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SuiteArrival
SuiteArrival

The Next Big Idea? SuiteArrival, Toiletries Delivery for Travelers

5/05/11 at 3:30 PM

An bottle of Scope exploding in his suitcase led Michael Lewis to quit his six-figure salary job and start a business in which travelers can order toiletries and have them delivered to their destination. Continue Reading

Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway

The Next Big Idea? Rent the Runway, a Designer Clothing Rental Service

4/27/11 at 2:00 PM

Consider it Netflix for couture. With Rent the Runway, women have access to some 15,000 designer dresses that they can wear once and send back. They'll even throw in the dry cleaning. Continue Reading

Butch Bakery
Butch Bakery

The Next Big Idea? Butch Bakery, Cupcakes for Guys

3/03/11 at 3:00 PM

David Arrick was intrigued by the cupcake craze, but realized all the tasty offerings out there seemed, well, a little girly. So he cashed in his 401(k) and began selling "aesthetically masculine" cupcakes made with beer, bacon and other manly ingredients. Continue Reading

Games2U
Games2U

The Next Big Idea? Games2U, A Literal Party on Wheels

1/18/11 at 6:30 PM

Brothers Stuart and David Pikoff retrofit vans and trailers and turn them into mobile party units, complete with video games, laser tag and "human hamster balls." Could this be America's funnest franchise? Continue Reading

BoomCase
BoomCase

The Next Big Idea? BoomCase Brings Back the Boombox -- Using Old Suitcases

1/05/11 at 2:30 PM

Dominic Francisco Odbert takes vintage suitcases and transforms them into iPod stereos that have become a favorite of audiophiles. In fact, business is so good, he's putting grad school on hold. Continue Reading

Laura Evans Photography
Laura Evans Photography

How to Make $500,000 a Year Wearing T-Shirts

12/09/10 at 6:00 PM

Each year, hundreds of companies pay 28-year-old Jason Sadler to wear T-shirts with their logos -- and then promote his fashion statement through Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Consider it the modern-day sandwich board. Continue Reading

Universal Record Database
Universal Record Database

The Next Big Idea? Universal Record Database, Where World Records Meet Stupid Human Tricks

11/29/10 at 3:00 PM

From "Most Giraffe Tattoos on a Shoulder" to "Fastest Time to Peel a Clementine," URDB has become a Wikipedia-of-sorts for some of the world's quirkiest records. Continue Reading

Elizabeth Walters
Elizabeth Walters

The Next Big Idea? The Silly Stand for Silly Bandz

11/15/10 at 12:00 PM

Dave Gerolemon and Chad Walters are hoping to cash in on the Silly Bandz craze with a stand that helps kids organize their rubber bracelet collections. Continue Reading

SnugglePies
SnugglePies

The Next Big Idea? In Search of the Next Snuggie

11/10/10 at 3:00 PM

With 20 million sold, the Snuggie has become big business. Now the inventors of SnugglePies and the Uni-Lazy are putting their own spin on the wildly popular "blanket with sleeves." Continue Reading

Atayne
Atayne

The Next Big Idea? Atayne, Clothing Made Out of Trash

9/26/10 at 12:00 PM

A jog on a humid day inspired Jeremy Litchfield to quit his job and start an athletic apparel company -- that makes its clothes from recycled, environmentally friendly materials. Continue Reading

Lindsay Phillips
Lindsay Phillips

The Next Big Idea? SwitchFlops, the $30 Million School Project

9/01/10 at 4:00 PM

At 16, Lindsay Phillips came up with the idea for a flip-flop with interchangeable straps during art class. Today, she's running a $30 million company. Continue Reading

Farm Boy & Girl
Farm Boy & Girl

The Next Big Idea? Farm Boy & Girl, Farm-Inspired Fashion

8/29/10 at 1:45 PM

Consider it Abercrombie with a country twist. How two Minnesota natives made farm clothing hip and turned it into a $2.5 million company. Continue Reading

BrewDog
BrewDog

The Next Big Idea? BrewDog, Where Beer Meets Taxidermy

8/05/10 at 4:15 PM

BrewDog's "The End of History" ale may be the strongest beer in the history of the world. Did we mention it comes in bottles wrapped in roadkill? Continue Reading

Shack Up Inn
Shack Up Inn

Shack Up Inn: The Coolest Hotel in America?

7/30/10 at 3:15 PM

Bill Talbot and Guy Malvezzi took a bunch of old sharecropper's shacks and transformed them into a unique destination hotel in the middle of the Mississippi Delta. Continue Reading

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Getty Images

The Next Big Idea? Personal Assistants for Online Dating

7/22/10 at 6:30 PM

Virtual Dating Assistants helps busy people outsource the annoying tasks that come with online dating. Continue Reading

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