Creating a successful startup is a hard thing to do. But nonetheless, I’ll write an article about top 10 crazy startup ideas. It may seem that only few people can do it. Some tech geeks in Silicon Valley or some wonder-kid in Asia or Europe. Who got lucky.
Is this the case?
With internet available to almost 80% of people in the world, can we conclude that this statement is true? If not, how can we join the team of startup wizards and create our own business?
Well, this article aka top 10 crazy startup ideas can be a first step towards creating our empire.
I decided to do a research about crazy startup ideas that actually work. Joining various forums and reading business rags to riches stories, I found few that were quite interesting.
So, let’s start.
Potato Parcel Phenomenom
In May 2015, Alex Craig launched Potato Parcel, a website that ships an inscribed potato to your friends (or basically to anyone). Yes, you got it right: a personal message on an ordinary potato. Like the official motto says: “Send a message.. with a potato!” The 24-year-old business genius has averaged $10,000 per month in sales since the website’s launch. He has sold more than 3,000 spuds in just four months.
The average cost is $10-$15 per potato, and the working process is simple: Alex just buys batches of potatoes, makes a writing, and sends them to the address requested by his client.
Selling Air? No, problem.
Somewhere betweenand people die from breathing in the smoke, harmful gases and soot being pumped into the atmosphere. In China and India, the toll of this toxic air is particularly alarming, causing in those two countries alone.
It all started with a joke to sell fresh air to polluted places but turned out to be big success. One company, based in Edmonton, Alberta, started collecting air from the Canadian Rockies and compresses it into containers.A single eight-litre bottle of compressed Canadian air – which comes with a specially designed spray cap and mask – holds around 160 breaths and costs C$32 ($24) per bottle.
Chief executive Moses Lam started the business to, but demand for the product took off in a surprising way. He now sells 10,000 bottles a month in China and hopes to grow that number to 40,000. They have just started operating in India, where they hope to sell 10,000 bottles a month.
“Our air is simply an experience that many within China and India will not get to experience,” says Lam. “Being an Indian it sucks, but who else to blame”.
F*ck iPhone because you can have noPhone!
These fake phone for people who are addicted to real phones so they can sense real people and world again.
The NoPhone is specifically designed without a battery, screen or phone. You’ll simply adore never having to frantically look for a place to charge your phone or carrying the emotional burden of a cracked screen.
I could not find numbers to prove its successful but its the craziest idea I’ve seen so far. If you’re interested in buying, see the following link
Think of a photo sharing application on which photos disappear within seconds. When Evan Spiegel explained the idea behindin a product design class of Stanford University in 2011, people thought it would never work. We can’t hold it against them, as it might be the one social media platform some people still don’t get today – even after using Facebook and Twitter has become like breathing for most. But nevertheless, Snapchat had an IPO earlier this year, leaving Spiegel a rich man!
One Page, Golden Page!
Let’s start with an oldie but a goodie. Alex Tew, a British student found himself broke in 2005. In hope to make some money he turned towards the internet and set up a homepage with 1 million totally blank pixels – the. The business model behind it: he was selling website ads per 10 pixels, charging $1 per pixel. If you now think, one pixel is nearly nothing – so one visible ad must have cost big-time, you are absolutely right. But people bought it and made Tew a millionaire. His education was financially secured after this success.
Rent What You Have!
The origin ofis famous: Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia struggled to pay their rent and so they decided to rent three air mattresses on the floor of their apartment to strangers. That was 2007. Almost 10 years later they own a $10 billion worth company and probably will never have problems paying their rent again. But it’s been a rocky road: they were rejected by the famous VC Fred Wilson and considered an “okay business” by Paul Graham at Y-Combinator. It was not before Barry Manilow rented an entire house when investors started knocking on their door.
In the mid-1960s, a Yale economics professor asked his undergraduate students to submit papers proposing startup ideas. One student, named Fred Smith, wrote his paper on the possibility of an overnight delivery system with computerized records. His idea, if executed successfully, would revolutionize the transportation industry.
Allegedly, the professor gave the student a C, and told him that in order to earn a higher grade, the idea had to actually be feasible.
A few years later, Smith became the founder of FedEx.
Almost all startup ideas sound crazy until they become successful. This story gets told every year in Yale’s entrepreneurship classes specifically to encourage our crazy-sounding ideas, in the hopes that they might someday be perceived differently.
Have You ever Thought that a Deaf and mute Guy could Be A Courier?
That’s Exactly what a Social Startup did in the City of Mumbai. The Startup called Mirakle Couriers Hires only Deaf and Dumb to Deliver packages around the city. The Miracle is that they rarely deliver the wrong package. The startup started in 2010 is now quite a successful business venture Boasting of being one of the official delivery partners for Amazon India.
Ever heard of the app “Yo” ?
No? Ok, sit back coz this is as “crazy” a it gets.
Yo is an app that lets user send the word “YO” to friends. Aaand ..thats it.
Yep. It’s true.
Yo is a one-tap notification app that sends a one-word message -“Yo” – to other users. The app was created in the summer of 2014 when the founder, Or Abel, was asked by his then boss Moshe Hogeg, to develop an app for him that would have just one big button that could send a push notification to his assistant.
“The idea was that when the assistant got the push notification, she’d know he needed her”.
The app only took about 8 hours of coding to get it off the ground and on the app store.
When the app was released, it was dubbed as the “stupidest idea ever” by tech blogs all around the world and quickly gained popularity.
Guess what happened next? The app got downloaded by millions of users in a matter of weeks and It became theon the famous product discovery site, Product Hunt.
In mid-June of 2014, Yo became the #1 social networking app in the US App Store and the #4 app overall. Shortly after,
of financing that valued the app at $5-10 million.
Completely useless product – I mean who on earth needs their shaving blades delivered to them instead of picking one up from the local supermarket? I mean if they had a better product than Gillette why not just sell them in supermarkets?
But they executed this video too well. You can watch it 100 times and still laugh!
5 years after they launched they were sold for $1b in cash!