Da Vinci Project Q&A

The Da Vinci Project is the working title for an ideas development platform that will launch in 2015. For the first time, anyone with an idea, no matter how early-stage, will be able to find out instantly if people like their idea, find potential collaborators, build an early fan base, and develop their idea to the next stage – easily and completely free!

Simply write a few words to describe your idea, and within moments you will receive 100 votes on your idea… do people like it? What percentage? What demographics?

You can refine your idea, send it to more people for voting, and view all the incoming statistics on the people who like your idea. Your ideas are protected under our collective non-disclosure agreement. See… ‘How are my ideas protected?‘ for more details.

If you simply have an idea you’d like to share with the world to benefit humanity, you can do that too. These are called ‘free’ ideas.

We believe that by creating a smart and intelligent platform, that empowers the sharing and development of ideas, and making it fun in the process, we can empower anyone who has an idea, to see their idea through to fruition.

Whether it is the next must-have gadget, or a solution to a humanitarian crisis, we believe everyone has at least one truly mind-boggling amazing or life changing idea in their lifetime.

Please read on for more on the Da Vinci Project and our plans…

Posting an idea to the Da Vinci Project is simple, and much quicker and easier than launching a crowdfunding campaign, which typically takes months to prepare, and can cost 10% of the money you hope to raise.

With the Da Vinci Project, simply think of a name for your idea, and write a brief description – that’s it! No need for fancy videos, artist concepts, on-screen demos, or working prototypes.

Your idea is sent securely to 100 people, who have expressed an interest in evaluating ideas. These people can be filtered by geography, gender, age & occupation. They vote and comment on your idea, allowing you to get immediate and honest feedback – “Is it a good idea, or not”?

You can see the demographic that likes your idea the most. You can refine your idea, incorporating the comments people have sent you. You can send it to another group of people, perhaps a more targeted group, and see the new results and comments.

All the while you are building fans for your idea, which you can subsequently take on to a crowdfunding campaign, or to demonstrate to potential investors your idea has merit.

The Da Vinci Project is currently in active development and testing held up while we work on something else very exciting. Sign up to be notified when DVP launches.

The Da Vinci Project has been created by a group of passionate ideas people – who believe fundamentally that good ideas stand at the foundation of everything (good) we do. We believe that ideas can lower barriers to independence, and democratize entrepreneurship for all.

As ideas people ourselves… we are embarking on a project that is the ‘project we’ve always wanted to do’. It’s the culmination of 22 years of thinking – and if we implement just a fraction of what we’ve thought of along the way, it will be utterly game changing.

Years ago an entrepreneur had a seemingly impossible idea… What if ideas could be evaluated the second you think of them, and depending on how good an idea it is, rewards are automatically deposited into your bank account.

The thinking was, and remains… that ideas themselves have real value, and a good idea should be readily implementable by any competent organization. The problem was… and remains… there’s a ton of really bad ideas getting made.

Some companies get it, but generally speaking really great ideas come from a single visionary or ideas person. This is broadly incompatible with the committee-run culture of most corporations. Where there are talented visionaries within companies, their work often gets compromised. Companies are brilliant at operations, so why don’t they outsource ideas to ideas people?

Through countless rewrites, and a hundred brainstorming sessions, the Da Vinci Project was thus born. We may not be able to offer the fantastic dream envisaged above at top right away… but we hope to, eventually!

You can share almost any idea on the Da Vinci Project that makes sense for members of the public to vote on. This could be business ideas, product ideas, social ideas, political ideas, or even ideas you want a specific company or organization to do. Generally if it makes sense to get the public’s feedback on an idea, for whatever reason, you can share your idea via the Da Vinci Project.

After you post an idea, it is queued for immediate sending to people, who vote and comment via our ‘Ideas’ mobile app and website.

Within seconds, votes start appearing on your ideas dashboard in real time. You can track statistics, see the comments people are leaving (private and public), and view your list of growing fans. Fans are the people who’ve said they ‘love’ your idea. This means they are willing to share their email address with you, to receive updates on the idea in future.

If at any time you want to send the idea to more people, to build more fans, you can do so. You can also refine the idea at any time, try different demographic groups for voting on your idea, and much more.

We are ideas people ourselves, and know precisely what it means to have a great idea, and the dilemma that comes about sharing it. You’re keen to take an idea forward, but are afraid someone might plagiarize your idea, or cut you out of the loop.

We understand this, and have spent two decades thinking about this problem. After all these years we believe we’ve found the solution. The Da Vinci Project is the culmination of that work.

There are two types of ideas that can be shared on DVP – ‘free’ ideas and ‘protected’ ideas. Free Ideas are ‘free to humanity’ and are not protected. These are for the benefit of everyone –  and the only thing we provide is public attribution and recognition for you as the author of the idea, assuming you want this… (anonymous is also an option).

