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From the Department of: Giving Away Good Ideas

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Help me help you.

Betabeat has already documented the phenomenon of VCs forgoing the usual pitch process and urging you to steal their ideas instead. Spark Capital’s Bijan Sabet didn’t go that far. But wantrepreneurs with innovator’s block might want to take note of a post on his Tumblr this morning where he suggested that the proliferation of consumer electronics devices, the “multiple floating iPads” around Mr. Sabet’s home, could really use a way to distinguish between multiple users.

Take our beloved Sonos for example.

I now have Twitter and Spotify connected to our Sonos system. It’s very cool.

But our entire family uses Sonos–not just me. So any songs that are starred in Spotify on Sonos will show up in my profile. And if someone wants to tweet a song, that will come from my @bijan account. So if you happen to see a “listening to Rihanna” tweet from my account, just know that it wasn’t me ! :)

As more and more of our devices are able to tweet and offer personalization, we need some sort of way to do multi-user profiles. Sounds straightforward enough but the challenge will be making it beautiful, fast and simple.

If you follow Mr. Sabet’s Tumblr, you’d know just how badly the indie rock fiend would hate for anyone to think he’s bopping along to Rihanna.

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