It's no secret that college students are broke and are always looking for a "side-hustle" to supplement their income. My startup is a solution to help college students (and eventually anyone part of a private community) earn extra money on their own time. As a college student, you have antiquated but guaranteed ways to generate consistent income: Get a low-skill job working hours that are boring, underpaid, and interfere with social & academic priorities.
Hustle is pioneering a mobile application that serves as a student-only (@edu-verified), "on-demand" marketplace for any easy one-off task. It's going to turn every college student in the world into an on-campus entrepreneur, and provide them with twice the income they would make while working those low-skill jobs. At the same time, it's going to benefit the entire student-body through time-saving, and instant gratification.
How does it work? Students can post "needs" that are easily categorized in the app to sync with other student "hustlers" that have identified services they are willing to perform. The requestor of the service sets a fee, and interested students can hustle that on-demand. After joining, you can hustle or request whenever you want!
There are 4 types of "needs": Meet & Sell, Meet & Service, Shop & Deliver, and Pickup & Deliver. Services like laundry, on-campus food delivery, any item sale, house-keeping, and any other need you could dream up (it's user defined) can be posted. Overtime, each user develops a community rating.
The app connects 2 students together instantly. How? Each new "Need-Post" not only goes to a campus feed, but notifies students who've said they'd hustle that kind of "need" in their user profile. Each post stays available "first-come-first serve" for only 5 minutes before it expires! Trending "Needs" that are dynamic to each campus are encouraged to users.
This is not another Craigslist or Facebook Page (traditional marketplaces) where you upload a post, wait hours to days if you find someone interested, then go through the exhaustive process of figuring out where to go, to meet, and how to pay. On Hustle, after being connected with a hustler in seconds, just press a couple buttons, and that's it; it's as streamlined as using Uber with dead-simple UI, location-tracking, and a secure payment gateway. Like Venmo, all users have an earnings balance so students can transfer funds.
This site provides links to random videos hosted at YouTube, with the emphasis on random.
The original idea for this site actually stemmed from another idea to provide a way of benchmarking the popularity of a video against the general population of YouTube videos. There are probably sites that do this by now, but there wasn’t when we started out. Anyway, in order to figure out how popular any one video is, you need a pretty large sample of videos to rank it against. The challenge is that the sample needs to be very random in order to properly rank a video and YouTube doesn’t appear to provide a way to obtain large numbers of random video IDs.
Even if you search on YouTube for a random string, the set of results that will be returned will still be based on popularity, so if you’re using this approach to build up your sample, you’re already in trouble. It turns out there is a multitude of ways in which the YouTube search function makes it very difficult to retrieve truly random results.
So how can we provide truly random links to YouTube videos? It turns out that the YouTube programming interface (API) provides additional functions that allow the discovery of videos which, with the right approach, are much more random. Using a number of tricks, combined some subtle manipulation of the space-time fabric, we have managed to create a process that yields something very close to 100% random links to YouTube videos.
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to playlists, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos. Most content on YouTube is uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, and Hulu offer some of their material via YouTube as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can only watch videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos and add comments to videos. Videos deemed potentially inappropriate are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.
YouTube and selected creators earn advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience. The vast majority of its videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, subscription services respectively offering premium and ad-free music streaming, and ad-free access to all content, including exclusive content commissioned from notable personalities. As of February 2017, there were more than 400 hours of content uploaded to YouTube each minute, and one billion hours of content being watched on YouTube every day. As of August 2018, the website is ranked as the second-most popular site in the world, according to Alexa Internet, just behind Google. As of May 2019, more than 500 hours of video content are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
YouTube has faced criticism over aspects of its operations, including its handling of copyrighted content contained within uploaded videos, its recommendation algorithms perpetuating videos that promote conspiracy theories and falsehoods, hosting videos ostensibly targeting children but containing violent and/or sexually suggestive content involving popular characters, videos of minors attracting pedophilic activities in their comment sections, and fluctuating policies on the types of content that is eligible to be monetized with advertising.