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    So insiders has "Fastlane Ideas: Executioner Needed" and we have "
    100 Unsexy Business Ideas: Name as many as you can!"

    I thought it might be interesting to have a freeform / brain dump thread for just ideas in general. Remember no crying foul if someone executes on something you post. I'll start.

    1.)Outsourced agriculture / crowdfunding :
    So outsourced agriculture is a thing, its also a thing you can invest in , you can also do "donations" via microtransaction with sites like kiva (you dont keep the profits)
    So I was thinking of sort of merging them , you use existing microtransaction and charity infastructure as point of contact / followup and a springboard.
    Small farmers pitch the idea or folks in contact with them put them into the directory (we have x amount of land, with y yearly rainfall in z environment etc) and then folks bid on a farmer or an idea.
    You could even customize it, maybe they grow golden pineapples right now but you need to secure a source of tea in 5 years time, well, you use this system to buy into the farmer and work with them to transition things. Maybe they grow cassava but you need it organic, well 'voila'
    You're allowing small scale farmers to access cash and international markets but they get to retain control of day to day operations (and turn a higher profit hopefully)

    2.) Subscripotion based hotel booking
    So I just googled it and "finalprice" does something similar but...

    Monthly flat rate subscription for x days a month hotels accomodations meeting y and z criteria for amenities.

    Someone who travels a lot , be it a high power insurance company vp or a salesmen living out of his car , this person needs hotels and needs them a lot. Now people who travel a lot have "preferences" for certain hotels but brand loyalty isn't as big as it is in say, car buying or something (they aren't married to hilton or motel 6 as long as were in the ballpark)

    You charge a flat monthly or yearly rate (different tiers of pricing) and they just give you say a weeks notice "ill be driving / flying in on this date" with their required amenities.

    That info gets sent to a VA who arranges accommodations.
    I think you'd lose money on the subscription, having to overpay for last minute bookings (although maybe with enough subscribers you could get discounts), I think the money here would be in the lead generation (up-sell) / data acquisition.

    I now have a verified traveler and a date of arrival, can I upsell dining? lyft and uber? what about entertainment? , I can have a gift basket waiting in the room full of fruit and wine shooters and brochures. Who did they fly with last? southwest? I bet delta would be interested in offering them some kind of discount for next time, did they rent a car and do a red eye trip? who did they rent through? sure bet the competitors wish they could contact this person...

    On the back-end I now have a customer profile probably worth something to someone and contact details, high power vp guy has great credit prefers xyz dining over abc, he never dines at the hotels but often uses the spas...
    So we have a sort of "traveling business person" directory that we're able to build up and resell or sell access to.

    3.) Rent Deposit Bounty Hunter service

    So when you rent a place you put down a deposit, apparently this often doesn't cover damages , from the tenants point of view that last minute hustle to clean and try to get that money back is a major pain point, they already have to move boxes , now they have to clean as well?
    So the company has say 3 person teams with a team lead, all of them generalists, carper removal and install, drywall repair, painting (you could even have those computerized paint match machines they have at hardware stores and walmarts and things in the back of the van to do touch ups on the spot)

    Heres the pitch (and we pitch both tenants and owners) , we come in that last day and fix everything to predefined requirements and we take [INSERT BLANK] <- either a flat fee or a % of the deposit
    So you'd need to do walk troughs and get something in writing beforehand on what constitutes "good enough" but I also think that as long as a deicison maker (for the property owner) is available last minute you could get them on board.

    Focus initially on rentals around college campuses , the kids parents are the cosigners and they sure as hell arent flying down to help and they probably already thought that deposit money was a goner anyway (and of course college kids are destructive) , easy sell, easy win for everyone.
    Low income areas, these people consider the deposit to be just another cost of living, for the most part they just presume they wont get it back, so what do they have to lose by letting your team take a crack at it?

    The catch here is of course , if its a flat fee then why wouldnt they just do everything but the worst part themselves (say the carpet) then hire a carpet cleaner? , and low income folks wont have money for the fee.
    If its a true "bounty" service , you might go to lots of sites where you can't possible fix things and turn a profit for the deposit amount, just wasting time.

    But, that money is their sitting and waiting for someone to deliver on better / more efficient/ faster cleaning.

    4.)VR Art Gallery
    So this idea is sort of being executed on, but not in the way I envisioned.
    So what if you could put on a vr helmet and go peruse galleries from the comfort of your own home?
    Boom, ok so, We have a website with a directory of galleries to tour in virtual reality, you can buy the things you see .

