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What can one do with a unique, exciting concept and no venture team?

I am an emeritus professor who over several years has developed a method and computer program, the Explainer, to analyze and solve problems that are beyond the capacity of unaided humans.

I believe that many of the troubles we witness today occur because we are limited in our capabilities to solve the complex problems the world presents to us.

The Explainer has been used to propose solutions to many of the problems that have Congress in gridlock. This would appear to be important. But I need support to put this up as a website where people can collaborate to solve difficult problems.

On the surface the idea looks preposterous. I need people to look below the surface to see how it works and can be applied.

What do you suggest I do?

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David Orban
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David Orban Advisor
Founder & Managing Partner at Network Society Ventures
Starting to implement basic websites is not very expensive these days. You also have the downloadable version of the program which, even if it appears that it hasn't been updated in the past 12 years, should serve as a basic template for what the web version should be doing, at least to start.

If you have been successful in selling the downloadable version, than you should have plenty of user testimonials that are going to be applicable to the web version as well. (If you haven't been, then analyzing why and making sure those reasons are eliminated first is of course fundamental.)

At your local university it should be possible to find the web front end, back end and design talent that you need, and you can decide if you want to put the project in open source on GitHub, or keep it proprietary. In either case, the talent's compensation in cash or equity can follow different models. (A good approach for dynamic equity allocation in startups ishttp://www.slicethepie.com/)

It is also possible to structure the development entirely online with a distributed team, but if you have not managed one previously you should find somebody who is able to or you'd drown in the task itself.

The Problematics brand is good, and while you don't have the corresponding Twitter and Facebook accounts, it should be easy to correctly tell the story of your approach and platform to interested parties.

I hope this is helpful, and I will be happy to discuss your platform and approach more, as I agree in your assessment that many of our problems stem from an insufficient capacity to analyze, manage, and solve complex problems.
Eli Castellanoos
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Eli Castellanoos Entrepreneur
Operations at MiChefs Network
Hello Donald, It all depends on how far and how fast you want to take this. If you simply want to put up a web site to collaborate with others, you can have one built with Wordpress for as little as $500 to $1,000. From there it can run and you can link an email to allow people to sign in an communicate with you. If you want to build it out much larger that is a whole different story. We are currently building a new company ourselves but I am interested in finding out more about what you are doing. I love data analytic's. Your program is interesting to me.
Naresh Batra
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Naresh Batra Entrepreneur
President SFiveI
I have a team of 100 people in India, who have pretty wide skills. Personally, I have 4 decades of high tech experience including a few start-ups. We have done a variety of things. Now we are training our people in Data Analytics as well as Cloud computing. I can help in many different dimensions.
James Celentano
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James Celentano Entrepreneur
Human Resources / Business Development / Operations
Hi Donald - sounds like an amazing technology. Founders and inventors create what is unique, and that is the hard part. The next steps might seem daunting but there is a formula. In short, build a team, raise capital and take your product to market. Reach out to me directly if you want to brainstorm. Best, JamesJames Celentano, MBA, SPHR [removed to protect privacy] [removed to protect privacy]
Michael Barnathan
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Michael Barnathan Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder of The Mountaintop Program, Google Alum
Solve something concrete with it, like Vicarious did for CAPTCHAs, then explain the larger scope of the project in the resulting PR piece.
John Seiffer
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John Seiffer Advisor
Business Advisor to growing companies
If you want to make this a business then you need to find a customer. That means someone who is willing to pay to A) solve the problem your program solves and B) pay for your solution as you have designed it.

This process is called Customer Development (google it an be prepared to spend days on the topic). If there's an entrepreneurship department in the university you're affiliated with, no doubt they teach courses in this.

If you want to make it a non-profit, or a charity then you can go a different route. You still have to find people willing to commit the time to learn it and implement it.

Unfortunately finding a need is not enough. Witness the fact that many people (myself included) NEED to lose weight but unless people WANT to take advantage of the solutions out there it won't happen.

Best wishes.
Ahkim Staman
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Ahkim Staman Entrepreneur
Owner at AdGurus Online Consulting
Hi Donald,

This sounds fascinating. I've only recently joined and my application is still being reviewed, so I can't send out messages yet. I have however been interested in online governance for a long time.

Reach out to me if you'd like. If my knowledge can help you I'll offer it gladly.
Fred Rehhausser
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Fred Rehhausser Entrepreneur
Owner, High Street Consultants and Marketing and Business Consultant
Join a meetup to meet similar people and start to build your corporate team Fred Rehhausser Fred Rehhausser [removed to protect privacy]
Dax Hamman
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Dax Hamman Entrepreneur • Advisor
Founder at Project GORDON (currently raising funds)
Donald, if you are stuck, feel free to reach out. I am happy to give you a couple of hours and walk you through some options from my past experiences.
Scott McGregor
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Scott McGregor Entrepreneur • Advisor
Advisor, co-founder, consultant and part time executive to Tech Start-ups. Based in Silicon Valley.
This sounds like the kind of project that calls out for crowd sourcing and crowd funding. Crowd Source problems (this will generate awareness and interest): Explain in some public place (e.g. Medium) what kind of problems the Explainer is good at analyzing and solving which people are not. Invite people to suggest problems of the right sort on Twitter or Facebook, to build a list of great "demonstration problems". Keep track of the suggestions, and how many likes or votes they get. Create a web page with the top vote getters, so people can share with friends and get their friends to vote too. Crowd Fund Implementation (gets you the funds and volunteers you need to make it available to all) Select one of the top problems, which can best demonstrate what an awesome analysis or solution Explainer creates "that is beyond the capacity of unaided humans." Share the one awesome demonstration solution (one golden egg) and define your campaign goal as putting the Explainer (which can lay golden egg after golden egg) online to solve lots of problems. Setup a Kickstarter or IndieGoGo campaign to put the Explainer on a website, where your crowd funding supporters can use it to solve their own problems.
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