Agree about the validation if done in presence. I was thinking of a remote way to do that. For example, you don't need to go to a hackathon to proof you skills. Could as well build a portfolio of apps / websites / etc. from home.
I can only speak about Germany but everything here is bureaucratics and you need offical degrees, issued by the chamber of commerce or a certified party, to work in certain jobs - this is especially true for low-paying jobs.
For a lot of high-paying jobs university degrees are required by your employer, but not by law. Thus tech hackathons are a legit way to recruit because all you need are your skills. Cooking is pretty much the only area I have in mind right now.
I would like to differ, I think platforms where non-tech candidates can showcase their skills has huge need gap due to rising unemployment, weakening economy throughout the world and hence large business opportunity in addressing it.
You can disrupt local wifi networks my getting a router to spam de-auth tokens at all of them. If you can collect a list of the most common drone wifi drivers, I wonder if you could do the same thing. That way you don't need to actually interact with the physical device, but you still disrupt their ability to communicate with the pilot if they come within range.
I don't think validation is a bottleneck, the real effort would be to get industry which employs non-tech people and skilled non-tech candidates under one roof for a hackathon like event.
Coding competitions have been there for several decades in almost every decent university across the world. Once they started to bring in employers and skilled candidates under one roof with a catchy branding like 'Hackathon, techathon etc.' it became very successful.
I think validation should be more or less same as what's happening with tech hackathons. I guess physical presence becomes mandatory for non tech hackathons, but then again most hackathon's final rounds require physical presence as well.
I had the same problem. I would wind up getting tuck in a couinterproductive loop getting more depressed because of the little failures. The simplest solution helped me in the end. I just broke up my tasks into smaller pieces and put them in a to-do list and focused on the smaller victories. I'm using Tdo (https://tdo.cxjs.io), check it out maybe it suits you as well.
Definitely a large need gap. Solution comes to personalised news at micro level.
Several years back we attempted a customised news platform - https://talkabout.co.in which could address your grievances at some places, but a real solution for this need gap is not just a customisable news platform but a highly personalised one.
It would very interesting to crack this need gap without access to large personal data, it all relies upon the initial on-boarding questionnaire regarding the user's qualifications, current job description and coming up with career trajectories using generalised data. Current state of machine learning algorithms can definitely help create a plausible solution.
@svikashk Welcome to needgap, we are a problem/startup solution validation platform and so direct promotion in the place of the problem is not allowed. If your product solves a problem listed in the needgap, feel free to tell about your product in the comments of that problem.
Another common way these smartphone accessories sellers fake their reviews & rating in these ecommerce sites is by having accessories for different smartphones in the same listing, so when the buyer comes to the product page they would see the reviews for the case, tempered glass of another smartphone which may/may not be true for the smartphone they are buying it for.
Perhaps there is a need gap for a service to detect fake reviews and rating by using language scores(NLP), checking past reviews of the users and correlating with the seller's score. The review system for anything on the Internet, say Playstore or Ecommerce by default is dependent upon the 'law of large numbers' i.e the fake reviews get sidelined and true reviews/ratings come up when several real customers start to rate it.
But unfortunately in a country like India, the law of large numbers can be applied effectively to create fake reviews as well due its large population. Perhaps there is a need gap for a better review system as a whole.
AXSAR Solo is a CRM and all-in-one workspace for small teams that will allow them to run all aspects of their small business using a single solution.
AXSAR Solo does have project/task management & task pipelines capabilities along with the ability to assign tasks to different members of a small team. This could be useful for small teams, whether they are onsite or geographically dispersed.
So instead of paying multiple SaaS subscriptions, and doing data integrations across different SaaS Solutions, small teams can run their entire small business using AXSAR Solo which is a well integrated single solution.
AXSAR Solo provides the following features for small teams:
CRM : Accounts, Contacts, Sales Pipeline Management, Help Desk management
Project Management: Projects, Tasks Management, Time sheets
Business Management: Invoices, Proposals
Productivity: Notes, To do lists, Files, & Diagrams
Hi Sajidnazi, AXSAR Solo seems to be fully featured; is there any plan to offer integrations with other common tools & services commonly used in the small businesses such as slack, dropbox, google drive, google docs etc.
Also I don't see pricing on the site, small business would be comfortable in knowing the price upfront especially since there are other CRM tools which are available for free.
