Friday, April 27, 2007
No Idea's Original
A couple of months ago I was talking to my (PE/now VC) friend about where the next big plays in the technology/web 2.0 would be. Somewhere it came up that using high technology to do low-tech things. It also came up that both of us were trying to improve our vocabularies, and the way he had been going about it is keeping track of words he had not known or was interested in adding to his lexicon through an excel spreadsheet. I suggested that someone make online flash cards or a system similar to flash cards that could be used to study anything. Well, Quizlet did it.
This is a great idea; think of students in classes studying vocabulary or terms, think of actors remembering prompts, think of anything and everything that can be written on a card can now be saved and viewed by anyone.
Although this is the second(1st was the Sony Reader: basically an iPod for eBooks) time in the last year where a good idea of mine has been released by someone else, it makes me happy to see that is is successful (confirming the good idea) and making our experience on this rock a little more enjoyable. One thing it proves once again is that no idea is original.
As Nas would say:
"No ideas original, theres nothin new under the sun
Its never what you do, but how its done
What you base your happiness around material, women, and large paper
That means you inferior, not major"
Look to leverage long the eBook and Quizlet. Unfortunately Nas' hold ranking remains unchanged.