The beginning of a more in-depth and focused journaling, for the history =)
What is Kirill Vee Journal?
I will be using this website as my personal journal of how I approach building businesses, my step-by-step approach, what methods and tools I use, the reasoning behind my decision with all the lessons learned and insights about what’s working and what’s not working. This is just my personal journey, so make your own conclusions and decisions. Sadly, several years of my entrepreneurial adventures have passed already, and I may or may not get to documenting those experiences. Maybe, someday.
In addition, I will be sharing the business ideas I constantly come up with. I have too many to work on all of them, so I decided to give it away, in case somebody else wants to try them out.
Why does this website exist?
Almost all my decisions are driven by the belief that life is too short to waste it on things you don’t love doing. Of course, anyone will likely have times when they have to do things they are not very excited about, that’s the reality of life. But overall, from a longer-term perspective, you should do your best to pursue what you love.
One life. Live it!
Recently, I re-analyzed what I love doing most and what I keep doing over and over. And dissecting my recurring activities, here is my conclusion: observing problems, coming up with a solution and launching different experiments to validate my ideas, with the end goal of building a business. When I asked myself the eternal question “What would I be doing if money wasn’t a question?”, this would be my answer. Following an advice from one of my heroes – Gary Vaynerchuk – I decided to focus my effort on documenting this part of my life.
My goals for this project are:
Capture my journey of pursuing my passion for building a business for my kids and grandkids, and grand-grand-… kids.
Remind myself of the amount of work I’ve done over the years. I have a problem of focusing on the plans and action items and forgetting about what I’ve accomplished, which sometimes affects my motivation, not in a good way.
Expose the struggles and challenges of hustling as a husband and dad, while having a full-time job. Entrepreneurship is not easy, but possible if you put in the work, and don’t give up.
Allow others to learn from my mistakes and insights.
And potentially build a community of people who are in the same boat as me.
It is very easy for a starting entrepreneur to get overwhelmed by the number of various tools they can use when launching their startup. All the current information is almost useless as it doesn’t provide enough details for a potential customer to make the decision if that’s the right tool for them. Many startuppers procrastinate starting a business because they don’t know what tools to choose for their needs.
A video-focused website reviewing and ranking small business tools using a structured approach and analyzing the key components of each app and service a startupper can use for the business.
There is a relatively large group of people who are very passionate about unicorns and who love unicorn-themed products. There is a limited number of options for a person who wants to buy bold and stylish unicorn socks. The choices are of poor quality or very childish design.
An e-commerce store that is #1 place to go when you are looking for unicorn-themed socks.
As a strata manager, it is time-consuming to find contractors for a maintenance or repair job for the property. And how do you make sure you get the high-quality results with the best price? Also, lack of transparency for the owners makes this part of owning a property in multi-unit complex a “black box”. How did strata manager choose this or that vendor? Why was it so expensive? How much higher (or lower) this price is comparing to the average market price?
A marketplace-like platform with a bidding mechanism to connect trades contractors with strata managers. Ratings, profiles, a communication mechanism, transactions, built-in insurance, and reporting for property owners.
As an office manager, it is hard to keep up with the supplies and accessories your team may need. Think milk, snacks, coffee beans, HDMI cables, USB-dongles, etc. Anything that the team needs on a regular basis. How do you keep track of all that’s needed? Often, the office manager has to go around and check what needs replenishment, or if there are any requests for extra accessories/equipment. Or a more usual scenario – when employees already need something right now, they ask the office manager to re-order something and then wait for another few days to get it in the office. This works on an ad-hoc basis, which makes it easy for many things to get missed.
A mobile app, potentially, with Slack (or slack-like) bot to make reordering of regular items 1-click easy. Employees launch the app (or slack) and click items they want to get re-ordered. During the day, the office manager receives notifications of incoming requests and approves/rejects them, then the app submits the order at a defined time of the day. For scaling and optimizing delivery can combine daily orders from several offices in the same building/area.
As a person, who wants to build stronger long-term relationships with other people in their professional network one of the best ways to do this is by helping them with what they may need help with at the moment, without expecting anything in return. More of a “philanthropic” investment in your karma, when the quality of the relationships is more important than the number of your (meaningless) connections.
A platform (don’t want to say social network =) where people can share publicly or privately what their current needs are (e.g. find a new job, find a new client for their service, find a professional for a need, find a volunteer, etc.). As a part of this platform, you can see the current needs of your network on your “radar” and help them with that they may be needing help with. For example, connect a business owner who needs help with their social media campaign with another connection of yours who can help them with this campaign. As a result, they both help each other and get value out of this new connection. And you get good karma points =)
As a tourist, it is always a hassle to convert prices in your head or using a calculator from the local currency to the one you are used to operating with. Also, different countries exclude taxes from the displayed price, which adds even more calculations one has to make to understand how much something costs.
