When I was very young in the 70's, my mom had a small notebook and every time me or one of my brothers or sister would say or do something really funny she would write it down in the notebook, and we called it the Funnybook. It had to be something really good to get written down in the Funnybook, and once in a while we would pull it out as a family and read through a couple of pages and it was always great for some big laughs. Usually these entries were just a sentence or two, not a big story or something that takes a long description, just a quick funny thing that one of us said or did when we were young - and small kids (2,3,4 yrs old) say and do funny things all day long, things you just can't make up.
My wife and I now have 5 (soon 6) small children of our own. They say and do completely off-the-wall funny things all the time, and once in a while when they are really 'good', I tell my wife she should write it down in a notebook we had started for this same purpose. However, we usually don't have the notebook around and an hour later we forgot what the funny thing was, but we always say that we hope we remember it. I know we are not the only parents who say this, anyone with small children can tell you that the funny, crazy things they say and do never cease, and any parent would love an easy way to record this so someday they can look back and laugh.
This idea is a simple app called the Funnybook (appropriately my Mom's title). Parents would create an account - this might entail entering their kids names and birthdates, choosing a password, etc. Whenever one of their kids says or does something really funny, they just need to open the App on any phone or ipad, etc. that they have handy and create an entry. They would sign in, choose a child, and enter the text. The app would record the entry, the child who said it, the date, the age of the child at the time, etc. We never have our Funnybook notebook around, but almost always have a phone between the two of us when something like this occurs. There would be no long stories, no photos or video, just a couple of text sentences for each entry.
The fun continues now with an advantage that my mother never had with her paper Funnybook. The person who created the new entry can then share this funny quote or situation. They could be shared automatically with family and friends (who maybe would get a text or email alert), or perhaps would have to log into Funnybook itself to read. This would allow quick and easy sharing of these funny sayings/situations with anyone who would be interested, in real time. I always think, "I need to remember to tell Grandma and Grandpa what one of my kids just said, it was so funny". Another option would be to share with everyone. In this case I am imagining a public area in the app where new postings would appear (personal names/information would be hidden). People could 'like' or somehow mark their favorites and this list could be sorted by the most popular (this week, during all time, etc.).
This app is very exciting to me because I would love to document some of the crazy things my kids say and do better and record them for all time, and also have an easy way to share these things with some friends and family as they happen. If I was on a business trip I would love to get an alert that my wife just created an entry. And, if I had the kids out somewhere and one of them said something really great, I would have an instant way to write it down for her and us all to enjoy for all time. In addition, it would be very fun to look at the top most popular funny things other kids are saying from other families using the app. It would be a very positive, uplifting app, and help capture those great moments in life for families that they will have forever. This app would be a must-have on the phone of any parent. No other app allows you to create a journal like this for each child, and look back at all of the cute/funny/awesome things they said and did by date and age all in one list. It would be great to take this childhood memory of mine and turn it into something like this that other families could use and enjoy. With any luck, sometime in he near future families all over the country will be saying, "That's one for the Funnybook".
Risks and challenges
The Funnybook is a relatively simple app to develop, the larger challenge with an app of this type will be the costly server infrastructure that will need to be built and maintained.
I've narrowed my developer search to two companies in Minneapolis close to my hometown. One conversation I had was with the CEO of a development company in Minneapolis he founded in 2001 which currently has 250 employees and a 520% growth rate over the past 3 years. His assessment was that it would cost around $20,000 to create a MVP (minimally viable product). This would be a functioning app with all of the core features. If we raise this bare minimum amount of money, this is what we can create. The backers will have a working app, but this will not be a very polished product, and there will be no funds left over for promotional activities or additional features and development. Additional revenue will have to be generated for improvements, maintenance, and promotion, it will just be a bit of a longer road than if we could raise much more money initially. The other company I have been in talks with is also in Minneapolis, and was founded in 2002 with now more than 440 employees and a 350% growth over the past 3 years. Either of these developers would be excellent choices for The Funnybook development.
If we could raise $100,000 to $500,000 or more, we could really give "The Funnybook" the proper development it deserves. With these resources we could create a an extremely polished product and associated website with high quality, large servers professionally maintained. Dedicated staff could push out updates and improvements often, manage the community pages and answer customer questions promptly. A professional, multi-faceted promotional campaign could be implemented on a large scale. The Funnybook would be ready to take the world by storm.
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