It's time for your weekly fix of entrepreneurial ideas! Our latest issue is now online. Here's a quick run-down of the promising new businesses Springwise featured this week:
Personalized travel books combine search & curation
Media & publishing / Travel & tourism
Offbeat Guides creates personalized, up-to-date travel guides to more
than 30,000 travel destinations using a combination of search
technology and curation by both amateur and professional experts.
Buy a (real) beer for a Facebook friend
Food & beverage / Retail
It may be better to give than to receive, but for those on the receiving
end, real-world gifts trump virtual ones. No surprise, then, that we're
seeing more ways for online friends to give each other offline presents.
Parisian hotel puts an iMac in every room
Travel & tourism
By replacing the ubiquitous in-room TV with the multimedia Apple
iMac, Mama Shelter mimics the same type of shift going on in many
Free T-shirts for targetted consumers
Marketing & advertising
Companies tell Gitchers what types of consumers they'd like their
T-shirts to be sent to -- women aged 35 to 50 in Chicago, for example
-- and Gitchers matches them with consumers who want a free T.
Online community promotes indie bookstores
Retail / Marketing & advertising
IndieBound's mission is to help people across the United States
share and find independently owned businesses, starting with
Design your own protein shakes
Food & beverage
Earlier this year, we featured You Bar, which lets customers order
custom-made energy bars. The company recently expanded its
offerings with a new line of design-your-own protein shakes.
High-tech pod offers total immersion
Homes & housing / Lifestyle & leisure
A bespoke, high-tech capsule, the Ovei offers a highly immersive
experience that provides its owner with a strong dose of "me time,"
far removed from the demands of others.
Transparency goes to college
Education / Media & publishing
A few new sites offer a way for students to share an insider's
perspective on campus life, from dorms to campus hotspots to local