My name is Boris Sirota. I had always plenty of ideas for internet platforms. A lot of my ideas didn't survive through the night - I just didn't like them in the morning, other died during discussions with my friends and with my wife. I learned gradually filtering my ideas without to bother all people around me by answering just three very simple questions:
- Would you join your own future portal?
- Do you have capabilities (financial, technical) to implement your idea?
- Do you have enough arguments to convince other people?
Obviously I was looking for three YES.
At the beginning of 2011 I've got finally the idea for this portal. At this time I was dealing with the fact, that after marriage in 2001 I have gained 12 kg. So I was just looking for the possibility to lose weight.
My initial idea was to build a portal for people, having different goals and watching progress of each other. The only missing idea was how to motivate them and prevent from giving up before achieving their goals. It took me a long time to realise, that the strongest motivator is the strive to get something valuable back, that you owned before. Just think for a moment about mothers, taking away the most favourite toy of her kids with the words "You will get it back, but only if ...". I thought, this trick would work as well if people would put money as deposit, which they will get back only if they achieve the goal. Finally the idea for 10001 Winners was born.
This idea excited me totally - I liked it even after one week, which was a quite good sign. I knew that I would be the first one, joining the new portal since my creative phase and concentrated researches resulted in additional 4kg body weight of myself! And finally my wife and friends liked my idea as well.
With enthusiasm I started writing down requirements in May 2011. At the end of July 2011 the first prototype has been implemented. Unfortunately I had to stop working on the platform, at the beginning of August 2011, when I started a new job with an eCommerce company. This didn't leave much time for my hobby, so I could get back working on the portal not before the end of 2012.
Meanwhile my overweight unfortunatelly has exceeded to 27kg! Finishing the portal and then joining it immediately became my highest priority.
And I DID IT!
If you read these lines, means basically two things: 10001 Winers is live and it has at least one user, having the goal to lose 27 kg overweight, collected the last 11 years. You are welcome to watch me fighting and you are even more welcome to achieve your own goals. My biggest hope is to see here in the nearest future 10001 Winners. And yes, I will be definitely one of them.
Good luck for everyone joining this portal!