Monthly Archives: May 2007

Startup #54 – Lindz, Brit and P-Hilt Virtual Bobbleheads

brit.jpgI don’t know if anyone actually calls Paris Hilton “P-Hilt” but it sounded good in my head. 

Aight, so people love celebrities.  They love to watch celebrities, they love to read about celebrities, they love to dress up their twin poodles like the Olsen twins

Aight, so people love Facebook.  They love to browse Facebook, they love to post to Facebook, they love to dress up their twin poodles like Facebook.

Let’s put the two together, shall we?  Today’s idea is a Facebook widget featuring a hot celebrity that pulls in the latest news, gossip, pictures, videos, etc..  The widget would feature a hee-larious bobblehead caraciture along with links to the latest info about the celeb.

One way to make this a little more interesting is to offer limited-edition bobblehead widgets.  For example, you could offer a special bald Brittney bobblehead for the first 500 users.  Users could trade or sell bobbleheads to other users, and build up valuable collections of their favorite celebs.

Whatcha think?  Don’t forget, only two hours left in the big contest!  Hurry up and send an idea, any idea…trust me, it will be the easiest $50 you will ever make.

50th Idea Spectacaganzalations Contest – Extended!

Due to unpopular demand, I’m extending the deadline of the contest until midnight tomorrow (Thursday, May 31).  And to sweeten the pot a bit…what the heck, I’ll throw $50 to the winner via PayPal (standard sweepstakes rules apply – not valid where contests are illegal in your country).  Here’s a repost of the contest – hurry up and send me those ideas for some easy money!

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Yeah, 50 ideas!  To celebrate, I wanted to kick-off a contest for all my favorite readers (that’s you!).  It’s pretty simple really.  I’m going to post a list of five domain names.  All you have to do is choose one of the domains and come up with a killer idea for that site.  When you come up with something, shoot me an Email at kleneway_AT_hotmail.com by midnight next Tuesday (5/29) Thursday (5/31).  I’ll post the top ideas, and also give a prize out to the one that I think is the best.  Winners are judged on the perceived value of the idea, originality, and humor.

Make sense?  All right, here are the domains, get ready to brainstorm:

Good luck!

Startup #53 – Stealing is Cool

coke.jpgQuick,  click here and check this out.  It’s from the CapitalAI blog, just discovered it yesterday and it rocks.  Mark is like me, but with a bigger brain and better way of taking things like words and like actually putting them together in ways that like make sense and stuff.

Anyway, to celebrate the discovery of an interesting new blog, I’m going to steal one of his ideas.  It’s #18 on the list – cell phone advertising.  In case you haven’t been paying attention, the biggest acquisitions that have been going on in the tech world have nothing to do with all these cool little Web 2.0 sites.  It’s all around the ad network providers.  DoubleClick to Google for a cool 3.1 BILLION dollars.  aQuantive for $6B to the guys who sign my paycheck.  Pretty wild stuff.

At the end of the day, ad companies are all about subsidising valuable services.  For instance, Google provides the valuable service of Internet search in exchange for viewing a few ads.  Network TV and radio serve up ads in exchange for producing <ahem> quality <cough, yeah right> content.  I dig it – I’d much rather ignore/subconciously consume a few ads instead of paying a monthly fee to Google.  Which got me to thinking…if we can subsidize *services* with ads, why not subsidize *products*?

Here’s my idea – a platform that allows users to subsidize the purchase of a product in exchange for a few ads.  Quick example, let’s say you were going to buy a cell phone.  You have two choices:

  1. A typical cell phone that has a customizable background/ringtone for $199 + $40 per month for service
  2. The new CokePhone that has a choice of 25 phat Coke backgrounds, and a ringtone that plays the song “I’d like to buy the world a Coke“.  In exchange for a little sellout action, you can get the phone for free and save $5/month on service.

What about a $100 refrigerator that displays ads through a small panel on the front of the door?  A half-price washing machine that has a digital, rotating ad on the top of the lid?

