Simple Minecraft Hosting
What's the big idea?
Minecraft (http://minecraft.net/) is an amazing game about discovery that millions of people play everyday. But playing with your friends is problematic.
Pickaxe is a web based service that not only, makes it easy to play a game of Minecraft with your friends, but it facilitates sharing your Minecraft creations with others as well.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
There are hundreds of Minecraft hosts in operation. Many are run by young Minecraft player with little experience in running a business. In addition, a majority of these hosts charge a fixed subscription fee every month.
How are you different from that player?
By using cloud computing facilities, like amazon’s AWS services, we’re able to cut costs. As a player, you only pay for what you use.
We also focus on collaboration. Have your friends step into your creation rather than sharing a YouTube video with them.
Other hosts don’t offer these tools.
How does this idea scale into a big business?
Cloud computing is computing with scale in mind. Amazon’s AWS service allows us to provision as powerful and as many machines as we need, so there would be virtually no hardware limitations in scaling this idea up.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
As a seasoned web and mobile developer working at Mutually Human (http://mutuallyhuman.com), I have over a decade of professional software development experience. I also play Minecraft. The combination of these two passions makes me an optimal candidate for running an idea like this.
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
Play-testing the architecture to scale Minecraft servers up and down is important to the project. That lets us gauge how much computing power we would need to run the service, and in turn let us gauge how much we would need to charge for it. $5000 could buy time for players to do this risk-free.