Bad Business Ideas – July 2017

I’m not one for hyperbole, but the 10 BBIs presented to guests this month represented some of the best new startup concepts that have ever been or will be. Having said that, here they are in alphabetical order: Bite Owl – Late night local treats Bulk Bank – The advantages of buying large quantities without…

Your Big Break

Have you ever been in a meeting, especially running a meeting, and it’s not going the way you want? Maybe the energy in the room in waning a bit because people need some coffee. Maybe they aren’t paying attention because your idea is really hard to understand. Maybe you don’t even really have an idea,…

Snappy Campers

Summer camps have come a long way. Robotics, filmmaking, chinchilla-hurtling. These are just a few of the examples of educational opportunities available to students while out of school. And sure, they’re learning valuable skills, but, are there other skills out there that kids really need to work on to be successful in this corporate culture?…

The Perfect Cover Letter

Dear Sir or Ma’am: I would like to apply for a job with your company. I’ve contacted your Human Resources Department and, unfortunately, the opportunity I’m looking for isn’t open right now.  I hope you’ll keep this letter and attached resume on file. If the position does open, I’m sure you’ll find me more than…

Not a Mall World

When faced with the option of spending an afternoon in a closed box, surrounded by stores that time has passed by, more consumers are moving online or to micro-retail to get their shopping fix. And this exodus is causing many central Florida malls to scramble to stay relevant. Sales, special promotions, and minor aesthetic updates…

Visit Florida, How I Can Help

Visit Florida. An organization under fire. Some in Tallahassee want to do away with it. Others, like Governor Rick Scott want to keep it. No one asked, but here’s my three-tier plan to fix it and keep those sweet, sweet tourism dollars pouring in. Also, this serves as my cover letter for the top job…

Uber With Me

Uber needs one thing. No, not new leadership. No, not an overhaul of its toxic corporate culture. Certainly not an end to software that helps drivers avoid government investigators. They need a secret menu! It’ll distract from all the issues (including lawsuits from Alphabet) and shows that they care. Simply type in the following codes,…

Bad Business Ideas: The Oscar Edition

People are often inspired by movies. Sometimes by the great cinematography, by the great stories, by the great performances. What else? The locations. The sound effects. The gaffer and best boy. Even the product placement. But that doesn’t do anything for me. What I’m looking for when I watch a movie is the next Bad…

Inspiration: Bad Business Ideas

A lot of people ask me where I get my Bad Business Ideas (patent pending). In fact, the conversation goes something like this: Them: Why do you keep sending me the link to your crappy blog? Me: Great question! I actually know a lot about business. I work at a business currently, and I’ve worked…

Tiny Food Trucks

First there were tiny houses. Then, eventually, there were tiny food trucks. Or at least, there will be once we get Small Potatoes off the ground. Originally pitched in Joe Taylor’s episode of To a Certain Degree, the response to this idea could only be described as calamitous. I’m not sure why that word came…

Inventiveness, To a Certain Degree

While I have a lot of fun with Bad Business Ideas (patent pending) on the show, I am constantly amazed by people who are taking really interesting ideas and bringing them to life. Whether it’s reusing construction material to make skateboards, a bunch of junk for a musical Rube Goldberg machine, or an over-sized music…

Fake News, To a Certain Degree

What was the big story of this election cycle earlier this month? It’s ironic in a way that this was the big story. Since it was so fake. Fake news, yeah. How do we, as business people, take advantage of this trend and provide a service at the same time? Because to be completely honest…

Bring Out Your Dead

One of the Bad Business Ideas® (BBI) on the June 6 episode with Shawn centered on 3D printing figurines of your deceased loved ones. There’s already at least one company in Japan doing this, and probably more out there. This new venture won’t do that at all. What we’ll do is playfully (or hauntingly) place…

Therapy Ewoks!

During the July 11 episode with Brandy, I pitched a Bad Business Idea® on therapy animals delivered by drones. Brandy was less than enthusiastic on this idea (not sure why), but it turns out that in a completely coincidental turn of events, therapy creatures came up in a recent Star Wars novel. You can read more…

The best Bad Business Ideas® of June

A recurring segment on TACD, Bad Business Ideas® are like Shark Tank meets Chopped, with a little bit of Lost thrown in for good measure. Guests are presented with two or three BBIs and they have to help improve the concept and pick a winner for that week. In addition, Guests on the show are…