Site where users create profiles as either a protégé seeking a mentor or mentor seeking protégé. Users post relevant information about themselves and what type of general commitment and opportunity they would like. Users can then search the site and invite or ask questions of others and begin a mentor-protégé relationship. The target market is mainly professionals or people seeking a new career or connections in an area they would like more experience or advice.
**Plategro** (dot) com Mentoring Site Outline
**Basic Idea:** Site where users create profiles as either a protégé seeking a mentor or mentor seeking protégé. Users post relevant information about themselves and what type of general commitment and opportunity they would like. Users can then search the site and invite or ask questions of others and begin a mentor-protégé relationship. The target market is mainly professionals or people seeking a new career or connections in an area they would like more experience or advice. But it could be use in many areas, such as students, youth, artists, recruiters, community service organizations etc. There are dating sites, friends sites, now there will be a mentors site where people can grow in any professional, personal or other area they want and I think could have immense real-world value. As an example, I’ve always wanted to shadow a surgeon and investment banker, but it’s pretty awkward and difficult to arrange.
**Revenue Model:** $3.95 one-time fee to create account via PayPal (as site grows new users will pay an annual fee)
**Basic Functionality:** Users create accounts with basic info and answers to a number of dropdown questions, upload CV or sample work and picture. Search, categorical filter and browse features of these accounts. Homepage with a few static page links. PayPal to collect one-time joining fee.
**Project Completion Timeframe Expectation:** 4-6 Weeks
**Basic Developer Requirements:** An experienced PHP/SQL or Ruby on Rails developer could hammer this out pretty quick. Fairly straightforward dynamic site with webforms and account creation features. Users should be able to search site by keywords or filter by a number of standard parameters in each account, like location, industry, experience or weekly time commitment of mentoring relationship. Need a sharp logo and simple look with clear branding and standard feel (bold buttons and light blue page wrap, simple Web 2.0 design, think [url removed, login to view] or [url removed, login to view]) so design ability is also a requirement. I’ve tried to outline things generally, but developer should be open to some evolving feedback.
**Max Bid:** $1,200 (+$350 for completed and LinkedIn accepted LinkedIn application ??" more below)
**Development Environment:** I’m open to what the developer prefers. I have the domain in GoDaddy and have used MediaTemple as my ISP before. I could provide the ISP and Plesk, or developers could use their own environment to build and then post when complete.
**Home Page:** Standard blue page wrap all around. Logo in left corner. ‘How it Works’ and ‘Why Mentoring?’ info links (I will supply text but will need someone with an eye to make it look good and take a few screenshots) in right corner beside Log/Pass and search box with advanced search link (where users can search profiles by dropdown criteria that users answer in profile creation, see below). Two buttons in center of page (look like [url removed, login to view] with a nice istock pick under each button) ‘Aspiring Protégé’ and ‘Aspiring Mentor’.
**Account Creation Page:** Users click either Protégé or Mentor link and are taken to an account creation feature. The account creation page will have an intro page outlining some of the perks of being a mentor or protégé (I’ll supply) and then a ‘Create Profile’ link that will take users to a 3 step profile creation process- two pages where users fill out answers (see below, basic ones are required) and then 3rd page where they have to pay one time activation fee on PayPal to submit profile. Users are then taken to advanced search page.
**Components of Protégé Profile:** Name, 100 Character Tagline, Picture, BDay, Current Gig (drop down), Area Seeking Mentor (Dropdown ??" can select multiple), State (Dropdown), City (Dropdown), Education (Dropdown), Weekly Time Commitment Seeking (Dropdown- can select multiple), Preferred Meeting Format (Dropdown ??" can select multiple), Email, Phone, Experience, Goal for mentorship, Field to Pitch to Potential Mentor, What are you seeking in mentor?, Summarize your General Values and Beliefs, Want to Create Individual Development Plan?, Want Job Shadowing?, , URLs you'd like to share, organizations or affiliations involved with, Field to Articulate General Goals, Field to Articulate Specific Things You want you want to Learn, Biggest Strength, Biggest Weakness, Personal Interests, Perks for Mentor, ? Story Showing Character, Expand on Type of Relationship Seeking, Are you 100% OK with ending relationship at mentor’s request?, Would you be willing to write a? genuine letter of recommendation? for your mentor? if? he/she did an outstanding job?, Would you be willing to provide a percentage of any new income? generated by the mentorship (new job, promotion etc.)? to your mentor? If so, please specify duration and percentage:? (Note, this is not a formal agreement and is at your discretion), Upload of Resume/CV and Sample Work (one document limit on each)
**Components of Mentor Profile:** Name, 100 Character Tagline, Picture, BDay, Current Gig (drop down), Area Seeking Mentor (Dropdown ??" can select multiple), State (Dropdown), City (Dropdown), Education (Dropdown), Weekly Time Commitment Seeking (Dropdown- can select multiple), Meeting Form (Dropdown ??" can select multiple), Email, Phone, Experience, What are you seeking in protégé?, Goal for mentorship, Top Thing you Can Offer Protégé, Typical Day Description, Core Abilities, Personal Interests, Story Showing Character, Perks for Protégé, Summarize your General Values and Beliefs, Want to Nurture Individual Development Plan?, Want to have Job Shadowing?, URLs you'd like to share, organizations or affiliations involved with ,Are you 100% OK with ending relationship at protégé’s request?, Expand on Type of Relationship Seeking, Would you like your protégé to write a letter of recommendation? after? a successful mentorship? (You can supply contact info at your discretion), Would you? accept compensation in the form of a predefined share of new protégé? earnings potentially generated by any mentorship? (Note, this is always entirely at the protégé’s discretion), Upload of Resume/CV and Sample Work (one document limit on each)
After Users Complete Filling Out forms (maybe 3 Pages in creating account: General Info, Dropdowns, and fill-in answers and upload) in order to submit and create account, they have to pay $3.95 via PayPal to post profile.
Also, account creators select in the basic info page whether they want a public (shows up in search and browse) or private (only direct link to page) account.
**Search Page:** Allows to Search by Keywords and all Dropdown Field (two types of search, either of mentor or protégé depending on tab selected). This feature is always open to anyone who visits site, so they can browse. Results will show as compact profile summaries (Pic, Name, Tagline, Time Commitment, Area Seeking Mentorship) where users can click to see full profile. Both full profile and compact summary has a Send Message button where they can send 1200 character limit message to user, and an Invite button where they can invite them to be Protégé or Mentor and include a first meeting suggestion or general message as well as give Cell Number.
**LinkedIn Application:** LinkedIn application accepted by LinkedIn (at [url removed, login to view]) and completed where LinkedIn users can select Protegro application in directory and opt-in to Plategro and import LinkedIn profile Info to Plategro to automatically create an account. These auto created accounts would have whatever info was in user’s LinkedIn account and maybe be marked LinkedIn generated. When LinkedIn users opt into Plategro application it would show their account info filled out with the option (but not requirement) to fill out rest of Plategro’s questions. When users submit profile they still need to pay PayPal to post account. (+$350)
**My Contact Info:** Please contact me with any questions or clarifications. If you become the developer I will provide more content details, for example on the look and feel, dropdown content and general site content. Thanks.