What’s the smartest web-based business idea you saw for the first time in 2012?
The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.
1. Sending Text Messages Instead of Email
– Nathalie Lussier, The Website Checkup Tool
2. Gumroad for Digital Content Sales
Gumroad is unbelievably simple and brilliant at the same time. It enables you to easily sell digital content to any audience. So instead of selling your song through iTunes you can sell it through a link on Gumroad in just a few minutes.
3. Integration of Browsing and Social Media
I just recently noticed Rockmelt, which is essentially a free web browser focused on social media. When you sign up, you get a sidebar that connect to Facebook that allows you to update your Facebook page and view notifications. It integrates Twitter as well.
– Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance
4. Community-Generated Content Businesses
– Cody McKibben, ThrillingHeroics.com
5. Birchbox and Other Curated Boxes
Curated packages mailed to users willing to pay for samples of new products has rapidly become a trend this year. I find the entire concept of the business model fascinating: it’s like getting a quick gift from that always-in-the-know friend every month.
– Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting
6. Enterproid’s “Dual-Persona” Technology
Enterproid’s technology basically splits one mobile phone into two “personas,” allowing you to seamlessly manage and work with personal and corporate data.
7. Buffer App’s “Automagic”
Buffer is super handy. It’s basically an easier way to share social media. It’s essentially a button that appears anywhere you see social share buttons. You essentially queue things you want to share and Buffer “automagically” posts the content for you throughout the day. I use it for tweets/Facebook every day.
8. Simplifed App Development
Rarewire is a web-based business that helps make developing mobile apps easy for anybody.
– John Hall, Digital Talent Agents