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Shared Project Manifesto Version 2

Contents: Introduction Launch Trade Reward Develop Vote Harvest 1. Introduction IP (Intellectual Property) is a great asset but it is hard to produce well. We hypothesize that a market to facilitate shared projects would make it easy to produce IP better. The Shared Project Model The market contains projects. Each project has one admin and a number of traders and developers. One user can have any combination of roles at the same time. For example, a user may be an admin and also a trader, or a trader and also a developer. Projects Users Admin:  Provides ideas in exchange for control Traders:  Provide incentives in exchange for growth Developers:  Provide IP in exchange for incentives 2. Launch When somebody came up with an idea for an IP product, they could create a project for it on the market. That person would be the admin. The market would record the time the admin launched the project. That lasting record could provide for the admin

Shared Project Manifesto

Abstract Complex technical projects have various needs for sustainable success. Interested parties need a working product and creative workers need appropriate incentives. However, it has become increasingly apparent that the standard development model is not enough. The disconnect between technical workers and non-technical managers leaves both with dismal results and low morale. That is why we are introducing a fresh approach, which we call shared projects . Introduction We believe that the standard model for managing creative work is fundamentally flawed. Traditionally, non-technical managers would funnel payment to technical workers, in exchange for the product of their work. That system inevitably led to a major disconnect, since then there was no way for the managers to understand the nature of the work. Naturally, this caused many strained relationships and counterproductive decisions. Managers have to make personnel and compensation decisions based on their best judg

Contact Codes Lite™

CCL (Contact Codes Lite™) would be a software product to help people exchange many kinds of contact information much more easily. CCL would do this by providing users with relatively simple contact codes . The users could distribute the codes to many people in many ways. Then, a person who received a contact code could use it to retrieve the original person's contact information through CCL. For example, many people still exchange business cards. Retrieving various information from the cards can be time consuming and error prone, especially when there are many cards. Also, when somebody updates their information, the information from the card is no longer valid. Other good examples for usage of contact codes include: On a slide in a presentation In email signatures On name tags In applications that provide limited space for profile information Whenever you want to provide easy access to many different contact options without listing each The main thing that would make

Contact Codes™

Contact Codes would make it quick and easy for any individuals or organizations to exchange all kinds of relevant, accurate, contact information. Then, the same service could be used to provide secure login and password recovery. Solution:  We would provide new codes for free through a public site on the web. Contact codes would be relatively short, unique codes, designed to be easy to enter through electronic devices. The codes could come with web addresses to retrieve the associated contact information. The web site would be optimized for mobile devices, and we could also provide mobile apps. Unlimited Applications: Associated information could include actual name, physical address, phone number, email address, and links to profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. It is important that we would not limit the associated information to any specific kinds of contact information. This lack of such a limit would allow these codes to be used for all  kinds of contact information,

Relevance Points™ - Fixing the Issue With Agile Development

The Problem When I have mentioned this to other people, most of them have been quick to agree: there's an issue with the way agile software development is done in many big corporations. Often separate people fill the roles of a business person or developer. Then, a breakdown in collaboration occurs between the two. Particularly, many high performing developers are frustrated. They feel the business people make poor decisions impacting software development. Consequently, developers lack the liberty to use their software development acumen to choose which software to develop, and how to develop it. Lacking this liberty, they feel pressured into developing software that they know will provide less value to the business. The Solution We propose solving this breakdown in collaboration by introducing a couple of easy metrics and roles: the Relevance Points metric, Relevance Spy role, Spy Stripes metric, and Double Spy role. Solution - Relevance Points™ Developers migh

Open Software Market™

Pain Story Software development costs a lot and still ends up with a bunch of bugs. Developers are frustrated because they can tell there's a problem: the development process is managed in a way that is very counterproductive. There's a systemic problem in the way software is developed in most companies: the process is fundamentally flawed. Business relationships with software developers breakdown through issues with communication, roles, scope, timelines, and productivity. Grand Vision As a leader in business, what if you could get business problems and other real world problems solved without the current issues inherent to managing developers? As a developer, what if you could have everything you need to develop, without the usual pain associated with going through a corporation to do it? We propose OSM (Open Software Market), a system to facilitate people to: Inspire : Think of great ideas? Share to find out which will fly Influence : Aware of needs? Promote


