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Unvalidated Ideas #040

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Here's a fresh idea you can take out there and validate.

Hosted Syncthing discovery, relay and backups (๐Ÿ—’Raw Notes)

For technical users, Syncthing is the next coming of Dropbox. Syncthing has a booming community, active user base, runs on a bunch of devices, and people trust it with their data.

There used to be one big problem with Syncthing -- transfering files from one device to another, you needed both devices to be online. That changed, when the untrusted (encrypted) devices feature was merged.

💼 🧠 Build a service for untrusted (encrypted) syncthing devices, enabling users to copy files asynchronously.

Users create their Syncthing setups as normal, then add an untrusted device (a URL you give them), and they can start to treat their Syncthing instances as cloud drives.

It's a hard sell -- many people use Syncthing precisely so they can get away from hosted services, but here's the thing -- they don't have to trust you (and you don't have to convince them to). Thanks to the encryption Syncthing uses, users can treat you as just a dumb redundant temporary host for their data.

Think the userbase for this kind of service is impossibly small? Syncthing has close to 50,000 stars on Github. Ansible, the industry standard automation toolkit, has ~56k stars.

More importantly than popularity, there's a r/Syncthing subreddit, which means you have distribution -- even if it doesn't work out, validating this idea should be fast.

What was in this week's uncut edition?

Like being teased? I hope so, because here's what was in the uncut edition this week:



Don't forget, there's always money in the banana stand 3x more in the uncut edition.

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