    Execution :we get a headset and vest setup (covered in cameras) and tie it into some AI run software (to detect painting and sculptures and capture lots of photos from different angles and such)
    You send those to galleries all over the world for free , you send them another piece of software you've created for free as well, this software updates the main websites when they've sold a piece of art to someone on their end (so you dont sell a piece twice accidentally)

    Someone at the art gallery walks around and the cameras take photos of all the pieces and capture artist bio's and prices, we send that info back to the gallery owner for verification and then publish it onto the website.
    The gallery owner gets free exposure and more sales, you take a cut of any sales made via the website.

    The initial out of pocket is huge of course as we've got 2 software programs and the hardware to integrate but I had this idea walking around the galleries in sedona arizona, definitely room for someone to come in and synchronize all these different players.

    So when I said this was "sort of" being executed, I see companies that will either charge you an arm and a leg for a boutique experience (they'll make your gallery virtual) or companies advertising to get galleries onto their vr gallery platform, but I dont see that anyones made this a no brainer for the gallery owners or easy to use for art buyers, that is, its too many steps, in my mind someone at the gallery slowly saunters about the place for an hour or two and the software does the rest, we ship the hardware, we pay for return shipping, we onboard them with the software that makes sure a piece isnt sold twice and we handle getting folks to look at and buy the art.
    No ones connected the dots and made this simple yet.

    What are your half baked ideas?
     
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    I was actually thinking about something last night and I wonder if there could be a way to make profit out of it.

    4. Buy/rent a truck. Offer businesses to carry their packages from their place to the closest post office. People need to print the correct shipping label from the post office's online services beforehand - this way you aren't charged for their packages.

    Then, establish a daily route that your crew does twice a day: early in the morning and at the end of the day.

    5. Literally half baked idea : Cheesecake Popsicles. Even better - Vegan cheesecake popsicles. I'm actually going to try a couple recipes just for fun. My goal would be to make something vegan that actually tastes good (just kidding, vegan friends). Also - Some kind of vegan chocolate ice cream popsicles.

    Then sell as a subscription box or per unit online. With dry ice packaging because I got the inspiration from another thread..... :)
     
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    I'm sure this is already a thing, but whoever is doing it isn't marketing themselves very well, because I've tried to find it for myself: startup career development.

    Working with people stuck in shitty, old-school offices to retool and connect with talent-hungry startups. The startup needs the talent (if they are at the right stage of growth), and the employee needs a purpose (instead of repetitive, non-value-add tasks). Angle List is a step in the right direction, but that's more the traditional application model. I'm envisioning a talent service that sells startup jobs to employees looking for a modern lifestyle.

    EDIT: Nevermind, this is just a glorified recruiter lol
     
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    An opportunity in providing alternatives as the demand (and appetite) for plastic wanes...

    Whale found dead with almost 50 pounds of plastic in its stomach

    I know given a choice, I'll choose something more environmentally friendly. No matter what you believe on global warming, plastic pollution is a big problem.
     
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    This is somewhat blasphemous, but I always come back to the sex toy industry.
     
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    Half baked.

    Small texter sized vaporiser pen designed with a long lasting battery that doesn't go flat.

    The only ones that seem to last are the big mods and you don't wanna carry that with you when you go out.
     
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    Not much seriously - but what about smartphone or smartphone case that use its battery to vape?

    ... or other way - small vaporizer pen, without battery but with thin cable that connects to smartphone's battery.
     
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    You'll probably have to change your countries dairy law/regulations. Too much hassle.
     
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    Hahaha...I know where this comes from!

    The closest substitutes I have ever seen for a milk-like flavour (cheese is from milk anyway) is carrot for a 100% vegan soup. I think cauliflower does contribute as well, although normally, its bland when prepped in other ways.

    I think to try to reproduce a vegan cheese flavour, you will have to combine several vege/fruits and spices.

    For the smoothness, I think banana can do. Just a bit. Or maybe downgrade the banana flavour with salt, like cheese?

    But for the tangy flavour of cheese....I'm not sure what is there to replicate it.
     
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    Could be an interesing, unsexy business. But there are some potential value skews there to consider, namely, you're saving someone from a lot of emotional turmoil.
     
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    Is this much different than just a normal estate sale company or trash hauler?
     
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    The service could be offered for a nominal cost, providing you get to keep most/all of the proceeds when you go to resell the items. A business like this would need quite a bit of warehouse space, and ideally a retail storefront in the way of a thrift store for your selling channel.

    I have a friend who has a moving business, and his customers regularly give him old furniture and other sellable items that he ends up making solid cash via craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, etc. Profit margins are always excellent when your merchandise acquisition cost is zero, or near-zero.

