Last month Salesforce for Startups announced that Ideator was accepted into the 1st batch of startups to join the Salesforce Incubator. Located in Heroku’s San Francisco building, my team and I moved our San Francisco operations from the Marina to SoMa.
I still have a grin from ear to ear. Why? Because the Ideator team got to experience the excitement of having our product “hunted” on Product Hunt. What fun! It was an amazing opportunity to engage with Product Hunters who wanted to learn more about us. We learned that Product Hunters are not shy about voicing their opinions. We also learned a lot from their very direct feedback, as well as feedback from the Product Hunt team.
Being on Product Hunt also got us great exposure. Nasdaq tweeted about us, and we also caught the attention of Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover, one of the coolest movers and shakers in the startup community.
Best of all, our average monthly visitor rate to Ideator.com nearly doubled after being hunted, and weekly signups more than quadrupled! Based on our experience, we give Product Hunt a rousing two thumbs up, and would give three if we had an extra one. If you’ve got the right kind of product and are prepared to follow the rules, Product Hunt offers a great opportunity to let the tech world know about your new product.
Mark Your Calendars!
Ideator is sponsoring this year’s Startup Grind Global Conference, an annual event that brings together Silicon Valley’s top investors, developers, journalists, and entrepreneurs for two days of workshops, talks, intimate meetings, and parties.
The event takes place on Feb. 23 – 24 at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, California. With 3,000 founders and investors, more than 40 keynote and fireside sessions, and over 50 exhibiting startups, this year’s conference promises to be Startup Grind’s best and largest ever.
An online game based on the illegal pyramid scheme concocted by the infamous Charles Ponzi during the 1920s?
“Why not?” thought Ideator Dave Cutler, a designer, illustrator, and inventor by trade. It seemed like a fun way to pass the time, and it might even make him a few honest dollars.
“I wanted to come up with a fun and social online game that would have a bit of an edge to it,” said Cutler. “The stories behind Ponzi and other pyramid schemes have always fascinated me, and I thought a game with complete transparency that involved very little money could be fun to play.”
The result is PONZI, an app based on the legendary Ponzi scheme, with one important difference – everyone knows it’s a Ponzi scheme, which changes the strategy and makes the game more challenging. The game can be played on a mobile phone, tablet, or desktop PC. And since it doesn’t cost anything to play, nobody loses any real money.
In 2015, one of the first ideas Ideator showcased on our blog was the Penguin App, a social networking app that allows people to connect based on their mutual interests rather than just physical appearance. At the time, the app was still in the developmental stage, but we are proud to announce that Ideators Sidao Li, Phillip Duong and Andres Santana have come a long way since then – including submitting their product for acceptance to the Apple App Store.
It’s amazing what a little targeted research can do.
When looking to develop a new app for high school students, Ideator Faique Moqeet originally thought his target audience might value an organizational tool to help track their academic and extracurricular achievements. But after a 5-week pilot program, he discovered they preferred to have access to content from people who had achieved ambitious goals, and a place to find opportunities relevant to their interests. Based on this feedback, Admit Hero was born.
Managing sales activities while improving sales performance can be a complex and time-consuming activity. Thanks to Salesbuddy Pro, a sales presentation tablet app that syncs with a company’s Salesforce data, this important process just got a lot easier – and more effective.
I am truly excited and passionate to become the CEO of Ideator. It’s been a career-long dream to make this happen.
I came up with the idea for Ideator back in 2008. I had recently moved from San Francisco to
Los Angeles and the venture idea started from hanging out with my good friend Aber Whitcomb. Aber was the CTO and Co-Founder of MySpace. The MySpace social events were pretty wild. Since MySpace’s HQ was in L.A., their events attracted not only serial entrepreneurs but also lots of Hollywood actors, actresses, musicians and lots of famous people. I would watch Aber get repeatedly approached by people who would say, “Hey – I have a great idea, I would love to chat with you about it.” At the time, I realized there was not an easily accessible place to get help with an idea and start a business. (more…)
The winning team of the December Challenge is TrustMesh, who aims to redefine the world of trust in organizations that utilize API and cloud computing. With the extensive and continuous growth of these systems and industries, trust is becoming more important than ever. TrustMesh hopes to improve the customer experience by developing a platform where vendors and customers can build reliable systems around API and trust.
Over the last few years, crowdfunding has generated a lot of buzz as an alternative fundraising method for startup companies. However, there’s a lot more to it than just creating a crowdfunding page and hoping people flock to your idea. In fact, crowdfunding is a complex endeavor that takes a lot of upfront planning and ongoing effort. It also requires a good understanding of the legal requirements to protect your business idea and your financial assets.