i-Launched is an easy-to-use global online platform that allows users to submit ideas and search for ideas for review, development, and funding. i-Launched strongly believes that every person who is inspired to create and has an idea to make the world a better place should have a platform and the opportunity to share it. Whether you are an Innovator who wants to submit an idea or a Company searching for your next innovation welcome to i-Launched. Rashanna Henderson, Founder of i-Launched, gives us a deeper insight into this innovative online platform.
- Hi Rashanna please introduce yourself. Where are you from and what do you do?
My name is Rashanna Henderson, I am from Statesboro Georgia, currently residing in South Florida. I am a former tech consultant having spent most of my career working at Fortune 500 financial services firms turned tech entrepreneur. I am launching a new web app called i-Launched.
- What exactly is i-Launched?
i-Launched is an online platform that allows you to sell ideas to companies.
- What inspired you to create this online platform?
Every entrepreneur starts out with a mission to solve a problem for him or herself. Very quickly you realize that you if you have this problem, then most likely many other people do too. This was the case for me. I wanted to get up every day and do something that served the world. I did not want to just solve a problem, for example, of adding a new convenience feature to a microwave, I wanted to awaken greatness at least in some small measure in people.
i-Launched is the experience of being the change we wish to see in the world. We all have ideas about how to solve world hunger, cures for infectious diseases, creating efficiencies in existing processes, improving household appliances or creating new ones; the list goes on.
- Have you ever invented anything or had an idea for an invention?
I have never invented anything but I do have an idea for an invention, a removable microwave shell. This would solve the (very minor) problem of having to walk back and forth from the sink to the microwave to clean the microwave. I would like to press a button and remove the inner shell of the microwave, take it over the sink, wash, rinse and dry and secure it back it its proper place.
- How does i-Launched work?
Visit i-Launched.com and create an account as an Innovator to submit idea(s) or a Company to review and potentially purchase and develop the innovator’s idea. i-Launched is the platform that connects Innovators directly to companies.
- So there are two users of this platform, Innovators and Companies and you serve as a kind of connector?
Yes, i-Launched is the connector between the idea submitter (Innovator) and idea reviewer, developer, and purchaser (Company).
- Who inspires you?
My mom. Without having to say it, she always communicated to me that anything is possible. She has always believed in me and encouraged me to dream big and live fully.
- What makes i-Launched different from some of those other companies that we often see on TV that promise to help people get their inventions to market?
i-Launched is a connection-only platform. You are selling your ideas only to companies and allowing companies to develop the ideas. i-Launched will not help an inventor patent an idea but will provide a platform for an innovator to sell his or her idea(s) to companies.
- What is the cost to access the platform?
The i-Launched platform is based on a monthly subscription model for both Innovator or Companies which are available on the registration screen.
- Who would you say is your target demographic?
I am often asked this question. It is for all of us, who are ready to turn our “wouldn’t it be cool if or what if there was a way to” ideas to “i-Launched with Company A, B, or C.” I believe tech-savvy millennials to our very wise baby boomers have great ideas. But we can’t miss our young children, they are beyond creative and they are turning some fascinating ideas into mini-enterprises.
- How has your past career experience prepared you for launching this business?
Working in corporate America has taught me so much about collaboration, goal setting, resource management, time management, etc. I think working at Fortune 500 companies that are best in class has inspired me to build i-Launched into a world class customer-focused organization.
- What are your thoughts about innovation?
I believe that innovation, the application of new ideas and solutions to improve products and services or the creation of new products or services is the foundation of human progression. We are constantly evolving and thus our wants and needs must and do constantly evolve. At i-Launched, we believe that our innovators are problem-solvers and have amazing ideas that can solve global challenges. Innovators are consumers. Innovators know what products, services, and processes work to make their daily lives better and what products, services, and processes others may want to have also. Companies have a platform now where they harness this global ingenuity.
- What keeps you up at night?
Delivering an amazing new experience to countless numbers of people. I imagine a day when millions of ideas are circulating in an ideas repository and millions of companies are purchasing these ideas and bringing new products and services to the marketplace to make all of our lives better.
- What experience do you want the users to have on i-Launched?
I want users to be inspired and empowered. There is an honor pledge that users sign when they sign up that I hope will empower people globally to feel self-accountable. I want the users to feel like they belong to a community of like-minded people who are together elevating their lives.
- How can users learn more about i-Launched?
Users can like and follow us on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube and visit www.i-Launched.com.
- How can users sign up for i-Launched?
- What is your favorite quote?
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. – Maya Angelou
- Why is this your favorite quote?
As I embark on this entrepreneurial journey, like never before I am living out this virtue. This is a passion pursuit but incredibly educational from a personal and professional perspective.
- What do you enjoy doing when you are not building i-Launched?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling the world, reading, watching documentaries, engaging in adventurous activities that include fitness and food.
- What are you most grateful for?
My family. There is nothing more special and grounding than family.