Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fresh Ideas

From a weekly email I receive from

Here's a quick run-down of the new business ideas
that caught our attention this week:

wtfjeans Limited-edition, gadget-friendly jeans
Fashion & beauty

It's no longer uncommon to see bags and even jackets with pockets
for gadgets, but French WTFjeans are the first pants we've seen
designed specifically with gadget geeks in mind.

photours Guided travel for photographers
Tourism & travel

Founded by two professional photographers who were tired of tours
that took them to wonderful places but hurried them through the
sights, Photours offers specialist photography holidays.

preorderit Website encourages shoppers to preorder new gadgets
Retail / Life hacks

Doing their part to help tech-obsessed consumers be the first to get
their hands on the latest electronic gadgets, Preorder.It allows
customers to preorder the latest devices in advance.

naturespaper Copy paper made from wheat straw
Eco & sustainability

Nature's Paper collects leftover wheat straw and converts it into a
paper pulp. The waste hull, meanwhile, is used to produce biofuel
that helps power the company's plant.

dreamtours Crowdsourced cycling trips
Tourism & travel

Tour D'Afrique has set up a division called DreamTours which invites
consumers to pitch their dream cycling tour concept and engage with
fellow cyclists to bring the trip to fruition.

butchbakery Masculine cupcakes for men
Food & beverage / Retail

A far cry from the pink and fluffy affairs that are typically embellished
with sprinkles and flowers, Butch Bakery's cupcakes aim to be the
place where "butch meets buttercream".

uopeople Global university extends the reach of higher education

University of the People is a non-profit venture -- supported by the
United Nations -- that embraces tech to bring higher education to
people who would not otherwise have access to it.

tuberefund iPhone app helps claim refunds for Tube delays
Transportation / Telecom & mobile

The app is used to register where and when a delay occurred and
how long it lasted. Tube Refund then submits that information to the
London Underground, which generates a refund voucher for the user.

redmoonpetfood Design your own pet food
Lifestyle & leisure / Food & beverage

Inspired by the recent rash of pet food recalls and the increasing
incidence of food allergies in pets, RedMoon offers fully customizable
dry pet food based on a variety of meats, produce and supplements.

famebook Custom notebooks feature your tweets or Facebook feed
Media & publishing

Now that social networks are a major part of many consumers' lives,
there's a growing need to bridge online and offline worlds. Famebook
and TweetNotebook embellish notebooks with personal online content.

b1g1 Giving engine enables 'buy one, give one' generosity
Non-profit / Social cause

We've seen several "buy one, give one" programs, and recently we
happened upon a Singapore-based site that enables and supports
myriad such efforts at once through a transaction-based giving engine.

powerkiss Furniture surface wirelessly charges mobile devices
Telecom & mobile / Homes & housing

Powerkiss's charging packages have already been integrated into a
meeting room table and a coffee table from Finnish Martela. Who will
join them in releasing customers from charging-cord shackles?

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