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Pitchcard) intent-based smartphone UI (i.e. no apps)
human communication with granular control of invasiveness
self-training tools for education
mix ToDos, notes and journaling
evolving yellow pages desc. based on facts
minimal multiplayer games
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Script to automatically backup book/reading highlights from
app.blinkist.com to google drive
#productivity a Google-Inbox-inspired task management UI (with bundles and snooze) that also allows re-ordering tasks
#app Canned replies for any app (virtual keyboard + screen scraping, alternative to chatbots)
ProjectFarm: a dashboard that displays analytics (and other usage & interest feedback) of 12 projects on 1 screen
#music AlbumKeeper: a personal list of favorite music albums that can play from various streaming platforms. and a bookmarklet/extension for quickly adding an album found on the web.
#comm Whozzup: Share your availability status and propose fun plans to local friends, in order to meet up quickly!
A programming language/framework that allows overriding sub-components declaratively, like in CSS
#WIP a CLI to share side-project ideas and be matched with other ideas to collaborate on
#productivity Tasks2agenda: a productivity app that “fills” remaining work timeslots of my calendar with tasks from my todolist, according to my objectives/rules and deadlines. so that I always know what I have to do, when.
#productivity possibility to answer “can I finish report (2 hrs, for xxx) for Wednesday?”, because it knows my planning, my time budget per project (big picture) and extras availabilities
#dev a Firebase/Parse wrapper that would implement Meteor reactive collections’s API, without having to use Meteor as backend
#comm Collaborative Q&A notepad => chatbot that asks one question at a time?
#WIP “Freelance Directory”: A chatbot or web ui in which freelancers can toggle technologies for which then would like to receive missions, and share missions to relevant colleagues depending on underlying technologies
#info a search engine that allows users to explain the structure of the results they expect, like in GraphQL
#motivation A bookmarklet to grab inspiring quotes from any website + a mobile app that pushes one of those quotes every morning
#productivity A replacement to Facebook/Twitter’s feed that displays interesting activities to undertake, instead of passive consumption of friends’ updates
#comm “Reason for call”: Add “subject” to phone calls, like for email. => tells concisely to the callee why I’d like to talk to him, so that he can decide to take the call or not
#productivity Telegram-based task management bot
#tv A way to explore my Wunderlist ToDo-lists from Apple TV 3, and play Youtube URLs from it.
#app “Vinder”: A Tinder-like dating app for vegetarian and vegan people.
#productivity script qui m’annonce mes taches wunderlist du jour (today + deadline)
#afk A fun public event in which speakers have to improvise a presentation, given a random set of slides
#comm “The Second Chatroom”: A way for a group of co-located people to share URLs and notes quickly and collectively from their smartphones, without having to sign up / install anything. (need expressed during a Meteor meetup)
#comm A banner that offers to help you increase the quality of your Skype/Hangout call (eg. close apps, switch wifi)
#hardware A wifi access-point that gives access to a local web server (that serves exercises for students) + shares limited internet access (e.g. no email, no chat). Using a Intel Edison / Arduino / Raspberry board ?
#dev un chatbot slack / CLI (en ligne) a qui tu explique ton idée de startup, il la compare a des produits de product hunt en se basant sur les mots clés pour voir si tu te dégonfles
#dev un CLI a qui tu proposes des noms de domaine, et il te dit si c’est pris ou pas. sinon il te donne le tarif d’ovh.
#info Compile multiple FAQ pages into a neat wiki-like summary (ex: a decision tree of solutions based on several specific cases)
#dev a mixpanel-like analytics tool that plugs into a service’s back-end (instead of front-end trackers, as typically done)
#app “Hey…you!”: A mobile app to recall names and faces of acquaintances / students / contacts, for each company / class / place. Would find and fetch photos from Linkedin, Google Images, and work offline.
#info An infinite outliner that works offline, is easy to edit from phone, and auto-transforms URLs into their page title.