PostBump™ is an idea for an app that would enable blog readers to incentivize blog authors by trading PostBump™s of free licensed blog posts they appreciate, for bitcoin. This would give readers a new opportunity to strongly influence authors to make available more of the kind of content the readers like. This would also provide authors a direct way to earn bitcoin for their work in posting that kind of content. This idea aims to help vastly improve the quality of desirable content freely available to the general public. The Link: A PostBump™ would consist of a little link  contained in the actual blog post. The blog author would use the app to get the unique link for each new blog post. Then, the reader could follow the link to use the app to trade the PostBump™ for bitcoin. Trading:  Traders could buy and sell shares  of the PostBump™, somewhat like stock in the stock market. The author would start out owning the shares, and the author would set the initial asking price. The f


StuffApp™ would be a software product to help people save time and money and live more efficiently by helping them manage their personal possessions. StuffApp™ aims to help customers add items to their stuff, organize their stuff, find stuff when it would be useful, and get rid of stuff when it is no longer worth keeping. Getting Stuff: When a user obtains a personal inventory item, they could snap a photo of it with the mobile app. They could enter some basic information (owner, title, brief description, location, approximate cash value). Perhaps the app could use image recognition knowledge systems to attempt to automatically start identifying or classifying the item based on the image. The mobile app could also use location features to automatically start adding location information. Additionally, when a user makes a purchase, perhaps the app could integrate with other systems to automatically add stuff to the inventory based on the purchases. Organizing Stuff:  Perhaps Stuff

Better News

The Vision:  It seems there is a significant opportunity to provide a simple service of superior current events information. Better News would be a software product to provide this service. It could take advantage of the ubiquity of Internet connected mobile devices to provide achieve this. It would aim to provide news that is without political bias, accurate, clean, and very up to date. Better News could do this through crowd-sourcing content, feedback based quality control, and on the spot reports based on location verification. Observation:  When something happens these days there are often many people right there at that time with Internet connected mobile devices. Yet there are many who feel it has gotten all but impossible to find a source of information on current events that is of reasonable quality: Political Bias: One political faction often claims that certain media sources are saturated with bias toward the other political faction. Some people decry alleged rampant pol


IRL™ (In Real Life™) would be a mobile app to facilitate better situational awareness and higher quality personal relationships by calling attention to people, conversations, and events with other significance besides electronic contact lists, media, and apps. Observation Technology consumers often find themselves distracted by their devices, even to the point that they themselves do not want to be. For example, family relationships may suffer because family members may sit around a room in their house distracted by other activities (watching movies on their TVs, using social networks on their laptops, texting on their phones), and neglect interacting with their family. The Vision IRL aims to restore balance between interactions in traditional relationships and those enabled by technology. Reality Checks and Zone Outs IRL could achieve this balance through reality checks  and zone outs . A reality check could display a notification, interrupting what the user was doing on the


Newmonic™ would be a software product to help people save information to be securely and easily accessible through any Internet connected device. Newmonic™ also aims to help people save information more quickly, more safely, and in larger quantities. The customer would only need to setup the app, and then they would be able to use Newmonic™ on their device the same way they would use traditional storage--except there would be more of it and it would be faster and more secure. Observations : There is a trend of increasing interest in accessing the same information at different locations and through different devices. Also, the need for faster, more secure, and larger quantities of persistence seems like it will continue to grow indefinitely.  There is already a definite trend to use RAM in large quantities as a substitute for persistent storage. RAM is much faster than persistent storage. Strong enough encryption is available to keep data as secure in the cloud practically as if it

Safe Stamps™

Safe Stamps™ would be a software product that aims to save letter transportation costs and provide much faster delivery of letters, while ensuring that letters are not intercepted. Safe Stamps™ would do this through messengers, who would use the software and collect and deliver the letters. A sender could write a letter as usual and deliver it to a messenger. The recipient would receive the Safe Stamps™ version of the letter hand delivered to them like an important package. A messenger at the source location would collect the letter from the sender and scan it into the system with the app. Then the messenger could shred the original for security once he confirmed it was accurately scanned and stored. The app would "send" the contents of the letter securely over the Internet. Another messenger at the destination would print the Safe Stamps™ letter from the app and deliver it to the recipient. Observation: Many people today still want to send and receive physical paper let

Virtual Doorbell™

Virtual Doorbell™ would be a software product that improves communication about visitors arriving at a location without the need for any physical device for a doorbell. It would do this by allowing a visitor to notify the host of his arrival through the app. This would provide the benefit of letting the host know who the visitor was. Observation:  Many people currently use alternatives to knocking or ringing a doorbell to announce their arrival at a location. Many have Internet connected mobile devices and already use such devices to announce their arrival through something like text messages or chat apps. Overview of How it Works : A host could use the app to setup a Virtual Doorbell™ at his location. Visitors could also access the app. Then, when a visitor arrived at the location, the app would display the Virtual Doorbell™ for the visitor to activate. Once the visitor activated the Virtual Doorbell™, the app would notify the host of the visit and the identity of the visitor.


