Welcome back to Exploring Million Dollar Ideas! My research continues and I have a brand new story of success while I continue my own quest to land my million dollar idea.
You’ve got mail! A phrase forever engraved in our collective minds.
Raise your hands if Hotmail was your first email. Raise your hands if you still use Hotmail. Raise your hands if you have used outlook.
Did you raise your hands on all 3 questions? At least 2? Definitely for 1.
You must be wondering why I asked you these questions. Well, let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, there were two office colleagues Sabir Bhatia and Jack Smith who wanted to access their emails from their workplace. But the firewall in the office blocked them from accessing their emails. They thought of working on how they could resolve this issue. During the process, it dawned to them that if they were facing this issue so were people across the world. That day, an idea was born to develop a platform for everyone in the world to access emails from anywhere anytime.
To develop their product they went off to look for investors and after a series of failures they did get someone to invest.
They developed their product and soon millions signed up. Whoa, Hotmail became one of the first web services in the world. That’s something, isn’t it? But the story just gets even better. They got a call from the big man himself — Bill Gates. They were flown to the Microsoft headquarters and offered 50 million dollars. Saber took some time off to think. Everyone in his office including his parents thought he is crazy to not accept the offer. But he had faith in his product and he stuck to his guts. Bam! On his birthday, they signed the deal for freaking 400 million dollars.
Gosh, can you believe it! Now that’s an idea, which he developed and pitched and it made him a millionaire!!
I want to be a millionaire too and I have some unique ideas too.
Of course times have changed, technology has progressed so much. Let’s all agree on the fact that we will be super impressed by technology only when we will be able to download food or have some app which acts as a teleport. Imagine- one click and you are at your favourite destination. Oh the sun sand and the works! Ok now let’s get serious.
How cool would it be if we had small spider-shaped robots which could give you a back and leg massage? You could control them with your phone. Easy to Carry and so useful. Who doesn’t enjoy some luxurious massage! Or let’s see have a nail paint printing device. You know because all over the world we girls always get the left-hand nail paint perfect but the right hand is a struggle. This would be such a hit! We could choose the colour, patterns styles etc from the phone. Oh, these ideas, so many ideas! But to be a millionaire it doesn’t only take talking but also the time for execution of these ideas.
🎵🎶 so let’s do it, do it 🎶🎵
The good thing is that The Shortcut is having The Digital Prototyping Week from 25th -29th of March, with numerous workshops which will help you bring your ideas to life and help develop your product and even pitch them to a jury. You could develop your own unique idea or be a team player and contribute with your special skills or just come learn. I am excited about this opportunity to see my ideas turn me in a Millionaire. What about you?
By Namrata Sethi – March 10, 2019