OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Founders Dictionary

Founders have many problems, finding press, finding financing, finding a team. One problem non-business trained founders have is understanding the scene, the jargon and the language. For that we have created Founders Dictionary.

Photo of James McBennett
67 71

Written by

I have discussed what idea is realizable in my spare time with a few friends and would love to add openideo collaborators. We hope to create a founders dictionary app that if successful will become a small moleskin pocket book. It will be a dictionary of startup terms and concepts as well as a roadmap of how to progress.


          TEST BUILD Wordpress(April 2012)
          -    Design, Branding, site registration/hosting
          -    Google form to contribute. 
          -    Setup of twitter account @foundersd
          -    Ideas submitted via OpenIDEO.
          -    Establish Team to build and spread the idea

          FIRST BUILD Wordpress (May 2012)
          -   Browse Dictionary
          -   Submit a word as a blog post
          -   Automatic entry upon approval by moderators.
          -   Links to further info using icons Wikipedia, Amazon, Author's site....
          -   Related words
          -   Categories/Guides (Law, Finance, Media, Design.....)
          -   Word of the day / Recent Words submitted
          -   Comments on word to discuss/improve/correct/debate.
          -   Space to further contribute ideas to developing FoundersDictionary
          -   Newsletter style - Monthly Updates on words and emerging language.

How will your concept support web entrepreneurship?

Founder's dictionary will make it easier for non-business trained aspiring startup entrepreneurs (and as we are finding out, business trained people too! :) ) to access the information and concepts they need.

What kinds of resources will be needed to get this concept off the ground and scale it?

Time of core team below, to design and build site Ideas from the OpenIDEO community Partnerships with media organisations, entrepreneurs, accelerators and so on to spread the word and give social proof of which '' were approached in the conceptual phase and are very keen and excited. Revenue generated from App/Book will be put into expanding and improving Founder'sDictionary

How could we get started?

Step 1: Make a site to get feedback from friends, OpenIDEATORS and the general community. (Complete) Step 2: Build an efficient backend to really make the site work properly. (In progress) Step 3: Spread the word, partner with media, incubators, accelerators, councils, organisations to help get it out there. Step 4: Build a downloadable app Step 5. Allow Founder'sDictionary be built into other sites as a plugin. Step 6: Roll the presses, make a moleskin sized notebook for founders to own.

Virtual Team:

BUILD TEAM James McBennett - Designer, Web Development Harry Mylonadis - Designer Courtney Boyd Myers - Editor Antonis Varzakakos - Web Development Babis Manologlou - Web Development OpenIDEATORS who have contributed fantastic ideas and inspirations that have shaped the design and site build. James McBennett Anne-Laure Fayard Meena Kadri Paul Reader Tom Hulme Amy Bonsall Haiyan Zhang Also a thanks to our first 5 Contributors during test build: (All OpenIDEATORS) Louise Wilson Ashley Jablow Paul van Zoggel Shazz Mark Jensen


Join the conversation:

Photo of DeletedUser


I really like this idea. Somehow I was envisioning a tool like a visualthesaurus ( could also help in order to relate the words.

View all comments