Validate your problems, startup ideas to create products which people want Find your customers by the problem you are solving for them. Mon, 24 Jan 2022 16:00:00 +0000 Track the p/l of multiple investment accounts #investment #reports I have a stock/options brokerage account and a crypto account and I can’t find a single platform that allows me to track my overall p/l with ease. All the tools available online have one or more of the following:<div> <ul> <li>requires me to tediously enter information of my every single stock trade using a poorly-designed web interface</li> <li>has a limitation on the number of trades that I can enter</li> <li>doesn't show the performance metrics that I want (e.g. time-weighted return, money-weighted return, on a monthly/annualized basis, CAGR, IRR, Sharpe Ratio, Omega Ratio etc..)</li> <li>limited benchmarking options</li> <li>charges a monthly subscription</li> <li>does not support data logging of my options trading</li> <li>does not support crypto</li> <li>cannot unify the p/l of multiple accounts / assets / currencies into a single report</li> <li>low customizability of the portfolio reports</li> </ul></div> 3 points posted by JMaven /problems/350-l-of-multiple-investment-accounts-investment-reports 350 Fri, 21 Jan 2022 04:35:00 +0000 Small social bits like memes aren't interactive #photo #socialmedia <h2>Missing a simple way to create small interactive experiences</h2>The range of small content creation on mobile encompasses single photos, customising gifs and composing entire movies. There are no options for users who want to make interactive experiences. <h2>Workarounds</h2><div>Two common ways for users to create an interactive experience are building a website or a game. There are a few website builders that run on mobile (eg: <a href="">Universe</a>) but these are still deployed via web, not providing content you can deliver directly.</div> <h2>Historical Technology</h2><div>Two generations of technology have allowed end users to easily create experiences. These pre-date the rise of mobile devices. Both created a document which could be played on a commonly-available runtime. The Hypercard environment was bundled with Mac computers for several years (pre-Web).</div><div> <ol> <li><a href="">Flash</a></li> <li><a href="">Hypercard</a></li> </ol></div> 3 points posted by andydentperth /problems/349-small-social-bits-like-memes-arent-interactive-photo-socialmedia 349 Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:02:00 +0000 Link rot, Invalid web URLs #web #archive <div>Link rotting is when a particular URL is not valid anymore, Usually because the content has been removed. Link rot is an issue we face with needgap as the majority of links here are of side-projects and when the project unfortunately ceases to exist the links become invalid.</div><div><br></div><div>If the links are automatically archived then it can help the community can understand what it offered and perhaps even help understanding why it didn't succeed.</div><div><br></div><div>Of course link rot is not specific to needgap, Whole wide web is affected by the link rot.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/346-link-rot-invalid-web-urls-web-archive 346 Mon, 10 Jan 2022 13:27:00 +0000 Boilerplate for building SaaS products #SaaS #web <div>Every user-facing SaaS product requires a basic set of features that are common to every SaaS. This includes features like:</div><div> <ul> <li>user registration / authentication</li> <li>email / password reset (general app settings and user preferences)</li> <li>sending emails</li> <li>file storage on cloud services</li> <li>error tracking</li> <li>deployment configuration files</li> <li>payments!</li> </ul><div>Implementing these features is a major distraction for founders, because this takes up time they cannot spend building their own business logic. And when done correctly, this can easily take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.</div></div> 3 points posted by siddhantgoel /problems/345-boilerplate-for-building-saas-products-saas-web 345 Tue, 28 Dec 2021 20:46:00 +0000 Journaling diary starting with the birth date #journaling #writing A custom diary/journal should have the option to start from birth date which makes more meaning when it comes to personal writing to start with every real new year. <div>Example: I want a diary for where I expect the start start date shoud be 12/02/2021 and end date should be 12/01/2022.