#info A language/format for expressing legal terms (e.g. terms of service) in a concise and clear manner, based on difference with “usual” terms
A 1poll-powered page that would allow visitors to submit (and vote on) feature requests, and be notified on their status
“Fair Date”: A doodle-like service that recommends a central place to meet (e.g. for dinner) based on the current location of the guests, so that they spend the same amount of time getting there.
“Picky VC”: A form or chat bot that can tell if a startup idea is bullshit or not, based on its pitch
#hardware #biz “Fair Wifi”: Routers that enforce Quality of Service (QoS) rules and fair bandwidth sharing between users, for “Free Wifi” spots in hotels, restaurants and bars.
#app that times speech of each participant of a vocal conversation, by recognizing their voice
#info “Captain Log”: A web platform for developers to keep (and optionally share) a diary/log of their learnings, like if they were tweeting while working.
#productivity A browser extension that would measure how much time you spend reading and writing emails to each of your contacts #timetracking
#biz a web service in which users would post a job they want to get done by a professional, and professionals would compete with public offers, so that the user can pick the most relevant/convincing one
#info a shazam for finding a web/mobile app that would solve your need, based on a description of how the app would look like
#info a web browser that keeps and maintains a structured memory of the findings you made while browsing.
#hardware an alarm clock that would project weather report, agenda and inspirational quotes on my wall + good morning music
#comm “Gratefulness jar”: a platform to share testimonials about people (e.g. “ helped me solve my problem, thank you!", so that they can be displayed to others. => money-free alternative to "donate" buttons
#info A map of local bars, based on my preferences and activity: friends, business meeting, etc…
#music “Headphones Time”: A popcorn-time-like app for collecting and playing playlists of tracks from various streaming services. (Youtube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify…) (similarly to openwhyd.org)
#tv A simple way to stream nice indie films (i.e. a popcorn time for the kind of films that are accepted at the sundance festival)
#info A service to regularly test other services, to make sure I can still rely on them. (ex: my data is still synchronized/indexed on those services)
#biz An Amazon-like web marketplace that would tell you where to find every product, in real stores near you, right now.
#info “Recipegram/recipechart”: A book of recipes, in which each recipe is explained by a flowchart showing the combinations from its ingredients to the final result.
#dev A service that logs error 404 pages and other user browsing anomalies, in order for the developer to prioritize fixes to make on the site
#biz A service that allows visitors to fix typos on any blog, and get rewarded for it
A service to print the pictures of a Pinterest board
#crea A series of short episodes representing famous film directors trying to convince a studio with a crazy script idea, followed by and extract of the actual film #tv #series #comedy
#crea A “Zapping” of what happened (and what normal life looked like) for every year since 2000 B.C., in 3 minutes per episode #tv #series
#productivity “Next Task”: A todo-list app that helps you split big/scary tasks into smaller steps, and emphasises the next step to take towards your goals
#tv “5 minutes to kill”: an app that fills 5 minutes (e.g. between two pomodoro tasks, or while waiting in line) with quick reads from pocket/readitlater, short videos from youtube, fun facts, and quizzes… #procrastination
#productivity Sorting TODO tasks by mood; e.g. “lazy”, “creative”, “quick-wins”, “focus”, “learning”…
A app-less phone based on a terminal/box that realizes fonctionality based on the nature of entered data, cf
#motivation “First thing in the morning”: an app that motivates you every morning to achieve the tasks you had planned for the day, by: - listing the tasks you have achieved yesterday - listing today’s tasks - displaying a motivational photo
#info An offline map of closest HSBC ATMs, in the whole world (could be nicely done using polymer)
#info An algorithm to detect rhetorical abuse and bullshit in conversation, and would underline them in social media discussion. (like spell check)
#info Improve “Card this to trello” (Chome extension) so that it uploads a screenshot of the current page to the card. chrome.google.com
#hardware “Tea time”: A thermometer-based device that could be put on a tea cup, and would ring when the tea is at optimal consumption temperature. (in order to not forget drinking the tea)
#info A service to log data entries through a simple api, and allow real-time last-first display of logs.
