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Projects such as Halfsies have been encouraging diners in the west to eat less and consider the problem of food waste for a while. Now a new restaurant opening in Dubai – Gramo – is adopting a pay-by-weight business model to raise awareness of sustainability issues and promote moderation in the growing region. Created by Lootah Hotel Management, which owns the Al Jawhara hotels in the emirate, the restaurant is located in the Global Village area of Dubai. Customers can choose from the à la carte service as well as a buffet where the pay-by-weight model is employed. The idea is that, contrary to other all-you-can-eat style restaurants in Dubai, customers will be more careful with the amount of food they select in order to avoid paying for what they don’t end up eating. Nasser Saeed Lootah, CEO of Lootah, said: “We hope to strike a balance between offering an authentic taste of the Arabic cuisine and international menu and offering a sustainable waste management solution.” The company hopes to open more restaurants under the Gramo brand and concept if it is successful in its aims. Could this sort of pricing model work in your country? Spotted by: Salkiran R Sleeplessness can be bad for business and personal creativity, and there have already been numerous attempts to help people be more flexible with their shut-eye, from Sleepbox napping pods to desktop pillows. Now the Re-Timer device uses light to realign wearers’ bodyclocks and combat tiredness. Considering our bodies use sunlight to guide our sleeping patterns, a lack of it in the daytime can cause problems when it comes to getting to bed at the right time. The Re-Timer headset gives the eyes a dose of non-UV green light that can help to increase alertness at the correct times of the day or reset bodyclocks that have been upset by insomnia or long-haul travel. The device could be used by regular travelers, those with medical sleeping problems or shift workers to tackle fatigue and increase productivity. Re-Timer is portable and comes with a travel case, while charging can be carried out by plugging it into a laptop via USB. The website also offers a free jetlag calculator which tells users when they will need to use the headset based on their flight times. The device is priced at AUD 273.90. The video below shows the Re-Timer in action: The Re-Timer is a safe way for workers and those with medical conditions to re-adjust their bodyclock and be alert at the times they need it most. How else could sleeplessness be remedied? Spotted by: Murray Orange Many people like the idea of seeing their favorite bands at a festival but aren’t too keen on the hassle of organizing the trip. We’ve already seen startups such as Very help take the stress out of slumming it in a field with one-hour deliveries of fresh clothes, and now Festicket aims to do for festivals what package tours have done for holidays abroad. Based in the UK, the site handpicks festivals from around the globe and searches for the best prices on travel and accommodation for the trip. Also included are extras such as free food and drink, as well as access to premium festival offerings like mobile charging, warm showers and pre-built tents. These packages are offered for a single price and can be easily booked through Festicket, rather than through multiple vendors. The site hosts a wealth of information about each festival – including line-ups, reviews and related Soundcloud playlists – to help customers decide if the festival is for them. Once booked, Festicket sends a complete itinerary of the trip in an email, which contains all of the information they will need when travelling or checking into their hotel. Although music festivals are already big business, Festicket hopes to open up the events to demographics who aren’t too keen on leaving behind their home comforts. One to replicate in your part of the world? Spotted by: Murray Orange Banking can prove to be a headache for customers trying to understand the multiple terms and conditions and financial products out there, and there have been many efforts such as Simple that seek to make money management less painful. Now Chargeback aims to help users cancel payments and get their money back with minimum fuss. Users first enter the amount they were charged and the date of the transaction they want to dispute. By filling in information about the merchant, products or services received, the reason for cancelling the payment and details about their bank account, consumers can lodge their complaint and Chargeback works to get the money back into their account. Businesses can also use the site to quickly deal with disputed payments for free and receive detailed information on those made by their customers. Chargeback makes its money through a paid premium service for merchants. Chargeback makes the process of recalling a payment less stressful for both parties involved by quickly connecting consumers with businesses without the need for either side to deal with bank account providers. Are there other ways to take the pain out of financial matters? Spotted by: Murray Orange We’ve already seen several apps that aim to assist the blind in specific ways – Navatar for navigation, for instance, and the LookTel Money Reader – but it wasn’t until recently that we came across BlindSquare, an iOS app that taps FourSquare to improve daily life in general for the visually impaired. Created by Finnish MIPSoft, BlindSquare begins by using GPS and a compass to locate the user. From there, it gathers information about the surrounding environment