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#025: Lets pivot “Uber for shop assistants”

So this might be a Deja Vu. A couple of weeks ago I talked to you about an uber for shop assistants. The idea behind it was: get somebody to help you if you have questions.
Last weekend, after I spent some time with my cousin who works in a large furniture shop, I came to the conclusion that I was thinking too complicated. Yes, being able to call somebody is very relevant. But very often you just need an interaction. And this, as quickly as possible.

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#023: Personalized books your kids will love!

Books are wonderful. They spur your imagination, keep your mind off things and ultimately help you relax.
For kids you can count the same benefits. Even more so it develops their creativity and helps them learn the language.
Despite all the advancements in technology, books have staid the same. They are written, printed and published to the masses.
But nowadays we expect products to be tailored to us, not the everybody. Mass customization is something books are still lacking.

#022: Car wash on demand

This one is too obvious, banked for years in my Evernote folder, but still a great example for local business ideas:
An “Uber” for car washing.
I don’t really need to search for similar competitors – there should be plenty. But on the other side, there is plenty of room for this type of business. And here is why:

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#021: How to make brick & mortar stores more appealing

We live in an on-demand world. Everything we do needs to fit our schedule. This is the main reason why messaging/email became so popular – because we can control when and where we want to reply.
The “Uber for X” model became so popular, there is Uber for pizza, Uber for cleaning, even Uber for bodyguards.
One of the situations I really do need an Uber, I barely find one on the marked: shop assistants!

#020: Babysitting in a foreign language, not just for the ambitious

My daughters grows up polylingual. We speak English, Russian and German. For years, we had the troubles getting my big girl to the point where she speaks all of them. Struggling with 3 languages is normal though. But at some point, she was comfortable in Russian and German, but actively avoiding English. She understands everything, but she avoided speaking English at all.

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#019: Find a star and name it

I watched Big Bang Theory the other day (love that show!).
They had an interesting take on onto Raj’s job: finding stars.
After Sheldon & Raj found a meteor they decided to name it after their gilfriends.
So how comes this is not a yet thing?

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#017: Keep you inbox lean and mean with a smart newsletter bot

I am one of those people who subscribe to 1000 newsletters. I have several email addresses and subscribe to everything which might get me some value for my problems: SEO blogs, growth hacking e-books, newsletter marketing. Catching my email is actually quite easy. But what this really means: information overflow!
There are services available who unsubscribe me from all my newsletters. I have used some, but with little success. And chances are you feel the same way.
It took me quite a while to figure out why:

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#016: A virtual grandma to the rescue

Let me start by saying that I love my kids! Kids need our love and constant attention. But the world still keeps spinning. Things come up you need to take care of. That doesn’t always get along. My wife and I were often wondered what other parents do when a sudden call or a meeting which cannot be postponed comes in. For many people, the solution is quite simple: grandparents!

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#015: How to fit all languages onto a dvd

This business idea is not quite future proof. But it’s something which bothers me for quite some time now.
Our family is multilingual. My kids grow up speaking English, Russian and German. Different languages on different days of the week (long story for another time).
We buy DVDs once in a while, at home or abroad, mostly kids movies, Disney, DreamWorks, this kind of style.

#010: Matchmaker App

Joe Gebbia is one of the founders of AirBNB. Fantastic entrepreneur and great speaker!
You see here a TED talk he gave recently. At around 5:30 he starts an interesting experiment.
If you haven’t watched it, go ahead first! And then continue reading – I don’t want to spoil anything!

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#009: Evernote for home servers

I love Evernote. I have been using it for years. Easy to use, and in many cases replaces my brain. There might have been countless situations where I just looked something up in Evernote instead of actually remembering. 🙂

But …