« Marketer as Leader | Main | Banging on the Keys »



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Love it!

-- Lee

If you read this list, really read it, how can you not be overwhelmed with optimism?

Have you ever thought of going on Dragons Den?

Wow that's an amzingly inspiring list. Given me quite a few ideas of now to start on them.

Just a quick one, 994 has already been done..

How about a website to help people adopt a brother or sister between China and the USA . . The Chinese are hungry for American values and pretty soon, they will have more people that speaks English than the whole USA combined. VIRGIN TERRITORY
Hey. .I got plenty more where that come from. .

If you read this list, really read it, how can you not be overwhelmed with optimism? Seth, I've not read the list yet, just seeing it I'm already filled with optimism! Who knows what will happen to me once I've read it properly, which I shall do now!

I live in RI, and a lot of these are already happening here... some of them are even nationwide, ie # Digital family whiteboard on fridge (like an iTablet for the family) - there's a audiovox homebase system

There are some really fascinating ideas on the list! It would take a while to get through all of them! What I'm taking away apart from the list is the sharing aspect and generosity of the nine, to inspire us.

Thank You

All in favor to submitting this as the stimulus package please stand up. Inspiring. Insightful. Thanks for sharing.

All the best!

I have a solution to #55 "A way to ensure that each person can only create one account on a website, without having to sacrifice anonymity."

We created a USB authentication service that only allows access when a USB drive is plugged in. The USB drive serves to identify the user and permit access to a secured area.

Great ideas guys.

Sure, you can read through the list and pick out some that are already happening, but that's really not the point.

Think of the possibilities, and if someone has done it before, there's nothing stopping you doing it better.

An inspiring list.

To emphasize your point about how easy it is to come up with ideas, in just the first 10, I've seen about half already being being done.

Outstanding and inspiring list. I vote for submitting the list to Mark Cuban!

#112 - we do that!

To reiterate the point David made, a lot of these have already been done and that's okay. eBay wasn't the first auction site.

What I took away from this list is that the idea is less important than how you execute it.

Great list - made me think of a couple more things to add to it;-)

What an neat challenge. True proof that there are still so many ideas out there that have not been implemented. Just reading through this list has given me so many spin-off ideas.

Its interesting how the timing of this posting has correlated with the Mark Cuban project. I think that all entrepreneurs are searching for unique projects that they can focus their time and energy on in the down economy.

I bet you guys are having a great time with Seth. Cant wait to see what else you come up with!

Are these ideas supposed to be new? If so, sorry to inform you, but, excluding the silly and the useless, all these ideas have been realized already (also a lot of the silly and useless ones too). Try with another 1000!

#14: poesybeat.org

What happend to 789?

I saw about 20 items in the list that are being executed as we speak. Some are doing better than others...

Awesome guys!
Loved the post.

Another idea: Create an algorithm for generating business ideas ...lol

A lot of these have already been done and abandoned; there's no money in it. Some just aren't tenable for one reason or another. A lot are already being done.

With other ideas, the hold up is the entrepreneur themselves; case in point: "#4. A website that you can submit your design and work with vendors to manufacture your own clothes line". I do this already on my forum. The issue is paranoia. People don't want to expose their ideas without NDAs etc no matter how unwarranted those may be (you'd have to see the reams of things that cross my desk and screen).

#326: it's called a "Library"

Love it! The next step: Take each idea and come up with 10 more variations. That's where the REALLY innovative ideas will start to emerge.

interesting list.

we've been working on number 12 since last november ^^

Great list for anybody that is looking for inspiration.

Regarding 789: Many people are currently running that model and not doing too well with it.