</div><div><br></div><div>This can be called as "Birthday Diary" For those who believe new year is their birth date and want to take resolutions or start writing their journals from birthdate with new motive each year. </div><div><br></div><div>Personal note: Writing in a&nbsp; physical notebook is the best thing which adds muscle memory and more memory power than the digital tools which gives modern stat/graphs, easy to do stuffs / storage /portability. A physical pen and notebook gives more value when it is personal. </div><div><br></div><div>And with our modern printing technology, this birthday diary printing must be a simple one which is not ready just. </div> 3 points posted by Samarasam /problems/344-journaling-diary-starting-with-the-birth-date-journaling-writing 344 Sun, 26 Dec 2021 06:25:00 +0000 Historical datasets are expensive, hard to find #finance #datascience <div>With all the WallStreetBets hype I've been developing/testing automated investment/trading strategies in crypto/stocks. I was struggling to get large amounts of data cheaply like total historical stock/crypto prices or historical news, eCommerce pricing and stock levels. To resolve this I had to rely on heavy scraping or work with a variety of vendors who specialise in different datasets which increases infrastructure cost, risks getting IP blocked, increases load on the target server and increases data sourcing cost. I spent more time managing scrapers, bots and data streams instead of working on the analysis, research and building my app</div> 3 points posted by gigadata /problems/342-historical-datasets-are-expensive-hard-to-find-finance-datascience 342 Mon, 13 Dec 2021 06:45:00 +0000 Color inaccuracy in mobile displays #color #design <div>Color accuracy varies drastically across mobile(smartphone, tablet) displays which results in poor presentation in the applications dependent upon accurate colors like Fashion, Art, Paints etc. leading to their respective industries not being able to leverage mobile ecosystem to its full extent.</div><div><br></div><div>The color inaccuracy on mobile displays stems from several variables:</div><div> <ul> <li>Display Technologies( LCD, OLED etc.) and Subpixel matrix schemes(Standard, Pentile etc.).</li> <li>Color Space(&nbsp;sRGB, DCI-P3) and Color Gamut(Different coverage of color space).</li> <li>Color modes(LiveDisplay, True Tone etc.) according to ambient lighting conditions.</li> <li>Adaptive Brightness.</li> <li>Display calibration by the manufacturer.</li> <li>Screen protection(Tempered glass, plastic etc.) and Privacy filters.</li> </ul><div>The problem is more pronounced with the android ecosystem(~ 73% market share) due to its fragmentation, Apple devices relatively display accurate colors across a particular model.</div> <ul> </ul></div> 5 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/341-color-inaccuracy-in-mobile-displays-color-design 341 Sat, 11 Dec 2021 14:00:00 +0000 Funding not aligned with building business #funding #saas <ul> <li>Too many investment and accelerators models built around getting funded by classic VCs (be it VC equity, debt or a hybrid of the two). Investment terms suit a multiple rounds of VC raising, but aren’t really aligned with the way of building businesses that most founders prefer.&nbsp;There is a significant lack of source of capital that is aligned with founders who want to build a healthy, sustainable, profitable business. </li> <li>Revenue-based funding requires no equity to be sacrificed by a founder and it could be a solution unless it takes the form of another black-box 'computer says no' type of approach. There needs to be a revenue-based funding with the human oversight to see the founder/business behind the numbers (MRR, churn etc.) and also work out a truly appropriate solution for the founder's need.</li> </ul> 3 points posted by Alex_EpsiFund /problems/340-funding-not-aligned-with-building-business-funding-saas 340 Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:56:00 +0000 Migrating from old Gmail account #email #migration <div>I would like to migrate from my decade old Gmail account to another email service provider. Downloading the emails from Gmail is straightforward.</div><div><br></div><div>But changing the email id to current email id across different services we are using is a pain, Especially for those services where we don't use 'Sign in with Google'.</div><div><br></div><div>Current strategy to find the services we are using with the Gmail id involves searching for account activation information, There are <a href="">services</a> which automate this but they are not 100% accurate as some services especially those from Govt. don't send account activation email.<br></div><div><br></div> 1 points posted by Miguel /problems/338-migrating-from-old-gmail-account-email-migration 338 Mon, 29 Nov 2021 13:56:00 +0000 Minimal home-building game for LDR couples #LDR #game Currently in a long-distance relationship with my boyfriend and we've been looking for games we can both play just to be in the same space. <br><br><div>We tried so many already like Minecraft, which we purchased for our laptops but his internet couldn't handle being on my server. He even purchased "It Take Two" only to find out that it doesn't cross-platform (we will still play it when I see him). We also found other alternatives like Stardew Valley and Genshin Impact and basically, every other MMORPG's out there. But we've decided we just want a minimal home-building game we can both play on our phones. No other farming, not even stories, no quests. </div><div><br></div><div>We liked the concept of Adorable Home. Too bad that app isn't an online multiplayer, even for just 2 people. It's so calming and simple. We just want a "home to come home to" while we're apart. </div> 5 points posted by ayu-in-manila /problems/336-minimal-home-building-game-for-ldr-couples-ldr-game 336 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 19:30:00 +0000 Avoid unnecessary taxes for donation #payment #tax <div>I'm working on a side project that's not yet fully-baked. As such, I don't want to collect real money just yet because I don't want to increase my personal tax burden. In addition, having to pay more taxes is just annoying at an early stage of building a product.