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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
PET VIDEO IDENTIFICATION EXAMPLE
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THE STORY OF PET VIDEO VERIFY'S CREATION
It all started when I was watching TV one day and listened to a story about a lost pet and how it couldn't be found even though it had a microchip. I thought to myself there has to be a better way to do this and give these pets and animals a better chance to find their way home. That is when I drew on my extensive education and professional experience in information technology to come up with software that could help solve this issue. That was when Pet Video Verify was born. I started working on it immediately. Shortly after starting working on it, I imagined other applications that could be built on top of the pet video identification that could solve other issues pet caretakers have as they manage their pets day to day. I imagined how the veterinarians could use this software and could potentially revolutionize that industry. To this day, I am still coming up with ways how this software and data could be used to not only help pets and animals but potentially humans. Wouldn't it be great if by saving them, they in turn help save us? Like the bumper sticker states regarding adopting a pet or animal, Who saved who?
THE LOST AND FOUND PET PROBLEM
It is a fact that most pets that are lost today aren't found and returned home. Statistics are that 1 in 3 pets will be lost in their lifetime and only around 30% of lost pets are ever found and returned. Microchipping is the main technology that is used to try to solve this issue. However, microchipping has a host of problems. There are concerns that have been raised about the health implications about microchipping a pet. Indeed, it carries the risk of an autoimmune reaction or a degenerative reaction which can in turn lead to tissue degeneration and abnormal cell growth, or cancer at the site of implantation (http://www.chipmenot.org.uk). Other problems with the microchip are a lot of animal shelters and veterinarians do not have a universal scanner to pick up all of the microchips from the different manufacturers so microchips that are in pets are not always found. Also, when a pet is inserted into one database for a certain microchip manufacturer, the information is not replicated to other microchip databases, hence a microchip could be found in the pet but no owner information found in a database.
To create software to help solve the lost and found pet issue and other issues that pet and animal caretakers have. It is said that a video speaks thousands of words so in the spirit of using video identification to solve the lost and found pet issue, I will let the video of myself pitching Pet Video Verify speak for itself. See the pitch video I uploaded.
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THE MOBILE APP
I have uploaded pictures of the mobile app that I have developed to this point so please view them. The app will be free to the user and we will use advertising and other means to generate revenue. I hope to release the first version of the mobile app in 2018.
THE SUCCESSES TO DATE
I have had successes with this project. I have spent countless hours on this and have put very little financial resources into it since I have very limited financial resources to put toward it, hence the reason I am turning to Kickstarter. Here are some successes to date:
Two time MIT (Massachusetts Institute Of Technology) - CHIEF business plan semifinalist
Duke University brought the project in for 5 Masters of Engineering Management students to help work on it for a semester, a win-win for the project and the students
Attended Groundworks Labs startup accelerator in Durham, NC
Have several animal shelter that signed letters of intent to use the mobile app when its ready, that is to sign up pets that get adopted so the pet caretaker can use it if the pet gets lost
WHAT I PLAN TO DO WITH THE KICKSTARTER FUNDING
Finish the first version of the mobile app for IOS and Android
Pay a consultant to help finish the development of the first version of the mobile app
Pay a professional website developer to redo the website before the launch of the first version of the mobile app
Pay for the network infrastructure that will support the software and hopefully the many users that sign up so it can function properly
Pay to help find investors that will take Pet Video Verify to the next level
Help reach a goal of 100,000 users using Pet Video Verify system
Help support me while working on this project
I am professionally experienced and educated information technology professional. I received my first computer when I was around 8 years old and at that point started writing code. I have attended North Carolina State University, Wake Technical College, Duke University, and Harvard Business School. I have worked professionally for over 18 years in information technology in a variety of businesses that range from startups to federal and state governments. I have seen and worked on all types of systems and helped develop software, so I have the knowledge to push something like this forward.
RISK AND CHALLENGES
There are a variety of risk and challenges when working on a project like this but I haven't found one to this point that I haven't been able to figure out how to get around. The first and foremost risk is a technical issue that shows up that will not let me finish the first mobile app which I don't anticipate happening. Another one would be delivering the first mobile app in a timely manner, my goal is to have the first version out within 2018. Having too many users try to sign up and overload the system that I am able to afford to pay for to support those users and those users wont use the system is another risk, this could in turn hamper finding investors that will help push this forward. Another one would be not having the funding to hire people to help support the users causing system issues that would cause users to leave and not come back. Another one would be that I have work full time professionally and wont have as much time to devote to this, delaying when the first version would be released and less time supporting users when they sign up and use the system.
ONE LAST WORD
I really do need help with the project and financing the project. I want this to be used all around the world, to better society, and people's lives. This is simply a dream come true for me, one that I have worked hard for all my life, and even though it has been very hard work, I have had fun working on it. I promise if this becomes big to use it in a way that betters people's and pets lives, to create jobs for people, and not just to profit for myself or the company. I truly want this to help change the world if only a little but hopefully tremedously.
Risks and challenges
There are a variety of risk and challenges when working on a project like this but I haven't found one to this point that I haven't been able to figure out how to get around. The first and foremost risk is a technical issue that shows up that will not let me finish the first mobile app which I don't anticipate happening. Another one would be delivering the first mobile app in a timely manner, my goal is to have the first version out within 2018. Having too many users try to sign up and overload the system that I am to afford to pay for to support those users and those users wont use the system is another risk, this could in turn hamper finding investors that will help push this forward. Another one would be not having the funding to hire people to help support the users causing system issues that would cause users to leave and not come back. Another one would be that I have work full time professionally and wont have as much time to devote to this, delaying when the first version would be released and less time supporting users when they sign up and use the system.