Food inspires many things, most prominently the meals that we serve to our families on the dinner table night after night; but since you've been reading, you're well aware that food also inspires fashion, whether it's a good idea or not. Padma Lakshmi, author and contestant on Top Chef, proves that sometimes food can inspire accessories, with an attractive effect.
Last week, I introduced you to Do Good for Debt, an organization that partners individuals with student loans leftover from their educational pursuits with charities that are willing to pay off students' debts in exchange for good deeds. While that may be a helpful way for former students to get back on their feet and start their lives without the burden of financial restraint, there's no denying that it takes away from the philanthropist attitude; so today I will outline another business that helps students overcome the financial repercussions of pursuing a post-secondary education. Gradefund offers a sponsorship-style system, that rewards students for their good grades, that way the better they do, the more corporate sponsors they'll have behind them to pay off their debts before they even have a chance to accumulate.
Pop-up businesses have been sprouting up all over the world, many of which cater to the events and music festivals that take place during the summer months. Since often outdoor event goers are stuck lugging around all of their clothing and gear, Cloak Vroom is offering on-location cloak room services that has an online component for those who have one too many drinks in the event's beer tent, or find that the heat of the day has impacted their ability to remember their things.
Prepaid credit cards for teenagers are not a new concept, but this type of payment method doesn't allow parents to control where, when or how their children are spending their money. Bill my Parents is a new company, which provides children with a card, but in order for a payment to be processed when kids are shopping online, parents will be notified and have to approve their children's purchases.
As businesses work to bring more environmentally friendly alternatives to their operations, there's a necessity to reconsider traditional options to cater to a more elite crowd. While the average commuter might have no problem with taking public transportation by way of a city bus, commuter train or subway; it takes a little bit more persuasion to convince some executives to give up the comfort of their Mercedes for the more eco-friendly alternative. Following of a new San Francisco law that requires companies with 20 employees or more to offer incentives to encourage employees to choose ride-sharing programs or other forms of shared transportation; Wi-Drive, an eco-chic transportation option for business executives has been created.
Most students who complete a post-secondary education find themselves overburdened by the abundance of student loans they were forced to take out to finance their educations. As a result, they find themselves struggling to pay their bills as they try to start building their careers, which leaves little time or money to do anything else; finding the time to contribute to charity just is not a reasonable possibility. To make both things possible, Do Good for Debt was created to allow those with looming student loans to trade their debts for charity work.
Sometimes tourists complain that sight seeing tours are too slow paced; often due to the size of the group, people on group tours find they just can't take in all the historical sights and attractions they'd like to see during that vacation. A new company, Sight Jogging, took the slow-paced tourism complaints literally, and offered their own unique form of historical sight seeing action with jogging tours.
Most drivers have some qualms with their car insurance policies, or more specifically, their insurance carriers; but insurance is a big business, since those who want to get behind the wheel of a car need to make sure they're insured. Typical car insurance policies insure vehicles for a pre-determined term, but Mile Meter tries to offer drivers a more flexible and affordable option, by insuring people based on how much they drive.
In today's day and age, everyone is looking for new music to listen to on their iPods or MP3 players; but the options available to download music aren't always the most desirable. Music lovers can either download songs from iTunes or other music distribution services for a per song fee, or they can risk criminal prosecution by downloading pirated versions available from peer-to-peer exchange networks. Fortunately, there's now We7, a music sharing site that provides free music, with some strings attached.
Want to take a walk on the wild side and add a little bit of adventure into your diet? Edible, a UK based company specializes in the acquisition and shipment of unusual food from around the world that will really spice up your meals.
People take many steps to ensure that their estates and assets are left to the right people in the eventuality that they pass away. But, other important items that slip through the cracks are the various online accounts that we hold so near or dear. For many, Hotmail, Twitter and Blog accounts are far more valued then their collection of family keepsakes or jewelry, and they want to ensure that these virtual assets are well taken care of after their death. Legacy Locker, a new online business has captured this niche to ensure that important online accounts are distributed to those trusted by the deceased, so that they can grieve their loved ones passing in 140 characters or less.
At a time when the economy requires us all to derive income from the minimal resources we might have available to us, iLetYou, a new business which recently launched in Private Beta, couldn't have had better timing. Allowing people to rent out the items that they hold near and dear to them, iLetYou's revenue sharing program is an easy way to make money with minimal effort.