I like to think that startups are similar to movies in theaters nowadays: they are either completely unique or try to remake something that has already been done. It's challenging to think of a new concept that hasn't been touched on. Here are three new startups that I think have tapped into a market that has not been fully taken advantage of. Ideas that are bound to make a splash.
Ever wish you could live the fancy life for a day? What lady hasn't wanted a man that would do anything for her? ManServants, started in San Francisco by Dalal Khajah and Josephine Wai Lin, allows women to order a tailored gentlemen to be a bodyguard, butler or cabana boy. The funny part is how the idea came to be: a friend who wanted to skip the stripper gig at her bachelorette party. Manservants is totally PG and is based on the concept that men are polished and orderly. These men have to go through rigorous training and have a strict code to follow as well. Check out their website and hilarious video! They launch this fall.
How is a smoothie company starting out in San Franscisco possibly scalable? It's simple, Elise Polezel and Matthew Udomphol have made the
Keurig for smoothies. The smoothie machine looks like the robot Eva out of Walle, with its white, modern and rounded shape, LivBlends brings smoothie making into the 21st century. The revolutionary aspect to this machine is that there is no messy clean up compared to other smoothie or juice makers. Their drinks also have 14 grams of sugar compared to the 56 grams you consume in a Naked Juice!
Snapchat, the app known for "now you see it, now you don't" photos, is now not the only place where your photos can be fleeting. Imagine if that was brought to Facebook, Twitter, blogs. Enter Phantom, the app that allows you to snap a photo, edit it with tools and control how many viewers it can have, and for how long you can view it. Phantom is a Tokyo startup that was just released a few months ago. Install it in the app store now!