#info A bookmarking tool that would capture content into a personal topic/project, and allow to integrate it later into an outline / hierarchical notepad (i.e. think “Evernote + Workflowy/Diigo”) + mobile ui to “reply” easily to some of the bullet points
#music A browser extension that recognizes all songs cited on a web page and allows to play them all.
#biz A service that delivers all items that did not pass airport boarding security (e.g. Perfumes, food, knives) back to their owner’s home
#biz “Products around me”: An “around me” app for searching a specific item to buy (e.g “scissors”) in surrounding stores
#hardware a reprintable color e-print surface (ex: for album cover)
#info A micro-blog of notes to keep track of personal activities
#dev A notification engine that relies on two models: objectives (ex. make the user come back to the site within 2 days) and a user acceptance model (ex. don’t send 3 “XXX followed you” notifications in a row)
#biz A yelp-like platform that boosts the visibility of new venues
#info Spreadsheet in which new data is entered at the top (antichronological records)
#info Conceptual / semantically-linked wiki
#dev Saas for aggregating and delivering (in a personalised manner, e.g. email digest) notifications from various apps
#comm “Quodle” (Doodle for Q&A): quickly create a public page that can accept anonymous questions, and allows the recipient/company to give (official) replies publicly
#productivity Smart tasks agregation: only display a list of tasks that are actually TODO, from trello (and wunderlist too?), in a very clear and concise way. Possibility to say a task was done, in one click.
#info Upload a directory (or set of web links) to the cloud in a grouped manner, so that they can safely be deleted from computer’s desktop, or browser
#info Last.fm tab for Facebook band pages, to display the list of their next gigs/concerts
#info Multipurpose web-capture bookmarklet, to an “open” backend (e.g. google spreadsheet)
#info App to quickly add a freshly-met person (in order to keep in touch), by entering their twitter handle or email, and storing the location of encounter and common topic of interest
#tv A music video jukebox that displays quick interesting facts about the artist, the song, or the period of time it was made. (could be a great feature for playem.org)
#info “My index”: an efficient way to display and search links to my private documents across several platforms at once (e.g. wunderlist, gmail, gdocs, trello, diigo, evernote…)
#info Bookmarklet that sends an article to Pocket or Kindle, and keeps the source so that it can be easily retweeted.
#tv Mobile web app to watch series
#productivity Simple and flexible task planning app that supports dependencies (e.g. when would C end, if I do A then B)
#info Tourism: Generation of cartoville-like city maps with recommended places based on personal preferences
#info A recommender system for theatre plays, similar to last.fm
#info Find good concerts of local/emerging bands -> www.ideaswatch.com
#comm Keyword-based local chatrooms -> www.ideaswatch.com
Service to help young music bands find gigs to open for (
#info Archival tool to store middle-resolution version of photos on Google Drive (free) + link to the hi-res version (e.g. stored on DVD)
App to quickly note/save bass lines / mélodies
Idea: a shortcut to paste (⌘V) a URL directly as a Markdown link
A manifesto that startup owners would sign to promise that they would open-source their product whenever they decide to shut it down.
Web-based bittorrent client (URL to direct download)
A web-based remote control for openwhyd.org (for when playing music on another computer)
A chrome extension that links each contact to their corresponding contact details form on contacts.google.com
A way to group my incoming email based on my Google Contacts groups ->
“Done list”, a service that would congratulate you for all the tasks that you checked today, in your favorite todo-list app.
A service that agregates opinions about topics (e.g. Technologies), and allows comparing one with another. e.g. Emberjs vs Angularjs?
1poll: a simple doodle alternative that would allow participants to add dates (and vote for them) in a textual format, in a vertical list instead of a table
“Copy That”: An app that would convert a screenshot into a PDF with OCR’ed / copy-paste-able text.
#music “Upbeat50”, a smart spotify 50-track playlist based on your favorite upbeat tracks. To sync for offline listening during commute to work. Would be updated every week or month.
#productivity “next step” for trello cards (chrome ext.): displays the next actionnable step under the title of each trello card