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Thu, 14 Oct 2021 17:07:00 +0000 discovery platform for small businesses #eCommerce #discovery I am thinking this in the context of d2c e-commerce. in the present situation, if you start a brand today, most of the discovery takes place on social media (primarily fb/insta) or marketplaces (primarily amazon). post covid, as bigger players are entering online space, the once democratic nature of internet which helped small businesses to thrive is not so anymore. due to monopolistic nature of these platforms, businesses with bigger capital is winning (not the ones with the best products). 1 points posted by curiouspm /problems/317-discovery-platform-for-small-businesses-ecommerce-discovery 317 Thu, 14 Oct 2021 16:24:00 +0000 Doubts about fit when shopping online #clothing #eCommerce <div>When I shop online it's so hard to make a choice! Not only I can't understand what would be the right size (when I'm shopping for a brand for the first time), but also I don't understand how the particular garment will look on me. On the other hand, I find shopping online so much more convenient than in stores.</div> 3 points posted by Ekaterina Ulianova /problems/316-doubts-about-fit-when-shopping-online-clothing-ecommerce 316 Thu, 14 Oct 2021 12:15:00 +0000 Browser tabs become unmanageable fast #tabs #productivity <div>When working remotely at a tech company, I use a lot of different SaaS apps, so essentially, all my work is done in the browser.&nbsp; So very quickly, I find that the number of tabs in my internet browser grows to unmanageable counts.&nbsp; <br></div><div><br></div><div>This forces me to stop what I'm doing, and spend time curating my window of tabs to reduce the count so I can continue doing my work.&nbsp; Existing solutions often facilitate curating your tabs in different ways.&nbsp; <br></div><div><br></div><div>Chrome profiles work up to a limit, but when you are multitasking everyday, it doesn't make sense to create multiple profiles for even short-lived distractions.</div> 3 points posted by TabWorkx /problems/315-browser-tabs-become-unmanageable-fast-tabs-productivity 315 Tue, 12 Oct 2021 03:20:00 +0000 Lack of critical thinking when consuming news #news #thinking Many people lack trust in news and the time or skill to critically think through each article (for bias, ownership info, alternative perspectives, opinion or more factual). There is a need to reward users for performing functions which would encourage critical thinking to find answers in news and fight misinformation at the same time.&nbsp; 3 points posted by Chamira /problems/314-lack-of-critical-thinking-when-consuming-news-news-thinking 314 Mon, 11 Oct 2021 20:36:00 +0000 Buy Me a Coffee without commision #payments #donation <div><a href="https://www.buymeacoffee.com/">Buy Me a Coffee</a> is a good way to receive payments without much effort and a widely used method to support indies.</div><div><br></div><div>But with the introduction of <a href="https://stripe.com/en-in/payments/payment-links">Stripe Payment Links</a> it doesn't make sense to use BMaC type services anymore, Especially since we'd end up paying commissions to both BMaC and Stripe. I myself use stripe payment links on static websites like <a href="https://abishekmuthian.com">my blog</a> and <a href="https://startuptoolchain.com">other places</a> where I used BMaC before.<br></div><div><br></div><div>But BMaC does have some features like listing recent payments and comments which might result in better conversions. Features which requires custom implementation and might be out of the reach of no-code developers.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need-gap in bridging Buy Me a Coffee and Stripe Payment Links.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/313-buy-me-a-coffee-without-commision-payments-donation 313 Mon, 11 Oct 2021 13:56:00 +0000 I need to know what recipes I can make #food #recipe I am not very creative when it comes to making dinner for my family. I have a lot of recipe books, but it's time-consuming to find a recipe, scan my pantry to see what I have and don't have, figure out if I can substitute ingredients, etc. <br><br>Current solutions either let you search by main ingredient, or multiple ingredients without considering you might not have all of them or the right quantity. <br><br><div><a href="https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ingredients">https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ingredients</a></div><div><a href="https://recipeland.com/recipes/by_ingredient">https://recipeland.com/recipes/by_ingredient</a></div><div><div><a href="https://www.supercook.com/">https://www.supercook.com/</a><br></div></div> 3 points posted by dwatling /problems/312-i-need-to-know-what-recipes-i-can-make-food-recipe 312 Mon, 11 Oct 2021 11:45:00 +0000 Difficulties cashing paychecks #banks #money Inspired by this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl-XVqcJA7s<div><br></div><div>I've noticed many people have trouble cashing their checks on their banks because their processes are very slow and usually leaves to stand in front of long lines. For that reason, going to the bank can be very frustrating to a lot of people going there and therefore, cashing a check can be a nightmarish process for a lot of people.</div> 3 points posted by rgm48 /problems/311-difficulties-cashing-paychecks-banks-money 311 Tue, 05 Oct 2021 15:05:00 +0000 GST compliant invoice for stripe #billing #invoice <div>Stripe supports <a href="https://stripe.com/docs/invoicing">outstanding invoice</a>, i.e. statements of amounts owed by the customer and <a href="https://stripe.com/docs/receipts">receipts</a> after payment. But in India's GST regime, tax invoices are to be provided after delivering the service i.e. after payment and has <a href="https://cleartax.in/s/gst-invoice">very specific rules for how the invoice should be</a>.