I'm new to Quirky, so forgive me if this has already been discussed zillions of times...
It feels to me that there is a stage missing from the very beginning of the Quirky process, before submitting an idea - the discovery of a NEED.
What seems to work so well here is the community involvement - when an idea is presented it is then moulded and shaped by other members using their creativity and ingenuity. So why is it expected that a discovered need/missing element has to be given a solution before it gets into the Quirky process?
Let's have a place where we can share our observations of needs - things that we find difficult or don't work very well..."Why don't they make something that helps me.." Then someone else can come up with a solution?
EMPLOYEE0Interesting suggestion. Although I'm not sure we need to implement an entirely new stage in the process to point out need, there is a place for this idea. We're working on collaborative tools that will allow multiple users to work together as a team. For someone who has recognized a need for a product, it'll be easy to recruit some willing collaborators to develop a solution. And everyone involved will be able to earn influence. Keep in mind, the details are being worked out - this is all hypothetical. But it's promising to be a game-changer if we can do it right.
Thanks for the reply Bobby and I'm glad that there's likely be a way to incorporate my suggestion in a roundabout way.
It just felt that the type of people who can identify a need are often very different from the people that can devise a solution. I thought too that it would offer a clearer, or rather different path - state the problem then look for a wide variety of solutions. I guess it would generate a whole new plethora of new ideas too!