibility is to create a virtual camp online that can be likened to Techcrunch 50, Seedcamp ,Web 2.0 conference, Mobile Conference, Facebook Garage, Barcamp etc. Provide oppoertunity for pitches to be made in real time .
Twitter Version of Digg
There are just too many useful twits that are difficult to trace or follow on twitter. How about a news aggregation of all twits on twitter designed like Digg where popular news will be the most twitted news or story.
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