Opinionaided Show Any Q&A Site Can Raise Money

opinionaided Opinionaided Show Any Q&A Site Can Raise MoneyQuestion: How can I get someone to give me a million dollars? 

Answer: Start a question and answer service. 

NY and NJ based Q&A app Opinionaided has just raised $1 million from General Catalyst, SoftBank Capital and Draper Fisher Jurvetson along with angel investors Mark Wachen of DreamIt Ventures and Jonah Goodhart of Point Ventures Group.

As the app’s title implies, its not looking for factual answers, just opinions. Users can give a thumbs up or thumbs down to questions in the style of Hot or Not.

As any TV film critic or Roman gladiator will tell you, thumbs up and thumbs down are really the only responses you need to answer life’s most important questions. For example, in response to the question “What’s the best way to cure pneumonia?” Opinionaided users have voted two thumbs up, one thumb down and zero helpful answers of any sort at all.

It’s possible that this app could be useful for getting the internet’s opinion of whether or not those new jeans make you look fat, but for anything beyond that, the wisdom of the crowd seems like it may end up squandered. 

bpopper [at] observer.com | @benpopper

Comments

  1. Hi Ben,

    Thank you for covering our service. The question that you claimed received 3 votes actually received 69 votes and 20 full length comments in just under 3 hours. Opinionaided allows users to ask questions that receive direct “opinions” that are viewable only by them.

    We encourage you to ask a question and make a determination of the quality and speed in first person. After all, it is the only way you can actually see the results and understand the power of the utility that we’ve built. We would be happy to give you a demo if you’d like.

    Thank you,

    Liz, Content Manager at Opinionaided

  2. Kalpal says:

    Surely the common citizen rooting about on the net will solve all problems affliciting humanity.

    How can you not see that for each and every problem there is a solution though 99.99999% of the solutions are unpalatable and impractical and will be judged unacceptable by humanity or it its political leadership since such a solution would obstruct any cash flow that feeds politicians.