It’s been great to get feedback on the ideas that I’ve posted. It’s also spurred on a new idea – a site where users can pitch their dotcom start-up idea in the style of a 2-minute elevator pitch, gather feedback, perfect their pitch and raise its profile to potential investors.
The homepage would feature a single pitch and encourage visitors to submit their thumbs up/down rating. Once 200 votes have been cast, the next approved idea in the queue will get posted onto the homepage. A leaderboard lists all previously submitted ideas, akin to TechCrunch’s CrunchBase directory.
A user who has their own idea, could perhaps have a choice between completing a template that requests details on the idea, or filling in a blank canvas with text, images and video that communicates the concept in a 2-minute attention span.
Here’s a sketched mock-up:
There isn’t anything else like it; the only site that has a resemblance is the now doomed yourelevatorpitch.com, which ran from March ’05 and closed down for ‘refurbishment’ in November ’06. However, during this period it touts that it published 100 pitches, gathered 14,000 ratings and even picked up an award.
Future iterations could allow entrepreneurs to seek microfunding from users, or recruit team members to join the start-up. The site could benefit from user profiling, commenting and more granular user voting. Another idea would be to allow journalists, industry experts and VCs to cast their ‘supervote’, which would give educated feedback to the idea submitter.