New Business Idea: Intelligent Parking Finding Assist

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Business idea created by Ryan Pijai

Background:

Parking is a serious problem in major cities.

Many startups are trying to solve the problem, but they are all doing it from the wrong angle. In their solutions, they try to direct users to SINGLE parking spots, and if something fails they force users to have to start all over again. This approach is counterintuitive to the parking process.

When you go about looking for parking, it isn’t a one-time search. You have a parking strategy: first, I’ll look here; if that fails, I’ll go over there; now maybe I’ll try a side street over here; then maybe I’ll circle back to the first spot and try waiting a few more minutes.

Fiddling with an app while you are driving your car after your first choice for parking fails is dangerous. Deciding on the fly which streets to turn onto when cars are all trying to past you is stressful.

Imagine if you had an app that made all of the navigation decisions for you.

The app gives you an optimal driving route strategy to maximize your chances of finding parking in the shortest amount of time. It takes into account location, time of day, and even other cars. All you have to do is follow the navigation route it gives you, wait when it tells you to wait, and stop where it tells you to check if there is parking available. The finding parking process would be as simple as following GPS directions.

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New Business Idea: Twitch for Restaurants

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Business idea created by Ryan Pijai

Background:

Twitch is a service that allows gamers to live stream their video game play for others to watch online. Anyone can create their own digital tv channel and users can tune in to it. It shares similarities with YouTube, but unlike YouTube, Twitch supports and encourages realtime back and forth communication between its content providers (the streamers) and its users (the viewers).

Twitch services an unmet need for forming personal connections between video game players and people who like to watch games. As a result, Twitch became so successful that Amazon bought the company in 2014 for nearly a billion dollars.

What if we could mimic what Twitch does for gamers and their viewers, but instead apply it to restaurants and their patrons?

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New Business Idea: E-Sports Tactical Situation Rewinders

Business idea & prototype video created by Ryan Pijai

Background:

E-sports (aka electronic sports) are competitive video games that are played just like professional sports are. Teams of players compete against each other for millions of dollars at tournaments. In the past few years, e-sports have grown into a multi billion dollar industry.

Popular e-sports:

  • League of Legends
  • Dota 2
  • Hearthstone
  • Overwatch
  • Street Fighter V

In these games, there are often key moments/tactical situations where mistakes cost teams entire matches. Players and viewers often watch replays of these to learn from them.

But what if instead of passively watching replay videos, you could rewind game situations and actually try playing them differently?

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New Business Idea: Platform for Online Singing Battles

Business idea & prototype video created by Ryan Pijai

Background:

On the popular live TV show “The Voice,” there is a round where singers do battle with each other. Two singers are both on stage at the same time. They alternate singing different sections of the same song and judges decide who is better and who will be sent home. Winners on the show end up being “discovered,” and use the exposure to launch their singing careers.

What if we did the same thing for amateur singers on YouTube?

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