I have an idea!

Lets say you have an idea. You think it's fabulous and all your friends and family agree. It fills a desperate hole in the market and you're sure it will go on to be become the next Twitstagrambook®. What happens next?

If you're a developer genius or you know one then getting started on the next part isn't so tough. A few late nights, some weekends and maybe in a short while you have a very rough prototype. Awesome.

But what if you're not a developer and don't know one? Is it still possible to get that idea made? To find someone to believe in the project and help you along?

As may be apparent already; I have an idea. I have basic mock ups and wireframes but that's about as far as I can take it by myself at this stage.

I've reached out to people via email and Twitter but with very little success so far. Which is understandable. I'm sure their mentions/inboxes are full of people who think they have the next hit.

There are of course various programs and initiatives available, but..

TechStars says on their FAQ

"If you’re a great business evangelist with no developer, it’s very unlikely we’ll accept you into the program"

YCombinator says on their FAQ

"We'll consider funding you, but your chances are about ten times better if you find yourself a technical cofounder."

Google Ventures looks great. They have teams of people ready to help design and build, not to mention the vast experience of the investors. Not so easy to get in contact with though.

Are there any stories of non-techincal people succeeding with just an idea?

If you have any comments or articles for me to read, I’d love you to talk to me on Twitter.

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Microsoft are trying to change old habits.

There has been much written about the new Xbox One and the new ‘features’ that seem to stifle sharing. This tweet/infographic covers a lot of it.

The problem as I see it is trying to change habits.

Back when I first started gaming, playing hours and hours of Lemmings on an Amiga 600, game sharing was easy. Games came on a floppy disk and if I wanted to lend one to a friend, I’d hand him the disk and he could play (We’ll ignore the piracy issues of yesteryear) and vice versa.

It was really that simple.

Nothing much changed in the various gaming systems that we know and love since then. Through the classic Nintendo, Gameboy, Gamegear, N64, Playstation I, II & III and the two incarnations of the Xbox.

People are used to spending money on the game but then being able to sell or lend that as they wish. Habits have been formed over 20+ years.

But I bet most people reading this have paid money for a game that they can’t sell on, they can’t give away, they can’t share and probably in a lot of cases requires an internet connection to play. What platform is that? iOS.

The AppStore was a totally new habit for a lot of people. Buying software online. It was quick, simple and easy. There was no habit to break or change and it succeeded.

I know price is key with these purchases. But many people buy games on the Playstation Network and Xbox Live that have exactly the same limitations as the AppStore and they cost a lot more than the 99c apps and yet nobody complains about this.

It’s no wonder Sony were smiling on stage when they announced they have no plans to stop sharing and their console will be $100 cheaper. I think this console war could be over before it’s even begun.

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The death of Google Reader is Tumblr’s gain. 

That might seem a strange thing to say, but hear me out.

If you have a blog, presumably you want people to read it and keep up with what you’re saying. RSS seems less and less popular now. This is where Tumblr can really shine.

I saw Biz tweet about Jelly today, so I went to check out the link. Now normally this is where I would add it to my RSS. But in the top right that handy follow button is begging to be pressed. So I pressed it. As simple as that and now any more updates will appear on my Tumblr dash.

I have no idea how many followers they have (Tumblr doesn’t show follower counts of other blogs) but now they have an extra one and it was easy. No copying links to my soon to be dead RSS folder. No syncing issues. No remembering to check it again. Just a simple follow.

Wordpress and other CMS are great but the require the reader to put in the effort to keep up with it and as we all know, people are lazy. No adding to an already over-flowing list of bookmarks or hoping to catch the next update on Twitter. 

More and more blogs I see are now powered by Tumblr. You can have your own domain and your own design but the back-end is Tumblr. 

This can only be a good thing for us readers and for Tumblr. More people will start to use Tumblr for ‘serious’ blogging so people can easily keep up with what they’re saying.

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