    I just lost a close friend, and she left 1 acre of stuff behind to her adult daughter. It will take months to completely clean out the property, and I can tell she's overwhelmed by it. Her mom's property couldn't be sold in the current condition because all of the stuff that's piled up, so part of your network of partners would naturally be real estate agents who want to help you list the property faster, funeral homes, etc.
     
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    Have any of you scoured "hobby" sites/subreddits to find a need? Perhaps hobbies you think sound interesting but you have not really done much in yourself?

    Seems like a quick way to find a lot of initial early ideas.
     
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    Product / Invention idea:

    My toddler / 6 year old can never get a piece of scotch tape when they're doing crafts.

    So you make scotch tape but just have a machine perforate some holes in it beforehand at a preset interval (maybe every 1.5 inches) that replaces the need for the teeth on the tape dispenser, little hands have trouble with the strength and dexterity requirements to use this correctly.

    Seems like it would be a rather simple modification to an existing manufacturing process, you could brand the tape with different kid shows and other children friendly regalia (colors / polka dots etc) and probably mark up the price no problem, not sure if the idea itself is patent friendly but i'm sure the machine that would have to do the perforations would be (and then you could sell / lease those)

    [​IMG]
     
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    Having cleaned up two estates for deceased relatives, just the time saving in man hours alone would be a huge value on top of emotional relief of not having to go through years of accumulation. We once had a 900 square foot house with a basement, and after the grandparents passed it took a dumpster rental and 40+ man hours to clean it out. Also repairs that needed to be made to make the home safe to live in again. Peoples time is worth a lot of money, especially trying to get a house ready to sell or fixed up. Give a fast time table, say 30 days to clean/fix/ make presentable for sale. I've started writing down ideas for how to make it all work, this is exciting to me and feels like something that adds real value to someone life in a time of need.
     
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    Ball caps tailored to the measurements of your head. I can never find a hat that fits “just right”. Maybe I just have an abnormally shaped head, but I imagine there’s more people with the same problem that would love a cap that fits “just right”.

    I would pay a premium to send my exact head measurements in and have a hat made specifically for my head.

    Sure there are snap backs, “one-size fits most”, fitted in all different sizes, but those aren’t made specifically for the complete shape of your head.








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    Fiver but for engineering requests. Linking engineers up with companies that cant afford a full time engineer
     
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    https://www.amazon.com/Dispenserless-Tape-Never-Cutting-Loosing/dp/B00S9TW3RM
     
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    Every business idea on that show Nathan For You
     
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    So it essentially exists but thats the giant tape, I also saw some automated ones but I still feel this has some teeth in it if you "Toddlerize" the thing, we give kids crayons and paper and markers and glue sticks but no ones thought to make it easy for them to get a piece of tape?
     
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    Alright... Huge rant incoming. Get rid of the plastic where it makes sense, but give me back my freaking straws.

    A huge recent pet peeve of mine is getting a milkshake, cocktail, or something similar with one of those stupid paper straws. Ten minutes later and the straw is soggy, and the whole drinking experience is ruined.

    The worst is restaurants/bars that refuse to give you straws when you're dining there.

    I had a bar that didn't give out any straws anymore. They gave me the cocktail with a ton of ice, and expected me to sit there for the next hour waiting for the ice to dilute into my alcohol before I could finish my drink.

    So based on that, my half-baked idea:

    Reusable metal straws that are really easy to clean. Maybe make a machine for restaurants that sterilize them and wash them easily. Basically a "straw washer". And before anyone tells me that I can carry my own metal straw everywhere I go - you can screw off. I'm not adding a straw to my list of bullshit I have to remember to bring when I leave the house.

    This whole new straw ban thing is really getting me heated. Lol.

    P.s. For anyone interested: the market is suggesting using "recyclable" plastics to make straws. The problem with that is that "recyclable" plastics aren't recyclable at all. There's not enough facilities to process them at a rate that's economically feasible, meaning that the plastics end up in the same exact place, just now you're paying a whole lot more money for your stupid straw.

    And for all those idiot activists that are forcing companies to adopt "no straw practices", here's the bullshit that you end up with:

    [​IMG]

    You end up with a new Starbucks "strawless" experience that uses MORE plastic than if you just allowed the straw. Coming near you soon.
     
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    I made a little research.

    So the thing is, if people go crazy about plastic straws then there is a market
    for non-plastic and non-paper straws.

    There is one website (in first 10 results on google) and only one alibaba result for bamboo fibre straws.
    (gotta differ one time bamboo straws vs reusable bamboo straws that go for $1 a pop)

    The single use bamboo straws go for $0.03 a piece.

    I don't have verified statistics but i guess the straws usage goes in 100's million per year.

    A possibility for a Fastlane?
     
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    I think the issue is they have a patent on the perforated design.
     
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