I peruse Product Hunt on a fairly regular basis and look for products, services, and cool stuff I would never know about otherwise. I liked the simple concept of a site that was put together to solicit feedback from users about a startup they'd really like to see. Check out http://requestforstartup.co/ to see what they have built.
I have a ton of ideas, most of which I lack the time and financing to actually pursue and so I love the idea of throwing it out into the cosmos and hoping someone else likes it enough to do it well.
Here was something I truthfully wish existed and then I will give some use cases of how I believe this service would/should work.
A subscription flower service. Never forget wife's bday or mother's day. Pay monthly, set your dates & accept praise. #RequestForStartup
— ryanmtaylor (@ryanmtaylor) August 18, 2015
After this I was immediately notified of two companies that provide a service said to do something like this.
— Stedman Blake Hood (@StedmanBlake) August 19, 2015
https://www.bloomthat.com/ is a flower service though I didn't see anything about the service that allowed for me to pay monthly and then send flowers on dates in the future if my account was in good standing. Seems like I just placed an order and they mailed flowers to the recipient. Still not what I was looking for but a good service nonetheless. If you'd like $10 off, feel free to use my coupon code, ryant75b04
The second service I was told about was https://www.thebouqs.com/. I had very high hopes for the service but it seems to be more of the same, select flowers, select size, select recipient, send flowers, rinse and repeat.
Both have since tweeted that they can help me accomplish my goals but if I couldn't do it myself, doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose?
I am sure all of these services are great and do a great job of improving on an antiquated model, but I want more. I want a service that uses the things I use to organize my life to help me organize something I know nothing about. Flowers. I know that my wife, daughters, mom, and family members enjoy them but I don't necessarily care what flowers they receive as long as they are something they would like. As a matter of fact, ask me some interview questions about what types of flowers they like and let me set those preferences too. Anything that resembles beauty being sent would make me a hero and the receiver super happy.
I have two calendars that I maintain for my personal life. My iCloud calendar and my Google calendar. Here is what I would like to happen. Allow me to connect via API to these calendars and then display any major holidays, as well as, anything noted as "birthday". Show all of the results grouped together by month and then let me choose which events and special occasions will require flowers. During months where nothing needs to be sent, allow me to select default "just because" recipients for those months and then you surprise them for me.
Guess what? I also maintain contacts in those two places too. Let me share my contacts so I don't have to know their address particulars before I order. Ask me to verify it's the right address when I select the person and then roll with it from your side.
Take my money! Charge me $50 a month and send flowers once a month to the persons configured in the steps above. Offer me a discount on the 2nd (3rd, 4th, 5th) order per month where multiple orders need to be placed. Another option I think would be awesome? Allow me to skip slow months and float the balance for those months where additional flowers are needed.
Basically, I am asking for ShoeDazzle but for Florists. No flowers this month? Let me choose a default person or let me skip and double down in a future month. Seriously, why is this not thing? Would florists love this service to offset their slow times?
You can even leverage the Florist One API here.
Leave your comments below if you believe this is something that dudes would use and appreciate!