Saturday, January 29, 2011


It's pretty hard to brainstorm with yourself.

An email I recieve every week features new business and product ideas that might kick off some ideas in your noggin.

Here's their latest along with the links to subscribe:

Springwise newsletter | New business ideas for entrepreneurial minds

Hi Scott,

I hope you're enjoying your weekly dose of new business ideas. If you're after even more
inspiration you'll love our brand new Ideas Database, featuring over 2,800 innovations
constantly updated and indexed by industry.

Our latest issue is now online. Here's a quick run-down of the new products and services
that caught our attention this week:

wallcast App turns desktop into a changing photo collage
Lifestyle & leisure

Wallcast transforms desktop wallpaper into a photo collage featuring
a rotating selection of the user's pictures. A unique email address
means the photos can be remotely updated by the user.

johnsphone Simplified mobile phone just makes & receives calls
Telecom & mobile

Billed as 'the world's most simple phone', John's Phone has a feature
list focusing exclusively - really exclusively - on making and receiving
calls. It costs EUR 69.95 in white or EUR 79.95 for other colours.

slyunderwear From Australia, a new take on men's underwear
Fashion & beauty

Sly Underwear's range focuses on three core styles: WorkHard for
everyday wear and no leg ride-up; PlayHarder with bold graphics and
longer legs; and RestEasy with a generous cut and breathable fabric.

startupdaily Daily tips for startups, distilled from books old & new
Education / Media & publishing

Drawing from books on entrepreneurship, business, marketing and
management, The Startup Daily serves up tips, ideas and advice
every day in a short email targeted specifically at entrepreneurs.

littlebeans In Chicago, upscale cafe offers play space for kids
Food & beverage

The Little Beans Café offers adult customers gourmet coffees, pastries
and sandwiches, while the kids get an interactive play village, a touch
zone for crawlers, and access to plenty of toys, books and games.

yiuco Marketplace for upcycled, recycled and reused goods
Eco & sustainability / Retail

Greek Yiuco only allows items to be listed if they are upcycled,
recycled or reused. Eco-minded minipreneurs can create their own
storefront for free, but will pay fees for listings and transactions.

viinyl Bands offered a unique website for every song
Entertainment / Media & publishing

Montreal-based Viinyl gives bands a free, attractive landing page for
each song they create. Each site comes with lyrics, artwork, videos,
notes, various download options, promotional tools, and analytics.

rerip Keeping old surfboards out of landfills
Eco & sustainability / Lifestyle & leisure

Surfboards often contain several harmful compounds. Rerip offers
a marketplace for the repair and resale of used surf equipment.
Unsellable old boards are used for R&D or recycled into artworks.

voiceprints Your voice, transformed into a work of art
Style & design

Customers of Toronto-based VoicePrints upload a recording of the
sound they'd like to immortalise, and choose the colour and size of
the print that will bear a visual representation of the recording.

33needs Crowdfunding investment for social enterprises
Financial services / Non-profit, social cause

33needs aims to help social enterprises raise funds from the crowd,
allowing ordinary people to invest, make a social impact, and earn
a return. The service only charges if funding targets are reached.

kochhaus German food store offers recipe kits for specific meals
Food & beverage / Retail

Germany's Kochhaus focuses on a set number of meals each day.
The store displays a series of packages that include a recipe and
just the right quantities of all the necessary ingredients.

sentemental A place to preserve and share mementos online
Life hacks

Through Sentemental, consumers can upload their kids' drawings,
photos, letters and other mementos for preservation online. They're
accessible privately but can also be shared using social media.

recyclists Pedal-powered compost service for businesses
Eco & sustainability

In a partnership with the Downtown Victoria Business Association,
reCYCLISTS will collect organic refuse from participating businesses
using tricycles carrying large compostable waste receptacles.

picturk Crowdsourced photography through club competitions
Style & design / Media & publishing

Camera clubs will pay a subscription to run competitions on the
Picturk website, while clients looking for the perfect image will fund
the prizes. Photographers will retain ownership of their images.

Our next issue will arrive in your inbox on 2 February 2011. In the meantime, please check
out our daily posts, subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Warm regards,

Chris Turner
Senior Editor


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