Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More Ideas

Here's some more business ideas that I've had lately. I want to write them down so I don't forget them as they are fun to discuss with people.
- An automatic window washer for houses. Living in Calgary with all the construction and wind, windows don't stay clean very long. Wouldn't it be nice to have a little 'thing' (like the robot vacuum cleaner) that you could run on your windows?
- A job website specifically targeted to the baby boomers and finding them good part-time work.
- Any kind of inventions/devices that will help baby-boomers stay in the workplace longer. I'm sure their feet would get sore after serving customers for a couple of hours in Tim Horton's. Wouldn't it be interesting if you could install 'chairs' that ran on a 'track' behind the counter in fast food restaurants for the servers to sit on?
- I learned at a conference this past weekend that apparently there is no Canadian company offering servers on demand in 'the cloud' like Amazon's EC2. There is a potential business opportunity here for a smart Canadian company with a bit of infrastructure in place. Eucalytpus is basically a freeware version of the same software that Amazon uses to run it's cloud. Set a few servers up with that and you're ready for Canadian customers. The advantage here is other Canadian businesses are hesitant to use American cloud solutions because of the American Federal government's attitude toward privacy. Host your cloud in Canada and don't worry about the American 'Fed's' keeping an eye on your business data. :-)

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