</div><div> <ul> <li><b>Stripe's invoice is not compliant with the India's GST</b> invoice regulations(lack of required fields), Forcing me to generate my own invoice; Which is fine for the SaaS products where I have back-end to process the invoice but on services where there's no back-end e.g. static websites I have to generate the invoice manually.</li> <li>I have a separate Stripe account for each product/service for convenience under single GST registration which requires the <b>invoice number across accounts to be in same sequence</b> but is not possible with Stripe.</li> </ul><div>These are some of the major need-gaps I have noticed with Stripe's invoicing service in India, It may or may not be applicable to GST regimes of other countries. Companies with revenue over 50 crores (500 million) can use Govt's E-Invoicing API and so this need-gap affects only small businesses and indies.</div></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/310-gst-compliant-invoice-for-stripe-billing-invoice 310 Sat, 02 Oct 2021 05:23:00 +0000 Finding qualified tutor near home #education #tutorship Last time, I've talked with another user about an idea of a free problem solver ( /problems/291 ) and it turned out that this idea would cause more harm than good for a lot of students. Instead, I focused on the need of providing better education for everyone (like students from all grades and also family members who want to educate their children but don't have time to do so).<div><br></div><div><b>There is a need for an app which can help people find a qualified tutor near their home and help them understand the topic easily and students will feel more confident and prepared before taking whatever exam they are going to take</b>. Moreover, tutors can make extra money by helping students to understand topics better. </div><div><br></div><div>Feedback is appreciated!</div> 3 points posted by rgm48 /problems/308-finding-qualified-tutor-near-home-education-tutorship 308 Tue, 28 Sep 2021 14:58:00 +0000 Simulating ventilation in the building #simulation #home <div>Improving ventilation <a href="https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2021/05/26/improving-ventilation-will-help-curb-sars-cov-2">can help curb SARS-CoV-2</a> and likely similar future airborne pathogens. Building planners have already taken this into account and are giving ventilation more attention than before.</div><div><br></div><div>But there seems to be a need-gap in consumer level ventilation simulation software for house and small-business. There are some <a href="https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/renovate/design/a28461218/best-free-home-interior-design-tools-apps-software/">great home, interior design tools</a> which can help plan floor, furniture and appliances placements, decorations to <a href="https://www.acrylicwifi.com/en/blog/wifi-planning-design-place-locate-access-point-simulation/">WiFi access point placements</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>I think ventilation planning is a necessary addition to these tools.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/307-simulating-ventilation-in-the-building-simulation-home 307 Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:09:00 +0000 How far away is Financial Independence? #personalfinance #analysis <a href="https://mint.intuit.com/">Mint</a>/<a href="https://www.youneedabudget.com/">YNAB</a> do a good job of seeing where money went, Personal Capital/Wealthfront do a good job of seeing where to put your money. But what does it all mean in terms of how far away a person is from Financial Independence given their individual circumstances? Seems like most of the software out there today makes things more complicated, which makes it even harder to have confidence that you're on the right track.<div><br></div><div>Also frustrating that a given amount of money is hard to relate to what it will actually get you in terms of real-world benefit, given your own tastes and habits.</div> 3 points posted by ben_miller /problems/306-how-far-away-is-financial-independence-personalfinance-analysis 306 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:15:00 +0000 Palm OS like timesheet app for modern mobile OS #timesheet #productivity <div>It looks like <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28487817#28490601">some</a> are still using the Timesheet app from their long discontinued Palm OS devices because some features from it are not found in the modern timesheet apps of android and iOS.</div><div><br></div><div>To quote what's missing,</div><div><br></div><blockquote><div><span class="commtext c00">Palm had a set of "rules" for programmers as to how the UI should work - and one was that nothing should take more than 3 clicks, IIRC. The needs I have for a time sheet app is to simply keep track whenever I change what I work on during the day. I may be working on project 1234, then someone wants me in a meeting on project 6566 work package 312, and my time app must keep track of that. The TimeSheet app does that in the simplest way possible - I do exactly one click, and it tracks the other project.<p>During the day I may have to work on a number of projects, for shorter or longer periods. I have a list of those projects and work packages in TimeSheet. When the time comes to input all of that into the corporate time system TimeSheet presents me with the total sum of all work packages for each day (and other ways, if I need them).