AXSAR Solo aims to be CRM and all-in-one solution for small teams, so teams can manage all aspects of running their small business using AXSAR Solo.
Currently, it does't support Dropbox, etc as the 'Files' feature of AXSAR Solo is meant to replace the need for Dropbox and other cloud storage solutions. It provides world class file search and file sharing capability for its users. Regarding Slack kind of chat features, stay tuned as real time chat will be a feature we will add to AXSAR Solo in the near future.
Pricing is quite simple and mentioned on the website: £9.99/user/month
A task manager for the task managers, Nice. I do see a need gap. Is this aimed towards Business/Office users? If so, a slack and other team communication apps integration could be very useful.
For personal tasks, integration with major personal task managers such as any.do, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar etc. are necessary. I see that you support Google Calendar already, Apple Calendar integration with EventKit should be possible as well; but 3rd party integrations with apps such as any.do wouldn't be easy.
Although an end consumer in me see the need gap for task managers for all task managers, but not as much as the need for business user in me for Unidash.
I'm very optimistic about plant based or other pseudo/faux meat, but they don't address this problem of diminishing minerals in vegetables on other hand this problem might be hurdle in the plant based meat as well.
Plant based meat compensate for the meat's flavour and nutrients. They add supplementary nutrients to compensate for the loss from meat, but I wonder whether they compensate for the loss of nutrients in the vegetables which form the bulk of their product.
Core team can make or break a startup, hence forming the core team out of remote employees is not recommended due to the trust issues involved. That said, remote teams are picking up its phase due to the obvious advantages mentioned by you.
There is a need gap for a service which can resolve the trust issues, validation, equity, payments on both sides for creating a remote team for launching a startup.
Also, another major friction is the different employee/labour regulations in each country. The service should be able to take care of these regulations and compliances for the startups for seamless recruiting irrespective of the country, the potential employee is from.
But remote teams can at best be functional only for IT startups, especially ones developing softwares and up to some extent few hardware startups like those involving IoT due to the logistics constraints. So, in order to expand the domain of employment for remote teams; the service needs to take care of the logistics as well.
Anti-aircraft technologies rely upon radar, things which fly at low altitude are tough to track and hence cruise missiles skim above ground or sea to avoid detection. The small size of drones make it even harder to detect, cheap 3D printing technologies has also made easier to print composite materials with radar absorption/deflection properties for drones.
The shortcomings of current counter-drone tech was briefly mentioned by me in the need gap. Jamming radio signals to drone is useless when it has auto pilot, even time based or primitive mechanical auto-pilot would defeat this attack. GPS spoofing attack could deter drones using GPS based navigation, but it cannot be used in the areas which are sensitive to GPS usage such as cities, airports etc.
Physical attacks on drones itself is effective, provided the area is uninhabited to prevent injuries from falling debris. But if the adversary is a drone swarm consisting dozens of drones, physical attacks might not be even possible. Besides, the cost of deploying these measures are multi-fold compared to cost of deploying a home-brewed drone for attacking vital installations.
Hence I feel there is a large need gap for efficient area denial counter-drone technologies.
I think the adoption of ebook readers like Kindle has taken place due to economical reasons, for less than half the price of a physical book rental I can get unlimited access to books on Kindle subscription. So, I think even those who longed for physical books have accepted the reality and move on; just like how people have moved from news papers to online news.
I agree with the economical reasons for the fall of physical book rental, but a better analogy in my opinion is a land-line telephone rather than the news papers. News paper still serves the need gap of structured information rather than the unstructured realtime news of the online media. Where as land-line telephone just became obsolete due to better features from mobile telephones.
News paper publishing agencies have ensured that the news articles are categorised i.e. front page, regional, international, technology, economics, business etc. and also maintain the quality of journalism i.e. at least the reputed brands. Where as in online news, one article could be about 'moon landing' and next could be 'You won't believe what this actress wore for airport'. May be I am exaggerating, few online media does maintain journalism standards.
Next are the audio books, In my opinion audio books offer more value than the ebooks. I feel new books are even being written with keeping audio books in mind i.e. more dialogue oriented conversation. I listened to the 'Themsis Files' by Sylvain Neuvel, it seemed perfect for an audio book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Physical books may become coveted as vacuum tube amplifiers used by audiophiles.
Library access in even colleges and universities are declining. According to Yale, there has been 64% decline in books getting checked out at its Bass Library. I assume, the figures are much lower in the public libraries and hence there are no new large libraries being created. Apart from easier access to the Internet, lack of incentive to allocate time for visiting a physical library and of course decreasing number of book readers itself might be to blame.
