‘Africa-tough’ portable phone charger is a business in a box
Given the importance of mobile devices in today’s world, making phone charging easier is something that numerous projects have set out to achieve. We’ve already seen Richard Nicoll’s charging handbag enable users to charge on-the-go, although this device is aimed at a western audience that can recharge the bag once they’re in the office or at home. Catering for the African market, the eChaja is a solar-powered portable charger that helps users make money by offering charging facilities in remote locations. READ MORE…

‘Africa-tough’ portable phone charger is a business in a box

Given the importance of mobile devices in today’s world, making phone charging easier is something that numerous projects have set out to achieve. We’ve already seen Richard Nicoll’s charging handbag enable users to charge on-the-go, although this device is aimed at a western audience that can recharge the bag once they’re in the office or at home. Catering for the African market, the eChaja is a solar-powered portable charger that helps users make money by offering charging facilities in remote locations. READ MORE…

PlanSpot
We first covered PlanSpot last year when the startup was in the run-up to its launch date. Billed as an event marketing platform that primarily synced with social media sites to easily enable a promotion campaign, founder Reinoud Tjallema has since considerably changed the direction of his business. It’s a brave move for any startup team to stop, reassess their business plan, and decide to move away from the original intention. But this is what Reinoud did when he realized that his startup wasn’t helping his clients as effectively as he had hoped. In his words: “We dropped most of the social media integrations and decided to focus on what our users really want.” READ MORE…

PlanSpot

We first covered PlanSpot last year when the startup was in the run-up to its launch date. Billed as an event marketing platform that primarily synced with social media sites to easily enable a promotion campaign, founder Reinoud Tjallema has since considerably changed the direction of his business. It’s a brave move for any startup team to stop, reassess their business plan, and decide to move away from the original intention. But this is what Reinoud did when he realized that his startup wasn’t helping his clients as effectively as he had hoped. In his words: “We dropped most of the social media integrations and decided to focus on what our users really want.” READ MORE…



Wise Words with Bill Diffenderfer
The world of car rentals can provide a frustrating experience. The choice of vehicles on offer can be varied in quality, and the rental process can be time-consuming. Often potential customers want to rent a car at short notice, if they are flying into a particular location and need to get to a particular venue at a certain time, for example. READ MORE…

Wise Words with Bill Diffenderfer

The world of car rentals can provide a frustrating experience. The choice of vehicles on offer can be varied in quality, and the rental process can be time-consuming. Often potential customers want to rent a car at short notice, if they are flying into a particular location and need to get to a particular venue at a certain time, for example. READ MORE…

Wise Words with Mehmet Fidanboylu

Marblar takes a crowdsourcing approach to scientific research, with the aim of developing concepts into real-world applications. Mehmet and his co-founders noticed that the majority of science projects were kept within a tight-knit team, which often meant that lots of exciting ideas were left to gather dust if the required skills for development weren’t present. He decided that the best way to make these ideas a reality was to source help from far and wide, and created Marblar to encourage this. READ MORE…

Juggling time management in a startup

We often speak to startup founders who tell us that one of the most difficult aspects of starting a business is finding the time to do all the wide-ranging tasks that are required when getting a project off the ground. Founding a business often requires dexterous multi-tasking skills and the slimline nature of most new businesses means that is often the responsibility of one person to work on myriad aspects of a business – a jack of all trades approach. READ MORE…
Tapping aggregate smartphone data for new, community-level insights
A wealth of data is generated by smartphones around the globe every day, yet rarely is it tapped in aggregate form. The NextTrain app we profiled last year is perhaps one exception, but startup Behavio aims to take such efforts even further. Specifically, Behavio seeks to use the huge amount of data smartphones collect to identify patterns of behavior across society. READ MORE…

Tapping aggregate smartphone data for new, community-level insights

A wealth of data is generated by smartphones around the globe every day, yet rarely is it tapped in aggregate form. The NextTrain app we profiled last year is perhaps one exception, but startup Behavio aims to take such efforts even further. Specifically, Behavio seeks to use the huge amount of data smartphones collect to identify patterns of behavior across society. READ MORE…


Startup incubator created from modular offices

Office space is a perennial challenge for young startups and entrepreneurs, which is why we’ve seen the emergence of solutions ranging from stand-alone garden offices to rentals by the desk. Taking a page from all the examples of modular architecture we’ve seen over the years — including, just recently, the FlexNatürcondo design — Indianapolis software firm DeveloperTown recently designed a wood-frame modular office that will soon be used to convert a local warehouse into a startup incubator. READ MORE…

Startup incubator created from modular offices

Office space is a perennial challenge for young startups and entrepreneurs, which is why we’ve seen the emergence of solutions ranging from stand-alone garden offices to rentals by the desk. Taking a page from all the examples of modular architecture we’ve seen over the years — including, just recently, the FlexNatürcondo design — Indianapolis software firm DeveloperTown recently designed a wood-frame modular office that will soon be used to convert a local warehouse into a startup incubator. READ MORE…