Springwise | This week's smartest new business ideas

Checking out the list from Springwise, I noticed they also found GlassDoor.com. It's a really interesting site for those of us that work in the corporate world. I suggest anyone that wants to do research [about their own company, a company they think they'd like to work for, or just curious about a company] the provide info in two primary areas - employee satisfaction and "real" salaries.

Two stylish tweensRetailer helps tweens make their own clothes
Retail / Fashion & beauty
Following in the footsteps of Build-A-Bear workshops, Fashionology LA is a brand-new Beverly Hills store that lets young fashionistas design and make their own clothes.

Hotel room at citizenMNew no-frills chic hotel chain opens in Amsterdam
Travel & tourism / Style & design
citizenM is targeting travellers who view design as a bare necessity, want rooms that are comfortable and efficient, but can't or don't want to spend hundreds of euros, dollars or pounds a night.

Pink M&M featuring image of woman wearing a tiaraM&M's Faces takes gravanity to another level
Food & beverage
M&M's already offered several options for ordering personalized candy. Now, users can upload photos and have them printed on M&M's, creating tiny edible tributes to themselves or their loved ones.

Woman's shoulder blades and black braLimited-edition lingerie, sold online & made to order
Fashion & beauty / Retail
Planned scarcity is a well-known tactic for enhancing a product's appeal, and a German web retailer is taking that strategy to the max with its new collection of strictly limited-edition lingerie.

Orange recharging tent at GlastonburyWind charges phones at Glastonbury Music Festival
Marketing & advertising / Eco & sustainability / Telecom & mobile
When revellers at this year's Glastonbury Music Festival need to recharge their mobile phones, they'll have a free and green way to do so thanks to a wind-powered charging station set up by Orange.

Exterior shot of HOJO storeHealth and wellness shop focuses on seniors
Retail / Lifestyle & leisure
Whereas many existing senior-focused merchants tend to focus on disabilities, HOJO offers lifestyle products dedicated to keeping seniors happy, healthy and independent for as long as possible.

Bar graph showing three salariesTransparency tyranny hits the workplace
Media & publishing / Life hacks
Honest information about salaries and workplaces can be near impossible to find. Taking a "give to get" approach to the problem, Glassdoor is a new site that aims to provide a thorough insider's look.

Detail of promo flyer selling baby suppliesTaming the clutter of mass-mailing ads
Marketing & advertising / Eco & sustainability
Pubeco sends members a free sticker for their mailbox: "No leaflets, thank you -- I'm viewing them on the internet." Which ensures they don't miss out on local deals, but do help save trees and reduce waste.

Beige bathroom(Air) bed sharing for a fee
Tourism & travel
Travellers to distant lands have long had the option of "couch surfing" for free through the likes of couchsurfing.com, but now a paid alternative from AirBed & Breakfast gives hosts an additional incentive.

Detail of a ProxyDemocracy graph showing activism levelsVoting transparency for individual investors
Financial services / Media & publishing
ProxyDemocracy is a non-profit, non-partisan project that aims to help individual investors get the information they need to produce positive changes in the companies they own a stake in.


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