What do you guys think?  Scary, eh?  Sounds pretty crazy, but within the next 100 years I guarentee someone is going to make a killing off this concept (someone = Google?  MS?).

Startup #52 – Show Me The Money

thai-50f.jpgWhy can’t US money be all colorful and interesting?  Anyway, today I was reading an interesting post on Techcrunch about LaLa.com rolling out a free streaming music service.  I checked it out and fell in love with the concept.  If you haven’t heard of it, their core functionality is CD swapping (think P2P Netflix for music).  I dig music and typically purchase several CDs a month.  Instead of paying $10-$15 per CD, I could use LaLa and get new music for $1.75/album in exchange for trading some old discs that are just gathering dust on my shelf.  That’s a good $30 a month I could save – sweet!

I started thinking about my newfound extra cash and thought about how many other money-saving services are out there.  Which leads to today’s idea.  It’s a site where you can enter in the amount of money you pay each month for various catagories (music, movies, phone, TV, web hosting, video games, etc..), and it would return a list of websites that could help you save money, along with the total monthly savings.  Here’s an example of how it might work:

  • Music – $40
  • Movies – $20 rental, $25 theater
  • Phone – $30
  • TV – $50 (stupid Comcast!)
  • Web hosting – $10 (I heart GoDaddy)
  • Video Games – $15

And here would be a sample result

  • Music – LaLa.com (save $30)
  • Movies – Netflix starter package (save $5)
  • Phone – Skype + headset (save $40)
  • TV – www.tv-links.co.uk (save $50 – can be used to pay your pending legal bills)
  • Web hosting – GAFYD/Office Live (save $10)
  • Video Games – No savings here (GameFly would show up if costs were over $20)

Total savings: $135/month

What do you guys think?  Let’s hear from you…yes, I’m talking to you…put down that turkey leg and gimme some comments.

Happy Memorial Day!

Whew, had a nice long weekend in the grand ol’ state of Montana.  I’ll be back tomorrow to kick off the summer with bunch of new ideas.  I can’t wait, all you out-of-towners don’t know that there’s “nothin’ better than the summer in the Northwest“.  Especially this one.  :) 

Startup #51 – Tickle Me Emo

lolcatsicons_small1.jpgI don’t even need to really describe this idea, the lolcats on the left say it all. 

OK, maybe a little explanation is in order.  Humans have a ridiculously advanced ability to visually perceive emotions. For example, think of the cognitive horsepower that’s involved when looking at the lolcats emoticon picture.  Surprise, laughter, happiness, and fear – all expressed through both cat faces and characters.  Pretty amazing if you’re dorky enough to stop and think about it.  It’s not just visual, we also have an incredible ability to connect emotions to music.  And yet, we still have a difficult time putting our exact emotions into words. 

That’s where today’s idea comes into play.  It’s a Pandora-like site that ties together pictures and music based on emotion.  Here’s how it works.  While users are listening to music, they are shown a running slide show of various pictures.  As the pictures scroll by, users choose the pictures that have the same emotional impact as the song they are listening to.  If a user sees a picture that fits the mood that they are in, they would be able to choose more music that matches that picture.

Got a good idea for www.bridechilla.com?  Write it up, send it to me (kleneway_AT hotmail.com), and you could be a winner! 

50th Idea Spectacaganzalations Contest

Yeah, 50 ideas!  To celebrate, I wanted to kick-off a contest for all my favorite readers (that’s you!).  It’s pretty simple really.  I’m going to post a list of five domain names.  All you have to do is choose one of the domains and come up with a killer idea for that site.  When you come up with something, shoot me an Email at kleneway_AT_hotmail.com by midnight next Tuesday (5/29).  I’ll post the top ideas, and also give a prize out to the one that I think is the best.  Winners are judged on the perceived perceived (except after c!) value of the idea, originality, and humor.

Make sense?  All right, here are the domains, get ready to brainstorm:

Good luck!