Our latest issue is now online. Here's a quick run-down of the 20 new business ideas that
caught our attention this week:
Mystery t-shirts are handpicked for customers
Retail / Fashion & beauty
Customers select a size and answer a series of questions about
themselves. The Hipstery runs the responses through their 'innovative
style algorithm' to find the right t-shirt. It's all about surprise.
Instant local gifts via text message
Telecom & mobile / Life hacks
As soon as gift-givers place their order, a text voucher for their
gift is delivered instantaneously to the recipient, who can then
redeem it as soon as they choose.
Site helps office workers get to know neighbours
Currently in beta, Stackd was created by New York-based
Supermetric to enable its own neighbouring office workers to
get in touch, whether "for business or beers," as the site puts it.
Free photo books for Facebook and Bebo users
Media & publishing / Marketing & advertising
If Facebook users can conjure up real-world flowers, candy and
drinks from within the social network, then why not give them a
way to capture their fave images in a (free) real-world photo book?
The crowd strikes back: fans remake Star Wars
People can sign up on Star Wars: Uncut to recreate the 1,313 fifteen-
second clips that make up the epic space film. Once all clips have
been submitted, the site's founder will stitch them together.
More neighbourhood problem-solving: SeeClickFix
Life hacks / Government
Empowering citizens to improve their communities, SeeClickFix
functions as a hub for residents to report and track non-emergency
issues with the aim of having them resolved.
Dell laptops, coming soon in nail-polish colours
Style & design
Just in time for the holidays, Dell Mini, Inspiron and Studio laptops
will soon be available in colours including "I'm Not Really a
Waitress," "Strawberry Margarita" and "Kyoto Pearl."
New platform for micropayments to news publishers
Media & publishing
Instead of each publisher having its own subscription and payment
method, readers will be able pay once to access paid content from
all publishers working with bitcents.
In-stadium social media for baseball fans
Telecom & mobile / Marketing & advertising
Beginning this season, a Citi Field big screen will play host to an
SMS marketing system that presents a whole new way for sponsors
to interact with fans, and fans with each other.
Investment account mimics other investors' trades
Covestor Investment Management has created a new type of account
that lets investors follow the trades of the experts with their own
Wave the magic wand to flip to the next channel
Style & design
Reimagined with inspiration from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter,
the boring old TV remote control can now be replaced with a far more
Vacation homes, rented and traded with Facebook
Travel & tourism / Homes & housing
Aiming to capitalize on the trust shared among Facebook friends,
Shared Porch is an app that lets users list and rent vacation homes.
Fresh skin care products, shipped straight from lab
Fashion & beauty
Los Angeles-based Odacité places manufacturing dates at the
forefront of its business, producing freshly-made organic skin care
products and leaving out preservatives.
Give a day to charity, get a day at Disney
Tourism & travel / Non-profit & social cause
Disney is working with HandsOn Network to highlight a variety of
volunteer opportunities with participating organizations across the
United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Tweet to hail a green ride in London
Transportation / Telecom & mobile
Users send a direct message to @greentomatocars with their
booking details, receive a tweet back with a unique booking
reference, and wait for a Prius to pull up.
Toy rental comes to France
It's been more than a year since we featured the toy rental service
from Texas-based Babyplays, so we were pleased to see that a
similar concept has now been launched in Europe.
An ATM for recycling consumer electronics
Eco & sustainability / Telecom & mobile
EcoATM is an automated reuse-and-recycle machine that makes
it easy and financially rewarding for consumers to offload their
Urban beekeeping kit for honey lovers
Food & beverage / Homes & housing
From the makers of the Omlet chicken coop, the Beehaus comes
as a complete hive ready for colonization, with all the parts
necessary, including honey jars.
NYC challenges developers to create apps
Last week, we wrote about a San Francisco initiative that invites
developers to turn city data into useful tools. Not one to be bested,
Mayor Bloomberg just launched a similar concept in New York.
Niche retailing: curated sellers of vintage fashion
Fashion & beauty / Retail
Amidst thousands of online clothing retailers, Market Publique has
found its niche. Based in Brooklyn, it aims to attract premium sellers
and buyers of vintage fashion.