My startup Stufftopia just launched a new site called What Is There To Do which includes a mobile specific interface and design. Just like Stufftopia, you can save What Is There To Do to your mobile desktop (“Add to Homescreen” on the iPhone) and use it like a native app.
We originally planned to launch What Is There To Do before we came up with the idea of Stufftopia. But our work led us down a different path - a “hyperlocal” app designed to help people find stuff to do around them.
But we had all this data and this framework we had built for integrating with Foursquare and presenting it to users in a useful way and we realised it could be used to do so much more. So we worked hard to bring What Is There To Do to the world. It is a city based website, helping people find things to do in any city around the world.
How does it work? Type a city into the search box, choose which one you would like and see everything there is to do. Pick a category to narrow your search and find the top 10 things for any destination in the world.
You can us it to find things to see in LA, discover Paris shopping, or learn what to do in NYC.
Launching Stufftopia has not been the hardest thing I have ever done. I frequently read stories from entrepreneurs who talk about how making a startup is the biggest challenge they have ever faced in their lives but I can’t say the same for myself.
Check out some photos from my new startup Stufftopia over on our blog:
Stufftopia is launching to a browser, PC, tablet or smartphone near you! Stay tuned.
For 18 months I have been working on a start-up called Stufftopia (stufftopia.com). It is a free, simple, intuitive way of finding stuff to do. You’re presented with a clean interface that asks you only two questions 1. What do you want to do? (choose from 6 categories) and 2. Where do you want to do it (near me, somewhere else).
It’s both a website and an iPhone app and it requires no signing up, no usernames, no passwords and no logging in. Just fire up the app or the webpage and start finding things to do.
My team is made up of 5 people: Myself, a BA, a programmer, a graphic designer/UX designer and a marketing person. Our aim is to launch a beta ASAP October and to do a full launch by Christmas.
If you go to the Stufftopia website (http://www.stufftopia.com) you can submit your e-mail address and find out when we launch. Or go to the blog (http://blog.stufftopia.com) to read updates from the team.
And one more thing - in 2013 we’ll be launching special High Profile accounts. If you refer people to Stufftopia you can be one of the first people to get one. So go over to the sign-up page for more information.
There is an attitude amongst baby boomers and gen-xers that the only way you could make competent business decisions is with decades of experience. They have this perception of gen-y that we want to come in and start running the business a few months after we start. The problem isn’t that gen-y want to run the company, it’s that they want to make observations that are recognised by the company and implemented.
Older generations cannot see the observations and inputs made by gen-y as being insightful because they see us as “children”. Yet companies like Apple and Microsoft were founded by Steve Jobs and Bill Gates when they were the same ages as today’s gen-y. To-boot, modern day technology trends are pioneered by my generation.
For those of you who are interested in the progress of my Stufftopia start-up (www.stufftopia.com) I have started blogging separately about it on our website.
I’ve started talking about our backstory, how we came up with the idea and where we are going: Stufftopia Backstory Part 1
The Story of Kodak & IBM
I still remember a marketing campaign that involved “Kodak Moments”. It was so successful that I still use the phrase (sometimes jokingly) to refer to moments in time that are truly worthy of being captured. As a company they are over 130 years old and have recently filed for bankruptcy.
By comparison, IBM, which recently turned 100 years old, continues to thrive live up to it’s name. For over a century they have been selling “International Business Machines” and that meant something different for every period of its life.
I’m going to give you my definition for what cloud computing is and I’m going to couch it in business terms. That said I’m sure there are a lot of people technical people out there that are going to disagree with me. But this article isn’t for those people, this article is for business owners and business leaders who rely on technology but don’t need to understand all the technical details.
Here is my definition, pure and simple:
Cloud Computing is the ability to rent computer resources which can then be accessed over the internet.
This article can now be read at my Enterprise Concierge website: “Cloud Computing in Business Terms”