</p> <p>It's extremely simple. I just can't find anything with the same easy functionality on Android or elsewhere. They seem to have a different focus, and way too many clicks to go through. </p></div></blockquote> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/304-palm-os-like-timesheet-app-for-modern-mobile-os-timesheet-productivity 304 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 13:15:00 +0000 Creating professional PDF reports is too hard #pdf #reports The current solutions for creating a PDF are either too bulky or if they’re simple don’t offer a way to create good looking PDFs. The bulky solutions include LaTeX which have a big storage footprint, complex syntax as well as a bit slow to render out. Other solutions such as PDFkit library for Python and many others offer a simple way but very basic looking reports. It seems a service that makes it simple to create PDF reports but also ones that looks professional is needed. 3 points posted by noddynarwhal /problems/303-creating-professional-pdf-reports-is-too-hard-pdf-reports 303 Mon, 20 Sep 2021 19:18:00 +0000 Real world benchmarking for hardware #benchmark #semiconductor Semiconductor manufacturers e.g. CPU manufacturers have to rely upon data centers and operating system manufacturers to get real world benchmarks to improve their designs as they have only synthetic benchmarks at their disposal. This process is convoluted and doesn't give optimum results. I think there is a large need-gap to bridge between software publishers and semiconductor industry regarding this. 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/302-real-world-benchmarking-for-hardware-benchmark-semiconductor 302 Mon, 20 Sep 2021 13:58:00 +0000 Machine learning is too complex to use #machinelearning #analysis I work in the insurance industry as a software engineer, and I see that our underwriters and business analysts don't have machine learning tools they can readily use to investigate their own hypotheses related to factor analysis in particular.<div><br></div><div>Machine learning tools that can provide this kind of analysis are too complex for regular business people to use. As a result, they rely on analytics departments or outside agencies to do this analysis for them. Sometimes, they pay large amounts of money for analysis that they could do themselves if they had tools they understood.</div><div><br></div><div>I believe that underwriters, business analysts, small business owners and others should be empowered to use machine learning to do factor analysis, identify potential key performance indicators, and evaluate things like surveys to find relationships in their data.</div> 3 points posted by dmsweetser /problems/301-machine-learning-is-too-complex-to-use-machinelearning-analysis 301 Sat, 18 Sep 2021 18:03:00 +0000 Topic classification of Hacker News stories #hackernews #classification <div>Topic classification is one of the <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18805483">most requested features</a> of Hacker News, which is understandable as stories from wide range of categories are submitted on Hacker News and Users with different interests consume content from HN.</div><div><br></div><div>Classification of topics can help with filtering the content we are interested in and for bookmarking purposes.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/300-topic-classification-of-hacker-news-stories-hackernews-classification 300 Sat, 18 Sep 2021 13:20:00 +0000 Logistics are expensive #logististics #delivery There's a problem that arises from using logistics services, due to the additional cost which are most times high, many have looked for alternatives and would search for people travelling to the destination state they want to make delivery and give the person instead. What if there's an app that connects travellers with people who want to make delivery, like an AirBnB kind of Logistic service.&nbsp; 1 points posted by Yazid /problems/299-logistics-are-expensive-logististics-delivery 299 Tue, 14 Sep 2021 23:17:00 +0000 Small business's dependency on eCommerce giants #eCommerce #SelfReliance <div>Small businesses sell their product on large eCommerce websites for their discovery and ease of use but are subject to their monopolistic behavior and loose out when the algorithms of the giants decide that their product is not good enough for their profit margin.</div><div><br></div><div>The solution for this has been for the businesses to have their eCommerce platform and there have been plenty of <a href="https://startuptoolchain.com/#website">hosted or self-hosted tools to enable that</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>Yet vast majority of small business are yet to venture into having their own eCommerce platform for various reasons such as,</div><div> <ul><li>Awareness: Many just don't know that they can have their own eCommerce platform where they have better control over their sales.</li> <li>Discovery: They feel their product wouldn't be discovered on their own platform and they could be right. So discovery for products from small business needs to be addressed.</li> <li>Setup &amp; Maintenance: Although the barriers to setup eCommerce platforms have come down drastically, It's still not accessible to someone who's not technically inclined. So they are forced to spend money on companies which would do it for them and often lock them to sub-par proprietary software and expensive life-long maintenance fees.