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Top 10 telecom & mobile business ideas in 2007

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas of 2007, featuring our personal favourites. This isn’t a trip down memory lane—all of these smart concepts will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2008. Next up: telecom and mobile. Teaching people to use their […]

Top 10 fashion & beauty business ideas in 2007

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas of 2007, featuring our personal favourites. This isn’t a trip down memory lane—all of these smart concepts will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2008. Today: fashion & beauty. Enjoy! Full provenance sweaters: Brands are […]

Top 10 automotive business ideas in 2007

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas of 2007. Over the next two weeks, we’ll feature our personal favourites, categorized by industry. This isn’t a trip down memory lane—all of these smart concepts will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2008. First […]

Navigate with your own voice

Add / Remove While most personal navigation devices come with a variety of voices to select from, from soft-spoken to stern, they all get boring after a while and aren’t, well, personal. To the rescue comes YourPND. For EUR 6.95, users can record instructions on www.yourpnd.com using their computer’s microphone. Recording a full set of […]

A luxury deal a day

Add / Remove We first covered “a deal a day” websites in 2006. Since then, the concept has proliferated, with niche and regional players joining the field. Nonetheless, Ideeli, which is due to launch next week, caught our eye. Like Woot and others, Ideeli creates buyer excitement with deep discounts and by only selling one […]

Trees with character, felled to order

Add / Remove Norwegian Jule Tre Fra Skogen (“Christmas trees from the forest”) believes that every tree is unique, and shouldn’t be sold anonymously. So, founders Anders and Bartosz trekked into the woods with a camera and took pictures of the trees they liked, and gave them names inspired by their appearance: Kjedelig Tre (boring […]

Tees & totes by artistic activists

Add / Remove Local artists have long donated their talents in support of charities—to the benefit of both. Artists get name recognition, and worthy causes receive cash from the sale of donated works. British venture Part of It shows how the concept can be streamlined and taken online, and in a way that perhaps more […]

Reusing Starbucks coffee grounds

Add / Remove Coffee drinkers around the world are expected to consume almost 7 million tonnes of the stuff each year by 2010, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, and that means a heck of a lot of spent grounds to dispose of. Rather than throw the nitrogen-rich material into landfills, global chain […]

Brooklyn grocer sticks to local products

Add / Remove Two days ago, we covered a Brighton grocer who only sells products produced within 50 miles of his store. Opening today on the other side of the Atlantic, is a Brooklyn establishment that operates on a similar premise. Urban Rustic, located in Williamsburg, is a grocery store and café that aims to […]

Eco approach to a nasty chore

Add / Remove It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it—pick up dog waste, that is. Rather than struggle with plastic bags, dog owners now have a tidier and greener alternative: the Skooperbox. Skooperboxes are small, pop-open boxes made from 100 percent recycled materials. Complete with lid and a scraper, each Skooperbox makes […]

Effortless online travel organizer

Add / Remove Anyone who’s ever travelled is surely familiar with the dreaded Manila Folder—that sheaf of printouts, receipts and tickets we rely on to stay on schedule during a trip. Now TripIt promises to free us from those manila shackles with an online service that organizes all the pieces into a single, consolidated itinerary. […]

More free love—now at the bar

Add / Remove We recently covered Australian NapkinAd, which distributes free,* ad-emblazoned napkins at food courts. Now US-based NapAd has picked up on the same theme but played it in bars and nightclubs instead. NapAd, which just launched this fall, uses what it calls high-definition napkins to bring marketers’ messages directly into the hands of […]

Brighton grocer sticks to local products

Add / Remove The supermarket business is about as mature as an industry can get. Giant chains with centuries-worth of collective management knowledge compete fiercely in hundreds of markets for margins amounting to just pence on the pound. Even so, entrepreneurs have succeeded in nibbling away at mega chains. From online grocery ordering to gourmet […]

Designer bags for glucose testers

Add / Remove Nearly 21 million people in the United States have diabetes, and for many of them, checking blood sugar levels is a daily ritual. Why not brighten up that disagreeable yet necessary task by carrying your testing supplies in an attractive case, wondered Rickina Velte? When she was pregnant with her second son, […]

Gravanity books for kids

Add / Remove The brainchild of a mother of 4, Margo MacDonald Redfern, Flattenme has developed a line of storybooks that can be personalized with a child’s photo, making them part of the story. In addition to their photo, a child’s name is also incorporated in the text and illustrations, creating a highly personalized product […]

Specialist tours of London

Add / Remove You can’t be all things to all people, as the saying goes, and guided tours are no exception. Now Urban Gentry is offering a set of customized, insiders’ tours of London for those interested in art, fashion or other elements of style. Featuring a team of guides that includes artists, designers, journalists […]

Green walls venture indoors

Add / Remove Any florist or gardening company can place potted plants in an office, then dutifully drop by to water them when needed. But it takes skilled artisans to create the indoor walls of greenery that are indoorlandscaping’s speciality. The German firm’s Grüne Wand (green wall) adds a welcome green element to sterile office […]

Ready-to-cook meals delivered to busy urbanites

Add / Remove Home cooking is a basic pleasure that gets denied by busy schedules all too often, and at least part of the reason is the time that must go into shopping for and preparing ingredients before the cooking can begin. We’ve already covered a few examples of semi-cooking purveyors (most recently: Kit a […]

Eco starter kits

Add / Remove Most of us realize there are changes we should make in our lives to become more environmentally friendly, but overcoming inertia and actually doing it can be another matter. Now a few different companies offer starter kits to help make those changes happen. Greensender, which just launched in October, sells green gift […]