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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
Staffless coffee shop relies on customers to pay honestly
A cup of coffee can fluctuate in price, but customers can always expect to pay within the ball park of a few dollars. The low price means that cafés are ripe for experimentation with payment systems, and in the past we’ve seen La Petite Syrah Café in France charge customers more if they’re rude. Now The Vault in North Dakota is a staffless venue that gets customers to make their own coffee and show some honesty when paying. READ MORE…
From Germany, legal ID verifications through the web
Confirming the status of legal documentation is typically done through physical checks in person to ensure security. However, we have already seen companies like NetVerify tackle online verifications, and now Germany’s IDnow is able to perform all the necessary tests to legally identify online customers. READ MORE…
Suit features integrated wearable payment
Cards offering contactless payments have arguably made retail transactions easier, but haven’t got rid of the wallet altogether. However, there are companies working hard on smarter ways to buy goods and services, such as Finland’s Uniqul, which is developing facial recognition-powered payments. The latest is the Power Suit, a piece of wearable tech that enables owners to pay with a swipe of their sleeve. READ MORE…
Site uses algorithms to tell collectors when to buy and sell emerging art
The art market is a notoriously messy and unpredictable one, but nevertheless a cash cow for gallery owners and dealers. In the past we have seen platforms such as Artsy make the discovery and purchase of famous and lesser-known works a little bit easier, and now a new service called ArtRank aims to quantify the value of artists in the emerging fields of net.art and street art. READ MORE…
App turns small change into an investment portfolio
nvesting money in the right places isn’t easy if you don’t have the know-how, and especially if you don’t have the money in the first place. However, even a small amount of cash can be placed into shares, and Acorns is a new app that rounds up users’ purchases to the nearest dollar and automatically invests the difference in a stock of their choice. READ MORE…
Service charges users when they don’t do their study, pays them when they do
One way to motivate humans to do anything is to provide rewards when they achieve and punishment when they fail, which has been the basis of apps such as GymPact, the platform that uses money as a tool for stimulus for keeping fit. Reworking the model for students, StudyPact gives students financial prizes for completing a set amount of work each week, with penalties for missed deadlines. READ MORE…
‘Business cards’ for homeless people let anyone donate with their phone
When it comes to giving money to members of a city’s homeless community, many people worry that their change isn’t going to fund essentials such as food or shelter. While startups such as TaskTurtle have already attempted to tackle the problem by offering sustenance in exchange for work, San Francisco’s HandUp is now using business cards to let citizens donate food credits to people in need through their mobiles. READ MORE…
Dutch airline passengers can now buy a flight through Facebook and Twitter
In the recent past, we’ve seen Soldsie leverage social conversations as a payment platform — enabling users to buy fashion products by simply leaving a comment on the relevant Facebook photos. While a flight is typically a much larger purchase, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is also now enabling its customers to confirm and pay for a seat on one of their flights through social media platforms. READ MORE…
Service lets web users earn money from selling their data
Most people are uneasy about companies making money from the personal data they make available online, but are happy to turn a blind eye if it means they can continue using services such as Facebook for free. Aiming to give web users more control over what they share, Datacoup is a marketplace that lets anyone sell their personal information direct to advertisers. READ MORE…
Supermarket for poor families offers surplus branded goods at cut prices
There are many items that are produced, but don’t make it onto the shelves of supermarkets due to superficial damage, not meeting aesthetic standards or falling past their sell by dates. We’ve already seenThe Daily Table restaurant create cheap meals from expired, but still edible food, and now the UK has introduced its first Community Shop, a supermarket that sells discounted branded products that don’t meet high street chain standards to families receiving government welfare. READ MORE…
Google alternative helps rainforest regeneration through ad clicks
Consumers now spend a large proportion of both their work and leisure time browsing and searching the internet, and we’ve already seen initiatives like Ark help turn that activity into funding for charities and social causes. Hoping to win a slice of the search engine market, Germany-based Ecosia is now offering an alternative to Google and Bing, enabling users to generate income for rainforest programs by directing ad revenue to nonprofits. READ MORE…
Citizens support, fund, and read investigative journalism through single platform
The news industry is in dire need of a new business model in the wake of social media and citizen journalism putting talented writers out of a job, and one solution we’ve seen growing in popularity is crowdfunded pitches. Taking this onboard, Uncoverage is a comprehensive new platform that enables readers to regularly support the journalists they admire, and back investigations into the fields they think need covering. READ MORE…
Personal assistant app merges tasks with utility payments
Smartphone users have a plethora of apps to help them keep track of their daily appointments and to-do lists, however, it’s usually up to them to make sure they carry out the tasks. Now the newly updated 24me planner app automatically syncs with utilities and other services to remind and enable users to pay their bills. 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…