</li> </ul></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/298-small-businesss-dependency-on-ecommerce-giants-ecommerce-selfreliance 298 Tue, 14 Sep 2021 05:10:00 +0000 Find statistical data quickly for writing blog #statistics #writing I'm a freelance writer for several different clients. They all want me to add statistical data to my blog posts. <div><br></div><div>But it takes forever to find accurate ones that aren't from like 2002. I'm looking for a tool to help me quickly find statistical data for the content without wasting so much time. </div><div><br></div><div>The ideal tool would be a list of relevant stats and low-cost for my freelance budget.</div><div><br></div><div>HELP!!!!</div> 3 points posted by bettyann7088 /problems/296-find-statistical-data-quickly-for-writing-blog-statistics-writing 296 Sat, 11 Sep 2021 16:58:00 +0000 Investment in the startups by solo founders #investment #business <div>Retail investment in the startups by solo founders has several problems faced by both the founder and the investor.</div><div> <ul> <li>Bus factor: /problems/294 .</li> <li>Lack of standardized term sheets for solopreneur startups: Current standardized term sheets are made for startups with co-founder(s) and large teams.</li> <li>Investment regulations: Regulations to invest in a startup varies according to the jurisdictions and are often made with large typical startups in mind.</li> <li>Uncertainty over the scalability of the B2B startups run by solo founders: Lack of service level agreements ( /problems/153 ) make large businesses hesitant to employ services of smaller startups run by solopreneurs.</li> <li>No investment train when investing in solopreneurs: Typical startups benefit from the investors trying to catch the investment train i.e. When a large name brand investment house invests in a startup, Every other investor tries to invest in that startup due to herd behavior. When unknown individual investors invest in solopreneurs, There's no such investment train to catch.</li> </ul></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/295-investment-in-the-startups-by-solo-founders-investment-business 295 Thu, 09 Sep 2021 06:27:00 +0000 Very high bus factor among solo founders #riskassesment #business <blockquote><div>The "bus factor" is the minimum number of team members that have to suddenly disappear from a project before the project stalls due to lack of knowledgeable or competent personnel. -<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_factor">Wikipedia</a>.<br></div></blockquote><div><br></div><div>The bus factor is very high among solo founders, solopreneurs and indie hackers because they are often the only person working on the product and when they're unable to continue working due to any number of reasons the product is immediately dead. Investors rarely invest in the startups of solo founders due to this.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Even typical startups run by solo founders with employees, investors are always at the risk of high bus factor because they're often the sole decision maker of the startup, leading to various problems ( /problems/27 ) if they're suddenly incapacitated.</div><div><br></div><div>Straightforward solution to reduce the bus factor is to get co-founders(s), qualified team and hedge the risks. But <a href="https://hitstartup.com/being-single-founder-vs-having-co-founders-in-a-startup/">being a solo founder has its benefits</a> and there's need-gap in solutions to reduce the impact of high bus factor among those who have decided to be a solo founder.<br></div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/294-very-high-bus-factor-among-solo-founders-riskassesment-business 294 Thu, 09 Sep 2021 05:23:00 +0000 There are no parking spaces in big sales days #parking #travel In sales days (Black Friday for example), there are a lot of people trying to enter stores and usually the parking spaces are full and you have to wait until somebody leaves the parking lot. It will do a lot of service for people to reserve their spot earlier so they find a parking spot easily.<div><br></div><div>As for now, there are no apps that makes the parking spot reservation for you so you can enter the parking lot enter and leave quickly so you don't waste time driving all the morning until you find that sweet spot.</div> 2 points posted by rgm48 /problems/293-there-are-no-parking-spaces-in-big-sales-days-parking-travel 293 Wed, 08 Sep 2021 14:41:00 +0000 I don't read my articles from the read later app #reading #productivity <p>Some pain points:</p> <ul> <li><span data-preserver-spaces="true">Lack of<b> dark patterns</b>/workflow that motivates you to go through lists</li> <li><span data-preserver-spaces="true">Lack of<b> visualisation</b> of your progress and to be covered lists. Also once Peter Drucker noted you can't manage what you can't measure, so there's that.</li> <li><span data-preserver-spaces="true">Lack of features such as <b>queues and intelligent sorting </b>based on params like the time needed (smartly learned by your reading speeds), etc. Queues and lists as in music and podcast players</li> <li><span data-preserver-spaces="true">Lack of <b>smart organisational ability </b>and proper search implementation thus resulting in friction of finding the content in future. Bookmarking services don't help because even then you have to think and dig deep in the mess of tags and folders.