My current startup has stabilized and is running pretty much on cruise-control... What is interesting, however, is that as I was looking to provide an additional service to my potential customers, I was surprised to find that there was really no platform for such a basic need... and out of that, an idea was born... I think if done right, it could be a /big/ deal. One of those: "why didn't I think of that?" ideas.
Now, I realize ideas are worthless without implementation... but I can implement, lord knows, I can implement.
My issue is as follows: I have absolutely 0 traction with my new idea. I want to validate/find out if it'll get any use. Everyone I asked thought it was a great thing, but that's not market validation.
What I can share, is that I'm looking to connect two kinds of people:
1) Those who have a service to sell and do not realize that they can sell it or often care to go thru hassle of monetizing it (one of the reasons likely because no easy platform exists to help)
2) Those who have a /very strong/ pain but do not realize that someone out there can help them in a non-traditional way
I need to validate if would be used by both kinds of above mentioned people, as without either of them, the business is dead. The outreach is "generic" and can be used by either B2C or B2B and is not industry specific, although I'm sure some industries will find the service more useful than others.
I'd really appreciate any practical tips on how to validate the idea, without giving away all the guts of it? I have 0 traction...
There is a one startup that received $1m last year in seed money to do something similar. I do not like the way they've done it and think it is "all wrong" and frankly no-one has heard of them. They're positioning/marketing/doing everything with their platform all wrong, IMHO. :)
Edit: to be more clear, I'm not afraid of sharing it in right environments... I am more afraid of posting it on websites such as this, that are infested with people who are looking for the "next thing to do". So, I guess my question would be, how to share it and get feedback without people who are looking for an idea for a startup to latch on and implement it themselves