▲ ▼ needgap, submit problems for startups to solve
This post explains why we should focus on need gaps, how needgap platform helps with it and how entire startup community gains from this platform.
A successful startup idea has just two parts, a problem which needs to be solved
and a solution good enough that people having the problem would pay for it.
Underestimating the need to validate the problem and its solution is the top
most reason for a startup to fail, as they end up building something which
The primary reason being, overestimating a personal idea as a startup idea without clear understanding of a problem due to cognitive biases i.e. finding a problem to fit to what we think is a great startup idea; very often it is not.
This problem is very prevalent, contributing to startup failures at a phenomenal rate yet there is no viable solution for this need gap. Hence I am creating a platform aptly named needgap for anyone to post their need gap for finding or creating solutions which could become startup ideas.
What does it do
The needgap platform provides a way for consumers, entrepreneurs and startups to collaborate in validating problems and solve them by executing startup ideas.
How does it work
A consumer, can submit a problem which does not have a solution for them and hence there exists a need gap. Those who face that problem or know an existing solution for that problem can vote for the problem and discuss about it in the comments.
An entrepreneur, can submit a problem to validate it. One can participate in the discussions for creating solutions for a problem which could potentially become a startup idea.
A startup, can respond to a problem for which it has a solution or is building a solution. A startup can validate its solution to a problem by interacting directly with those who are facing the problem.
The needgap platform is designed with following philosophies ,
- Minimalist, needgap is as easy to use like a note pad. Idea is that the user can submit a problem as and when they face it, without any friction.
- Performant, needgap is extremely fast. It uses fraction of the data needed to load a single image on most social networks for loading the entire application.
- Flexible, needgap can be used by people of different walks of life. The need gaps across different domains can be discussed on this platform seamlessly.
- Cognitive, needgap is a place for robust intellectual discussions which results in practical rewards. Though needgap is not a low attention span, instant gratification platform; it is designed to be engaging without wasting time or numbing the mind. It has a robust karma system, with upvote and downvote point system to enable this.
- Private, privacy and security are of utmost importance in needgap. Even email id is optional in the needgap platform. Passwords are encrypted, hashed and so no one other than you know your password.
Problems, not startup ideas are the first class citizen
By focusing on problems as the primary subject of discussion we are trying to eliminate the cognitive biases associated with discussing the startup ideas alone. Yet, the objective of needgap is for creating validated startup ideas to solve existing need gaps and create startups for executing it.
The name 'needgap' is derived from need-gap analysis or gap analysis, which is a marketing/business term for an approach to identifying the unmet needs of the customers.
In this platform, 'needgap' indicates the platform itself and when used as two separate words 'need gap' or 'need-gap' signifies the term used for defining the existing gap which a startup could fulfil.
In this platform, 'need gap' is when a problem doesn't have viable solution. So, when a user submits a problem which doesn't have a solution yet; it is a need gap. When a solution is created in comments, it has potential to become a startup idea.
It's FREE, has no Ads, so what's in it for me
The needgap platform is completely free and I would like to keep it like that. I have vested interest in eliminating frequent points of failures in entrepreneurs and startups; hence I am building tools such as needgap and noiseless medium for coaching startups like hitstartup.
How do I start
I have a problem, I wish a startup should solve : Head on to needgap.com, register, search whether the need gap has already been listed and submit a need gap. Make sure you add needgap to your home screen for using it as and when you find a need gap.
I have a problem, for which I wish to build a solution: Validate the problem by submitting it on needgap.com.
I am facing a problem, which another needgap user has submitted: Vote on that need gap and comment on your opinion. You need karma to vote, contribute via comment on some existing need gaps to gain karma(read contributior guidelines).
I found a comment on the needgap, which accurately offers a solution to the problem: Vote on that comment and reply your opinion. But you would need karma to vote, please read the previous point.
I have a solution for a need gap: Go to needgap.com, use the search feature to locate the need gap and comment your solution to validate it.
I know a startup with solution for a need gap: Comment about the startup and its solution to the problem in the needgap.com.
I found a needgap in the wild, how to participate in it: You might see a needgap in the wild when someone shares a need gap from the needgap.com online. You can either click on it to participate or scan the QR code in the featured image with your favourite QR code scanner on your smart phone for accessing it in mobile.