We aim to secure your ‘protected’ ideas in multiple ways, while at the same time enabling you to get valuable feedback on your idea. This is something we’ve spent a really long time thinking about it. The basic idea is to offer a smart way that you can build momentum in the safest possible way, in the early stages, until you are ready to ‘blow up on Kickstarter’, or in the hearts and minds of potential investors.

We also provide verifiable proof of when you first had the idea, as a lifetime free service. This may have benefits for prior patent filing dates, legal reasons or other reasons, depending on where you live.

We protect your ideas in the early stages as follows:-

  • ‘Security through obscurity’ – ideas are shared with only 100 private people, out of many thousands on the platform, and billions worldwide
  • Voters are members of the public who have agreed not to disclose any of the (many) ideas they see and read on the platform
  • Voters sign a binding Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), and must agree to our community guidelines and principles
  • We will enforce a zero tolerance policy against members of our community who violate our community guidelines and principles
  • You can specify geographies to include or exclude where your idea is voted upon. This means you can test your idea in a non-local market if you prefer. You can create similar filters for occupation, industry, age, and so on
  • Ideas are sent via enterprise grade, end-to-end encryption, to & from our application and servers, to the people voting on your idea
  • You will get some rights to your idea simply by recording your idea in our system. Our system will offer verifiable, 3rd party proof of the ‘time of invention’, which may be helpful in resolving legal disputes
  • In the US, you can share your idea publicly via our platform, without giving away rights, under our ‘protected – disclosure OK’ category, and establish as of the sharing date an invention date with the US patent office, which we will provide free 3rd party verifiable proof for. In this case you must file a patent application within 1 year, and you cannot subsequently file patent applications in other countries. If you think other people might be having the same idea as you, this could be a good option.
  • Ideas shared via the Da Vinci Project under our ‘protected – NO disclosure’ category will be deemed shared under a legally binding confidentiality agreement (NDA) with each voter. This will therefore not class as ‘public disclosure’ in legal terms, which can be important for protecting your intellectual property rights in many countries besides the US
  • We plan to foster a community and ideology of respecting ideas in general, and will be encouraging the community to self-police, and report possible instances of plagiarism

In general, with the Da Vinci Project you have complete control over exposure of your idea, how many people vote on it, and who and where those voters are, is it public or not? At some point you will need to go public with your idea of course, but if you start on the Da Vinci Project, you will have the ideal launchpad to take it further.

In general we feel that plagiarism is arguably less of a problem than it was in the past… There is a greater variety of opportunities now for people and entrepreneurship, than there has ever been. Most people have their own ideas they are working on and don’t need other ideas. The aspect of momentum is a factor too…  With faster time to market than ever before, if you have thousands of people backing you on Da Vinci or Kickstarter, then you typically will have enough goodwill from the community to protect your idea through sheer momentum.

We aim to shine a spotlight on people and their ideas, and promote the idea of ideas in general. We want to turn ideas into something of great value, and finally provide recognition to the people who come up with… the really great ideas.

It is free to post your very first idea, and its easy to earn credits to post additional ideas, simply by voting on other people’s ideas. Do this and you will never have to pay a thing.

It is also… and will always be… free to post artistic, social and ‘free’ ideas – ideas that you are donating to the world… for the benefit of humanity.

Additional paid options will allow you to send an idea to more people, and thus potentially build a larger fan base to take on to a crowdfunding stage, or investors. This is entirely optional, and you can use the free earned credits to do this too.

We have not yet announced pricing for purchasing credits, although it will be reasonable and fairly priced.

For the avoidance of doubt, you will be able to use all features of the platform simply by earning credits through voting. You will never have to pay a thing if you don’t want to, or don’t have the means to do so.

As a registered voter, you get the opportunity to see and vote on new ideas before anyone else. This is long before they appear on Kickstarter, Shark Tank, or the pages of your favourite tech news website. You get to influence whether these ideas ultimately become a success or not, and play a crucial role in their early development.

In practical terms we ask voters to fill out a brief profile and ID themselves. This is a one-time process to protect our inventors and ideas people, to ensure only relevant ideas are sent to you, and that all votes counted are valid. We ask that you agree not to share ideas publicly or with others that are marked as ‘protected – do not disclose’. This is to protect the people who are sharing their ideas with you.

Ideas are then sent to you via our mobile app, allowing you to check in at your convenience, and vote and comment on the ideas. A simple yes / no vote, and a comment box, which lets you provide feedback directly to the person behind an idea. If you really like an idea, you can love the idea, meaning you will receive updates on the idea’s future progress.

The entire process is designed to be easy, interesting… and fun!

Credits are a reward for people who vote on ideas. Each vote earns 1 credit, and commenting on ideas can earn additional credits. Credits earn you a ranking and status within the community, and can be used to post your own ideas on the platform for free. You can also purchase additional credits to use on the platform, but this is entirely optional.

Every first time user gets 150 credits for signing up. This is enough to send an idea to 100 people.