Over the last five years I have been involved in several exciting tech startup projects, and continue to be involved with promising new concepts as they come up.
Below I describe some of these projects which have been temporarily shelved, hoping to hear your thoughts and feedback on them if you think they can be revived with some suggested modifications or would like to offer any support.
This is a new social app concept where users can connect with other based on shared interests, making a mental connection at first without seeing any visual cues (photos etc.)
Users basically enter some questions as a “quiz” which is then used to screen other users before allowing the connection to occur. Users who can solve each others’ quiz can be connected through the app.
More details can be found on the app’s website and also in the videos below. The app is also available for download on both stores.
This is a central online hub to connect all parts of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in one place, to facilitate communication and collaboration between them. Entities included are startup founders, investors, incubators, accelerators, universities, official authorities, and service providers who cater to startups. Launched in 2015, the platform grew to serve several thousand users and handled various types of useful information such as event calendars, photos, discussion forums, expert corners, wikis, policy updates, social tools, and video interviews with founders. The platform also sponsored dozens of events and competitions, providing prizes and benefits to top regional entrepreneurs.
An innovative networking app utilizing lunch breaks and office proximity to bring working professionals together during lunch. Users simply connect using LinkedIn, and the app will provide them a daily match with a new person based on common location and time availability. The app has many unique features as shown below, and had received large media acclaim and traction during its trial run in Dubai back in 2016.
Also these videos illustrate the operational concept better and the use cases it fills.
I believe this app has huge potential and can serve an important networking need in many cosmopolitan cities if grown globally. More information available on the facebook page.
Job Connections Platform
A new concept in the recruitment field, this platform is candidate-centric and provides a VIP job placement services for job seekers who wish to stand out from the applicant crowds and reach the hiring managers’ desks directly. Therefore it operates as a paid service for candidates with no cost to employers.
The mechanism uses HR expertise to shortlist only 3 top candidates for each role, whom are precisely matched to fit not only the job requirements but also the target company’s internal culture and the candidate’s own preferences.
The business model includes premium listing fees from candidates (seeking priority treatment), fees for consulting services such as resume review and interview preparation, and a placement fee as a portion of the salary after successful hire.
This platform was also tested in the UAE in the years 2014-15 and had great traction, collected more than 10,000 applications who were ready to pay and nearly 30,000 social media followers, but ultimately held due to job shortages following the recent economic downturn in the region.
The videos below explain the operational concept from both the candidate and employer sides:
Viral Talents Platform
This talent discovery platform was created to help global youth find additional income sources by monetizing their artistic talents. Since only a tiny percentage of people are selected into the popular TV talent shows, we wanted to offer an alternative by providing an open online forum for people to submit their own talent videos, and be judged by all online viewers instead of a limited panel of TV judges.
In a pilot run during 2015, the platform received dozens of submissions to be displayed on its YouTube channel and a winner was selected by video popularity. As can be seen in the clips below, a lot of art and design went into the project’s promotional materials in order to set it apart in the talent space.
The facebook page with over 6,000 fans is also available for viewing.