Just had a feature in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/your-money/online-wills.h...
hmu with interest and feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great service btw!
Having access to trillions of data points from the web is a super power reserved for only a handful of companies;
what if anyone could access and analyze these data points without having to hire 25 experts in distributed systems and raise VC... Imagine the explosion of innovation this will bring about.
We want that explosion to happen sooner rather than later.
If you find this mission intriguing please send me an email: email@example.com
This is a very lofty goal and I'm not sure how you are going to tackle it with 3 people, however I'm rooting for you and would love to get my invitation soon. Best of luck.
Can you tell more? That's 45K pages per second, and assuming that each page load on average takes 1 second you already need 45K workers. Are you talking requests or really loading web pages and evaluating them?
I live in the East Bay. Here is a cost comparison between Oakland, CA and vancouy, BC: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?cou...
Oakland costs 15% more, but it’s unlikely this company is going to pay me ~85% of what I make here if I emigrated (and, even if they do, I have a significant amount of student loans as fixed costs). As a remote employee, I’d need ~100% of what I’d make around here, and that would come with significant tax headaches for them.
Even large US companies generally require internal transfer to Canada to take a pay cut in addition to changing to Canadian dollars.
To make it worse, Vancouver has a high cost of living but low salaries.
If humanity really solves personalized learning by crafting learning paths based on all of Internet’s resources, user’s current knowledge and learning preference, I believe something akin to singularity may be reached. So I am trying to build the website that tries to reach this goal in an open source way so anyone can help.
Glad to see this.
It's important because climate change is one of the biggest problems of our age, and by helping our guests foster a sense of connection to an amazing (and vulnerable) place, we can produce what thousands of news articles cannot: people who care.
(Apologies if this is considered "off topic" for HN, I've been a lurker for a while but this is my first post.)
Heat, refrigeration, lights, etc are at the foundation of modern society. The foundation of modern society is driven by the distribution of energy. Helping ensure energy sources at the edge of our grid achieve scalability and fault tolerance strikes me as something that truly matters.
The company has been around for some time but recently underwent rapid growth. I started as a part time remote contracted and was the first software engineer to be brought on full time.
It’s been a lot of work and there is still a long way to go but the thing that keeps me chugging is the people involved. We’ve attracted a powerhouse of a team both on the business and engineering side. Further, I’ve never worked with a more genuine and kind group of individuals before.
The current model (power utility produces electricity, maintains distribution infrastructure, and bills on a KWh basis) for producing and distributing energy is very wasteful. We’re constantly producing more energy than necessary to react to spikes in demand. The current model is also increasingly strained as we adopt more renewables due to their relatively unpredictable nature. However, the utility isn’t going away in the foreseeable future. The lines and other infrastructure still need to be maintained.
The idea is to elimate waste. Work toward new models that benefits both sides (e.g. peak demand gets supplied via energy sources at the edge of the grid, utility doesn’t need to install more infrastructure to accommodate growing energy demand within that microgrid).
Due to FERC Order 841, we will see a surge in grid-scale batteries and our markets (in the US) will have to accommodate this. They will hopefully help some with various issues such as congestion, transmission buildout, and short term changes in demand.
Best of luck!
It truly matters because it makes learning much easier for people who lack of time.
This helps everyone to make better decisions and have a greater impact.
As an example, here is some YC startup knowledge summarized in bullet points: https://huggylist.com/channel_lists/1537220271873x5642096565...
The invitation is open to anyone of course :)
1) fostering interest on Computer Science among young adults and curious people, especially those on third-world countries that have no chance of going to college
2) bringing people to the FOSS world by having a low-barrier to entry project where they can contribute directly (not necessarily with code). That kind of experience - seeing their contribution being rolled out worldwide to a game they love - must be life changer.
3) raising privacy awareness and let people know about encryption and VPNs
4) and why not, create a fun, interactive and highly strategic game :)
After 4 years of development, I'm still nowhere close to reaching any of them (not yet released). But if my game can motivate and change the life of a single kid, all that trouble will be well worth it.
Here's to another 4 years! For people out there in similar situation, the urge to quit may be high, but try not to give up. E-mail is on profile in case anyone wants to talk.
