Why sharing orphan ideas works

By rickColosimo / February 24, 2010 /

This BoingBoing post by Cory Doctorow briefly introduces a site/tool created as a result of a tweet he sent just a few months ago. Mekki and a friend ran with an idea I tweeted last October: “Who’s got a web-based service that will take a huge pastebomb (300K of text) and smarten all quotes, turn…

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Create personalized stock portfolios for savings or profit

By rickColosimo / February 23, 2010 /

One of my favorite sources for inspiration is Springwise. The latest issue spat out a few interesting ideas.  Mybrandz (perhaps seeking to be the “Bratz” of the investment world) is a stock portfolio (not an actual mutual fund that you can invest in but rather a faux fund) of “brands people love.” Basically, these folks…

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Snacks compete by selling less

By rickColosimo / August 21, 2009 /

One day at the grocery store, I was thinking about competition and marketing while walking down the cookie aisle. I saw the 100-calorie snack packs (a section that is now surprisingly large for a segment that didn’t exist that long ago). I told my wife that someday we’d see a 99-calorie snack pack. In fact,…

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Code-word plugin could increase webapp usage

By rickColosimo / August 17, 2009 /

I just got this cross-selling email from Basecamp today. I was thinking about it in the context of providing great outsourced workflow management in a package that is easyto use because it’s controlled and relatively narrow: you can customize it a bit but you can’t really build it out or add features and you certainly…

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