June 2014 Issue
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Each year we pick the ideas, companies, applications and inventions that have amazed us with their unique solutions to common problems or marketplace voids, executed in forms both ultra-high-tech and strikingly simple.
We asked some of the leading idea people in business to define how new products, technologies and commodities come into being.
Former Apple exec Matt Rogers co-founded Nest, a smart-home product company that went from a garage startup to a $3.2 billion business.
It seems like everyone and their mother has a Kickstarter campaign. Here's how to get yours noticed.
Several owners who made the shift discuss their decision-making process, what they learned and how they do things differently.
He started his life in franchising at age 14, mopping floors at a Burger King. Today, Aziz Hashim owns 35 franchises and employs 700 people.
The San Francisco startup has developed a plant-based substitute that's both cheaper and healthier than the real thing.
ASAP54 matches users' photos of apparel and accessories to identical or similar product images stored in its database.
Bop.fm allows users of subscription music services to share songs and playlists with listeners of other services, such as Spotify.
Spoiler Shield lets users to block all social media updates pertaining to certain TV shows and sports teams.
Advertising and digital marketing platform Zooppa partners with brands and agencies to create crowd-sourced commercials.
Withings has created a series of health-care devices designed to integrate seamlessly with your smartphone.
The company offers a range of cannabis products, including carbonated beverages, fudge bars and oil cartridges for vaporizer pens.
An electric car signals freedom for people with disabilities.
Meta data and machine-learning software leads buyers straight to what they want.
Hiring platform Smarterer wants employers to ditch the resumes and evaluate job candidates through assessment tests.
The Big Idea
From coffee to brilliance
Giving Fear the Finger
Quick-service and full-service restaurants plus retail food businesses accounted for over one quarter of our top franchises for 2014, proving that food franchises are a healthy business.
Seeing Dollar Signs
A franchise co-branding program spells growth for an indie print shop
Jamie and Tara Osborn, triathletes both, recognized that retail niche for athletes like themselves and so they opened Endurance House.
Ask the Money Guy
The amount of of commission depends on a host of factors, most notably the typical commission structure in your industry.
The Conscious Capitalist
How to chase assistance and investors for social-impact businesses
Venture capital's dirty little secret: investors don't like going it alone.
Work-life balance is about managing the way you use both.
Who Has VC?
Experience and a strong network pay off for a healthful-food startup
Ask A Geek
Reddit's Alexis Ohanian walks us through the basics.
By getting people to share a part of their bandwidth, upstart Fon wants to build a no-cost web-access world.
Best Foot Forward
Sols aims to bring customized, 3-D-printed footbeds to the masses
Harman Kardon's Aura sounds like a work of art
Retention Science uses predictive algorithms to create automated marketing campaigns for companies based on customers' buying patterns.
Presentation is important, people.
Too Close for Comfort
Q: Should I accept Facebook friend requests from my employees?
Streamline your mobile marketing strategy with these easy-to-use tools.
OpenStage uses multiple cameras and advanced algorithms to capture and display motion data in real time, no special suites or elaborate setups required.
Business trips are stressful enough without a side of identity fraud.
With prevention a key focus of the new healthcare law, employers are promoting health. Here's how.
New Inc believes in mixing art and business.
Also: Should you work with a bullying client? And is it unethical to be solely motivated by money?
Unfold and Go
Origami-inspired kayaks go almost anywhere--including small apartments and cars
Q and A
The Manufacturing Solutions Center is a one-stop shop for inventors and designers who need help getting their ideas through production.