</div><div><br></div><div>In short, I prefer not to have to add to my tax return when I'm still prototyping my SaaS idea.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Currently, there are a good number of places to accept donations, such as: ko-fi, Patreon, Buy Me A Coffee, liberapay, Github sponsors However, all of these websites pay the project owner money, either through Stripe, Paypal, Payoneer, or a combination of.</div><div><br></div><div>My task here is for a platform for me to ask for donations or payments that pay me not in dollar amounts but in <b>virtual gift cards</b>, so that I can:</div><div> <ul> <li>Validate my idea</li> <li>Use the payments to pay for operational costs: if I can collect payments in the form of virtual gift cards, I can use them to pay for web server costs.</li> <li>Avoid having to deal with taxes that come with collecting real money, at least until my product has been fully built out and has real users.</li> </ul></div> 5 points posted by skyisblue /problems/335-avoid-unnecessary-taxes-for-donation-payment-tax 335 Mon, 22 Nov 2021 21:49:00 +0000 Gadget recall monitoring and alert #monitor #alert <div>Gadget recall happens all the time, Usually due to safety concerns regarding battery or fire hazard from the electronics. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Those who have registered their product on the manufacturer's site or use a connected device where the manufacturer knows the email id get intimations via email about the product recall but others loose out.</div><div><br></div><div>There are several reasons for why someone might never register their product, Especially common among aged people. I think it's about time we come up with better mechanisms to monitor gadget recalls and inform the owners.<br></div> 3 points posted by Rakesh /problems/334-gadget-recall-monitoring-and-alert-monitor-alert 334 Mon, 22 Nov 2021 13:45:00 +0000 Localization for No-Code platforms #language #nocode <div>I recently reviewed couple of no-code platforms to recommend to a friend and learnt that even major platforms lack in localization[<a href="">1</a>][<a href="">2</a>] both in the apps built through them and as a platform themselves.</div><div><br></div><div>Lack of localization seems like a major de-limiter to anyone who wishes to build apps for regional audience using these no-code platforms.<br></div><br> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/333-localization-for-no-code-platforms-language-nocode 333 Sat, 20 Nov 2021 14:03:00 +0000 Resume feeback, but simple and private #employment #review Each sector requires a different résumé. Most résumé sites fail as they put more focus and emphasis on templates. The most important factor to keep in mind when creating a résumé is content. Fancy templates look attractive. Without good contents, your résumé is heading into the trash. Experts and professionals are the only ones who know what should be included to land your next interviews.<div><br></div><div>For example, a marketing expert is the only one who knows what to include on your marketing résumé to secure your next interview. Not a recruiter or software developer. </div> 1 points posted by rotimi_je_suis /problems/330-resume-feeback-but-simple-and-private-employment-review 330 Tue, 16 Nov 2021 07:47:00 +0000 Linux phone for India and the world #smartphone #India <div>India is the second largest smartphone market in the world with <a href="">439m users in 2020</a> which is only poised to grow in future. India has one of the <a href="">largest Linux user base,</a> if not the largest.</div><div><br></div><div>What connects those two statements? When the rest of the world have started to look at 3rd alternative to mobile operating systems in the form of smartphones[<a href="">1</a>][<a href="">2</a>] powered by Linux Operating Systems(Mainline kernel) <b><a href="">India has been left behind</a> due to it's policies with pre-built smartphone hardware</b>.</div><div><br></div><div>India has <a href="">exuberant import taxation for pre-built smartphone hardware</a> and offers incentives to manufacture smartphone in the country which propelled it to become <a href="">second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>I think there's a need-gap for a smartphone manufacturer to build Linux smartphones for India and the world from India.