...Unfortunately, most of the adaptations of my ideas that I found kinda, um, sucked.
Remember my "Find a college" idea? Well this site does that...really, really poorly. I entered my stats and preferences, and it returned a list of 4 schools: Emerson, Occidental (whaa?), Trinity and University of San Diego... Exactly.
Then there was my "Find a friend" idea. Rent-a-friend is gaining some popularity for people looking to hire a wingman or restaurant partner. But that's most certainly not what I had in mind. Also, it's creepy.
My idea for the NYC apartment hunters is kind of fulfilled by apartmentratings.com, in that it allows building dwellers to rate their apartments. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow people to post reviews on new rooms currently hitting the market, which is what I had in mind.
So you may be asking yourself right now, if these guys suck, why don't you do it better?
Turns out, it matters a lot less to me that I start my own company, and a lot more to me that I start a company I genuinely care about, with a mission I truly I believe in. I can build a mobile app that allows people to rate the bar they're visiting, and maybe that app would make me a millionaire. But I don't wake up thinking about apps that allow people to rate their favorite bars. Here are some things I do wake up thinking about:
- The discouraging state of our current political environment, and the unproductivity it breeds
- Financial literacy - and the lack thereof - in the Black American community
- Finding better ways to collaborate with all of the extremely smart people I know
- The lack of intelligent cable programming featuring minorities
- The alarming (and ever-increasing) cost of higher education
If you've stuck with me this long, maybe you think I'll be able to pull it off, too. For that, I sincerely thank you. And since I kind of like this whole internet blogging thing, I'm pretty sure I'll find more things to talk about soon. Maybe even more business ideas...