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What if there was a better way to find the right product/service idea for your startup? Something people really need and will pay money to use. Well... There is. And it is 100% effective.

I have seen so many startups that fall in love with their technology and go through the time and expense of developing a product/service only to discover not enough people need it or will to pay for it. This is not the founders fault. They just missed an essential first few steps in the product/service design.

It's a step-by-step process. Why don't more people use this proven method?

Leave your business ideas at home and just bring yourself or your team. This is how truly great startup ideas can be developed. Ones that could become part of the next heard of Unicorns...

This can change based on what the group members want but basically here are the initial criteria for the meetup group:

Time frame: We will meet once a month for two hours on a weeknight starting at 6:30PM.

Venue: The location is to be determined but some where in Central Sofia.

Cost: There is no cost for participating in the group except cost of food and drink if desired.

Language: English

Facilitator: Victor Schiller (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vhschiller/) but with heavy group participation. I am there as a Catalyst only to get things going.

What you should expect: (1) A new perspective. (2) A push for real innovative ideas. (3) A focus on identifying end user pain and passion points. (4) A rational approach to finding paying markets for potential innovations. (5) No fear approach to innovation. (6) What more do people want?

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Sofia Startup Design Thinking Meetup Group - Third Meetup - What Wows?

In our first meeting each attendee identified a potential Area Of Interest (AOI) http://bit.ly/AOI-Teams for deeper research. In our second session the group decided to focus on three of the AOIs and brainstorm some solution criteria for the three areas: (1) UpWork Killer: This innovative idea is a platform for Technology Workers to explore and identify opportunities for projects where they can trade their time for equity in early stage companies. What if you could own a piece of the next big Unicorn for just a few hours of your time? (2) FoodWaste-O-Matic: A system to help people save significant money on their grocery bills by helping them eliminate waste and throw out less food. You just might save enough money for a sunny week in a Maldives luxury resort! (3) MentorMagic: When children, youth, and adults are looking for an answer to an important life-changing question and no one in their circle of friends, family, or teachers has what they need... who can they turn to for essential advice? This platform can match people with the right mentor locally or anywhere in the world. Could your life direction change for the better with a few clicks and a quick Skype conversation! Before this third meetup each group will expand their list of potential criteria for a "solution" using the guidelines on this sheet: http://bit.ly/DTWhatIf Armed with an extensive list of criteria the groups will use the third session (What Wows? http://bit.ly/DTWhatWows ) to create prototype solutions that that best serve the end user's needs and meets as many of the criteria items as possible. Basically this session will be about sketching the displays and roughing out the functionality for a potential web/mobile application using the criteria generated from user research and brainstorming session. The groups will use pencil and paper or an online prototyping system like MockPlus ( https://www.mockplus.com/ ). But paper and pencil will do just fine. The idea is to rapidly get potential solutions in front of users to see if the solution works. Eliminate the elements that don't work and expand what is working. Even if you missed a session you could join in on the rapid prototyping fun! Additional Details:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Please RSVP so we know how many people will attend. Cost: There is no cost for participating in the group except cost of food and drink if desired. There will be coffee, soft drinks, homemade lemonade, beer and wine; salads, sandwiches, desserts, nuts, etc... available. Language: English Facilitator: Victor Schiller (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vhschiller/) but with heavy group participation. I am there as a Catalyst only to get things going. What you should expect: (1) A new perspective. (2) A push for real innovative ideas. (3) A focus on identifying end user pain and passion points. (4) A rational approach to finding paying markets for potential innovations. (5) No fear approach to innovation. (6) What more do people want?

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