</li> <li><span data-preserver-spaces="true"><b>Inconsistencies in parsing </b>articles and content</li> </ul> 3 points posted by shermix /problems/292-i-dont-read-my-articles-from-the-read-later-app-reading-productivity 292 Wed, 08 Sep 2021 02:24:00 +0000 Free problem solver #education #solver There are many homework solvers like Chegg, CourseHero, SolutionInn, etc. which offer similar services but their prices are quite high for someone living in a third world country like Mexico. We have a WhatsApp group in which we are a lot of people solving homework problems yet only one of them has a Chegg subscription and it's awful that everyone asks her the answers because nobody (but her) can afford a Chegg subscription. <div><br></div><div>This affects students who need their homework solutions ASAP and those with Chegg subscriptions who don't want to be bothered by people (who don't have those) asking them to give their answers.</div> 1 points posted by rgm48 /problems/291-free-problem-solver-education-solver 291 Tue, 07 Sep 2021 17:30:00 +0000 Alert the presense of powerful magnets nearby #health #notification <div>British Heart Rhythm Society has recently warned that the magnet in <a href="https://bhrs.com/important-life-saving-therapy-inhibition-by-phones-containing-magnets/">iPhone 12 series can suspend the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator(ICD)</a> a life saving implant used by patients with high risk cardiac conditions.</div><div><br></div><div>With growing number of electronic appliances using powerful magnets in our daily life a real-time alert system for magnetic field in the environment above certain threshold which could affect the implants is needed.<br></div> 3 points posted by Carolyn /problems/290-alert-the-presense-of-powerful-magnets-nearby-health-notification 290 Mon, 06 Sep 2021 14:00:00 +0000 Browser tab group sync between PC and the mobile #productivity #sync <div>Tab groups are a major productivity feature in modern browsers, If not available by default there are <a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/simple-tab-groups/">add-ons</a> which enable them. This allows us to group various tabs in the browser to avoid clutter and easy access.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Although individual websites are synced between PC and the mobile using a common account the tab groups aren't synced. So same level of productivity is not available on mobile browsers.<br></div> 1 points posted by Anthony /problems/289-browser-tab-group-sync-between-pc-and-the-mobile-productivity-sync 289 Mon, 06 Sep 2021 13:19:00 +0000 Calculating Purchasing Power Parity #pricing #calculator <div>Pricing the products in the local currency is one of the easiest way to increase the global sales, But just converting the currency and pricing it according to the exchange rates doesn't do justice as price of the product should be what the market is willing to pay for it.</div><div><br></div><div>The market would pay according to its purchasing power, <a href="https://data.oecd.org/conversion/purchasing-power-parities-ppp.htm">Purchasing Power Parity</a> provides the rates of conversion to equalize the purchasing power of source country and destination country by taking into account different economic factors.<br><br>But calculators which help with this conversion are <a href="http://salaryconverter.nigelb.me/">outdated</a>.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/288-calculating-purchasing-power-parity-pricing-calculator 288 Thu, 26 Aug 2021 16:31:00 +0000 Online fraud detection systems are broken #security #frauddetection <div>Online infrastructure service providers especially the cloud providers ban the customer accounts at whim often due to flawed, outdated fraud detection systems.</div><div><br></div><div>There are numerous horror stories[<a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28249216">1</a>][<a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25912452">2</a>][<a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24819913">3</a>] from customers on how their accounts were banned for no apparent reason without proper recourse.</div><div><br></div><div>There are genuine cases of fraudulent activities happening using the cloud infrastructure, but the current mechanisms used to identify those activities are inefficient and therefore genuine customers who haven't done anything wrong get caught up in it. I presume both the service providers and the customers would like to get this need-gap addressed.<br></div> 3 points posted by Russel /problems/287-online-fraud-detection-systems-are-broken-security-frauddetection 287 Tue, 24 Aug 2021 06:38:00 +0000 Find why the customer didn't make the purchase #sales #analytics <div>Finding why the customer didn't make the purchase after visiting the buy page is hard, existing solutions are intrusive and inefficient.</div><div><br></div><div>Exit survey is one of the common methodologies applied to find why the customer didn't make the purchase but they are considered a nuisance and so we rarely get any valuable data from it.<br></div> 3 points posted by Jason /problems/286-find-why-the-customer-didnt-make-the-purchase-sales-analytics 286 Mon, 23 Aug 2021 13:47:00 +0000 Safe, Easy self-hosted CCTV system #security #selfhosted <div>People who don't want to send their house or business CCTV video to be stored by some company or don't want to pay yearly cloud subscription charges prefer self-hosted Network Video Recording(NVR). Self-hosting a home security camera setup now requires finding the right camera and setting it up with tools like <a href="https://shinobi.video/">Shinobi</a>, <a href="https://zoneminder.com/">ZoneMinder</a>, <a href="https://motion-project.github.io/">Motion</a> etc.</div><div><br></div><div>But self-hosting a CCTV setup has several problems,</div><div> <ul><li>Supported cameras are often low quality, riddled with bugs, never receive any firmware updates and send data outside the network.