Friday, May 16, 2008

Ideas from Others

Friday Fresh Ideas From the Folks at springwise:

It's time for your weekly fix of entrepreneurial ideas! The latest Springwise newsletter is
now online
. Here's a quick run-down of the business concepts featured in this edition:

Spacious hotel room
SeatGuru for hotel rooms
Travel & tourism / Media & publishing

SeatGuru is one of our favourite examples of transparency tyranny. So
we were happy to hear about TripKick, a similar venture that's focusing
on hotel rooms and helps travellers find the best of the best.

Carrot dangling from a stickCrowd clout meets eco persuasion
Eco & sustainability / Non-profit & social cause

A new, San Francisco-based site called Carrotmob is using crowd
clout to reward the companies that do the most good, instead of going
after the companies that do the most evil.

Front cover of recent French Elle magazineAll-you-can-read digital magazines
Media & publishing / Eco & sustainability

French magazine distributor and kiosk retailer Relay now offers
eco-minded consumers a way to receive issues of up to 400
magazines on their computers for one fixed, monthly fee.

Therapy section at the Wellness WarehouseOne-stop shopping for wellness
Retail / Lifestyle & leisure

Cape Town-based Wellness Warehouse aims to provide South
African consumers with a total solution for healthy shopping, for
everything from salon treatments to mattresses.

Various consumer-designed bagsDIY handbag design lets consumers create
Fashion & beauty

In case there was any doubt the do-it-yourself design trend is here to
stay, a new site for designing handbags has now joined the ones
we've written about for creating custom dresses, duvets and lingerie.

Three people in a baking classLocal lessons, advertised & reviewed
Education / Marketing & advertising

Lifelong learners are always in search of new classes to take, but
finding them isn't always easy. TeachStreet is a new website
dedicated to helping teachers and students connect.

Rings on a fingerMarketplace for jewelry from ex-boyfriends
Fashion & beauty

Most women have some: earrings, necklaces, rings or other jewelry
given to them by an ex-boyfriend. A new site offers a place to unload
those relics from the past.

Woman holding a baby and a laptopMore work spaces for parents
Marketing & advertising

We've covered work space concepts in the past, including NYC's Two
Rooms, which lets parents work while their children play. Cubes &
Crayons brings the service to the hardworking parents of Silicon Valley.

People gardeningVacations that give back
Tourism & travel / Non-profit & social cause

More than just a time to renew body and spirit, vacations can also be
opportunities to try something new. For guests at Ritz-Carlton hotels,
they can be a time to give back to the local community.

Child-powered toy carKid-powered toys
Lifestyle & leisure / Style & design

SEE Toys (short for "safety, ecology, economy") are electronic toys that
never need batteries. Instead, they feature a hand crank that provides
15 minutes of fun in exchange for 60 seconds of cranking.

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