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Top 10 style & design business ideas in 2006

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas we covered in 2006. Today – ten style & design concepts to be inspired by. Mass made to order, here: Unto This Last is a miniature Ikea, situated on Brick Lane in London’s East End. Like Ikea, prices […]

Top 10 entertainment business ideas in 2006

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas of 2006. Bands funded by their fans: Aiming to empower independent artists, SellaBand has created a platform that enables fans to sponsor bands, and get a piece of the action in return. How it works: fans, dubbed Believers, […]

Top 10 telecom & mobile business ideas in 2006

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas we spotted in 2006. Today – ten from the mobile and telecom industries. Phone for boomers & their parents: While most cell phones tout an abundance of bells and whistles, two companies are focusing on the substantial market […]

Top 10 fashion & beauty ideas in 2006

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas we spotted in 2006. Listed below are our ten favorites from the fashion and beauty business. Hubwear: Aspiring entrepreneurs often ask us for ideas that don’t require hundreds of thousands of dollars, euros or pounds to get started. […]

Top 10 financial service ideas in 2006

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas we spotted in 2006. Up next: financial service ideas: Kiva: p2p micro lending: Kiva helps lenders provide (charitable) microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries, offering a new, sponsor-a-business option for individuals to connect with small enterprises in developing […]

Top 10 eco & sustainability business ideas in 2006

Add / Remove Hailing a hybrid: The Toyota Prius, the world’s most popular hybrid car, emits half as much carbon dioxide as a traditional black cab does. This made it an obvious choice for greentomatocars, an environmentally friendly cab service in London that was launched on 1 March 2006 and was founded by two young […]

Top 10 life-hacking business ideas in 2006

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas of 2006. Each day, we’ll feature our personal favorites. This batch highlights ten great new businesses focused on making their customers’ lives easier. Mom-to-be, no time free?: As long as our spotters send us spottings like Babyplanners, Springwise […]

Top 10 tourism & travel ideas in 2006

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas of 2006. Each day, we’ll feature our personal favorites from 20 industries we’ve tracked throughout the year. Niche parcel service: Every air traveler knows pocketknives and scissors won’t make it through airport security. Yet sometimes something sharp is […]

Top 10 automotive business ideas in 2006

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas of 2006. Each day, we’ll feature our personal favorites from 20 industries we’ve tracked throughout the year. First up: automotive. Enjoy! Driver’s education for customers: Maruti Udyog, India’s largest car manufacturer, has taken a matter-of-fact approach to broadening […]

Luxe London loos

Add / Remove 2006 is turning out to be the year of the luxury lavatory – our August coverage of a chic Parisian sanitary stop was followed by last month’s arrival of Charmin‘s public restrooms in Times Square, and now London joins the game, with a new public powder room opening its doors at 439 […]

Bold for bald

Add / Remove As a dedicated head-shaver, Abe Minkara tried every shaving product on the market, but none of them worked as well as he wanted. Discovering an underserved segment in the growing male grooming market, Minkara developed his own formula. His new company, Bold For Men, specializes in innovative skincare products for head-shaving men. […]

Hippo water roller

Add / Remove Ok, so this one isn’t new. But it caught our eye, and seems like the kind of idea that deserves all the attention it can get. The Hippo Water Roller was developed in South Africa 12 years ago to help alleviate problems associated with water shortage. Many rural African women and children […]

Real estate 3.0 | Update

Add / Remove Back in June we covered Igglo, an innovative Finnish company that lets potential buyers earmark houses that aren’t for sale. The concept seems to have caught on, as we recently spotted two related initiatives in other parts of the world. In The Netherlands, Elkhuistekoop.nl (Every House for Sale) encourages people to fill […]

A bar with room service

Add / Remove Since hotel rooms have mini-bars, why not shake things up and create a bar with room-service? Located in New York’s Flatiron District at 35 E. 21st Street, Room Service is a new nightspot with 9 curtained-off rooms ranging from petite intimate chambers to a roomy presidential suite that offers guests a grand […]

Never miss another show

Add / Remove Tourfilter is one of those innovative new business ideas that came about because a smart entrepreneur wanted to solve a personal problem. Founder Chris Marstall kept missing gigs by bands he liked, and needed an easy way to track concert listings. When he couldn’t find anything user-friendly or complete enough, he built […]

Keeping track of kids & keys

Add / Remove The Loc8tor is a combination of radio-frequency emitting tags and a cellphone-sized signal decoder. Both tags and handheld transmit and receive radio signals. Each handheld device can monitor up to 24 tags, which can be attached to keys, kids, pets and anything else of value that has a tendency to get lost. […]

Eco-pots for green gardeners

Add / Remove Coming to the rescue of eco-friendly gardeners whose choice was previously limited to stoneware or cheap plastic pots and planters, EcoForms of Santa Rosa, California developed attractive sustainable pots. EcoForm pots are made from by-products of renewable and sustainable crops, namely grain husks (primarily rice hulls) and natural binding agents (a combination […]