The money is on the street, they say. You just have to have a an incredible business ideas, put it into practice and it will work out with great success. There are countless stories of founders who have actually become very successful with a clever and incredible business ideas model. And then again, there are products and services that are so crazy that the world can easily do without them – and yet they have made it to the market.
One of the craziest business ideas that can be found on almost every top-10 start-up list is the million dollar homepage from 2005. 21-year-old student Alex Tew sold a million advertising pixels at his own site for the price of one one dollar per pixel. The site spread like wildfire, and in addition to individuals, large companies bought whole pixel blocks to place their company logo on the website. There were many imitators, but none became a millionaire after Alex Tew.
The example of the One Million Dollar website shows that no idea is too crazy not to potentially make a deal out of it. While some of these incredible ideas for business are just a short-lived trend, a look at unusual foundations not only makes you smile but also activates your entrepreneurial spirit. We present a few ideas – with a wink:
DOOGLES, THE SUNGLASSES FOR DOGS
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Dog owners are no longer just spending money on food, sleeping pots, linen harness and toys. Smart business people have realized that the world’s dog (ebsitzer) is also susceptible to fashion accessories. If the sun shines outside while walking, the owner puts on his sunglasses and Bello gets his “Doogles” on the fur nose – from the American online shop for dog sunglasses .
MAIL FROM SANTA CLAUS
In just over two months, the market is booming with Christmas cards, because every year in December sent greetings to friends, family and business partners . An imaginative, self-proclaimed “Santa Claus” founded SantaMail and sends personally-written mail from Santa Claus to children. The American “Santa” named Byron Reese is a multiple millionaire and now there are similar portals in Germany, such as www.santapost.de or www.brief-weihnachtsmann.de .
A TEDDY TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD
Japan is known for incredible ideas for business: there are music-playing toilets and robotic restaurants. And at least one Japanese must have felt inspired by the movie “The Fabulous World of Amélie” when he saw the Garden Gnome on a world tour. Unagi Travel is a Japanese travel agency for stuffed animals and offers teddy & co exciting adventure tours eg through Tokyo. And if you do not want to let your plush friend travel halfway across the globe, you can try it out with the Teddy Tour Berlin .
I ORDER A COW
Nowadays, there is nothing that can not be ordered online: books, furniture, travel, food – the list is long. But what about farm animals like cows and pigs? Yes, they were available at www.vieh24.de . No joke. Farmers were able to order the desired bulls by clicking on this online portal and saved their way to the next auction. Meanwhile, there is the page from the year 2011 but not more.
PLAY ME THE SONG ON THE BANANA
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. Only the smartest in the country study here, creative minds with a high technical and engineering understanding. Two of them invented the Makey Makey project: a tool that can be used to turn real bananas into a piano keyboard at home. It’s best to see for yourself how it’s done, have fun!