</li> <li>Open-source CCTV solutions require separate computer to run while proprietary IP Cameras are self-contained solutions.</li> <li>Setting up open-source CCTV software is beyond the technical capabilities for an average house or business owner.</li> <li>Quality of motion detection are not on par with proprietary camera systems.</li> </ul></div> 3 points posted by Amaluna /problems/285-safe-easy-self-hosted-cctv-system-security-selfhosted 285 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 15:37:00 +0000 Online marketplace for hardware-tools in India #eCommerce #hardware <div>There aren't any large scale McMaster-Carr type online supplier for hardware, tools or raw materials in India. With eBay gone, there seems to be an <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28194608#28195293">absolute vacuum in this space</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>Large businesses can bulk-order hardware tools and materials directly from the source but makers, tinkerers and small businesses are dependent upon importing through overseas eCommerce sites which are often plagued with shipping issues and exaggerated costs.<br><br></div><div>eCommerce businesses selling electronics components and compute hardware catering to makers and tinkers in India seem to be doing very well, In fact Raspberry Pi foundation sells its product in India on day one <a href="https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-pico/">through several suppliers</a> like in developed markets and so there's no reason for why an online hardware marketplace catering to the same people shouldn't work out.<br><br>Now that Chinese eCommerce websites are also banned in India, It seems like a perfect opportunity to address the need-gap in online hardware marketplace<br></div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/284-online-marketplace-for-hardware-tools-in-india-ecommerce-hardware 284 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 13:44:00 +0000 Listening to an audiobook and resume with ebook #books #audio Audiobooks are a great medium for enjoying a story when occupied by some other task, i.e. driving or cooking. Since most people can read much faster than the speed language is spoken at, reading text is the preferred method if one can apply their full attention. Why can't I listen to an audiobook while driving home, then pick up where I left off in the ebook?<div>Existing solutions for this experience require users to buy the audiobook and ebook separately on different platforms which do not sync with each other, meaning a lot of time spent flipping through pages in the ebook (the number of which is completely unknown as it is not information available when listening to the audiobook) to find where to resume reading.</div> 1 points posted by bzlister /problems/283-listening-to-an-audiobook-and-resume-with-ebook-books-audio 283 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 01:00:00 +0000 Finding coach for any area of life #wellness #mentor Most people are above-average skill level in at least one specific area, yet are lacking in others. For instance, a med school student may be proficient at studying and memorization, but need help with self-care routines. A middle-aged married woman may have great advice for navigating interpersonal relationships but could stand to learn a lot about gardening. It would be great if there were some social media platform to connect users in a mentor/mentee capacity<div> <ul> <li>There are endless self-help videos available on YouTube for any topic, but they do not offer the same level of individualized attention that a coach can provide</li> <li>Traditional coaching in the desired area is always expensive and/or unavailable and/or too general. Furthermore, people are much more open about themselves if they can be anonymous</li> </ul><div>The challenge with this is how to validate a user's skill level in the area they claim to be skilled in, and how to incentivize users to coach others.</div></div> 3 points posted by bzlister /problems/282-finding-coach-for-any-area-of-life-wellness-mentor 282 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 00:46:00 +0000 No standard structure for building in public #buildinpublic #tools <div>Building SaaS products in public is gaining prominence with builders using <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23buildinpublic">#buildinpublic</a> on Twitter on their tweets about what they are building. But the tweets are often disconnected because a random building in public tweet contains <i><b>very little information about why they are doing what they are doing</b></i>.</div><div><br></div><div>I think this is because there is no standard structure or tooling for building in public.<br></div> 3 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/281-no-standard-structure-for-building-in-public-buildinpublic-tools 281 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 15:36:00 +0000 Content researching is time consuming #writing #SEO I love to write blogs on technical topics. But the time it takes to do the content researching is always a show stopper. I would have wanted budget friendly tool that can show me ideas, keywords, popular headings given some keywords. Ofcourse it should focus on SEO friendliness.<div><br></div><div>Added bonus if it can generated AI based titles that I can pick from.<br><div><div><br></div></div></div> 3 points posted by Kamban /problems/280-content-researching-is-time-consuming-writing-seo 280 Fri, 06 Aug 2021 09:30:00 +0000 Better way to read twitter threads #twitter #reading <div>Long twitter threads are becoming more common but reading twitter threads is cumbersome and it reflects in views dropping subsequently for the threaded tweets.