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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
Modular, floating home can be built on land or water
Buying a new home typically requires some research of the local area in order to understand where buyers will be living for the good few years to come, as well as whether the property is the right size for them. However, Czech architects have now created PORT X, a houseboat that can be customized with extra modules and anchored on both the river or land. READ MORE…
Buy a house, give one to a family in need
Consumers in the West typically take for granted the purchases they make every day that are out of the reach of others in poverty. The ‘buy one, give one’ model aims to tackle this problem by matching small purchases and donating them to those in need, such as bus tickets through Detroit’s WeRide program, or a pair of shoes through the popular TOMS brand. Operating on a much grander scale, Canada’s World Housing is now using the model to help build shelter for families in the poorest parts of the world. READ MORE…
Removals price comparison site takes individuals’ video footage into account
We’ve already seen interesting relocation ideas in the form of pedal-powered removals and house move services aimed especially at seniors, but our latest spotting puts new technology to use to make moving home easier. Moveline creates an inventory of its customers’ homes over video conferencing and works with removal companies to find the best deals. READ MORE…
Peer-to-peer housing site connects foreign tenants with landlords
The peer-to-peer model has proved useful in the past for communities wanting to better organize parking spaces and car sharing. Based in Singapore, Boxyroom is using this same method to help future tenants moving to a new country find landlords and vice versa. READ MORE…
Online platform aims to make household management easier
We’ve already seen online ventures such as HighScore House provide a way to manage household chores, and our newest spotting could be equally as helpful to homeowners. BrightNest is an organization tool for homes that keeps important information in one place and offers tips to keep the house in check. READ MORE…

An open source kit for designing and building a home

We’ve seen open source principles applied to cars, restaurants and phone service, to name just a few examples, but it wasn’t until very recently that we came across an open source solution for designing and building a home. Sure enough, though, WikiHouse is a brand-new effort to let anyone design and build their own dwelling. READ MORE…
In exchange for mortgage payments, consumers’ homes painted with ads

If consumers are willing to accept advertising on their cars, in their personal lives and on their social web pages,  then why not their homes as well? That, indeed, is essentially the  premise behind a new initiative from California-based mobile ad startup Adzookie, which just this week launched an effort to turn homes into giant advertising billboards. READ MORE…