PWS #1: The premium Marktplaats resell service to help busy people sell their valuable items FAILED

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Let’s kick off my Problems Worth Solving challenge with an idea I tested extensively in 2017: ‘the Marktplaats for busy people’. How it all started During a random conversation with one of my friends mid 2017, my friend mentioned that she wanted to sell some of her clothing but didn’t feel like taking the trouble to […]

PWS #0: Reintroducing a hobby I’ve left aside for too long: problem testing!

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I once made a product nobody wanted. Physically and mentally drained and lacking another real problem to solve, I decided to get into digital consulting to pay the bills. It didn’t take me long to find out that advising other people what to do wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. I’d rather implement my own […]

The 8 things I’ve learned from my first startup failure

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During a university course of the master programme Business Information Management a couple of years ago, me and my teammates had to come up with an idea for an app. What started as a uni assignment turned into a great startup adventure. The pitch: do you hate waiting all alone for your friends to arrive […]

The five startup podcasts that will inspire you to test your idea & launch your own startup

Here’s my top 5 favourite startup podcasts. Inspiration guaranteed! #1 Startup by Gimlet Media – first season on how founders Alex and Matt set up their own podcast company Gimlet Media, then various seasons where Gimlet follows other startups and analyses the rise and fall of various companies #2 How I Built This by NPR […]

Looking for the user experience of a lifetime? Then check out Glossier.com

Buying Glossier’s Phase 2 set was probably the most exciting customer experience I’ve had ever since I started buying things online about a decade ago. Rarely have I been as desperate getting my hands on new products. How did the IntoTheGloss spin-off manage to capture my attention the first time I read about Glossier on IntoTheGloss, […]

My one year Blendle anniversary: three reasons why I’ve grown so fond of the service

Average reading time: 3 minutes Note: Due to the embedded images by Tableau, this article is best viewed on a tablet or laptop. Recently it had been a year since I started using Blendle. Rarely have I been more excited about a news service membership anniversary. In fact, reflecting on the past year with Blendle […]

From skepticism to obsession: how Glossier convinced me to splurge $50 in less than a week

Average reading time 5 minutes. “WHAT?!? Did IntoTheGloss just launch its own make up brand?” is the first thing that crosses my mind when I find out about Glossier on ITG. “Why would anyone try to launch another make-up brand in this saturated market?” To say I am skeptical is an understatement. But my skepticism […]

Dating Ring lessons learned

“I’m not starting another company without doing a LOT of surveys first, because you think people want something and they’re like “Oh yeah that sounds like a great idea I would love that!”, but then once you make them pay for it it’s so different. Look at the competitors, look at why this doesn’t exist, REALLY think about why this isn’t already there. Because there’s a reason. – Dating Ring cofounders discussing their lessons learned.

Halleluja.

LifeNeedsInternet.com asks internet users via regular post how the internet has changed their lives

An interesting collection of quotes.

Some favourites:

I remember 6 or 7 years ago when I still lived in Lebanon, my bed was by the window. I would wake up, greet the trees and the sky, smile, and then jump out of bed. Back then I only had access to the internet at university and my father’s company.

Ghinwa from Lebanon

 

Even when on holiday, the first thing I check is the availability of internet access at the hotel…:(

–  from Singapore

 

I really can’t accept a life without home delivery services and online meal ordering. Its miserable :^(

– Jingwen from China

A project by Jeroen van Loon

KOVR creates some pretty sick spaceman-like jackets that protect your privacy

KOVR´s jackets and bags are made from nickel, copper, and polyester, and block every in- and outgoing signal, making it impossible to access personal information. The jackets include a special front pocket for when you want to be reached by phone.

Made by Leon Baauw and Marcha Schagen.

Available by the end of this year for an expected retail price of 500 euro per jacket.

Source: Project Kovr; What’s Up? #87 Smart Fabrication; Adland.tv