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Which Unmet Needs & problems do you think Platform should tackle next?

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#College 2.0 - College is expensive and not delivering for a broad swath of people. How can we redefine what a new version looks like?

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Exchange fund for founders. Founders swap equity with other founders to mitigate all or nothing outcomes.

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#Do-good, get paid - a marketplace for people to donate money to specific causes (park cleanup, river cleanup, etc.) and gig workers to make money completing those tasks.

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Tech Experts Mentor Underserved Students. A mobile app where underrepresented youths can access mentorship resources, creating a pathway to discovering possible career opportunities or encouraging the pursuit of higher education in the (oh-so-very!) homogenous tech fields.

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Quality childcare. There is a significant childcare gap in US and it is costing the country billions of dollars. Many markets don’t have any childcare resources

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#Calm for Companies - making workers feel happy

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#Invest-in-change - Investing app that is focused on climate or cleantech focused investments. Save the environment while you save for you.

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#EVNow - a marketplace for EVs to accelerate the adoption (Carvana/Vroom/Shift exclusively for EVs)

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Individuals maintain their own self generated data / privacy when going-online and the ability to sell this directly to buyers who can monetize it.

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Global Remote HR APIs (Empowering anyone to build for a remote first work environment) - Payroll, Accounting, Taxes, Background checks, Benefits, Remote HR analytics

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A better yelp for food built for a delivery-first world

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#American Dream 2.0 - the American Dream is broken due to low social mobility. How do we fix it?

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#Text-learning - Text message based micro-learning for busy people hoping to continue their education or upskill themselves.

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An ultra simple car (think 1955 Studebaker), incredibly durable and economical for populations lacking access to transportation in the most challenging environments / societies. Access to reliable, durable transportation = opportunity.

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Closed loop hydrogen electrolytic storage (electricity in - electricity out). Hydrogen stored as solid hydride (as energy storage). Please contact if interested to discuss more

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#KnowledgePlace - Building liquidity for knowledge via a marketplace. Starting with pairing functional or content experts with startups and thereby minimize wheel reinvention.

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#Recharge - Better tech enabled solution for recycling old technology products and batteries.

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Global decentralized survey that records census data but includes well-being /happiness as well as financial attributes tracked over time. Self soverign data but incentive to share through monetization (healthcare, governments, peer-to-peer etc)

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On-demand pair programmers. Make better code and better coders.

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Co-browsing with your app customers to troubleshoot their issues and onboard smoothly - without back and forth chat/email (something like www.cohere.so)

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We need to eliminate the wage gap. How do we do it?

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Early intervention in wildfires using swarms of drones

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A subscription-based service that maintains (cleans/deep maintenance) smart house cleaning buddies like Roomba, Dyson, etc. Train the talent, contact-less front-door pickup & delivery, schedule ahead services. Market it to the $100k+ households, partner with Nordstrom/Bloomies at point of sale. Test it on a zip code (like 94549). And "humanize" the cleaning gadgets like they had feelings and treat them the way we treat or think of our cars (some even name their cars).

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YNAB for startup budgeting. Everything I've seen/used is for reporting, which is great to know where you're money has gone. YNAB (You Need a Budget), a service for personal budgeting, makes you assign dollars you have to various expense categories, including non-monthly expenses you may incur down the road. It's subtle shift from backward looking reporting to forward looking proactive assignment of dollars. Would be great if it also had device and subscription management so you knew which subscriptions you had, what was being renewed and when.

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The representation of Latinxs in board seats across Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies is in the negative digits, dropping. They’re the most underrepresented group while quickly becoming a non-minority in terms of population. How do we fix this problem?

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Pipe.com for gaming and app businesses. Right now only a handful of competitors like sanlo.io. (I have been talking to gaming founders and they like this idea).

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Scout Program for Platform Studio

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Center of Excellence Discovery – Often the best, most driven, energetic technical talent can be found working in the periphery of the limelight of well-established academics and founders. For deep tech start-ups especially; finding and recruiting early career talent before they hit the job market could mean the difference between success and failure. Desired is a 'Center of Excellence Reconnaissance' tool to enable venture builders to map the topology of a technical domain in order to discover burgeoning talent.

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How many missed opportunities have there been because someone doesn't have a degree, primarily a Ph.D.? There are not enough Innovation Centers or Think Tank opportunities for individuals who want to brainstorm and create products, opinions, or solutions on different subjects. People want to be a part of something, both young and old, and bring their experience and ideas to a solution that can help their communities, countries, or globally. For example, an idea or thesis is created on this platform, and five people like it or comment. There is an opportunity to bring those five individuals into a Think Tank team and spend two to four works creating a solution and creating a white paper for publishing with some guidance from the organization. Their input could make the next start-up or provide a new direction that researchers haven't considered. With the online tools we have today, more collaboration is easy, just underutilized.