from FourSquare. Based on the details available there, BlindSquare uses high-quality speech synthesis to report the most popular places inside a user-selected radius. “You will hear, for example, what is the most popular café within 200 meters radius, and where is the post office or the library” the app’s makers explain. Users can adjust not just the radius of inclusion but also the type of categories reported. The app can help the user find any place they choose — to hear information about their location including address, nearest crossing, compass direction and the kind of services available there, the user need only shake the device. To check in at a FourSquare location, they simply shake it again. Users can also mark their favorite places for saving to iCloud and syncing across all their devices, or share information about places with their friends. Priced at USD 14.99, BlindSquare is now available in Apple’s App Store with support for multiple languages. App-minded entrepreneurs: how could you help improve daily life for those with other disabilities? Projects such as Renew Australia have already tried to make use of urban space that is temporarily empty. Looking for a more long-term solution to the problem of housing in the university town of St John’s, Newfoundland, Home Share aims to connect students looking for affordable accommodation with those over 50 living alone. The idea behind the scheme is that those attending college in the region will be looking for cheap rent, while older homeowners whose children are also away to study will have a space in their home. Students benefit from comfortable accommodation that is much less expensive than the town’s average private rented property prices and the elderly benefit by having company and someone who can help them around the house. Users simply apply with their details and state whether they are a student or an over-50 and Home Share makes the match. The project has already received backing from partners such as the Government of Canada and Memorial University. As rent prices increase in many areas of the world, one to replicate in your community? Spotted by: RP Seeking to use war-time waste for social good, Saught was set up by Pamela Yeo, Adeline Heng and Ng Sook Zhen in December 2010. Based in Singapore, the company uses the metal from de-activated landmines to create pieces of jewellery. The organisation employs citizens from conflict-ravaged regions, offering a source of employment for those who may have lost as a result of the fighting in their nation. Pamela originally trained as a lawyer, and graduated from the National University of Singapore last year. She was called to the Singapore Bar as an advocate and solicitor in June 2012, and left practice recently to pursue Saught as a full-time career. Still in its early stages of operation, we put some questions to Pamela to see how the business is coming along.
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
10. Tell Springwise a secret…
I had the chance to blow up stuff at the Goldenwest Humanitarian Foundation operational grounds in Cambodia, and it was the coolest thing I have ever done. I blew up an antipersonnel mine, of course, with safety precautions in place! Also… I’ve fractured my rib from laughing.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
9. If you weren’t working on Saught, what would you be doing?
I can’t imagine doing anything else really – I’d probably be working on making Saught work. Otherwise, I’d be working in an organisation dedicated to public interest and development work.
10. Tell Springwise a secret…
I had the chance to blow up stuff at the Goldenwest Humanitarian Foundation operational grounds in Cambodia, and it was the coolest thing I have ever done. I blew up an antipersonnel mine, of course, with safety precautions in place! Also… I’ve fractured my rib from laughing.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
8. Where do you see your business in five years, and how will you get there?
We see ourselves boosting our social impact in Cambodia, and also to expand our work to other countries: Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, and Laos, to feature a wider range of products. We will get there by honing best practices with our current set-up in Cambodia, transplanting our model, and having a motivated, dedicated and passionate team to grow Saught’s work.
9. If you weren’t working on Saught, what would you be doing?
I can’t imagine doing anything else really – I’d probably be working on making Saught work. Otherwise, I’d be working in an organisation dedicated to public interest and development work.
10. Tell Springwise a secret…
I had the chance to blow up stuff at the Goldenwest Humanitarian Foundation operational grounds in Cambodia, and it was the coolest thing I have ever done. I blew up an antipersonnel mine, of course, with safety precautions in place! Also… I’ve fractured my rib from laughing.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
7. If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
We would definitely have hired a corporate secretary and accountant from the get-go!
8. Where do you see your business in five years, and how will you get there?
We see ourselves boosting our social impact in Cambodia, and also to expand our work to other countries: Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, and Laos, to feature a wider range of products. We will get there by honing best practices with our current set-up in Cambodia, transplanting our model, and having a motivated, dedicated and passionate team to grow Saught’s work.
