I'm very excited to announce that just a few days ago I launched a landing page for my service. I am looking to create a peer-to-peer bike sharing network where locals can rent out their bicycles and make supplemental income. On the other side of the spectrum, travellers and infrequent commuters will have access to a quick method of accessing a bike, rather than having to register for a membership and pay a fixed price for the current bike sharing systems all around the world.
I've also met two people interested in working with me on this venture thus far and have begun validating the idea by visiting local bike shops to see what they think.
Just yesterday I pitched the idea to a small group of tech and entrepreneurship enthusiasts (at Boltmade HQ) and got some great feedback. Their thoughts allowed me to refine the business model and brought up some critical points for the sustainability of the business.
Today is the start of Startup Weekend as well - a 54 hour event in which I'm sure I'll learn even more about myself and the viability of BykMe. I hope to meet even more awesome people as well as another potential cofounder (fingers crossed).
Today also marked the start of UC Berkeley's Artificial Intelligence course. If you have been reading my posts for a while now, you'll know that I put a stop to trying to go at it alone on MIT's AI course because of the lack of resources as well as community. Thanks to edX's online platform, I am provided with more resources as well as a community in which I can discuss problems and learn at a faster rate. This rids me of the unnecessary headaches of trying to learn a subject completely alone.
I am well on my way to achieving the three goals I set out to accomplish by the end of the Winter. Those goals (mentioned here) are:
- Become a proficient programmer
- Begin understanding Artificial Intelligence methodologies
- Learn how to create a product