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/329-linux-phone-for-india-and-the-world-smartphone-india 329 Mon, 15 Nov 2021 15:45:00 +0000 Sales funnel for WordPress are complicated #sales #wordpress <div>Last year, we wanted to implement sales funnels for our other plugins on our WordPress site.</div><div>But we couldn't find a native solution to WordPress that we could call a complete sales funnel builder. There were a couple of WordPress funnel plugins but they were so complicated and took a lot of steps to build a funnel.</div><div><br></div><div>Plus, there were no WordPress tools with a visual funnel planner. People used external tools such as Funnelytics or Prettyfunnels to plan their funnel steps.</div><div><br></div><div>Overall people spent over 30-40 mins just to create a simple sales funnel.</div><div><br></div><div>Meanwhile, when we looked into SAAS tools, we found Clickfunnels, Kartra, and many others. But they were so expensive. Plus, most of them also didn't have a funnel planner.</div><div><br></div><div>So we found out:</div><div><b>- Funnel building takes over 30mins (for beginners it could take even more).</b></div><div><b>- It took multiple tools to plan and build funnels.</b></div><div><b>- No WordPress plugins had a visual funnel planner.</b></div><div><b>- WordPress funnel plugins were so complicated.</b></div><div><br></div><div>At the end of the day, we couldn't get the solution we were looking for.</div> 3 points posted by CSSultan /problems/328-sales-funnel-for-wordpress-are-complicated-sales-wordpress 328 Fri, 12 Nov 2021 09:08:00 +0000 Our parents need protection from email ID theft #cybersecurity #phishing Phishing emails are getting more sophisticated, and are getting better at taking advantage of people to steal credit card information, user name and password etc. People need help protecting vulnerable friends and relatives from emails that push malicious software, such as ransomware and keyloggers onto target computers, or emails that rely on the user providing personal identifiers back to the attacker.&nbsp; 1 points posted by fleegz2007 /problems/327-our-parents-need-protection-from-email-id-theft-cybersecurity-phishing 327 Thu, 11 Nov 2021 19:46:00 +0000 Configuring custom domains for SaaS is difficult #domain #SaaS <div>Mature SaaS products often allow users to bring their own domain / subdomain. This allows for customizability and familiarity for their customers. Or perhaps you need to have a 3rd-party tool hosted under your domain for technical reasons.&nbsp; Scaling the SSL / TLS certificates for all these custom domains is very complicated!</div><div><br>In addition, your SaaS might need to support white-labeling so that clients can have their own branding on your app, such as their logo, colors, and other customizations to make it appear like part of their application. This is important when your user is trying to establish a consistent brand with their customers.</div><div><br></div> 3 points posted by yroc92 /problems/326-configuring-custom-domains-for-saas-is-difficult-domain-saas 326 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 18:33:00 +0000 Prevent arguments related to scorekeeping #sports #tracker <p>For anyone who has played football, basketball, badminton, or spikeball etc. - you would probably have a good rally, or <b>long passage of play and then when someone does score, everyone seems to have a different interpretation of what the score was/should be</b>.</p> <p>It's a bit annoying to argue over something so simple. So there should be some kind of scoreboard app that's easy to view and update without disrupting the flow of the game.</p> 3 points posted by jamesfromldn /problems/325-prevent-arguments-related-to-scorekeeping-sports-tracker 325 Sat, 06 Nov 2021 16:19:00 +0000 Finding makers for our product #hardware #freelancer <div>Developing IoT&nbsp; or other hardware products at scale as a small startup or as a solopreneur is hard as <b>building hardware involves various nuances such as design, development, supply-chain, logistics, manufacturing, quality control etc</b>.</div><div><br></div><div>The <a href="">freelancer ecosystem for software</a> is robust enough that a minimum viable software product could be built using Gig workers, But assessing a gig worker for a hardware product is not as easy because unlike a software not two hardware product is exactly same and the <b>freelancer marketplaces lack specific features to address issues with employing the gig worker for hardware development</b>.</div><div><br></div><div>I think there's a need-gap for a marketplace which enables end-to-end hardware product development using gig workers.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/324-finding-makers-for-our-product-hardware-freelancer 324 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 06:07:00 +0000 Stock market investment decision is hard #stockmarket #reports The fundamental data and also all the financial charts, doesn't really help me in making a stock market investment decision. It's too polar opinionated and complex, for someone with basic finance knowledge.