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bookcircles

  1. 1. Bookcircles.Org Local Social Networks based on Public Library Data Avi Kulkarni, Wicky Mendoza,
  2. 2. Two sides of the pain <ul><li>Side 1: Pain felt by the libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Libraries need to become relevant in the internet era or die. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Libraries can become community centers around books and ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Side 2: Need felt by the residents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There no easy automatic way of letting people find like minded individuals in their local community. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There needs to be a easy way to form “Meet Up”s on demand. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Market Size and Potential <ul><li>US has 16,500 public libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>Goodreads has over 4 Million users </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon has zillion users. </li></ul><ul><li>The libraries can become a Meet-UP centers. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Product Design for Permission Based Data Sharing <ul><li>Enable libraries to offer a service to their members to share their list of books borrowed, books owned, books read, books they like to read with other “open Minded” people in their community. </li></ul><ul><li>Create tools for arranging “meetings” with some revenue contribution to the libraries. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Use Cases <ul><li>“New Moms” want to talk to “Recent Moms”. </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployed want to talk to trainers, mentors. </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurs want to talk to prospective partners, industry veterans, service providers. </li></ul><ul><li>Make friends </li></ul>
  6. 6. Technology tools Integration <ul><li>1. Janrain for social login / registration using Facebook, Google, Twitter etc. </li></ul><ul><li>2. APIs to get data from Local Library Systems, Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble etc.. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Create “Proposed Circles”® technology. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Use “MeetUP” to help formation of a Meeting on Demand. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Use “Think Near” or “Ordr.in” to find vendors that can host such meeting. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Proposed Circles Technology ® <ul><li>Build an algorithm to find clusters around ideas, activities, needs etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Publish the list to users. </li></ul><ul><li>Let the users “Opt-In” to join a circle. </li></ul><ul><li>Announce to all the “Opted” people and help them to organize meets. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Revenue Model <ul><li>A local meet fee of $1 per person will be contributed to the library that registers the user. </li></ul><ul><li>A Vendor fee of $5 per meeting will be contributed to the library and the vendor will get a badge of “Library Patron”. </li></ul><ul><li>The organization (us) will get advertisement revenue. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Thanks <ul><li>Avi Kulkarni (973)568 0605 avi.kulkarni@gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>Wicky Mendoza (956) 346-5421 wickyamr@gmail.com </li></ul>

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