9. If you weren’t working on Saught, what would you be doing?
I can’t imagine doing anything else really – I’d probably be working on making Saught work. Otherwise, I’d be working in an organisation dedicated to public interest and development work.
10. Tell Springwise a secret…
I had the chance to blow up stuff at the Goldenwest Humanitarian Foundation operational grounds in Cambodia, and it was the coolest thing I have ever done. I blew up an antipersonnel mine, of course, with safety precautions in place! Also… I’ve fractured my rib from laughing.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
6. What motivates you to keep going?
It’s moving from a posture of fear to faith – and keeping my eyes focussed on the vision of what Saught can be and how much more it can do.
7. If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
We would definitely have hired a corporate secretary and accountant from the get-go!
8. Where do you see your business in five years, and how will you get there?
We see ourselves boosting our social impact in Cambodia, and also to expand our work to other countries: Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, and Laos, to feature a wider range of products. We will get there by honing best practices with our current set-up in Cambodia, transplanting our model, and having a motivated, dedicated and passionate team to grow Saught’s work.
9. If you weren’t working on Saught, what would you be doing?
I can’t imagine doing anything else really – I’d probably be working on making Saught work. Otherwise, I’d be working in an organisation dedicated to public interest and development work.
10. Tell Springwise a secret…
I had the chance to blow up stuff at the Goldenwest Humanitarian Foundation operational grounds in Cambodia, and it was the coolest thing I have ever done. I blew up an antipersonnel mine, of course, with safety precautions in place! Also… I’ve fractured my rib from laughing.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
5. What drove you crazy when building your business?
Nothing really… I enjoyed/am enjoying every moment of it.
6. What motivates you to keep going?
It’s moving from a posture of fear to faith – and keeping my eyes focussed on the vision of what Saught can be and how much more it can do.
7. If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
We would definitely have hired a corporate secretary and accountant from the get-go!
8. Where do you see your business in five years, and how will you get there?
We see ourselves boosting our social impact in Cambodia, and also to expand our work to other countries: Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, and Laos, to feature a wider range of products. We will get there by honing best practices with our current set-up in Cambodia, transplanting our model, and having a motivated, dedicated and passionate team to grow Saught’s work.
9. If you weren’t working on Saught, what would you be doing?
I can’t imagine doing anything else really – I’d probably be working on making Saught work. Otherwise, I’d be working in an organisation dedicated to public interest and development work.
10. Tell Springwise a secret…
I had the chance to blow up stuff at the Goldenwest Humanitarian Foundation operational grounds in Cambodia, and it was the coolest thing I have ever done. I blew up an antipersonnel mine, of course, with safety precautions in place! Also… I’ve fractured my rib from laughing.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
4. What’s the secret ingredient to success as an entrepreneur?
I don’t know if there is one particular ingredient… But from what I’ve noticed from all the experienced, and successful entrepreneurs I’ve met along the way, it’s an unwavering belief in the capacity of what you and I can do.
5. What drove you crazy when building your business?
Nothing really… I enjoyed/am enjoying every moment of it.
6. What motivates you to keep going?
It’s moving from a posture of fear to faith – and keeping my eyes focussed on the vision of what Saught can be and how much more it can do.
7. If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
We would definitely have hired a corporate secretary and accountant from the get-go!
8. Where do you see your business in five years, and how will you get there?
We see ourselves boosting our social impact in Cambodia, and also to expand our work to other countries: Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, and Laos, to feature a wider range of products. We will get there by honing best practices with our current set-up in Cambodia, transplanting our model, and having a motivated, dedicated and passionate team to grow Saught’s work.
9. If you weren’t working on Saught, what would you be doing?
I can’t imagine doing anything else really – I’d probably be working on making Saught work. Otherwise, I’d be working in an organisation dedicated to public interest and development work.
10. Tell Springwise a secret…
I had the chance to blow up stuff at the Goldenwest Humanitarian Foundation operational grounds in Cambodia, and it was the coolest thing I have ever done. I blew up an antipersonnel mine, of course, with safety precautions in place! Also… I’ve fractured my rib from laughing.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
3. How do you unwind or relax when you’re not working on Saught?
These days, I’ve been learning how to fish! I find the grandeur of the sea very breathtaking.