I believe that the development of the scientific method and evidence-based decision making is the most important development in human history. It's not universal, and it's a lot of work. We want to motivate more people to come over that way of thinking and make it easier for them to do so.
You've probably seen a lot in the media lately about the possibilities of precision medicine powered by personal genomic sequencing. With the advent of the $1000 whole genome sequencing , we now have an immense amount of data at our fingertips. The problem we have now is known as the "bioinformatics bottleneck" , in which our sequence data reveals thousands of variants in our DNA, and we need to figure out which ones are clinically relevant, by figuring out which ones have been observed and studied. We seek to make that task easy; to minimize the time it takes to perform an exhaustive search, and reduce the chance of missing important information in a patient's sequenced genome .
Most people have been or know someone who has been affected by cancer or inheritable disease. As far as missions go, this was an easy one to get behind when I met my co-founder almost five years ago. When my startup at the time got acquired shortly after meeting him, I knew immediately what I wanted to do next.
While books and courses have their place, I think that human connection is crucial to not feel isolated. When I'm learning something new, it feels great to be able to bounce ideas off someone, get feedback on my work and if possible, make some friends along the way.
My bet is that more people also feel similar things. If you have any thoughts on the website or just want to chat, feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The US health care system is disorganized, inefficient, and overwhelming for patients and their families. We aren’t “solving healthcare”, but we provide tools and services that make caregivers’ lives easier.
This matters not just for the obvious reason that so many people need help, but because relatively little effort in the health care system goes into helping patients and their caregivers with the responsibilities the system dumps on them.
It truly matters to my customers, because they're paying me money. And it truly matters to me, because if the company continues to grow, then I'll have lots of money and freedom. Honestly it's mostly about the money, but I really enjoy building things and solving problems for people.
i’m sure you know these answers; you wouldn’t have gotten to “paying customer 1” otherwise
I'd keep working on it for a while if I didn't need to worry about money. But I also really like the idea of a "finished product" that doesn't need any more work. That's what I'm aiming for, although I'm probably a few years away from that.
I wouldn't keep working on it if it failed and no-one was using it. I would just move on to the next project.
Conventional tampons are made with regular cotton as well as rayon. Regular cotton could have toxic residues from pesticides, dioxin from the bleaching process, and rayon fiber can disintegrate within a woman's body, breeding bacteria that could hurt or be dangerous like toxic shock syndrome. Disposable pads are made from mysterious ingredients because companies don't have to disclose ingredients to consumers in the USA. All the chemical scents, antibacterial, plastics, those are all not disclosed which should be worrying because there are many toxic chemicals out there.
The solution I'm working on are reusable cloth pads. The idea is simple and has been what the world has been using before disposables came out. They are a lot more sustainable because they are reusable. They can be customized for each customer and come in pretty colors, shapes, and sizes.
We'd probably be making bigger differences in the world if we contented ourselves with making a living, and then stepping away from our keyboards to go befriend people who are going through hard times and serve our immediate communities more directly.
Making money matters if it enables you to turn around and help other people directly and immediately.
Makes me think of the insurance policy of the Amish - if someone's home burns down, it is a guarantee that everyone in the community will come together to build a new house for them.
We aim to give financial tools that will help people to self-actualize. Many people in the world do not have the basic financial tools for lifting themselves out of poverty -- a sound currency and property rights -- and we aim to provide those. Second, we aim to create a system that connects people to one another through the financial system; especially those that have been disconnected from the financial system.
We have a flat & open culture and value diversity. We are hiring at our SF and Berlin offices: https://celo.org/jobs
More about Celo: "Hello From Celo" - https://email@example.com/hello-from-celo-34bf195cb99
Where such services are provided by a functioning state maybe, but if they are, they also have a functioning currency and banking sector.
Where their isn't.... I had a Ukrainian friend who said in the worst days of state dysfunction (now decades ago), the de facto currency was bottles of vodka.
At least with a bottle of vodka, you can drown your sorrows if your currency crashes.... So your zeroth challenge is "How is Celo better and cheaper and more trustworthy than a bottle of vodka?
