Louise’s comments on my previous post, Know who’s willing to try your prototypes, Priyanka’s Connecting Entrepreneurs, Experts, and Investors, and Rob’s It are the first followers that sparks a life into a new start up sparkled the idea of creating a platform that links trendsetters with entrepreneurs.
1stMovers.com is an online community consists of 2 groups – entrepreneurs and first movers. First Movers/trendsetters are the ones who are keen to try out new things. If this user group adopts your concepts, they are mostly willing to act as ambassadors for your startup and positively refer you to others. At 1stMovers.com, entrepreneurs can search for trendsetters by location and industry, they can then seek feedbacks from these trendsetters either in-person or online.
Besides non-disclosure agreement, 1stMovers.com has other features to ensure the safety of entrepreneurs’ ideas and the quality of feedback provided by trendsetters. Just like CouchSurfing, 1stMovers.com will have these features to give you a rich variety of information about a person – “verified”, “vouched”, and “references”:
- To be a “verified” entrepreneur, one has to provide some proof that he or she is serious about entrepreneurship. For instance, a brief description of your ideas, photos of your prototype, or certification that you attended a startup event, etc.
- To be a “verified” first mover, one has to provide some evidence that he or she is an opinion leader in certain field. For instance, # of blog viewers, twitter followers, FB fans, or speeches given, etc.
- If an entrepreneur feels that a trendsetter gave valuable insights to his/her idea, he/she can “vouch” for the trendsetter. Trendsetters can also “vouch” for an entrepreneur is he/she thinks the entrepreneur is willing to listen to different opinions or has great innovation potential.
- Besides the # of “vouches”, each individual’s profile page also displays “references”. “References” are brief descriptions people wrote after their interaction with that individual.
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