I like to keep up with everything around me and I get my inspiration from a whole bunch of things. It can be from the books, magazines and blogs I read, colleagues and friends, the people I follow on Twitter, biking through Amsterdam, art exhibitions, photographs, talking to random strangers, travelling, movies etc. One blog that always gives food for thought and inspires is Springwise. In case you haven’t heard of them yet (doubt it), this is how they describe themselves:
“Springwise is required brain food for entrepreneurial minds!…Springwise will instantly inspire you by getting the world’s most promising new business ideas and young ventures right in front of you.”
In 2008 I found out that you could also send in things or trends you spot by signing up for their network Springspotters. I did so and since then I have sent in several spottings, some of them made it to their blog and newsletter. Yesterday my latest spotting niiu was featured, before there was the free album from No Doubt, tech restuarant Inamo and my very first spotting Green Graffiti. The latter is a funny story since they barely started their business when they were featured in Springwise. Afterwards they were contacted for licensing in 13 countries, which was of course a huge boost to a start-up. Jim Bowes, the owner, found me through a mutual friend and we even had lunch to thank me. A great example to show the power of good ideas spreading through the interwebs. A through this I met a new, interesting person = win!