</div><div><br></div><div>Readers invoke bots like <a href="https://twitter.com/threader_app">threaderapp</a> to compile the tweets into long post which can be read on the threaderapp website. I'm trying to find if there's a need-gap for better ways to read twitter threads and possible ways to address the need-gap.<br></div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/279-better-way-to-read-twitter-threads-twitter-reading 279 Thu, 05 Aug 2021 16:59:00 +0000 TikTok for esports/gaming content #streaming #video Hello everyone, my name is Sergey! As long as I have known myself, I have always been fond of esports, I watch major tournaments, I follow some players and I also play myself. I really liked the format of TikTok, short clips about people's lives or funny moments, but I didn't feel comfortable there, I was missing something, namely the esports/gaming content that I wanted to watch and watch every day. 1 points posted by gaserd /problems/278-gaming-content-streaming-video 278 Wed, 04 Aug 2021 06:08:00 +0000 What will be my AWS bill after free 12 months #calculator #billing <div>My free 12 months AWS&nbsp; ends soon and I am trying to calculate the future bill after it ends. But AWS only shows $0.00 for all the items in the previous month bills because its negated from the credits.</div><div><br></div><div>AWS has a forecast tool but it's useless for this scenario as previous bills were all $0 and so it forecasts the current month where the AWS free tier ends as $0 as well. <br></div><div><br></div><div>In order to estimate the future bill I have to individually calculate cost for each item with its price and usage or wait till the free-tier ends and find it out from the first bill.<br></div> 3 points posted by Batuhan /problems/277-what-will-be-my-aws-bill-after-free-12-months-calculator-billing 277 Mon, 02 Aug 2021 13:41:00 +0000 Kitchen Mixer Grinder related accidents #accidentprevention #focus <div>Two of my family members at different times have got their finger hurt on the blades of a mixer grinder. At both times as a quick reaction to close the lid of the jar when it was loose and the mixer was switched on accidentally or deliberately.</div><div><br></div><div>May be these can be dismissed as lack of focus when operating things which can hurt us, But we tend to loose focus when doing mundane things every day. <br></div><div><br></div><div>I feel there is a need to build safe mixer grinder which can prevent such accidents.<br></div> 3 points posted by Shamiksha /problems/276-kitchen-mixer-grinder-related-accidents-accidentprevention-focus 276 Mon, 02 Aug 2021 10:23:00 +0000 Single referral system for all services #marketing #monetization <div>Affiliate marketing is the best alternative to those who don't want to encroach upon the privacy of their readers with ads which uses tracking cookies. When used in a content without conflict of interest it can add value to both the readers and the publisher. <br></div><div><br></div><div>But the current referral system is messy with,</div><div> <ul><li>Each product or service having tied up with a different agency for providing referral links or having their own.</li> <li>Arbitrary approval criteria for new signups. </li> <li>Obscure payment policies etc.</li> <li>Publishers <a href="http://mdolon.com/essays/amazon-has-ruined-search-and-google-is-in-on-it">gaming the referral system</a> where only a single eCommerce company is benefited.</li> </ul></div><div>There's need-gap in affiliate marketing to cut down the middlemen and to connect the advertisers with publisher directly with a single universal referral system.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/274-single-referral-system-for-all-services-marketing-monetization 274 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 02:43:00 +0000 Listening to bird songs from different regions #music #mentalhealth <span class="commtext c00">Listening to <a href="https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-listening-to-bird-song-can-transform-our-mental-health.html">bird sounds is now recognized to have positive impact on mental health</a>, So how about selecting a particular region on the earth and listing to high quality bird songs? There some good <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EaSSgqsQs4">YT playlists</a> but they offer limited options to select birds or regions.<br> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/273-listening-to-bird-songs-from-different-regions-music-mentalhealth 273 Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:36:00 +0000 No single place to learn computer science online #coding #programming There are a few problems with learning CS online right now, as opposed to in college.<div><br><div> <ul> <li>All the resources are scattered across the web. It's hard to keep track of what to learn and where.</li> <li>Many of the resources are just videos and text. I want to actually write code</li> </ul></div><div><br></div></div> 2 points posted by wagslane /problems/272-no-single-place-to-learn-computer-science-online-coding-programming 272 Sat, 24 Jul 2021 13:24:00 +0000 Uban dictionary for kindle #language #reading <div>We can read server different types of content on Kindle apart from the books, nowadays even newsletters can be sent to the kindle. But kindle is lacking a urban dictionary to explore words from such content.</div><div><br></div><div>Fortunately dictionaries can easily be loaded onto a kindle and all that is required is to create an urban dictionary in e-book format. I couldn't find anything like that as of now.