Time to let the cat out the bag already; we are now actively working on Gistcaster*. It is not a big deal in itself, except that Gistcaster* has a past.
In fact, Gistcaster* has lived twice. An initial run from September 2009 – April 2011 and a second stint from May 2011 – September 2012. In total, we had about 3,000 users who shared about 25,000 gist during that period. And because the Gistcaster* in the minds of these 3,000 people is quite different from the Gistcaster* we are set to launch, we started looking at ways of fusing both.
Gistcaster* started its life as a Twitter-clone (plus some cool upgrades) and slowly morphed from there into quite a robust platform before operational challenges, funding and other startup heat forced us to close shop. And now, since we are looking at bringing the service back, most people expect us to simply continue from where we stopped, but that is not the case. It is no longer 2009, a lot has changed and so we went back to the drawing board.
If we were starting Gistcaster* today, what would it look like? The more we thought about it, the less the image forming in our minds looked like the old service we shut down. So, while our former users will want us to launch a lounge where they can hang out and post their gist, and we would love to build a kick ass service that reads your mind, your tweets, your blog posts and printed them on a cool 3D map, we had to settle for a middle ground: building a service our users would really need, everyday.
I would love to share some of the logic behind what we are building.
A useful utility or just another website seeking monetization via high traffic?
The ultimate aim and goal of the new Gistcaster* is to become an utility, not a web destination that ‘colonizes’ a browser tab. It just wants to disappear. We are not looking at interfering with your current work-flow or demanding more of your time, rather the new Gistcaster* designed to save you time by bringing you timely, useful information as needed.
The emphasis is on the gist you need and not on the fact that Gistcaster* brought it to you.
Trusted info source or just another free-for-all hangout?
Hangouts are nice, and everybody having an opinion is never a bad thing. Indeed, technology has empowered everybody with smart tools to say whatever they need to say as opposed to the dark ages when only a few had access to publishing tools.
A cheated customer can now smear your company’s name publicly on social media platforms and your brand may have a hard time recovering from it.
Yet, people have always pointed out that more access to such tools do not necessarily mean better content just as more political parties doesn’t automatically translate to better governance. This is why we have decided that with the new Gistcaster*, we are more interested in creating a platform you can trust for Spam-free gist every time. Creation tools on Gistcaster* then will be restricted to people who really have something to say and have an audience for it and Gistcaster* will help them broadcast such gist to their audience. We feel this is the core spirit behind the name Gistcaster* which literally means “GIST-broadCASTER”
So, voila! We are no longer trying to build a better Twitter or Facebook or a Nigerian version of them either. We are simply inventing something to fill a gap we can see in our society.
The new logo
The first time we publicly shared this logo, we met with criticism over the logo with up to 75% of the cool kids preferring the old 2009 logo to the new one.
We decided once again to go with the new logo as it represents for us a fresh start and a clean severance from the past. We think their decision was colored by what they think Gistcaster* is about.
You remember how most successful companies (including Facebook) say they became big by NOT listening to their users? It would seem we are now toeing that line also.
I have some more gist to share but much typing wont lead us closer to launching, except I am typing codes and not a blog post. So, thanks for reading through and say a prayer for us as we return.
In 2008, I was a in a fix. I foresaw that I had to shutdown RiRanWo! But what else could I build?
Nothing came up.
For weeks, I had NO idea. till 2009 when I finally put together a “concoction” I duly named Gistcaster.
Fast forward to 2014. I have 240 ideas, 240 new, unique and completely usuable ideas. Ideas with feasibility, ideas so tempting that I am beginning to document for implementation on this dedicated website.
So… How did I move from Idea drought to Idea abundance?
Simple Answer: I fell in love.
Not with a person, I fell in love with the community.
From the bible, we can correctly deduce that God is not life, neither is God light. God is love and in Him (that is love) dwellth life and the life was the light of men.
When I began to genuinely care for people not because of what I stood to gain (Money, fame) but because of “Love”, I began to receive the light (ideas) that will improve their live.
In 2010, I asked myself: “how can this Gistcaster thing actually help my community?” g160 came up.
Over the years now, my products have been in response to a specific problem I can see in the society, afterall people and problems are like Siamese twins. Anywhere you find people, you are bound to find problems. This is what led to projects like LearnThem (online learning), OneCrier Events alerts, GSquare (Conference app) and the others.
Indeed, these are the thoughts that culminated into the launching of Morebise ventures to convert ideas into products, startups — taking our own ideas to market and helping others do so also.
A recent burden for me had been how (Non-Tech savvy) Nigerian Entrepreneurs fail to fully utilise social media and technology. CloudPitcher is the latest one and its for them, CloudPitcher will help brick and mortar businesses adopt Data Analytics and other Digital tools to drive business growth.
So you see, the more I love people, the more practical ideas I have for them. And that is the heart of all great companies. Inventing automatic gear box is out of love! the old gear system was just too hard! Larry Page felt finding info on the internet was too diffcult, nearly impossible. So he created Google. Steve jobs felt computers were damn too technical and complex. He simplified it and became a billionaire in the process and I could go on and on.
But the point is: If you need ideas… you now know what to do!