On second thought, this list is great in stimulating creativity.
This is what came to my mind reading the first 75 ideas...
1. Prepackaged food supplies based on the lists from the dietologists.
2. Incubator site providing land space, hosting, etc. for farmer-startups that are seed funded.
3. In-grocery store service that will decide what you are going to eat tonight (don’t know what to cook? let them decide - fixed price)
4. A website that you can submit your design and work with vendors to manufacture your own car line.
5. Online discount brokerage that has no closing hours and provides access to all exchanges of collectors items (e.g. hamster coffins) throughout the world and handles currency and legal issues automatically.
6. Stamphead, where paper currency can be custom made in the likeness of an avatar the user creates.
7. Aggregator site for stock market investors to collect daily reports. Basic would be for people like me who just want to know if they lost something and how much; advanced would pull down all available hope.
8. A gadget to cook any food with a laser beam that will recognize the kind of food and cook it for the right time.
9. Memory stimulating Gum. MMM...that girl in college….
10. A credit card that will automatically invest 10% in bonds.
11. Storm Consulting - Teach companies how to create a storm.
12. Create a website for poor people and a list of their projects/needs and a similar list for rich people. Its a central meeting place for people to look for funding from the right people.
13. Tutorial videos for agricultural skills for people who don't have food but need it.
14. Website where musicians can insult each other
15. Signs in restaurants on menus that list all the cooks and their health status..
16. Network of chefs that rotate between chefs
17. Society storage facilities completely removed from nuclear waste.
18. Hedge and trenches to protect homeowners facing foreclosure.
19. Small-town / city - sites - most small town sites are terrible
20. A whistle orchestra, if you can find basses
21. A voodoo service where you can email them your mom's photograph and have them sting it for you during lunch time.
22. Multiple camera angles on live television (especially forpornography) for online viewing
23. Replicate foreign countries for reality TV shows.
24. Tye swap service
25. A medicine online service that diagnoses your ailment and tells you where to buy medicines at the lowest price
26. Create the modular snuggie, from childhood to maturity
27. A company that removes monitors at a building entry and replaces them with good old doorman; monitors can’t stop a taxi
28. Web-based language tutors leveraging Skype and Twitter for curriculum.
29. PC rental in hospitals
30. Web package for a school system that allows parents to see their kids' school schedules, grades, lunches, sports activities; being a teacher, I am glad to let you know that this service exists in my school; it will also send an sms to the family when the student does not arrive at school.
31. Santo’s Delivery Service - Santo will come to your home on Xmas and deliver your worst enemy head on a tray
32. Presentation Consulting - Teach companies how to improve their presentations: 101 alternatives to “how are you?”
33. A website that boasts: Buy one product, period.
34. Tribe Consulting - Help individuals becoming a shaman
35. Music Box manufacturer that will turn any dead pet (e.g. a hamster) mailed to them into music boxes.
36. Customer feedback software for mobile phones sold to brokers.
37. Web-based rent-a-Chief Executive.
38. Application to sell to students that allows students to access their transcripts online and manipulate them.
39. Exchange birthday or Xmas presents (like PaperBackSwap.com) for food.
40. Monthly subscription service for front door shoe cleaning service
41. Cell phone made of edible materials
42. iPhone app that tells you odds for a flight from NY
43. “See you at the cemetery” pairing service for widowers
44. A service that discounts newspapers after 8pm the day of print. I do not want to buy a NYTimes for $5 at the end of the day, specially if I just need it to wrap myself up to sleep in the park.
45. Nonprofit that takes old retired people to developing countries
46. A unified affiliate marketing program for every store of the world.
47. Company for small local businesses that don’t know what to do when they have no customers
48. Website mock-ups for people organizing scams
49. Grass delivery service for college campuses: Fresh direct for dorm rooms.
50. Independent calorie testing company - A company that should do testing on food for consumers to determine calorie content, but actually takes money from the industries.
51. Earplugs that go very deep into your ears so you won’t hear your own thoughts.
52. Online transcription service for family rows, good for divorce cases- leveraging Amazon Mechanical Turk.
53. Google for video & audio - text to voice for blind people-> with searchable tags
54.A folding machine to be connected to the dryer.
55. A way to delete a person’s account on a web site if his bank account goes below a certain sum.
56. A custom made cover for computers and technology that will harmonize with the rest of the furniture.
57. Crutches that stand upright by themselves and walk by themselves too!
58. Dresing on a Budget - for people who still want to look good but can't afford it- client defines a set budget and consultants design using budget pieces from TJMaxx or Marshall's or odds & ends shops
59. Landscaping business specializing only on rooftop golf courses.
60. Company that records your voice message and other digital forms of media and sends it out into blogosphere as a message in a bottle, a bloggle.
61. Fireplace rehab – clean, paint, resurface, whatever to make it pretty. Take the whole thing away and bring it back when it’s finished.
62. "How to live on a large budget" website written by college students for college student for all rich college towns sponsored by local jeweller coupons.
63. Someone/service that keeps inventory in a household (products, cleaning, cousins, nephews…etc.)
64. A cloning company that brings Marilyn back – the best girl ever!
65. Online Firewood Sales - Sell firewood online directly to consumers and business.
Download an image of your preferred wood, print it and burn it.
66. On-click online data storage and streaming of a clients entire media library. (never lose anything again and have anywhere anytime access) Charge by the GB and bandwidth. Provide conversion services from CD to MP3. And when you don’t know what to do with all that crap anymore, have it incinerated and have the ashes delivered at home.
67. Business Shop (fresh and creative businesses)
68. A mobile job fair in a tractor trailer that pulls up in the parking lots of offices of businesses performing massive layoffs. You then make money by renting out space in the trailer to companies in similar industries. The real business would be in the catering.
69. Online Bush-era Bank CEO Memorabilia Store - Sell memorabilia online directly to investors
70.Systems to utilize the kinetic energy of toilet water in skyscrapers.
71. Synthetic software for customer profiling.
72. Pre-compiled shopping lists in vending machines at supermarkets.
73. OnlineConfessions.com. read other confessions and share the you own anonymously. Make a donation and you get absolved.
74. Instant Flush builder, providing belly-motion templates for easy download and sound to fit animation.
75. “Zoo-net” animals licensing agency. Rent or exchange animals between zoos.
Good ideas don't come by the dozen.