<br></div> 1 points posted by Luke /problems/271-uban-dictionary-for-kindle-language-reading 271 Sat, 24 Jul 2021 05:01:00 +0000 Low quality language learning resources #language #education It's very time-consuming for me to search for language-learning resources. <div><br></div><div>And when I do find one, it turned out to be a low quality and half-baked content. It's demoralizing. </div><div><br></div><div>Most sites that are listing resources are filled with affiliate links and advertisements. Some aren't even genuine.</div><div><br></div><div>It's difficult to learn a language seriously when there is no syllabus or even a guide to help me chart my way in learning a language.</div> 1 points posted by yusuf /problems/270-low-quality-language-learning-resources-language-education 270 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 07:13:00 +0000 Keeping the things I like with me #consumerpower #privacy <div>Netflix knows what type of movies I like, Amazon knows which brands I like to purchase from, DoorDash knows what I like to eat and Google knows everything there is to know about me; But I would like to know, keep track of it what I like with me and offer it to services as and when needed.</div><div><br></div><div>There's not much to worry about if these services use their recommendation system only to deliver what we need as a consumer, But after learning what we like the recommendation system is used for their advantage to sell what they want to us(those with more markup), even if there's a better option for us available in their platform.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/269-keeping-the-things-i-like-with-me-consumerpower-privacy 269 Sun, 18 Jul 2021 14:20:00 +0000 Detecting phishing websites #cybersecurity #frauddetection I recently came across a <a href="https://twitter.com/heavyinfo/status/1409761416865746956">website phishing Indian Govt.'s Income Tax website</a> on the top of Google search results. If such high value, thoroughly scrutinized websites can be phished and even make it to the top of Google search then surely there's a need-gap in the existing phishing detection systems.<br> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/267-detecting-phishing-websites-cybersecurity-frauddetection 267 Thu, 15 Jul 2021 13:53:00 +0000 Colors look different according to the browser #webdevelopment #color <div>Colors are displayed differently in each browser. The reasons are explained in detail by <a href="https://mux.com/blog/your-browser-and-my-browser-see-different-colors/"></a><a class="WrittenBy__WriterLink-zutcho-0 gDedIJ">Matthew Szatmary</a>, In summary - browsers and standards are a mess.</div><div><br></div><div>During development and video production I have to test in different browsers for adjusting to this and it consumes lot of effort.</div><div><br></div><div>I feel there is a need-gap in solutions for testing color accuracy across browsers.<br></div> 3 points posted by Roman /problems/266-colors-look-different-according-to-the-browser-webdevelopment-color 266 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 16:11:00 +0000 Better way for collecting twitter threads #notes #twitter <div>Hi everyone,</div><div><br></div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">I’m using Notion to&nbsp; collect interesting twitter threads which I find valuable.</div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"><br></div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">I would have to copy link and then embed it in Notion.&nbsp; The approach is flawed in terms of searching and categorisation and as well as consuming content.</div><div><br></div><div>I'm looking for a way to make the process of collecting twitter threads efficient.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Thanks.</div> 2 points posted by goranculibrk /problems/265-better-way-for-collecting-twitter-threads-notes-twitter 265 Mon, 12 Jul 2021 06:37:00 +0000 Internet troubles during live TV interviews #television #videocall <div> <h3>Can you hear me, I can't hear you</h3></div><div><br></div><div>That is what we have been hearing on every television interviews now since everyone is attending interviews remotely using Internet video calls.</div><div><br></div><div>Internet network connectivity troubles are a huge pain to these TV channels as not all participants have fast, stable Internet plan and are genuinely annoying to the audience.</div><div><br></div><div>Surely this is a need-gap right?<br></div> 3 points posted by Alan /problems/264-internet-troubles-during-live-tv-interviews-television-videocall 264 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 16:17:00 +0000 Plan Second-Order, Third-Order consequences #mentalmodel #cognitivescience <div>I have realized that almost all of my troubles are because I didn't plan the <a href="https://fs.blog/2016/04/second-order-thinking/">second-order, third-order consequences</a> of my life's decisions. By choosing the first available option, I have often ended up creating more problems for myself and others around me.</div><div><br></div><div>Smart people avoid this by thinking about the second-order, third-order consequences. But not everyone is a chess Grandmaster.</div><div><br></div><div>I feel wanting to improve the decision making is the first step and if aided by tools to plan consequences of our options then many can avoid costly mistakes in life.<br></div> 5 points posted by Chase /problems/263-plan-second-order-third-order-consequences-mentalmodel-cognitivescience 263 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 03:15:00 +0000