What's the big idea?
There are times when we want to borrow a video game but we don’t know which of our friends may have it. http://ThingShare.co is like a library of your friends’ video games & gear, a simple interface to enable listing & borrowing of video games. We’re not stopping there, we will do the same for other markets, for example, tools. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a site that lists all the tools available that you could borrow from your friends? Then, what if you could charge people a rental fee when they want to borrow your stuff? Now you’re able to make money from your tools/Video Games etc.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
whyown.it just launched on the iOS app store. They limit lending only to friends.
favortree.com launched this summer. Favortree gamifies doing favors for other people (including lending video games).
Gamers also turn to Craigslist, Twitter and forums to post “Can I borrow…”
How are you different from that player?
We differ from Why Own It by allowing users to rent out their Video Games to those outside of their network.
We differ from Favortree, Craigslist, Twitter, and forums by structuring the data and focusing on the Video Game market while using existing social connections via Twitter and Facebook.
How's the world different with your idea in it?
The larger vision here is to expand into other markets like the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) market, so we can lend/borrow tools. We will open the door for users to charge a rental fee and this will enable people to make money off of their tools
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
We’re a small team, well versed in the Lean Startup Model. We’ve already done a lot of the initial user testing to prove the market needs this solution. We have the development and marketing chops to succeed. We also have our minimum viable product working today, (signup now!) http://thingshare.co