Last week some people set themselves a challenge to create an online business in 24 hours.
A group of young designers had a brainstorming session, sifted through the ideas they came up with, picked a winner and at 1 minute past midnight started working on their project.
The concept they had decided on was an online shop where you could shop by colour. Runner up ideas included DeathVolt – a website that stored usernames and passwords to be passed onto next of kin in the event of death; and ‘Lists’ – a site where you could create and share your top 10 lists of anything.
Developers grabbed some open source software and modified it to recognise colours in pictures. Others organised a feed from Tradedoubler.com that would aggregate products from a list of clothing retailers.
And did they manage to finish the job? You bet: They tested it by carrying out a colour search at 1 minute before midnight. The website went live just after.
The icing on the cake? The resultant website – DRHue.com, was then sold on Ebay for £3,100. Not bad for a days work!
A spokesman for design agency ‘Nonsense’ – who had been involved in the project – said that the idea behind the ’24-hour start up’ was to demonstrate to entrepreneurs how quickly ideas can be turned into reality online.
In actual fact, the founders were disappointed with the final sale price – they had hoped they’d get as much as £20k.
It does show what can be achieved when you have a clear idea of direction. WebEden allows you to build a website in a matter of minutes if not hours, meaning that you too take turn your ideas into virtual reality.
Have you managed to make your web project in a short timescale? Or have you laboured for months before your idea went live? Let us know about your experiences below.