AR mobile app with text recognition and updating currency exchange rates allowing users to point the camera at the price tag and see the price in their desired currency, including all taxes and other extra charges.
As a person looking for a job, overall it is a horrible and broken experience, and somebody has to fix it. This particular idea is about making it easy to find job applications. Specifically, for the tech jobs, the job board market is too fragmented. They are all separate from each other, and the user has to browse/search or set up notifications (which are broken and useless most of the time, too) one by one.
Job postings aggregator website, that pulls or scrapes the other job boards and allows users to browse/search and apply from one place. Could fix broken (irrelevant) notifications problem, as well.
As a person who wants to eat healthier produce and other foods, it is a very manual and time-consuming process to find local farmers markets and go there to buy something. Their “lifespan” is very short and it is often hard to combine these trips with the work schedule. Their locations are also very limited.
An e-commerce store allowing farmers to sell their products with delivery. Like a global marketplace, with crowd-buying option to optimize delivery costs.
As a business owner, it is difficult to see the ROI of all the ads across all channels, as well as other published content (Medium articles, youtube videos, etc.). Hard to compare the conversion funnels across all channels and determine what works and what doesn’t.
A dashboard allowing users to connect all social media and other channels and merge data together to stack each channel effectiveness against others depending on the defined KPIs (e.g. visits, leads, sales, signups, shares, reach, etc.)
As a parent, it is a challenge to find new classes and sports programs to get your child into. Finding available spots is an even bigger challenge. There are too many separate options.
A platform allowing parents to browse and search different kinds of sports and academic activities for their children based on the age, location, type, price, ratings, and availability, plus booking and transactions.
As a freelancer, looking for an office space for an upcoming client meeting, it is hard to find which ones are available on a specific date/time, in a designated area, if they have the necessary equipment (e.g. TV, projector, printer, etc.), and how many people it can fit.
Also, if you expand the target audience to professionals who require a space for their service (e.g. chiropractors, massage therapists, etc.), they may have a similar need – “My main clinic is on renovation/lockdown/etc. Where can I work from for the next few weeks?”
A platform allowing people to browse and search different shared spaces with various filters, real-time availability, booking, and transactions.
I couldn’t find an easy way to find volunteering opportunities with filtering of the needed help, locations, dates/times, etc. And as a good human, I believe people should help others in need and there must be a better way to find who needs help. As an employer, you want to promote ethical behaviour and ‘help others’ mindset. Finding the societies or non-profits who need help takes time and effort, and quite a burden for HR team when they are already swamped with their primary responsibilities.
A platform for companies to bridge the gap between non-profits and other organization who would benefit from volunteering help and their employees who want to contribute to their communities by volunteering. With karma points for the work the employees do, and gamification to stimulate the “give-back” actions.
For a business owner, when you are in need of leasing or renting a piece of equipment, you have to go a long mile to find one available from a reliable supplier, who is close to your location and offers the best conditions. And it’s all separate, takes even more time when you are looking for more than one type of equipment.
A marketplace connecting companies who own various equipment and lease it out to other businesses, with ratings, real-time communication, deals, offers, promos, inventory, and built-in transactions (potentially, with insurance coverage).
With the abundance of stores selling disaster/survival kits, I was surprised to find out they are all quite generic and offer the same kind of products without considering the geographical specifics. So, if you want to optimize your kit to your geographical, family, or other special needs, you will have to find and buy the missing items yourself, which takes a lot of time and effort.
An e-commerce store which offers emergency supply kits based on your location (to consider geographical specifics of the area you live in, e.g. maps, terrain nuances, etc.), family structure (do you have children, seniors, pets, etc.? e.g. something to occupy your kids with), and other personal circumstances (e.g. mobility or other health constraints). Also, automatic restocking reminders when items in the kits expire, so customers don’t have to be checking this themselves.
In any company, there are a lot of reasons influencing web analytics on incoming traffic to their website, both internal and external. Almost impossible to draw clear connection which internal actions or external events triggered changes in web analytics.
A web platform that connects web analytics and marketing campaigns, industry events, other websites’ referral, various markets’ changes and trends, and puts everything on one “map” to draw connections between all inputs and resulting web/app traffic changes. Add predictive analytics using machine learning.
Very difficult for entrepreneurs to find all necessary information about possible grants (and other financial help from the government and other socially responsible organizations) they can qualify for. It’s a mess.
A super easy-to-use information website where a business/startup owner can find what grants they can get, from whom, what process is, and who can help them do it.
When a school teacher is out sick/vacation/etc., the school has to quickly find a substitute teacher and ask them to come in, which is done by going through an existing list of approved professionals and connecting with them over the phone to see if they are available and how fast they can get there, which seems like a very inefficient and unfair process.
A one-stop marketplace with a full list of substitute teachers with reviews/ratings, availability, chat, etc.
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