Puddle creates a line of credit on-the-fly among friends. -
Sounds a lot like domestic mircrofinance from PSTI.
The New Mood Ring on Kickstarter -
With a bluetooth mood ring, we could create the ‘mood ring tone’ for your mobile phone.
The Problem: One of life’s great injustices is that companies make us navigate complicated and highly annoying phone trees, sometimes for hours. Then, when a company calls you, they expect an immediate response. With companies adopting automated customer service at a quickening pace, this system will remain frustrating until supercomputers develop empathy along with intelligence.
The Product: Introducing… “Hold Please”. A lot like the original Grand Central (now Google Voice), for just $10 a month you get a new phone number which you can give out as your “number” to service providers, Comcast, political campaigns, collection agents, creeps in the club, et. al..
When a company calls you, they get a taste of their own medicine:
Hold Please: “Please press 1 if you are a telemarketer. Press 2 if you are looking for money. Press 3 if we met while drunk the other night. Press 4 if I could already be a winner… Your approximate wait time is 70 minutes.”
…Wait there’s more: Additional features include
Implementation: This service would be a snap to setup with the Twilio API:
<Say>Twilio can speak text this easily.</Say>
<Say voice=”man”>It can sound like a man.</Say>
<Say voice=”woman” language=”en-gb”>Or a lady with a British accent.</Say>
<Say language=”es”>O en espanol.</Say>
Idea credit: Sam Lessin
Man purse marketing from the Onion -
More on The Man Purse.
How to kill a startup idea... -
Don’t waste your valuable time. Ask the hard questions early.
I was going to the flower shop the other day to get a rose for my significant other. Wondering if there was a better way for the local flower shop to market their product.
In targeted advertising is there an ability to create an ad for (in this case ordering flowers) that can show up as an ad or sponsored story only for people who 1) have an upcoming anniversary? 2) the person they are listed in a relationship with has an upcoming birthday?
Such targeted marketing could be highly valuable to florists or local jewelers along with the nations chains i.e. 1800flowers.com.
Facebook has been much maligned for serving ads that seem almost invasive into people’s personal lives. Rather than hope for an algorithm to solve our problems, what we really need is a better way to help one another.
For example, group gifting sites are one step toward helping one another get that perfect present for family and friends without having to bear the entire cost ourselves.
Facebook can help, but we can’t rely on it entirely.