Your web site basically says "Apple Pay", but without Apple.
So how do you get from that to, "a monetary system that creates the conditions of prosperity for all"?
We've basically built a BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Content) social network. Publishers host an RSS feed and remain in full control of their content. We don't try to assert copyright or anything over it. We don't even host it. We just enable conversations and sharing of that content (we even generate videos for sharing on other platforms that don't support audio well: https://twitter.com/stevekrenzel/status/1040746982615076864)
Some of the best content being produced today is in podcasts. Everything from comedy to news reporting. They're a great way to help people stay informed, learn new things, or just get a laugh. So if that counts as "truly mattering", then that's why it truly matters.
relevant disco here https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17516721
We believe this field of innovation matters because by 2050 the world population will be 9.7 billion increasingly living in high density urban environments after loss of agricultural land and clean fresh water, potentially less reliable yields due to climate change, increasing concerns about pollution, and reduced biodiversity. Therefore, we urgently need the ability to feed more humans more reliably using less resources.
 http://infinite-food.com  https://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/Publications/Files/Key_Findings_...
Why? Because SEO is the ultimate digital snake oil industry of our era. Sucking away ressources and f###ing up websites, wasting (life)time of users and developers alike.
It's all about creating a platform (a.k.a. a web property) that enables systematic, scaleable SEO. And - measurable - processes how to deal with this platform. And as SEO is 5% is know-how and 95% execution (as everything that has value), how to come from know-how (and where to get it, hint: it's not SEO blogs!!!) to execution.
we also offer a free open source app to test for the most annoying SEO best practices and pitfalls (incl. invisible meta-data).
But yeah, 3rd edition going to be e-book, too! On Amazon and DRM free for all who order the physical book (also the current one).
It matters that I do this because, while I may have just a small chance of succeeding, I probably have a better chance then most. For the few of us who have the skills, the time and the plans to do something about it, we owe it to all who cant do something about it to at least try.
“Find. Meet. Ride with your Harley-Davidson Tribe.”
It matters because I’ve spent the last 3 years as a co-founder of a Veteran Support charity called No Duff (www.noduff.org).
Root cause data for the vast majority of the 233+ Veteran support incidents we have responded to include a lack of belonging, community, meaning, and purpose in Veterans’ lives post service.
Recreational motorcycling community(much like the Veterans community) is still stuck in the pre-internet and pre-smartphone hub and spoke “siloed” club model.
We don’t want to change the world for everyone.
But we do want to help motorcyclists find belonging, community, personal meaning, and social purpose.
Currently in YC Startup School and applied to W2019 Batch on Day 1.
Looking for a Technical Co-Founder :)
Most if not all of the machine learning models in the world never see the light of day. They never get productionized and embedded into web and mobile applications. We believe that web and mobile applications can be so much more smarter with machine learning and AI capabilities. By building a platform to make it easy to embed models into web and mobile apps, we hope that this will drive adoption.
Our mission is to make everyone more productive. When running a previous startup with 20 people, I found that communicating effectively with them was a challenge. To share work with them and with outside clients and collecting feedback and ensuring everyone was on the same page took many back and forth steps. I also noticed that everyone was facing the struggle to communicate effectively both inside and outside the team. Thus, losing a lot of time and overall productivity.
Making more data about doctors public. Their research papers, education, accepted insurances, Medicare acceptance, etc.
It matters because there are very few people actually focusing on the patient experience in clinical trials. Most companies building solutions in this space see patients as the barrier to data instead of the reason why trials exist.
Our ultimate mission is to democratize marketing so any and every small business on Earth can use it.
Our biggest competitor pays writers 0.7c/word lol
The national student loan debt in the US is $1.5 trillion and 15% of Americans have student loan debt.
Our core mission is using our innovative technology to provide gamers with freedom and choice in how they experience their favorite games. We are committed to building a positive community, capable of having fun anywhere. Because if you're not having fun, what is the point of playing? We will always put gamers first.
I'm a small business owner but when I realized some of the harm I was doing, I stopped selling certain products as well. It's meant saying no to a pretty penny and I definitely wonder if I'm crazy a lot.
Because we can, and you will be happier. I promise.