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100-story elevator pitch (long version)
“That’s how you become great, man - hang your balls out there.”
Jerry Maguire, Kinko’s Hippy Copy Guy
Wikipedia is the world’s encyclopedia. Quora aims to be the easiest place to write new content and share content from the web (among other things). And yet, while these two sites are invaluable resources, something is still missing. A niche is being unexploited, untapped, neglected. And millions of people are poorer off as a result.
Pozium’s purpose is to fill that niche. To complete the trifecta of knowledge sites, Pozium aims to be the world’s tome of wisdom. It will begin as a website that collates and organizes all of life’s best stories, truths, maxims, and intellectual concepts.
The long-term vision for Pozium is to share our intellectual legacy with the world and with posterity on the timeline of centuries. Letters to our children, our grandchildren, "billions" of children. After all, why should our lessons and stories die with us, when we can pass on our hard-earned lessons?
All of the above are lofty, grandiose visions. But at the root of Pozium is a very simple concept and can be found by understanding the origins of how I decided on its name. “Pozium” comes from the Greek symposium, “a forum for men to debate, plot, boast, or simply to revel with others”, and where men, when they weren’t drinking, “discussed a multitude of topics—from philosophy to love and the differences between genders.”
There are, of course, some differences between the greek symposium and pozium, but the core similarities are there: intellectual discussion with entertainment and a lot of fun.
One “Core feature” will be our “Best Practices” content, based on proven principles of success, truth, effectiveness. The aim of ‘Best Practices’ is to be a guide anyone can use in order to self-educate and self-improve. Imagine how many people are mired in ineffective, inefficient practices or beliefs, and how much potential and productivity gains there are to be untapped. The possibilities are unimaginable and mind-boggling.
Now, “best practices” doesn’t mean that there is one best practice for everyone. Rather, we believe there are a few best ways that have been proven to work better than others. Pozium will not become a dogmatic religion; we take a pragmatic view to what works and will strive to recognize all people with value in their ideas.
Put succinctly, Pozium’s vision is to be the source of the best tips, habits, character-building values and disciplines.
Other features will include:
BROWSE lists of or search for any topic: non-violence, DNA structure, culture cycle, bayes theorem, umwelt, etc. and get relevant essays/write-ups as well as discussion.
“ESSAY” FEED: newly published insights from the community
--- tagging: once you write an essay, you can add it to any number of “groups” or tags, like #economics, #psychology, #sports, #business, etc.
Each author/intellectual/writer/joe has his own page, and this is their “intellectual network” homebase: their blog posts, their essays, their papers, their CV, academic and professional credentials, and the books they’ve written. Also, there are Authors, Students, and other Artists with their own pages where people can comment or ask questions.
- each person has academic credentials (if any?), books they’ve written or read, essays section, research papers, (karma - think of new name), and links to their comments contributions to subjects.
- differentiate between ‘essays’ and ‘posts’
- separate out comments from content to reduce comment clutter / noise
- each subject has a list of top-rated or top-recommended essays, for starting readers off
- list of newest essays
- list of discussions
OPEN QUESTION TOPICS
- ASK periodic (open) Question topics such as Edge’s 2011 Question: “WHAT SCIENTIFIC CONCEPT WOULD IMPROVE EVERYBODY'S COGNITIVE TOOLKIT?” . Ask tailored questions for both groups: common people and intellectuals.
Example questions: “Is America in decline?” (responses from educators, historians, politicians, scientists, and businessmen) “How to prevent the 2008 Financial crisis?” (responses from economists and finance professionals). “What are the implications of the Higgs-Boson experiment?” (Responses from physicists).
These topics can be featured on the front page, providing news that is relevant to current trends.
GOAL: - GENERATE INTERESTING DISCOURSE FROM INTERESTING MINDS
if there’s an intellectual discussion going around the web, it will be on pozium
eg. economics discussion, politics discussion, biology, engineering, society, etc.
What is the content on Pozium?
The content will be a mix of Q&A’s, essays, and debates. We hope also to have several unconventional content areas: experiences, stories, poems, even artwork.
How? and what Features?
First there was the “Hitcherhiker’s guide to the Galaxy”. Pozium will be our provincial version, “The Guide to Life on Earth”.
How is Pozium different from Wikipedia? Quora?
Pozium won’t compete with Wikipedia on breadth of content, nor with Quora on quality. Pozium will serve a different niche - those who can’t contribute to Wikipedia (stringest process to be a moderator; limitations on what content is ‘acceptable’) or can’t and won’t join Quora). Pozium is for both the expert and the layman. It’s for everyone to contribute to, for everyone has some valuable truth to add to Pozium. This is our core belief.
How is this different from Wikipedia?
-- AUTHOR ownership:
Wikipedia’s contributors labor anonymously, whereas Pozium bases its content on author ownership. Much of the character and humor is lost in Wikipedia’s editing process. It reads like an encyclopedia because, well, it is an encyclopedia. Pozium’s content will have a more human side to it, which can further cement the content or advice in a reader’s head. Stories, allegories, personal experiences, wit, humor : all are crucial devices in the art of knowledge transfer.
-- Every user will be able to ask questions or contribute insights. (Wikipedia has no Q&A)
How is this different from Quora?
- Pozium is a vision that spans centuries.
- Pozium will attempt to attract a different community
- No Log in - don’t have to log in to see content.
- a (better) place for college professors (and students) to learn.
To give an example of the kind of content I was hoping for, here’s my personal “to write/collate/gather” list:
The growth strategy:
The optimal way to grow would be to recruit famous people to join: Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, Paul Krugman, Neil De Grasse Tyson, and Peter Thiel - examples of excellent first users who have the star power to attract millions of users. They will be recruited based on the idea that their life lessons, if free for the world to benefit from and be inspired by, would be a tremendous philanthropic gesture.
More realistically, for the time being, we will recruit anyone who wishes to begin contributing. They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In Pozium’s case, I have started the journey, and am looking for intrepid travelers to join.
Who am I, and why should you join me on this quest?
I am just a man with a vision. Nothing more, but veritably not less. You should join me if you want to potentially be part of something bigger than ourselves, worthy of looking back upon with pride - a deep pride that comes from being part of something special.
TBD. I haven’t decided if pozium.com will be a business or non-profit yet. This will be a discussion topic at our first meeting. Investment seeking a return could help Pozium grow larger; it could also hamstring us and constrain our vision.
Currently, I am seeking members of the founding team. Developers, designers, content-writers, anyone who wishes to contribute.