When I was in high school I read an article about a man who, starting with a paper clip, used the Craigslist barter category to eventually trade up to a Porsche (or house.. can’t remember exactly).

Thinking it was too good to be true, I tried it with an old pair of Oakley sunglasses that I never wore. After several trades, I found myself with an Xbox 360, 3 controllers and 5 video games. It worked!

I am a big fan of dethroning existing applications that refuse to update (cough… Craigslist). That is how I came up with the first idea:

If you like one of these ideas, take it and run with it!

  1. Barter Anything app – Anything you have, anything you want. Find people who are willing to barter and start the trading! Better experience and flow than Craigslist with a lot less creepy.
  2. Seat belt indicator light – I think the argument has been settled that, in general, seat belts are safer than no seat belts. To eliminate cop vs. human debate, why not implement a trigger that requires people in cars to be buckled up in order to turn on the car? Too abrasive – how about a light on the back of the car that gets turned on if people are not buckled up?
  3. Rain water distiller – February  2nd and it’s pouring rain in Chicago. I’m not complaining. Let’s do something with the rain. It would be great to collect and filter it for drinking or plants.
  4. GPS Pet Collar – This has to exist. I remember the whole “Chip tracking implant” that eventually made it’s way from dogs to potentially trying it out in human (I hope this never happens). Seems aggressive, what if it’s just in the pet collar?
  5. Volunteer Animal Sitting – I wouldn’t mind having an animal around for a week or two to keep my company. That’s about it. It would be great if I could volunteer to watch peoples pets for them at my place while they go on vacation for a week. Free for them too.
  6. Crockpot meals in a bag – I love using the crockpot. Crockpots are already pretty easy, but if we could make it even easier with frozen crock pot meals in a bag, I would buy it. All you do is drop the meal into the crockpot in the morning, come back after work and it’s cooked.
  7. Lunches for the week – Food tangent. What about prepared meals for the 5 days of the work week? Can cycle through different options and choose ones to repeat.
  8. Meal roulette app – I have a ton of shit in my cabinets I never use, and probably will never use. If I could input all those things and it outputs different recipes I could make, I might just use it.
  9. TV Hour Log – On my work computer I use ‘RescueTime.’ RescueTime tracks all my activity on my computer and spits out my productivity. This is particularly useful on days where I am being unproductive and gets me motivated. I want the same thing for my TV. Show me how many hours of TV, Netflix, Videos Games I play so I stop.
  10. App to Practice New Languages with Real People – Duolingo. IMO the best app to learn a new language. Problem: as soon as you get in front of people that speak the language it sounds very robotic. They say the best way to learn a language is to live in a house where they only speak that language. This is a step down from that, but would be great to have a partner to practice a new language with in real-time.

Note: I am not vetting the ideas, so some may exist. Please comment if they do!