Kickstarter is an incredible community. Post a project, and receive funding from generous backers—if, of course, the project is worthy. And backing projects does not demand complete selflessness. Different pledge levels result in different levels of reciprocation—from a simple thank you to receipt of the actual proposed product upon production. Below, 5 entrepreneurial ventures that might spark your own creativity, or tempt you to pledge.
Traders are in a frenzy of instant messaging all day long. The best ones, at least. A recent study says the best traders are the ones that IM the most and the least successful traders were the ones that IM the least. So, it seems like if you can find a way to jump on the bandwagon, you can beat the odds, too. But, what's their secret? Are they passing around insider information?
Okay, so they're not that impressive. Perhaps the title of this post should have been "Potentially Amazing Idea for a Blog"...cuz Girls Making Gun Sounds is potentially a pretty damn good idea. But they need to up the talent. Maybe they should enlist this guy to give these chicks a lesson or two on the art of the motor mouth. Nevertheless, here they are—a couple of cute chicks making gun sounds (the rest of their videos were just too shameful to show... c'mon ladies).
New Zealand retailer Superette and ad agency DDB Group have come up with a pretty ballsy idea for spreading Superette's brand name. They've attached plates indented with the phrase "Short Shorts On Sale Superette" on park benches and bus stops, turning bare legged ladies (or men with wicked short shorts) into walking billboards.
Sometimes entrepreneurial inspiration comes from the oddest of places— such as, say, down-and-out crack dealer delivery methods. Inspired by HBO's The Wire, Kathleen and Clem of Fat Cookies are attracting a crowd with an atypical model for vending baked goods: oven fresh cookies are lowered via string in exchange for one hoisted dollar (1. pull a string, 2. attach a dollar, 3. get a cookie).
The exile is officially over. Let the good times roll. Unequal Technologies has just signed Michael Vick as its corporate spokesman. They have applied for 50 patents that largely employ the Dupont-created Kevlar for "shock suppression". Formally speaking, this is his first product endorsement deal since his arrest in 2007.
If you like your crab served with a small side of dystopian cryogenics, then you're certain to love this refrigerated live-crab vending machine from Nanjing, China! Newly installed by an area entrepreneur, the automat keeps its crustacean cargo in a state of artificial hibernation until time of purchase.
In terms of cold hard capital, Shawn Carter hasn't reached Warren Buffet status yet. But the rapping mogul is one of our country's wealthiest Americans, and Forbes predicts he'll make the top 400 in 2015. In anticipation, the magazine put the unlikely pair together to dish on the philosophy of success for this year's issue. Read the full interview here; video below.
Entrepreneur Jason Fried is co-founder of 37signals, a successful Chicago-based software and design firm that has doubled its sales every year for the past decade. Although Fried has a degree in finance, making money isn't a skill he picked up in the classroom or a book. Practice makes perfect, and Fried's experience has taught him that excelling at making money is separate from the product or services provided. Understanding the buyer and experimenting with price models are two of Fried's ke...
Holy Bejesus! Watch as these factory workers stuff playing card decks at robotic turbo speed. Insanely fast. China is kicking everyone's ass... very quickly.
For a small business, here's a novel advertising idea: cover your building with 120 mounted bicyces, in lieu of a boring old "Bicycle Shop" sign. Amazing picture, taken in Altlandsberg, Germany. Zoom in here.
If you've essentially got no shame, and you're pretty strapped for cash, Brokelyn may have just the solution for you. HowTo sell your underwear online - a quick and dirty way to make a buck.
An article in Friday's Wallstreet Journal examines a model for success that can't be ignored: the world is just goo-goo for Lady Gaga.
How much do the producers of Lonely Girl make? How much do the producers of American Idol make? How much does COPS cost to make? I decided to share what I have learned for the CES audience in Vegas.
Begging is a skill. It can be quite helpful in ordinary life situations like traffic court, navigating customer service or getting a babysitter on a Saturday night.