Although on Thursday we did not get accelerator funding for Worldie*, there were several reasons for why, mainly which I think applies to the audience. I posted this onto Facebook, Tumblr, and Minds:
“We did not get funding from that CSU Chico accelerator presentation due to 1) confusion with “intranet,” 2) believing that no one can enter a market with monopolies, 3) lack of understanding of platform growth – requiring user content.
We will continue to be #SelfFunded and there are people online who believe in our idea! We will change our name in between phase 1 and 2. We have an entire strategy and constantly revise to improve. In response, we’re removing ALL photo ID requirements in our plan, including rideshare. We’ll also auto-approve graphic ads (not only sponsoring content) to remove costs for moderation significantly!
We learn from leaders such as Vid.Me and other platforms! We have many non-monetary reasons for being an alternative with same features + more! The examples of sites we showed are not necessarily competitors, but complements and leaders to learn from in an endlessly growing social media industry.”
Regardless, we will change our name in between phase 1 and 2. This will highly increase our marketability and appeal, as well as diminish the complaints we receive about it. Originally in April 2016, I had a different name for it, but I was unable to obtain the domain name. I further decided to get started on development and design if I could, and remarkably found a great small team on Freelancer.com. Now, since I think we could be large possibly one day, it is important to obtain this name change.
Thankfully, the owners in Slovenia replied this time, although short. There is no clarification on what service or registrar to use, so likely I will try to use the Namecheap Agents to straighten this out likely in January or February. We can likely even get the name changed before phase 1 goes online, since it was estimated for around March 2018.
Regardless, whether we become large or not, we will be hopefully a good enough alternative. I’m constantly trying to make navigation easier on the site. Despite doubt, we can be great! Some other sites created with far less have done well!
I will regularly blog on our progress. This site has also been updated! If we ever do become successful, for anyone reading, we hope that anyone can create Start Ups! It is the start ups and new ideas which change the world and future. To change the future, you should create it.
I also changed the name of ‘ventures’ for the ‘business’ module (set for phase 3 now) to ‘Start Ups’ to be more regular and understandable vernacular. We want to create as many ways to use a social network as possible, all-in-one! And, an alternative! Meanwhile, finals set in and mostly, what is used is outside of the classroom.
Stay tuned for this network!