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146: Group Annotations for College Textbooks and Lecture Notes

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Problem1_Penguin_sadidea/Problem:

1. Check out Genius.com
2. Marc Andreessen – VC from Andreessen Horowitz
3. invested $15 million in this company.

4. Genius.com annotates Rap Songs
5. i.e Let us say college students are studying Shakespeare
6. And in one of the books, there is a sentence “hang him in a bottle like a cat and shoot at him.”

7. You wonder what the real meaning of this is.
8. Since the Lecture notes are shared and anyone can add annotations

9. Someone from your class , your college or from any other college can
10. decipher this sentence and add simple notes(annotations)
11. in plain language so any one can understand its true meaning.

12. When someone is reading this lesson and wants to know the real meaning of the sentence
13. “hang him in a bottle like a cat and shoot at him.”, He clicks on it and
14. It will show the annotations created by others.

Solution1_penguin_happySolution:

1. You build a website
2. but open it up only to college students
3. Just like Facebook did when it started.

4. Here is how it works
5. User login and search for a text book
6. In this text book, they can search for the sentences
7. they don’t understand

8. When they click the sentences, all the annotations appear
9. Since the Lecture notes are shared and anyone can add annotations
10. Other students from same class, same college or any other college
11. Can add annotations in plain simple language.
12. Because of you , students around the world can understand their subjects better.

Money1_Treasure_ChestHow to make money:

1. Show Sponsorships : On the website, show sponsorships
1.1 of products and services which students will be interested in.

2. Sell and also rent Textbooks : Become an amazon affiliate and
2.1 sell text books and other books which students would be interested in.