‘An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.’ – Edward de Bono
Your idea is brewing in your mind. You’re excited and motivated to get it out there, but you need to be careful not to give it away to other people. Our ideas are very much like babies. We need them to grow and flourish, but we need to protect them until they’re stronger. Having said this, you still need to get feedback from many people. Read about Three Ways of Getting Feedback here. https://blog.ideagist.com/3-ways-to-talk-about-your-big-idea-without-giving-it-away/.
This article provides information on How-to add an idea on IdeaGist, explaining all the options available to you on IdeaGist.
Before starting to add your idea on IdeaGist, please understand two basic points:
- When you add an idea, you can select between Quick and Detailed Data Entry screens. Quick Idea Add asks you the most essential information, while Detailed Idea tab will give you more choices about your idea.
- On IdeaGist.com, your idea can be stored as a Private idea that no one but you can see. You can store your idea as Limited Share, which means that you can invite your friends to become part of your team, see the details about your idea and collaborate with you. You can learn more about safety of your idea, when you share it with others, by clicking here. And finally, you can store your idea as Public Idea and everyone will be able to see it. Public ideas are normally ideas with a social benefit or a philosophy, instead of high-value commercial idea.
Adding an idea starts by clicking on Idea Menu form the left menu and click on Add Idea.
By default, you will go to the Quick Idea Add page. In this document we will show the Detailed Idea page and explain each field. Quick Idea Page is just a shorter version.
Once on the Idea Add page, you will need a minimum of Idea Title, Idea Description and a Short Blurb.
Let’s look at each field and understand it clearly:
- Idea Category and Idea Subcategory
These two dropdowns offers you choices to catalogue your ideas. It helps in search and presenting the ideas in an organized fashion. These are both mandatory fields but you can select Undefined, if you are not sure about it. Default value is Undefined for both on Quick Idea Add page.
- Idea Outcome
Idea Outcome is the ultimate end product of your idea that other will consume or use. Selecting the right choice will help us in providing you with a step-by-step process. For example, if your idea is about creating a website, we can offer you a set of templates and tools that are suitable for this kind of idea. You can leave it the default value of Undefined, if you are not sure about it.
- Idea Visibility
This is a very critical and mandatory field. On IdeaGist, your idea can be stored as a Private idea that no one but you can see.
You can store your idea as Limited Share, which means that you can invite your friends to become part of your team, see the details about your idea and collaborate with you. IdeaGist offers a simple way of sharing your idea with your trusted people by making sure that they sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), before seeing your idea.
You can also store your idea as Public Idea and everyone will be able to see it. Public ideas are normally ideas with a social benefit or a philosophy, instead of high-value commercial idea.
- Idea Title
Idea Title will be visible to everyone, except for Private Ideas. Keep it short and interesting. Something that does not give away your idea but only describes is subject matter.
- Idea Description
This is box where you describe your idea in detail. This box will not be visible to anyone unless you share with them or if your idea is a public idea.
- Problem Statement
Define what problem you are trying to solve. Try to define who faces this kind of problem regularly, in which environment and what the pain points are.” Write problem statement in such a way that you can share it with a large number of people.” Problem Statement, if available, will be visible on the idea public page.
- Idea Short Blurb
Idea Short Blurb is a short introduction of your idea that you are comfortable in saying to someone, before asking them to sign the Nondisclosure Agreement. It is like a short advertisement of your idea, piking interest, but not giving it away. Idea Short Blurb is a mandatory field. Private Ideas are not visible to anyone but Short Blurb for Limited Shared ideas will be visible to everyone.
- Youtube Link or Video URL
If you have a video about your idea, a demo of your invention, an inspirational video or video that describes the problem, you can give a link here. Idea Video for Public Ideas will be visible to everyone. Idea Videos for Limited Shared Ideas will be visible only to the team members.
- Encrypt Idea
Once encrypted, all text fields will get encrypted and you will only be able to see your idea if you typed the right password. Your password will not be stored anywhere in our database and if you lost your password, you will lose all your data. If you checked this box, window will pop-up, asking you to confirm your selection and prompt for a password lock. Once password is confirmed, Idea will be market as Private and all text fields will be encrypted using that password. In the future, whenever user will click on that idea tile, it will be prompted to type the password. Idea Short Blurb will changed to “Encrypted”.
This feature is under development and will be available soon.
- Attach Image
We offer many sample images to represent your idea or you add a custom image to describe subject matter of your idea. This picture will be visible to everyone. Please do not use someone else’s copyrighted material or any confidential information like a picture of your invention that is still patent-pending.
Once completed all the fields, check it one more time before clicking on the submit button.
Congratulations! You have taken the first step towards bringing your idea to reality!