I've had a thought about something... and forgive me if it's not the first time you've ever heard of it. Most ideas seem to have a way of having been thought of by someone else first, but... I keep trying.
Anyway, I'm currently involved in a project that will involve raising capital on Kickstarter. It's had me studying and learning about how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. And this got me thinking:
One thing that I have never seen on Kickstarter or other sites like it (like Indiegogo) is people raising money for IM projects. I'm sure that there are a lot of people who have ideas for software (for example) or other things that would be useful to the IM community, but maybe they're newbies or just don't have the funds to make it happen.
What if there were an IM version of crowdfunding? And people who have a good idea could JV with someone who has bonuses to offer those who contribute? Or maybe they already have stuff that they can offer to those who contribute?
I'm sure that the first objection to this would be something along the lines of "Well, someone who hasn't already been making money online (and could therefore afford to fund their project themselves) shouldn't be creating a WSO to begin with."
Not all IM products are in the "how to do it" vein, though. Maybe someone is good with graphics, but they have an idea to create a graphic mascot creation app and need to hire a programmer. I do realize there's a lot of mascot stuff out there already - I'm just throwing that out there as an example.
I dunno. Maybe I'm crazy. And I don't mind being told I'm crazy if that's what you think - I'm not thin skinned. I'd like to know what people really think.