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Turning Mortgage Payments into Rewards

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Venture capital - not equity but hybrid debt instruments that have equity like features - for 501c3 Charitable entities to take on big challenges that government can’t seem to deal with and where private extraction of profits seems inappropriate considering the public interest involved - ie water systems, storm water management, pharmaceuticals, prisons, police, hospitals, daycare, etc etc etc!

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Financial product (benefits, insurance, taxes) for remote employees/companies (https://level.com/ + local insurance + benefits driving employee engagement). Anyone doing it yet? Context: Working for a startup remotely, and not entitled to receive any benefits/insurance, etc.

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Food delivery is a critical piece of infrastructure for local restaurants, but Uber/Doordash/etc are taking a disproportionate amount of the revenue from meals to subsidize expanding into other markets, lobby national gov, and to line shareholder pockets (in theory). Some local restaurants have started forming Co-ops to run these services as a non-profit. I think there is an unmet need to build technology to help facilitate this local pushback against big tech.

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Developing more robust, functional relationships

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Content Delivery outside of App Stores. Nobody wants to pay the app store tax. Delivering content on the web is not a technical challenge. There are emerging non app store distribution channels (Facebook) - Don't need a metaverse to stream content, but facebook trying to unbundle app stores will be a forcing function

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Stripe for Taxes - Context - Yesterday I was talking to an XGoogler who is now a senior software engineer at Faire and he mentioned his company is struggling with this and they couldn't find any dev friendly platform. Since I am not from the states, I am not aware about any recent chnages to corporate/startup taxation, but he did mention something.

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AI projects for b2b use cases. The big companies I work with often have a data/AI need but sometimes its really more of a feature they are looking for than a product. Current use cases include 1. Data from Optical sensors 2. Low Code/No Code software, analyzing where in a large company with tons of legacy code where to use it 3. Sweethearting, preventing retail employees from not scanning products and giving to their friends 4. Ordering flowers in an upscale retail store chain when they are getting a little wilted. All of these are real life use cases for AI and at least in my mind they dont quite fit a startup but also don't want to do a custom project either.

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Insurance for egg-freezing services that are independent of employer and job status. Egg-freezing is seen as an elective procedure and rarely covered by insurance. It is also not a cheap process. Could we create a service and/or product to further empower women in their reproductive choices, especially in the current climate where our reproductive rights and autonomy are being attacked ?

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An accessible marketplace for the neuro-sensitive, offering curated products that protect your vision, hearing and nervous system from stress. Migraine, ADHD, Autism and other neurological disorders present real challenges for accessing the world. There is a growing vertical of custom products (Allay lamps, Theraspecs, Sleep headphones, etc.) yet no place to easy source them. I'm tinkering with a new platform (Refuge) that offers a dark-mode, accessible shopping experience for just this reason.

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Product Lifespan Awareness - Consumerism has continued to thrive as product costs have become cheaper. Pushing consumers from short lifespan products to longer lifespan products can make an enormous impact on carbon emissions and waste (among other things). Oversimplified math, but if a product lifespan is doubled, emissions and waste could be halved.

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Quantum Computing delivery varies across H/W implementations IBM, Rigetti, Psi Quantum, Xanadu, D-Wave, all have disparate hardwares. Each H/W vendor has their own way implementing standard gates. Consequently, IBM may implement some gates in a way suited to their hardware, and Rigetti has another gate set. This leads to developers being tied down to a H/W stack. If there was an API that was the interface across all the various hardwares. This API could hide the gate choices of various H/W vendors, which could be a great tool for developers. It could be the easier way to develop Quantum apps, and prototype for Quantum Computers. Apps which use Quantum Machine Learning(QML), Drug discovery, Image recognition, and Chemistry all use the same consistent API hiding the hardware implementations. "One (Quantum)API to rule them all and entangle apps and bind them..".

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Mental Health Marketplace

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Sensor/AI based product for Menopause. I did a deep dive into Femtech and found a bunch of startups for both fertility and a surprising number for PCOS. Have not found anything tech forward around menopause (there are plenty of sites for menopause related supplements and so on, but nothing iOT related.)

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An accessible solution to harvest fog and use this captured water not just for agricultural purposes, but also for human consumption. This problem/need is real for many parts of the world, including the west coast of the US, California. Existing Adaptation to Global Warming solutions can be found around the world but none has been adopted as a standard.