LastBrowser™ would be a software product to help developers more easily support mobile devices. In the recent past people have installed many mobile apps for all kinds of purposes. More recently, it seems there are too many apps and many users may be hesitant to install yet another app for some new least unless it's really good. LastBrowser™ would provide a toolkit for developing web apps with mobile functionality. Rather than installing yet another app, a user could visit a web site, and the web app on the site could use LastBrowser™ for required mobile functionality. Functionality could include persistence for offline support, location, accelerometer, and camera usage. Technical implementation could use a feature called MOM (Mobile Object Model). It could provide JavaScript APIs similar to DOM, except for mobile device specific functionality. Verified Author:   Serafino Software™ Maturity :   Idea  Type:  Software Product Date Claimed:  28 August 2017


Flawless™ would be a software product to provide a machine readable human language to describe business solutions to develop software. It aims to be the opposite of teaching computer to understand human language. Instead, it aims to provide a computer language for human ideas, to teach humans to communicate in a computer language. It could use a locked down multiple choice IDE (similar to Alice) to eliminate syntax errors. It could use ideas from Elm, a functional language that boasts no runtime exceptions. Verified Author:   Serafino Software™ Maturity :   Idea  Type:  Software Product Date Claimed:  24 August 2017

Fog Machine

Fog Machine™ (named because fog is like a cloud, on the ground) is a software product to provide cloud services to customers without a cloud service provider. The problem with the traditional cloud is that it requires a provider. Fog Machine™ would run cloud "nodes" in idle system resources on ordinary user's devices. This would be a peer to peer system in which each connected device would be a peer. It would support standard cloud APIs (perhaps Cloud Foundry?) and it would be easy to port cloud apps to it off providers such as Google cloud, Azure, or AWS--or maybe it would be effortless for apps that were already portable through compliance with open standards. We might use encryption for privacy, redundancy for reliability, and remuneration/incentive for resource consistency. The showstopper (critical assumption) is that the synergy would be sufficient to significantly surpass the overhead, and provide competitive performance for at least some types of cloud applica

Simple Chat

Simple Chat™ is a software product to make it easy for customers to exchange chat messages. It does this through cliques  and  chat keys . The user enters their name to create a chat key. Then he can create a new clique or requests access to join an existing clique. When a user creates a clique, he automatically becomes the first member of that clique. Users can be members of multiple cliques at a time. A user can display their chat key on their device display as a special graphic (like a QR Code). Then a user already in a clique can use their mobile device camera to scan a candidate's chat key to add them to the clique. Also, the user can share their chat key through a different application (as a link). A user already in a clique can use the link to add them to that clique. Once in one or more cliques, a user can create a message and choose to which cliques he wants to send it. He can also attach hashtags, which allow messages to be grouped by topic, even across cliques. V

Nuke Login™

Nuke Login™ is a software product that would provide secure access to computer accounts without the user needing to worry about passwords or related concerns. Like other password manager products, Nuke Login™ would provide the ability to automatically login to many different accounts, but it wouldn't require a password to login to itself. Instead of replacing many passwords with one, it would replace many passwords with a different process. Also, Nuke Login™ would not only manage the process of logging in. It would manage the whole login-related processes for the accounts, including registering, logging in, changing the security information, logging out, and closing accounts. When a user was registering for a new account, if they only needed login credentials to register, Nuke Login would automatically generate those credentials and register them. If other things were needed, Nuke Login™ would take care of the login credentials and mask them in the registration process so the u

