Indexed: How the creative & skilled showcase their talents
Indexed: How the creative & skilled showcase their talents
A platform that allows creative & skilled individuals to showcase their talents, network, collaborate, and advertise their skillset.
A platform that allows creative & skilled individuals to showcase their talents, network, collaborate, and advertise their skillset. Read more
Indexed, which is available again in the app store soon, is a mobile directory with the purpose of connecting people professionally. We give creatives and skilled individuals a platform to showcase their skills, and a way to connect and collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of the traditional work force. With 15.5 million U.S citizens being self-employed, and a projected 60 million people becoming independent workers by 2020, Indexed is the app of the future.
After downloading the app you’ll have the option to either Sign In if you already have an account, or Sign Up as a new user. To sign up, you have to set up a password and provide basic information such as your email and name, profession/talent, and your location.
Once you’re registered, the app opens up and you can set up the rest of your profile. Your profile displays your profile image, a custom gallery that you can fill with images (videos coming soon), a bio, links to your social media accounts and/or website, your active & inactive bulletin posts, and the rest of the information that you’ve already provided. When you’re done setting up your profile, you’re added to the Index and will be ready to explore the rest of the features.
Every user is listed and made easily searchable by either their name, profession, and/or location on the Index tab. Lets say you're looking for a Model, like in our example. You would tap the middle tab to navigate over to the index. The index will give you a list of every user on the app and the profession/services that they have to offer. From there, you can either scroll until you come across what you're looking for or you filter your search by using the search bar.
We’re a platform for creatives and skilled individuals. Not just freelancers. This means that we serve anyone that knows how to do something. We’re the only platform that provides an opportunity for everyone, no matter what field they’re in. You can find almost anyone on Indexed.
A bulletin post is an effective way for our users to broadcast their needs and/or services. Let’s say you’re a traveling photographer and you’re in a new area looking for a model or two to work with, but don't feel like handpicking your options. Instead of searching for models on Google, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or the index, you can create a post and let the models come to you by directing the post towards them. See, when a user creates a bulletin post, they have the option to select specific targets. When a bulletin is posted with targets, the people in those categories receive notifications directly to their phone, letting them know that someone is in need of their service. This beats the traditional method of going online and searching for opportunities. We bring the opportunities to you.
To create a bulletin post, hover over to the bulletin section on the far left of the tab bar and hit the plus button on the top right hand side of the screen. Once you hit the button, a blank form will appear for you to fill out the details. You start off with setting the title. From there, you add the details and then you can select which group(s) to send the post to. Selecting a group is optional. If you don't want to send it to anyone specifically, don't select a group and it will still show up on the list. However, if you do select a group or groups, the users under that group will get a direct notification, as we mentioned above. Bulletin posts can either be public, like our example, allowing every user to see whats going on, even if its not directed towards them, or they can be made private, which will only show to those they're directed towards.
We also provide a way to communicate directly on the platform, making it easier to keep track of special projects/collaborations, or services being offered. With our system, you can send text messages, videos, pictures, and gifs.
￼ We’re currently a small team of just 4 members. To the left, you have the two founders of Indexed, Khalil Hutchinson (CEO, Lead iOS Engineer) and Brittani Ashley (CMO). Khalil and Brittani attended St. John’s University together. Brittani is a Model/Creative Director that was always looking for new Photographers and Make Up Artists to work with. Khalil knew a lot of students at St. John’s, so Brittani would reach out to him asking for contact information for photographers that she could work with. Khalil’s other friends that were videographers, recording artists, and dancers would reach out to him as well to find new people to work with, and Khalil figured that there had to be a simpler way to go about searching for these people. Using his programming experience, he decided to build an app to service this idea. As the project began to grow, another Developer was needed. Thats when Cortez Black (Lead Web Developer) came in. Since then Cortez has developed the main website for Indexed (whatisindexed.com) and is working on the actual web platform. At first, Indexed was just one of the many projects that Khalil was working on, but as it grew bigger, the team recognized its potential and decided to turn it into a Startup. Needing assistance, Khalil and Brittani brought on a close friend of theirs, Amilya Jeanty (Management Consultant) for her experience to help out with the business side of things.
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With Kickstarter, we’re able to communicate directly to part of our target audience: creatives. Kickstarter has always been about new ideas and innovation, so this is the perfect place for us. It also benefits our current and future users. More users on the app, leads to more business and collaborations.
￼ We need the money to help build a web platform, a version for android devices, and to market Indexed. One of our plans is to tour different cities and make appearances at major colleges/universities during the day, and host events that cater towards users, at night. For instance, an art gallery/showcase where artists that are Indexed can come and show off their art work and Indexed poets/rappers/singers/etc. can come and perform to an audience.
Risks and challenges
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