<div>Need something easy to grasp and actionable so that I can focus on my day to day work.</div> 3 points posted by Abhikuch /problems/323-stock-market-investment-decision-is-hard-stockmarket-reports 323 Tue, 02 Nov 2021 07:54:00 +0000 Business analytics in one place #anlaytics #dashboard In order to run a business in today's world, there's a lot of analytics involved. Some basic analytics every business use would be, <div> <ul> <li>Google Analytics/some other audience analytics tool</li> <li>Stripe/any other payment provider</li> <li>Twitter/any other social media platform</li> <li>Mailchimp/any other email marketing tools</li> </ul><div>These are some of the basic tools every business use, if not more. In order to get a grasp of what's happening on day to day basis, you either have to visit each of these websites on daily basis or subscribe to their email notifications. </div></div><div><br></div><div>What if there's a platform that pulls the data and gives you a super easy dashboard for various businesses?</div> 3 points posted by jgm /problems/322-business-analytics-in-one-place-anlaytics-dashboard 322 Mon, 01 Nov 2021 03:02:00 +0000 Self-hosted online course distribution platform #tutorship #education <div>EdTech startups at <a href="">scale serve the interests of neither the educated nor the educator</a> but themselves.</div><div><br></div><div>As an alternative <b>tutors need to host the course on their own platform</b>, Which is easier said than done for educators who are not coders themselves.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need-gap for platform which can enable the tutors distribute courses under their own infrastructure (incl. easy deployment to cloud). Such a platform should include video content distribution, chat, course work submission, assessment, certification etc.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/320-self-hosted-online-course-distribution-platform-tutorship-education 320 Sat, 23 Oct 2021 16:45:00 +0000 A tracker for everyday activities #habit #lifestyle I could not find a proper tracker to keep a tab on things. A few examples can be, <div> <ul> <li>Weight, height, Steps taken</li> <li>Vacation, books read, and a lot more</li> </ul><div>Probably build a community around this to bring like-minded people together. I could find one similar app for iOS - <a href="">Haptic</a>, but, few key points are missing there. Like presence in android, community, multiple profiles,&nbsp; etc. </div></div> 3 points posted by jgm /problems/319-a-tracker-for-everyday-activities-habit-lifestyle 319 Wed, 20 Oct 2021 15:42:00 +0000 IP addresses leading to wrongful arrests #Internet #privacy <div>There have been numerous incidents of IP addresses leading to wrongful arrests, be it due to a <a href="">typo</a>, '<a href="">AM-PM</a>' goof-up or wrong <a href="">time-zone</a>. <br></div><div><br></div><div>These people having to undergo ordeal for no fault of theirs were the lucky ones since the truth came out in the end but it's not unreasonable to think that many innocent people are languishing in the jails due to <b>wrongful convictions sighting false IP addresses as evidence</b>.</div><div><br></div><div>It's naive to expect all investigative agencies to have knowledge about how Internet protocols work or ISPs to act with caution and sincerity when the police ask them to match the IP address to the real geographical address. Yet the governments still rely upon IP addresses at large to prosecute cyber crimes.</div> 3 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/318-ip-addresses-leading-to-wrongful-arrests-internet-privacy 318 Tue, 19 Oct 2021 13:46:00 +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). 0 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 #payment #donation <div><a href="">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="">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="">my blog</a> and <a href="">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-payment-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=""></a></div><div><a href=""></a></div><div><div><a href=""></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:<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="">outstanding invoice</a>, i.e. statements of amounts owed by the customer and <a href="">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="">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="">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="">great home, interior design tools</a> which can help plan floor, furniture and appliances placements, decorations to <a href="">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="">Mint</a>/<a href="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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> 3 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="">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