Stijn Van Bael

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Stijn Van Bael
Posted over 1 year ago
Community driven website that links together the best ideas, the best workers and required financing
I have an old Google code project that you can toy with. But I need to know your Gmail address in order to add you to the project. You can send me a mail at stijnvanbael(a)gmail.com Alternatively you can create one of your own, or set up a Github project. SourceForge needs a little more work to set up. I also created a Google+ page to experiment with. I also need your e-mail address to let you experiment with it though.
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Stijn Van Bael
Posted over 1 year ago
Community driven website that links together the best ideas, the best workers and required financing
I've made you administrator on the forum. As for Google+, the interface is easier to use than a forum, especially the admin part. Sharing is very easy and if you already have a Google account, you don't have the threshold of registering as a forum user. Facebook could work just as well, but I personally prefer Google+ since it's cleaner and discussions generally tend to be more serious there. I like the hangouts too. It's the easiest and cheapest (=free) way I know to do group video chat. I suggest you try Google+ and see whether you like it or not. We could use a wiki that is linked to a social coding platform like Github, SourceForge or Google Code. It is a developer oriented approach, but it has the advantage of having everything in one place. And I know, I'm starting to sound like a Google salesperson now, but I would also suggest Google Docs for visualizing concepts quickly. Microsoft has a similar service, Office 365, but is a commercial product.
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Stijn Van Bael
Posted over 1 year ago
Community driven website that links together the best ideas, the best workers and required financing
Agreed, we should take this conversation to another platform. I can't even directly reply to your reply about, probably because the column would become too narrow. The only other forum I found where ideas can be discussed out in the open is http://www.creativitypool.com/forums.php But I don't see much valuable feedback on the ideas there. The last thing I want is more "Hey you have Creativity Pool, why would you want anything else?" or "This idea is stupid" type of comments. So I suggest using a free forum. Apparently, http://ideas.freeforums.org wasn't taken. So I took the liberty to register it. Edit: It suddenly sprung into my mind that many people I know share ideas through Google+. I think a Google+ page would be a good alternative.
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Stijn Van Bael
Posted over 1 year ago
Community driven website that links together the best ideas, the best workers and required financing
The idea is still growing in my mind, but I'll share my thoughts so far. I like the concept of staging ideas as on Cuusoo. But the guidance is missing and I totally don't like the fact that you lose ownership of the idea. Presenting the idea is the first stage. Emphasis in the presentation stage is on guiding you on how to express your idea, with a good headline, visual footage and the right tags. Senior members can help you clarify your idea. They can also assist you on presenting it in a way that it will receive the attention it deserves. Stackoverflow has a similar system for questions. The goal of the first stage is to brainstorm about approaches and attract participants. The result of the first stage is a set of different opinions and a list of potential participants. The next stage is about formalizing the idea. Approaches are discussed on video chat or in real life. High bandwidth communication (real life being the highest possible bandwidth) is of paramount importance here to get the details right. Participants vote on which approaches they like the best. Then they choose whether or not to commit on the idea based on the chosen approach. The result of the second stage is a final approach and a list of committed participants. The third stage is prototyping. Participants create a prototype of the idea that demonstrates how the real thing will be. People interested in the idea can give their feedback on the prototype. Then the prototype can be improved in a few iterations, each time taking feedback into account from the previous prototype. At the same time, the prototyping stage should give insight in how to market, sell, distribute, etc. Not sure how that will be done, since I have little experience in this area. The result of this stage is a very clear concept of the real thing. Anyway, I'm out of characters and inspiration for now. I'll sleep on it and come back with some more thoughts tomorrow! :-)
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Stijn Van Bael
Posted over 1 year ago
Community driven website that links together the best ideas, the best workers and required financing
Hi Tao, I had exactly the same idea a couple of days ago when I was looking for an efficient reality check for another idea I had. And looking for some kind of idea bank only brought me to crowdfunding sites and conversation sites like TED. What I'm missing in either of these sites is a streamlined process from idea to project. Crowdfunding sites assume you've already worked out the project and you're just looking for funding. Conversation sites on the other hand just focus on talking about the idea, leaving you clueless on how to continue with it. Combing the concepts from sites like Kickstarter, Cuusoo and Stackoverflow would make a very powerful platform for turning ideas into something real.