A lot of the best tech startups are ideas that have been around for years but the time is finally right. *
Some people get jaded. “We tried X years ago” and summarily dismiss. But then eventually the time is right and it works. *
Examples include touch computing, virtual reality, and many areas of artificial intelligence. *
Or as pmarca says:
In tech, “I tried that 20 years ago and it didn’t work” is a positive predictor, not a negative predictor
Great idea from Brian Armstrong of Coinbase:
1/ Seems like there should be a standard protocol for machines to negotiate bitcoin payments for resources.
2/ Examples could be getting access to wifi hot spots, your car finding charging stations, mesh networks (net taker/giver).
3/ Devices could be like vending machines, you drop them out somewhere, and they generate rent for providing resources to passing machines.
4/ Sample protocol (a) i need X, anyone have it? (b) I have X for sale at Y (c) I accept, payment embedded (d) I reject, stop pinging me
We are dying to fund people working on ideas like this, or like these or these.