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The Weird and Wonderful World of Startups Part Two

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Chris Apostolou

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For our longer-term subscribers, this newsletter may look a little familiar. If you’re new here it won’t, but welcome aboard! Any newcomers will have missed the first instalment of the ‘Weird and Wonderful’ newsletters, so please check it out here on our content hub if you’re interested. 


Startups are known for their innovative, creative, and often crazy ideas that can turn into momentous business successes. We like to celebrate these unique curiosities that, honestly, wouldn’t fly in any sector other than the startup world. Please continue reading to find out more about the quirky startups in our lineup today.


I was heartbroken to find out that this startup only operates in the US currently because I am a big dog person. Such a big dog person, in fact, that I’m one of those people who insist on bringing their dog everywhere. This only becomes an obstacle when I need to go into a non-dog-friendly shop and have nowhere to put my dog. Enter DogSpot! They provide little temperature-controlled huts to look after your dog while you pop into a shop. They’re even equipped with cameras so you can keep an eye on your pup!


Potato Parcel

Go on, I dare you to hazard a guess at the service this startup provides. Despite the name being pretty descriptive, the last thing I expected was for the company to actually send messages written on potatoes, but that’s exactly what they do. This startup first gained traction after appearing on ‘Shark Tank' (the US version of dragons den), where the co-founders wore giant potato suits. 


Celestis Inc

In our last ‘Weird and Wonderful’ newsletter, we told you how your cremated remains could be sent to the bottom of the ocean in a conservational reef ball. In this newsletter, we wanted to show you how your cremated remains can do pretty much the polar opposite. If it’s your dream to be shot up into space to live with the stars forever, this startup has you covered. Prices range from $2,495 all the way to $12,500, but to be fair, the more expensive options can get you to the moon. 



I can’t say I’ve ever wanted to electrocute myself into forming good habits but hey, to each their own. This startup's smart-watch-like device sends a small electric shock to remind you, or deter you, from engaging in an old or new habit. Think quitting nail biting, going to the gym more, spending less time on social media, or waking up earlier. This startup really has you covered for all your Pavlov-like training needs.


Sadly, that concludes our weird and wonderful list for this week - but don't worry! We'll be back in no time with some more unique and interesting startups to brighten up your day. In the meantime, have a great rest of your week! 

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