"Tuition can’t buy you intuition."

Gramatk - Hit That Jive. Classic.

"The world doesn’t need more project management tools. It needs better project managers."

I have ideas for art, but I can’t execute them. And I don’t know artists who could get the job done. So I need…

The Pitch

Online marketplace for art commissions.

UX

  1. Specify my budget, style, size, taste, etc. for the piece I want commissioned.
  2. The site lets me browse artists that fit my criteria (and other artists and can submit directly for the work as well)
  3. I can message back and forth with the artists to figure out who’s the best fit
  4. I get the artwork of my dreams made

Challenges

  1. Preventing artist/buyer from connecting off-site after they’re introduced to one another
  2. Finding a business model that works even if they do do #1. Possibly the artists pay a dollar or two to bid on the project.
  3. How to growth hack to get enough buyers + artists on board

After I came up with this idea, I researched and found EveryArt, a Y-combinator backed startup who is/was doing the same thing. They’ve been quiet on their social channels though so not sure if the lights are still on.

More info - http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/21/with-everyart-you-dont-have-to-be-afraid-of-commissioning-art/.

"If you’re gonna build something, make it dope."

Electro-Swing remix of a classic.

Jazz Juice Project - Fever (Sacchi Durante Main mix)

I enjoy cooking, but I hate planning my meals + grocery shopping. Here’s my dream cooking app…

UX

  1. Asks you what you want to eat - provides list of basics + your favorites
  2. Orders all the ingredients for you via FreshDirect or other grocery delivery service
  3. Food gets delivered with recipes - recipes also available via app (I just hate turning my phone and off while cooking)
  4. You cook it

Requirements

  • Only recipes that could last for days (gotta have enough for leftovers - ain’t nobody got time to cook every night)
  • Recipes can’t have more than 10 ingredients
  • < 30 min to cook each meal
  • < $5 per meal (if a $20 recipe feeds 4 people or me 4 times, that’d be $5 per meal)
  • Tells you which ingredients will expire soonest and recommends what you should cook first
"Without change, there is no progress.
Without progress, there is no purpose.
Without purpose, there is no life."
— Life Motto

realitista:

This is a really important step in the 3rd printer revolution. I am amazed to think we will have a Star Trek style replicator at a price which everyone can afford it in the next decade (well, at least for plastic items).

Today MakerBot introduced what’s basically a Xerox machine for physical items: the Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. It’ll make 3D-printing at home a lot easier, but that doesn’t mean it’ll make it cheaper. Related

We saw it teased back in March at SXSW, but this is the first time the Digitizer has been available. As a refresher, it scans an object with a camera and a pair of lasers, and instantly renders you a 3D design that can be used to make your object, no technical know-how required. The machine costs $1,400 and is available for pre-order now, shipping in the middle of October.

Of course, you need a Replicator to go with it. But it takes out the 3D printing middleman in an important way. Need a spare part? No need to send off for it, you can just scan it and then print it on your machine. You don’t need any kind of CAD or design experience.

This machine is definitely one way to make 3D printing more democratic. Now anyone can reproduce anything as long as it fits the Digitizer’s size constraints (less than eight inches in diameter, less than eight inches tall, and under 6.6 pounds).

Lupe Fiasco’s mixtape “Friend Of The People: I Fight Evil” is better than his album. Download for free here. Lot of dubstep/EDM influence.

The song above is “SNDCLSH In Vegas”