My Assembly Submission
I was reading about a neat new company tonight called AssemblyMade. You submit ideas and the idea that gets voted to the top in a monthly competition gets built by a community of developers, designers, etc. and turned in to a company. I went ahead and submitted an idea I’ve had for awhile. Here it is:
IDEA: “Am I doing this right?”
Film yourself doing anything you need help with and get responses from people who know. We all have a skill we can help others with. It’s StackOverflow for life.
I’m lifting weights at home. Am I doing it right? I’m at the driving range working on my golf swing. Am I doing it right? I’m making a new recipe in the kitchen. Am I doing it right?
Every day we’re constantly doing things that would be helpful to know from someone more experienced if we’re doing them correctly or not. Currently we search out the results online, but how do you know the random guy that took video of himself doing squats at a gym actually knows what he’s talking about?
Using this app, people would be able to take video of themselves doing something they need help with. Others would respond with text and/or video, and via a combination of reputation scores and simple voting mechanisms, the submitter would quickly find the best answer. It’s like StackOverflow, but for your offline life.
I came up with this idea when trying to lift weights at home. I was regularly injuring myself despite buying books, watching youtube videos, and reading forums. I thought - why can’t I post a picture of myself online and get help from people who actually know what they’re doing? And this continued to happen with cooking, running, home repairs, etc.
A possible revenue model could be paying for one on one virtual coaching or assistance beyond the responses given for free. The company would get a cut of that kind of activity. There could also be a subscription structure where I pay to get certified as someone who “officially” knows what they’re doing. People could also pay to get questions answered more quickly.