4. What’s the secret ingredient to success as an entrepreneur?
I don’t know if there is one particular ingredient… But from what I’ve noticed from all the experienced, and successful entrepreneurs I’ve met along the way, it’s an unwavering belief in the capacity of what you and I can do.
5. What drove you crazy when building your business?
Nothing really… I enjoyed/am enjoying every moment of it.
6. What motivates you to keep going?
It’s moving from a posture of fear to faith – and keeping my eyes focussed on the vision of what Saught can be and how much more it can do.
7. If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
We would definitely have hired a corporate secretary and accountant from the get-go!
8. Where do you see your business in five years, and how will you get there?
We see ourselves boosting our social impact in Cambodia, and also to expand our work to other countries: Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, and Laos, to feature a wider range of products. We will get there by honing best practices with our current set-up in Cambodia, transplanting our model, and having a motivated, dedicated and passionate team to grow Saught’s work.
9. If you weren’t working on Saught, what would you be doing?
I can’t imagine doing anything else really – I’d probably be working on making Saught work. Otherwise, I’d be working in an organisation dedicated to public interest and development work.
10. Tell Springwise a secret…
I had the chance to blow up stuff at the Goldenwest Humanitarian Foundation operational grounds in Cambodia, and it was the coolest thing I have ever done. I blew up an antipersonnel mine, of course, with safety precautions in place! Also… I’ve fractured my rib from laughing.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
2. Can you describe a typical working day?
Every day is atypical and incredibly exciting. My days differ when I’m travelling or when I’m back in Singapore. When I’m in Cambodia working with our various partners, each day can revolve around going to our partner workshop to work alongside the artisans, or meeting up with various international organisations. In Singapore, I regroup, plan marketing, and organise the back-end work of having our orders shipped out to customers around the world.
3. How do you unwind or relax when you’re not working on Saught?
These days, I’ve been learning how to fish! I find the grandeur of the sea very breathtaking.
4. What’s the secret ingredient to success as an entrepreneur?
I don’t know if there is one particular ingredient… But from what I’ve noticed from all the experienced, and successful entrepreneurs I’ve met along the way, it’s an unwavering belief in the capacity of what you and I can do.
5. What drove you crazy when building your business?
Nothing really… I enjoyed/am enjoying every moment of it.
6. What motivates you to keep going?
It’s moving from a posture of fear to faith – and keeping my eyes focussed on the vision of what Saught can be and how much more it can do.
7. If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
We would definitely have hired a corporate secretary and accountant from the get-go!
8. Where do you see your business in five years, and how will you get there?
We see ourselves boosting our social impact in Cambodia, and also to expand our work to other countries: Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, and Laos, to feature a wider range of products. We will get there by honing best practices with our current set-up in Cambodia, transplanting our model, and having a motivated, dedicated and passionate team to grow Saught’s work.
9. If you weren’t working on Saught, what would you be doing?
I can’t imagine doing anything else really – I’d probably be working on making Saught work. Otherwise, I’d be working in an organisation dedicated to public interest and development work.
10. Tell Springwise a secret…
I had the chance to blow up stuff at the Goldenwest Humanitarian Foundation operational grounds in Cambodia, and it was the coolest thing I have ever done. I blew up an antipersonnel mine, of course, with safety precautions in place! Also… I’ve fractured my rib from laughing.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here.
1. Where did the idea for Saught come from?
The idea for Saught is very much grounded in the idea of being able to get the message of peace out – when Sook Zhen, Adeline and I were conceptualising Saught at the beginning, it clicked when we realised there was a common thread for all our experiences. The fundamental key was that the use of metal from war remnants could be used as a platform for people to re-tell the story of countries that are re-building themselves, and also to advocate for those who are part of a big concerted effort for post-conflict peace-building.
2. Can you describe a typical working day?
Every day is atypical and incredibly exciting. My days differ when I’m travelling or when I’m back in Singapore. When I’m in Cambodia working with our various partners, each day can revolve around going to our partner workshop to work alongside the artisans, or meeting up with various international organisations. In Singapore, I regroup, plan marketing, and organise the back-end work of having our orders shipped out to customers around the world.