Silver Lightning

Silver Lightning™ is a hardware product to provide a streamlined solution for personal computing. It aims to be a more secure and reliable replacement for a physical PC. It would accomplish this by using a smartphone app to setup and use a virtual computer image running in the cloud. It would include a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, Chromecast, Android App, and Amazon WorkSpaces desktop. It would work by using the app to setup and connect to a WorkSpaces desktop, then integrate the peripherals and display, passing through control between those and the WorkSpaces desktop. Silver Lightning™ would pass input from the keyboard and mouse to the cloud desktop, and provide output audio and video from the cloud desktop to a display (such as a TV) through the Chromecast. These integrations would be performed by a smartphone app so the customer would not need any physical PC device at his location. Observations: Many people have and use mobile devices before obtaining and setting up a P

Trunk Space™

Trunk Space™ is a shipping service that would allow a customer to have items shipped faster and cheaper than traditional shipping services. Trunk Space™ would accomplish this by routing shipments between the spare trunk space  in private vehicles on their usual routes. Unique Benefits : Traditional shipping services rely on maintaining some physical real estate for sorting and loading, a dedicated fleet of specialized vehicles, and specialized professional drivers and/or delivery personnel. We would be replacing that infrastructure with software that would automatically distribute the shipping services to ordinary drivers of private vehicles on their usual routes. Observations: With the Rise of eCommerce, Efficient Shipping is a Significant Problem The Transportation System Includes Reliable Predictable Routing of Ordinary Vehicles To At Least The Vast Majority of Endpoints With Spare Usable Space The Technology is There The Vision : Turn your perspective on transportation i

Cash Drone

Cash Drone™ is a financial service that would allow a customer to push a button on their smartphone and call a drone down to quickly bring them cash at a variety of locations. Versus ATMs : This would be more efficient than an ATM because the Cash Drone™ would be mobile. It would be able to meet customers where they were rather than requiring customers to find an ATM and get to it. Providers wouldn't have to figure out how to obtain and maintain many physical locations for ATMs. Versus Mobile Payments : It would still be useful in the age of mobile payments, because many transactions costing money do not support mobile payments yet, but they all do accept cash. Security Considerations : It would be a challenge to prevent malicious actors from destroying or stealing a Cash Drone™ or its cash. Like many challenges to business ideas, this challenge presents an opportunity to enhance this idea with additional ideas that will result in a more robust end product. Possible avenues t

Serafino Software

Serafino Software™ is a startup company that provides elegant original software products that remarkably benefit people. Verified Author:  Isaac Serafino Maturity :   Graduated  Type:  Startup Company Date Claimed:  25 July 2017 Resources: Company Home Page

Idea Site

Idea Site™ is a software product that helps technology businesses by facilitating communication about innovative ideas. Idea Site™ is for ideas related to developing new technology, technology-related products, and technology-related businesses. It works by providing a venue for inventors to browse through interesting ideas, show that they are the first to claim their own ideas on the site, and collaborate to improve the ideas. The Minimum Valuable Product consists of this blog containing such ideas from Serafino Software™ . Verified Author:  Serafino Software Maturity :  MVP    - Minimum Valuable Product is available in production . Type:  Software Product Date Claimed: 25 July 2017 Resources: MVP

Snap Screen

Snap Screen™ is a software product that provides a safer computing environment by facilitating efficient supervision of device usage. It works by taking pictures of what is on the device screen at semi-random times and sending the snaps to a chosen supervisor. That way, the supervisor does not need to be there looking over the user's shoulder all the time, but the user can know that what they do could be observed at any time. Fully functional Stable Release is  available in Production . Verified Author:  Serafino Software Maturity:    Graduated  Type:  Software Product Date Claimed:  25 July 2017 Resources: Product Home Page Quick Start Guide Supervisor Dashboard Device Monitor Development Project Supervisor Dashboard Development Project Serafino Software Feedback (Request Invitation) Development Fundraiser

Dev Cloud

Dev Cloud™ is a software product that provides an incentive for developing valuable software by facilitating trading shares of software. A site where stakeholders can buy and sell shares of software projects to earn returns, and to vote to influence decision-making, for software development A site where software developers can sell shares of their software projects to receive a financial incentive to develop software Observation:  There is a problem with closed source  that it stifles innovation. There is a problem with free software  that it lacks providing a direct financial incentive. If we could find a way to provide a direct financial incentive for free software, we could greatly promote innovation. (Much more could be said on these summary statements. Please comment for more information.) The Vision:  All kinds of people interested in a certain kind of software being developed could pay to influence development of that kind of software. Developers could be paid for the

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