Requests for Startups: Clara Sieg (Revolution Ventures)

Clara began working with Revolution Ventures in 2010 and is a partner at the firm. She focuses on identifying, investing in, and helping to build innovative and impactful early-stage companies.

What startup verticals interest you most right now?

  • Marketplaces
  • Financial Tech
  • Lending Platforms
  • On Demand Economy
  • Software for IOT Hardware

Are there any specific company ideas that you really want someone to build and would potentially fund?
Personally, I would love it if somebody built a workflow and project management platform that truly integrated all of your data and email traffic seamlessly. I still hack together multiple tools / platforms and, at the end of the day, am usually left searching through old emails.

I’m also excited about application layers around the internet of things space. There are thousands of cool IOT hardware devices, but few encompassing, useful, integrated software platforms. Controlling all the different IOT devices in your life requires multiple apps, non-overlapping controls, and is generally a pain.

Already working on a company that matches Clara’s RFS? Want to pursue one of her requests? Feel free to email us directly and we will send her your note.

Other inspiring ideas

Mommy Concierge: a RunKeeper for Pregnant Moms
Pregnant women are stressed, tired, and in need of help. Husbands often don’t have paternity leave. Stuff still needs to get done. Enter the mommy concierge. A technology solution would be insanely successful — addressing a gigantic market and hard problem. Similar to Handy, RunKeeper, etc.
Joshua Berk, Associate at TechStars
Discuss the idea with Joshua

Create the “SNL” of the Internet
More content companies should produce/release new content on weekends. It would be cool to see the “SNL” of the internet emerge — a weekend only content site that captures a large audience with appointment content.
David Tisch, Investor at BoxGroup / Co-founder at Spring
Discuss the idea with David

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Requests for Startups: Richard Kerby (Venrock)

Richard Kerby joined Venrock in 2012. Prior to joining Venrock, Richard was an Associate at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). While at IVP, Richard worked with companies such as Dropbox, Klout, Twitter, Shazam, Sugar, and Yext.

What startup verticals interest you most right now?
I’m most excited about the on-demand economy, cybersecurity, ed tech, and data-driven applications.

Are there any specific company ideas that you really want someone to build and would potentially fund?
It would be great to see someone build out an interesting HR analytics product that could expand into a suite of products for the enterprise. An interesting initial product would be something that uses data to determine which employees at a company are in danger of leaving or being poached.

Already working on a company that matches Richard’s RFS? Want to pursue one of his requests? Feel free to email us directly and we will send him your note.

Other inspiring ideas:

Product Hunt for People: I honestly believe that done right, this would replace my Linkedin profile. Recently, I hired a resume writer to help me make it look better. I wanted an outside party to help me see what I couldn’t see in myself. It’s not updated yet, and much of it is just thrown in there, but its atrocious.
Micah Baldwin, advisor at CrunchFund

Smartwatch killer app idea: A standard for sending a message to someone with the reply baked into the message. Imagine I send the following text to my wife: “What would you like for dinner tonight: Sushi::Mexican::French”. The messaging App would know that the three cuisine choices are survey answers because of the :: and present them on her phone as “clickable replies.” So, my wife would get the text and be able to click “French” and it would send back to me “French.”
Jason Calacanis, angel investor

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