3. How do you unwind or relax when you’re not working on Saught?
These days, I’ve been learning how to fish! I find the grandeur of the sea very breathtaking.
4. What’s the secret ingredient to success as an entrepreneur?
I don’t know if there is one particular ingredient… But from what I’ve noticed from all the experienced, and successful entrepreneurs I’ve met along the way, it’s an unwavering belief in the capacity of what you and I can do.
5. What drove you crazy when building your business?
Nothing really… I enjoyed/am enjoying every moment of it.
6. What motivates you to keep going?
It’s moving from a posture of fear to faith – and keeping my eyes focussed on the vision of what Saught can be and how much more it can do.
7. If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
We would definitely have hired a corporate secretary and accountant from the get-go!
8. Where do you see your business in five years, and how will you get there?
We see ourselves boosting our social impact in Cambodia, and also to expand our work to other countries: Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, and Laos, to feature a wider range of products. We will get there by honing best practices with our current set-up in Cambodia, transplanting our model, and having a motivated, dedicated and passionate team to grow Saught’s work.
9. If you weren’t working on Saught, what would you be doing?
I can’t imagine doing anything else really – I’d probably be working on making Saught work. Otherwise, I’d be working in an organisation dedicated to public interest and development work.
10. Tell Springwise a secret…
I had the chance to blow up stuff at the Goldenwest Humanitarian Foundation operational grounds in Cambodia, and it was the coolest thing I have ever done. I blew up an antipersonnel mine, of course, with safety precautions in place! Also… I’ve fractured my rib from laughing.
11. Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?
When I left legal practice to pursue Saught full-time, I found the following to be very true: “Until one is commited, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Thanks Pamela!
You can read more about Saught here, or visit the Saught website here. Regular readers may remember PredictGaze, the startup we recently covered that lets consumers use their eyes to control electronics. Sticking with the manual method, Qeexo has developed FingerSense, technology that enables a touchscreen device to know how the user is making contact with it. While the iPhone and other smartphones can cope with various multi-touch gestures – such as swiping and pinching – they still only take advantage of one form of touch. FingerSense can detect whether the part of the hand interacting with the touchscreen is the tip, the nail or the knuckle, or if a plastic stylus is being used. This could mean that dozens of new gestures could be implemented for extra functionality. For example, a tap of the knuckle could bring up an option menu for an item or double-nail taps could launch a specific app. The following video shows the technology in action: Touchscreens have already opened new possibilities for handheld devices, but the Qeexo platform adds an extra dimension to make them even more practical. How else can existing smartphone technology be built upon? One aspect of staying at a hotel that can add to the stress of a holiday is having to check out at a time specified. While Your24 has already offered one solution, allowing guests to stipulate what time they leave upon booking, Art Series Hotels is going one step further with its Overstay Checkout campaign, which will enable customers to keep the room for as long as they want if no-one is due to check in. Guests booking a room at one of the Australian hospitality company’s three hotels between 16 December this year and 13 January 2013 can request an Overstay Checkout on the morning they are due to leave. The hotel will then check to see when the next customers will be arriving and work out the latest time the stay can be extended to – which could be a few extra hours or a day later. This service will be offered to the first guests each day who request the service and will come at no extra cost to customers. There is also no limit to the number of times an Overstay Checkout can be requested, meaning that it is possible to stay many free nights in a row. The campaign makes guests’ stays more relaxing by offering flexibility, increasing the chances they will choose the hotel again. How else can hotels treat their customer base? Spotted by: Murray Orange We recently saw New York-based Incline offer free technical and computer training to veterans, and now RallyPoint – a LinkedIn-style social network – wants to help connect servicemen and women with jobs. Those who have a military background can sign up and create a profile on the platform, filling in details such as rank, unit and military specialty. Registrants can then connect with others in their unit as well as other personnel they know within the armed forces. The idea behind RallyPoint is that users can show off their knowledge and skills in order to gain a presence on the military job market or to facilitate a transition out of it, and make new contacts in the field useful for professional development. They can also track others’ career progression and work out which roles may be suited to them. The following video explains more about the site: Currently in private beta and only open to military personnel, are there other industries that could benefit from their own private LinkedIn? Spotted by: Murray Orange