I guess there will be some who would wish there was an easier, affordable access to physical books like yourself. If you don't mind loosing the ambience of a physical library, have you tried online rental of books?
Librarywala and Doorstep books seems to be still targeting consumers and covering most cities in the country starting at 500-600/month. Would you be willing to spend such amount on renting single book every month?
Also check if there are book reading facebook group in your city, if there is one I would recommend sending this need gap to them for a comment.
That's an interesting need gap, considering I have access to both music in India which has a song for every instance of life in dozens of languages and from western countries; categorising songs based on lyric would be an achievable task. In-fact this had been attempted in Deep Learning research - https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/C14-1059 in limited capacity.
I haven't seen a commercial music app which can categorise by lyric and even then finding songs for certain categories like Science, Pets are going to be hard. Perhaps youtube songs like Geek vs Nerd and their likes could be featured.
The reason why music industry favours love, sexual songs is because it sells, listeners can relate to it and most famous songs are written by the same lyricists. I would love songs categorised by lyrics, say 'The Hamilton Mixtape' under History would be great. I could remember many great songs to be categorised under Philosophy in Indian languages as well.
I hope that there are others who share similar views on this need gap.
I agree that finding songs for some of the categories I mentioned would be hard, but if categorising by lyrics did work out then I hope there will be songs for many categories which I didn't even mention here.
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which reduces background noise is now available on high end TWS earphones, Apple is rumoured to introduce ANC in its next version of AirPods and Huawei has already released one - https://youtu.be/VIxcNDFA02Y?t=193 . The ned gap I posted is for this feature along with sound amplification to be made available to an entry level TWS earphones.
I had the same problem. Literally. Then I discovered the method of Agile Results. I’ve been using it for 3 years now and it is really effective for me. It is simple and requires to work only on 3 wins a day to produce 1095 right outcomes a year. Really simple yet effective. I want to build an app around that method. I’ll be launching soon on Apple Store. If you feel like giving it a try, here is early sign up form so I could notify you when app is live https://mailchi.mp/ebe570c83d9e/3outcomes
3Outcomes might be the one I'm looking for! Agile Results sounds exciting, I see in the picture about 3 tasks /day, but also see 3tasks/week, 3 tasks/year so how does it work? I have signed up for the early access BTW.
Happy you excited! I'll do my best to deliver the app asap. You kind of set yourself big goals for the year. And having these goals in your mind, you focus on monthly, weekly and daily tasks more consciously. Giving priority only to those which matter the most and waste less time this way. Easier to see the progress and feel accomplishment.
Congratulations for your product - 3Outcomes. Glad that Agile Results worked great for you and hope that it does for your app users. I like the idea of limiting the number of tasks, to get the tasks done.
How are the pending tasks handled here, say only 2 of the 3 is done on a day; it gets carried over to the next day?
Actually, really good UX question, thank you for this! I need to test it over but I think now that pending tasks will be placed in special backlog section and you'll be able to reschedule the task again
Welcome to needgap @George , the url seems to have the period attached. We don't edit the comments, so I'm including the correct url here https://mailchi.mp/ebe570c83d9e/3outcomes . You can edit the url in your comment, if you do it within 3 hours.
Even though Reddit, HN or even needgap may not be social networks; the dopamine shots from these could be just as real, at-least there will be less narcissism I guess!
About this need gap of improving individual productivity, are you a gamer? I've heard good things about 'Habitica'. Habitica helps the users set milestones like in games, which supposedly motivates one to reach all of them like they do in games. I've personally not used it, but comes in as top recommendation in threads on productivity/mental health obviously from gamers.
Habitica looks cool, unfortunately I'm not an avid gamer and even when I play I don't collect all coins or whatever it is needed to get the milestones done. So even Habitica might fail me or I would fail it!
Clothing subscription services you mentioned, themselves advertise as fashion subscription; I guess that's because of the scale and unit economics of selling some random curated items as fashion at premium price. I personally like high quality plain T-shirt with good colors, but I wonder whether there are enough takers for 'simple fashion' as a subscription service in the country.
There are several such services in US though, DollarTeeCompany comes to mind from their quirky ads. I think, you should start speaking to your colleagues who wear plain T-shirts regularly on whether they would subscribe to a service which sends them just that and how much they are willing to shell out for that.