Wow. Long list. There is a website where musicians collaborate on tracks. There is also a custom stamp website. And, where I live (New Haven, CT) there is a cup cake company. But they don't have a shop. They drive around and sell cupcakes. They have become pretty popular.

I think more important than the list itself is the point you expose. A lot of people keep their idea to themselves for fear of people 'stealing' their idea. But you are right - it's the execution of the idea that is key. In addition to an idea you need to have: resources -both time and money, talent/skills/ability , and how about moxy/spunk/guts to get it to market.

Kudos to you guys!

I think this is a great project that you guys are working on and all but how about 999 original business ideas? There are so many of these that are taken already. How about two from your top 10:

#4 Custom clothes line - Cafepress is huge!

#6 Custom stamps - http://www.zazzle.com/custom/stamps

Oh and for the strange amongst you who wants herbal gum I'll throw in an extra.

#9 Rosemary gum - http://thinkgum.com/howandwhy.html

Google would really have filtered this list down to maybe 50 original ideas.

I don't think that the point was to come up with fully original, one of a kind businesses.

I think the point was that anyone, with a little creativity, can come up with all kinds of ideas.

And besides, there's always the idea that the next person to build the mousetrap can build it better or stronger.

I particually like #496. I'd pay for that :-)

I just LOVE 573, "monetize this list"! Excellent!

But what the HECK is 186?!

I wonder if any of these qualify for Mark Cuban's search?

Brilliant, super-inspiring list! I haven't read all of it but I see a bunch where I went: Wow! I can't believe someone hasn't done that.

I am living 915 in my house!

Great work! And I agree with @Enrique Carlos that this should go to the stimulus package.

Beside probably starting one of these on my own, I would be interested in collaboratinng with anyone on any one of these ideas. My marketing skills aren't great, but my web programming skills are excellent!

#632: it's actually already been done - it's available at http://www.bookswim.com/

ah ha..Just 999. How about making houses using coke can?

Dude. We've got #2, #106, & #146. We don't do scavenger hunts but we have been known to pick people up from coffee shops and bring them here to build forts...

Check it: http://www.bucketworks.org/

Funny - the first option is done in Melbourne (Australia), where I grew up. There's a few chains of academic bookstores that put together packages for each year level at a lot of schools, where you get sent a list, tick which subjects you're doing at the school you're at, and an individualised package is put together with all the books required for that year. If you find second-hand books or already have copies of certain books, then you can choose to cut the books out of the package.

Seriously awesome folks.

I'm jealous of you all! Well done.

millions of ideas, it's leadership that's scarce.

Thanks again!

How long will it take me to come up with 100, if I do it in a sprint, if I do it without a mint, in the bath with the cat, on the moon with a spoon...?
I thought I was somewhat brilliant because I come up with great ideas almost every day. This is fun and yes positive.

And yes I will act on one of my ideas. I promise I will.

Great, you guys just "stole" half my wonderful ideas. Now there is nothing left to do but actually work. Sucks.

Hey, I have an invention. It's this button you press and you sprout wings and you can fly. You can fly into outer space, to the moon, to Jupiter if you like.

The list of ideas has some weaknesses.
We need something much better.

In my opinion it should be approached in the following way:

1) Organize the list of ideas as real competition.
2) Each person can suggest no more than three ideas.
3) There should be one dollar entry fee for anybody who wishes to participate.
4) Each entry should include summary, what effect the idea would bring and also implementation plan.
5) Provide voting system, so we can find out whose idea is the best. Voting system would have the possibility to vote for originality, how easy is to implement the idea and how clear is implementation plan.
6) Winners should get some kind of award. It could be money, publicity or a chance to meet Seth in person.

What a treasure chest of ideas for entrepreneurs' dreams. You present several food/chef service concepts - I just thought of something today: rent a chef to cook WITH you. Not FOR you. You do the cooking and the chef helps you with tips on shopping, prepping, cooking methods and techniques, short cuts, etc. And while he's doing it , he can explain jokes you don't get to you (#917). I'm a chef and I know 100 other chefs. Anyone up for starting an agency?

Thank you for the ideas. I think legal advice hot line(343) would be very effective for small business and individuals. I am implementing 541, helping people build tribes.

#398 English speaking, US educated virtual assistant, huh?

You're in luck. There are 3,000+ of us to choose from, always only a few clicks away...

Even though several of these items are already in existence, I think it's a spectacular list. I know very few people who could throw down 111 problem-solving ideas in one week's time. Kudos on the creativity!

cool ..liked it.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Don't miss a thing! Free updates by email and RSS

  • Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner