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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Portable, wireless cash register is designed for informal economies
Running a business in environments such as Africa is a completely different challenge than in the Western world thanks to lack of access to electricity and unreliable internet infrastructure. In the past we’ve seen portable devices such as the eChaja enable anyone to sell phone charging facilities wherever they are. Now Nomanini has created a rugged point-of-sale register that can facilitate cash payments for airtime, electricity and insurance. READ MORE…
Service tells businesses what to tweet
Social media strategies are almost indispensable for many companies, but at times it can feel like maintaining an engaging web presence takes over from more important business tasks. While platforms such as Echobox have aimed to demystify web analytics by giving site owners concrete actions to take to boost traffic, now Zootrock automatically injects businesses’ social media feeds with relevant curated content to engage customers and help them concentrate on running their company. READ MORE…
Tool enables better collaborations between data science geeks and regular workers
Companies who want to want to get ahead are often told that they need to take advantage of big data. However, turning the raw data into a coherent narrative and business strategy is a difficult task. In the past, we’ve seen apps such as Numericshelp visualize key data on common mobile platforms such as iOS devices, but now Adatao is offering a more comprehensive solution that lets business leaders and data scientists work together more easily. READ MORE…
Plug-and-play device brings smart capabilities to entire car fleets
Not everyone can afford to trade in their current car for a model that comes with smart features as standard, never mind businesses with large fleets. We’ve already seen the OBDLink MX WiFi marketed as bringing connected cars to individual drivers, and now Poland’s Cloud Your Car is enabling companies to track their fleets and driver behavior with a device that plugs into any car. READ MORE…
Boston shuttle service aims to make commutes more productive
Public transport commutes aren’t the best way to start a day of work, with train delays, packed carriages and traffic problems making getting to the office a daily trial. In the past we’ve already seen Kabuto Noodles’ Kab-U-To Work campaign, designed to pamper hungover workers as they travel to work. Now Bridj is hoping to make commutes productive, using luxury wifi-equipped shuttles and dynamically chooses the best routes for the city based on big data analysis. READ MORE…
Insurance policy rewards employees’ healthy shopping choices with cash
Employees benefit from good health insurance policies from the companies they work for, but if they don’t look after their health then employers are the ones that end up paying a higher premium. Tools such as FwdHealth have previously let bosses track their workers’ exercise regimes, and now EatRight Rewards is encouraging healthy eating by offering cash to employees that buy fruit and veg at the supermarket. READ MORE…
Robotic stand makes smartphone presentation videos more dynamic
Smartphones and tablets have almost replaced consumer cameras thanks to the increasing quality of their built-in lenses, coupled with the fact that the devices can do much more with the resulting footage. Making professional-looking content can be difficult with handheld devices, however. While we’ve already seen the roboticSOLOSHOT tripod provide automatic tracking for video selfies, Swivl is now bringing similar technology into the workplace, enabling office workers and educators to give more engaging video conference calls and presentations. READ MORE…
Smart seat tracks how often and how long it’s used
Sensor-based technology is most often associated with tracking physical activity, but it can also help monitor the opposite. Japanese company KeyValue has created the Smart Cushion to help consumers or offices keep track of their inactivity, or businesses to detect the crowdedness of their premises. READ MORE…
Food delivery service takes orders for 365 days into the future
While startups like Caviar are helping to unlock high quality restaurant menus for takeaway in San Francisco, another venture is focusing on another aspect of food delivery in the area. Palo Alto-based Fluc is helping businesses plan their food takeouts from any chain up to a year in advance. READ MORE…
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Platform opens up today’s student research to businesses
It’s obvious that there’s a market for connecting graduates and businesses, but why wait until young people have finished their studies? We’ve already seen ideas such as ESADE Business School‘s speed-dating events for projects looking to hire relevant students before they’ve left college, and now Eulergy hopes to open up the research being carried out by current undergraduates and PhD students to businesses that could learn from their findings. READ MORE…
Facebook-style news feed helps teams keep track of their accomplishments
We’ve already seen platforms such as Bonus.ly that help employers easily reward their best performing workers. Now Didlog helps to track employees’ work on a granular level, enabling teams to quickly see who has done what. READ MORE…
Stylish three-piece business suit is also bulletproof
Earlier this year Springwise wrote about the Smuggler suit, which blocks the potentially harmful electromagnetic waves that are emitted from the devices businesspeople use almost constantly each day. Protecting workers from an altogether rarer occurrence, Toronto-based Garrison Bespoke has created The Bulletproof Suit. READ MORE…
Design agency lets clients pay what they want
Regular readers of Springwise may remember 99designs’ Swiftly service, which offers small design tweaks for a flat rate of USD 15 per job. Exploring another unconventional business model for designers, Poland-based interactive agency 8k is now offering its clients a pay-what-you-want system, whereby they can decide how much the work is worth. READ MORE…
In Turkey, investors put their money into new startups while they fly
Regular readers of Springwise may remember Virgin Atlantic‘s in-flight art gallery, which helps passengers with cash to spend find a new piece of art for their home. Now Turkish Airlines is introducing its Invest on Board program, enabling investors to discover and support new businesses while they fly. READ MORE…