You could also share this need gap to those who might face this problem and bring them here for unbiased validation!
That makes two of us then! I hope more share their views here, if there are more I would gladly collaborate with them to bring this service into fruition i.e. if a service for plain T-shirt subscription doesn't exist already.
Researchers are working to develop personalised medicine to treat depression, first step being the biomarkers(something which doctors can reliably measure which tells them about illness e.g. pulse, hormone etc.) to identify depression.
One leading group in this area is CAN-BIND (CANADIAN BIOMARKER INTEGRATION NETWORK IN DEPRESSION), they are trying to find biomarker (gene, size of certain brain area) for depression. If a biomarker for particular depression is found, then doctors can do a blood test and suggest effective anti-depressant treatment i.e. tying a specific drug to that depression. This is still very nascent area of research.
There is need gap for personalised medicine for depression, startups working on biomarkers could potentially solve this need gap. It would be interesting to hear from any biotech startups working in this area.
When the trending topic is associated with an event, or something which is covered widely on the news, then clicking on the trending hashtag in Twitter does show some news source for it. But, if the trending topic is obscure then it will be a hard time finding why that hashtag is trending as clicking on the trend would just lead to tweets which includes that tag. Of-course, this is just w.r.t Twitter I presume finding why something is trending on other social networks except reddit are not straightforward.
As far as twitter is concerned, their data consumption API is flexible for reading tweets and anyone can implement this as a feature in a 3rd party website/app; but there is no such API for Facebook and so this need gap needs to be addressed by Facebook itself.
Yes, trending hashtags which got generated because of a trending news is easier to find the reason in Twitter but some hashtags are tough to find the reason for say like those which formed from some meme.
That's a succinct need gap, I appreciate keeping it non-political. I would love a cosmetic brand which follows ethical advertising practices, skin care focussed products instead of skin color could be a solution for it.
There is definitely a need gap for providing censorship information on the movies. I think, the movie makers themselves are in the best position to offer a solution for this as they would have the censorship data from the film certification. They could just add this information to the imdb.
If this needs to be solved by others, then it would likely involve crowdsourcing effort and even then I wonder whether it would be possible for someone who watched a censored version of a movie to know what was censored unless they watch the uncensored version of the same (or) discuss at length about the movie with those who have watched the uncensored version.
I wonder whether it would be in the best interest of the movie makers, when the movie goers decide to not watch a movie in a particular country because it has been heavily censored and so wait for it to arrive on the Netflix. But, it would be definitely be in the best interest of the movie creator who wouldn't want their movie to be censored and the viewers.
This is a fine example of a need gap which may not been addressed considering it as a minor inconvenience, but actually affects large number of people.
This problem is quite often found in websites with codes, especially hash keys or alphanumeric pass codes which needs to be typed manually from websites. This becomes especially cumbersome, when the code needs to be copied correctly in the first attempt & I'm not talking about captchas.
I think a browser add-on which tells whether it is zero or O when highlighted would be simple to implement.
Let's see what others have to say about this need gap.
That's a nifty need gap. Missed call alerts which tell the number of rings or duration of rings would be definitely be useful, but as you say it's a feature at best.
This should be implemented by the phone manufacturers or operating system developers themselves as 3rd party apps has no access to the call features of both android, iOS nowadays for security reasons except for spam identification and calling app.
Perhaps, after market android ROMs and jailbroken iOS apps offer such feature; but that would mean a compromise in the security.
Well articulated need gap. I have previous experience in building privacy focussed dating platform which gained decent traction but had to shutdown for reasons unrelated to the product itself.
Dating platforms get away with privacy abuse as they project user's intimate private data as the foundation for their matching algorithms, which is true but doesn't give a free chit to the platform owner to use the data for other purposes.
Decentralized platform by definition is against commercial interests as they are not scalable so it is always out of favour from data hoarding corporations. But as you've mentioned a decentralized platform is definitely one of the solutions to privacy proof dating platform.
Peer-to-Peer matching without a central service on smartphones are currently limited by the communication technologies, mainly due to the security implications. There has been attempt to create P2P protocols like AllJoyn which can avoid friction like pairing requests (Bluetooth) but hasn't see huge commercial interests due to fragmentation in smartphone ecosystem.
A city based decentralized dating platform which uses proven decentralized protocols like Matrix protocol could be the best bet for this solution. Let's hear from others.