I had this idea for an app especially for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It uses the device’s videophone capabilities. A “shopkeeper,” I’ll call him or her, can receive calls from potential customers who are anonymous, unless they decide to exchange contact information.
Calls are placed by potential customers by their activating a link in a page, post or e-commerce site item listing. In other words, a call is placed by clicking or touching a logo.
Everyone who uses the system must be a member. You don’t have to worry about giving out your Skype ID or phone number to potential customers
The app will be super-simple to operate: the shopkeepers’, and the customers’, versions of the app each have only three buttons: two for basic controls, and a ‘Block’ button for shopkeepers and a “Exchange Information” button for customers.
The thing is, I don’t want to just build an app. First, I want to establish relationships and partnerships with developers, marketers, technical experts, user experience experts, PHP pros, and with with anyone, really who can help me build this beast.
I want to build a team, an organization and a social network, and I want to do it organically, one relationship at a time. I’m already fairly sure that some really cool and smart people will want in, so to speak, but this is an ambitious project.
I call the app: “Vis-a-Vis,” because it provides a, “face to face,” encounter.
Funders and Contributors will each own a piece of the app.
The first version, a “minimum viable product,” might be done with $10,000 to get things rolling, and $50,000 to pay the mobile app, and PHP, developers-maybe. (Help!) But, even with that much funding, it would take a lot of contributors working for a share.
I’m told, the second version, with money transfers (probably through a third-party, like Square) would cost another $250,000.
Here’s a scenario of how the app would work:
I see an ad listing an item of collectible glass I’m interested in. But, I need to see the maker’s mark and color to determine the value. I notice the Vis-a-Vis logo and click it. Since I’m already a member I’m talking to the shopkeeper within seconds. And, my personal information is protected, including my name, unless I decide to share it with the shopkeeper.
What makes this app so unique
- Several things: You place a call by clicking a link in an ad or sales listing; I don’t think anyone does that. Also, I don’t think anyone has come up with a way to allow customers to call anonymously, in complete safety and security.
Why we need your support
- To start the mobile app developers
- To pay the mobile app and PHP developers for Version 1
- To add money transfers