Business Unusual http://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/business-unusual The latest news, videos, and discussion topics on Business Unusual en-us Copyright 2014 Entrepreneur.com Inc., All rights reserved. Entrepreneur.com webmaster@entrepreneur.com (webmaster) 5 Business Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:45:00 GMT Self-Healing Phones? Try Roads That Fix Themselves. What if a road existed that never had a crack or a pothole? Science might have a solution. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:45:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237522 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237522 Jason Fell A Gadget That Detects Gluten? With $4 Million in Funding, This Startup Is Working on It. The year-old company is working to develop a portable gluten detecting sensor. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:42:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237443 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237443 Nina Zipkin Check Out the 'Living Pictures' That Could Revolutionize the Ad Industry Cinemagraphs – still photos with a moving element – can be captivating. But are they just a passing gimmick? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:15:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236875 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236875 Neil Parmar Furniture Made by Bacteria? This Futuristic Design Firm Says It Will Happen. David Benjamin, the founder of a design firm called The Living, talks about his next-generation architecture projects. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/237078 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/237078 Catherine Clifford This Anti-Luxe Lodging Startup Will Put You Up in a Half-Built Treehouse For $19 A new online service aims to find accommodations for brave, broke college students who are traveling. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:58:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236888 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236888 Kim Lachance Shandrow MBAs for Hire, By the Hour A startup raises nearly $5 million to match companies with the well-educated consultants they need. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235395 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235395 Gwen Moran Can This Mattress Startup Wake Up a Sleepy Market? Casper raised $13.1 Million in Series A funding last week. We explain what this unique startup needs to do to battle sleeping giants like Simmons, Serta and Sealy. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236378 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236378 Neil Parmar Can Giveback Programs Help School Supplies Sellers Stand Out? These businesses are borrowing tricks from social entrepreneurs to break into the commodities market. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:30:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235899 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235899 Neil Parmar This New App Wants to Optimize Your Schedule by Running It Through an Algorithm Timeful, a mobile app, applies big data, machine learning and behavioral science to optimize your time and boost your productivity. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:30:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236094 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236094 Laura Entis This Tool Promises to Find the Best Location for Your Business Piinpoint helps businesses choose where to open based on facts, not just intuition. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:15:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235393 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235393 Vanessa Richardson Meet the Artists Helping Companies Think in Pictures Graphic recording is a budding industry that helps companies foster creative thinking at meetings and events. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:45:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235521 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235521 Jacob Hall A Netflix for Legos – Building a Startup Brick by Brick Toy rental is the latest entrant to the sharing economy. Pley shares its strategy for navigating this emerging – and fickle – industry. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:15:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235411 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235411 Neil Parmar If You Fry It, They Will Come. Cronuts and the Business Case for Imitation. This hybrid dessert trend created opportunity across the country. We explain what the Cronut’s success can teach you. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:15:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235103 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235103 Rosemary Lane It's Like Hitchhiking in the Age of Uber: Sidecar Tests Shareable Rides San Francisco-based ride-sharing company Sidecar is running a pilot program where users headed in the same direction can split a fare. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:52:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235270 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235270 Catherine Clifford This Company Makes Money by Letting Civilians Drive Military Vehicles "We've crushed cars and motor homes. We've even driven tanks through barns," says founder Tony Borglum Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234887 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234887 Jason Ankeny 7 Ways Fashion Startups Can Become the Next 'Rent the Runway' Jennifer Fleiss of Rent the Runway reveals how a startup can keep even the ritziest fashionistas allured by its user experience. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234859 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234859 Tanya Benedicto Klich How We Got Our Unlikely At-Home Cocktail Mixer on Store Shelves The co-founders of this tea mixer company talk mentors, starting up and marketing a product that's the first of its kind. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:30:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234592 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234592 Kate Taylor Data Is the Secret to this $15 Million Supper Club's Success Some restaurant owners and chefs might cringe, but Dinner Lab's model shows certain advantages for getting a side of data with each dish served. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:30:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234147 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234147 Neil Parmar This Company Makes Motion Capture a Cinch OpenStage uses multiple cameras and advanced algorithms to capture and display motion data in real time, no special suites or elaborate setups required. Fri, 30 May 2014 14:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233860 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233860 John Patrick Pullen Breaking Into a Tough Market? Lessons From 'Cereal' Entrepreneurs There's opportunity in every industry, including the established ones, like breakfast cereal. To find success, you just need to think strategically. Tue, 27 May 2014 14:45:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233605 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233605 Neil Parmar