Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cool Start-up Find: PasswordBird

Just found a quite helpful start-up called PasswordBird, that allows you to automatically create save passwords just by entering some basic information about yourself. Enter a "special" word, name and date and the PasswordBird creates your new and secure password. Mr. Idle thinks that this venture is a very helpful tool if you are also one of these guys spending 16 or more hours a day on the web:) So of course Mr. Idle would dig out some bugs as a micro investment in PasswordBird.
via: yesthat

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cool Start-up Find: ScreenToaster


On TechCrunch, Mr. Idle detected a cool start-up called ScreenToster.com This is a really good solution for bloggers and other start-ups who want to create demos or tutorials for example. ScreenToaster is a product of an European start-up called Iteria which is based in Paris, France.
If someone asked Mr. Idle about an investment or mutual micro investment, I´m sure he would have done it! Mr. Idle loves using ScreenToaster!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Startup Find Of The Day: earthclassmail.com

A few days ago I detected a recently funded start-up called earthclassmail.com which seems to offer something similar like gmail.de (a german mail start-up by Daniel Giersch, which is definitely not associated with Google) does.
But to be honest, again I like the US version of these quite similar start-ups much more. Though there is still an investment opportunity for gmail.de I´d definitely prefer an investment in earthclassmail. They seem to have the better approach to solve the problem.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

the google street view car...


the google street view car
Ursprünglich hochgeladen von couchtycoon
...is exploring the streets of hamburg. hot venture ;) if street view were a start-up, it would be dead before it could really start. i can´t imagine, why german people are so averse to google´s street view. mr. idle likes it!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Startup Find Of The Day: stocktwits.com


"What are you trading?" is StockTwits asking you. Like twitter.com asks you "What are you doing?" I think there is nothing more to explain.. Follow CouchTycoon on StockTwits.com and learn more. But to be honest, I guess Mr. Idle wouldn´t do any micro investment on that start-up.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Startup Find Of The Day: totspot.com

Even the totspot.com start-up was founded in january this year, and they got press on TechCrunch twice, I found them yesterday. Weird, I know. I like the idea of blogging about my kid (if I had one). I´m just asking myself why noone seems to do that. There are several blogging tools and websites on the web that enable parents to "blog their kids" but noone does. Maybe parents do not trust in the web?! I´ve no clue. I love the idea and I´m sure if any startup of them which "bring your baby online" asked Mr. Idle about an investment he would do a micro investment at least.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Google Analytics For iPhone

Finally! This is what I expected from Google themselves. To make Google Analytics visible on iPhones. It´s always difficult to get website statistics from Analytics on the iPhone. But Google doesn´t seem to care about that. Most the times Safari crashes when I tried to access the Analytics account. Now a start-up called www.iphone-analytics.de offers an app via the iTunes App Store that allows us to get our statistics on the iPhone. Thank you - great venture!
But to be honest. If the guys from iPhone-analytics.de asked Mr. Idle to invest, he wouldn´t do it. Because this seems to be a short business. Some day Google will come out with an own application or someone else will do the same for free.

Monday, October 6, 2008

TechCrunch.com Find Of The Day: fring.com


wow! when we found the post of the fring.com startup on TechCrunch, we were really happy. Finally we are able to twitter, skype and gtalk on our iPhones. And even more. Yes, you can also make normal VoIP (SIP) calls through your regular SIP provider like A1 (Austrian network operator), VoipBuster, etc. fring really helps the team on behalf of Mr. Idle to co-work with our international team members more effectively.
If anyone of the fring.com startup asked Mr. Idle for an investment, he would have done it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hamburg located startup QYPE.com raised 8 Millions from Wellington Partners


Our startup "neighbors" qype, also Hamburg based, announced another round of financing yesterday. The Munich division of VC "Wellington Partners" invested eight million Euro in a stake of QYPE.com. Something you may have seen as Yelp in the US;)
Read more on their english blog..
If anyone asked Mr. Idle himself, he would not invest a cent in this venture. Mr. Idle doesn´t really like copycats.

Congrats to CrossLoop.com on its series b funding


Wow, what a great deal! Our friends from CrossLoop.com in California raised six million Dollar in their second round of financing. Peer 2 Peer seems to work. Especially in PC support. Their concept definitely makes sense to help each other across the web instead of paying expensive PC specialists "off-line".
Of course, if anyone asked Mr. Idle, he also digged out some bucks to invest;)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Congratulations from Beef Island, yammer.com!


Congratulations to the TechCrunch50 winner Yammer.com! Of course Mr. Idle would dig out some bucks to invest in yammer.com if anyone asked him. This is a real great venture with a pretty smart business model. As president of CouchTycoon and frequent twitter user Mr. Idle sees the big advantages of a "corporate twitter".
Again, congrats to West Hollywood!

Monday, September 8, 2008

TechCrunch.com Find Of The Day: contestmachine.com


I don´t know, where the great VC YCombinator always finds it´s great start-ups. But here is one more really fantastic venture they funded as described on TechCrunch.com:

Giving away products can be a logistical pain. For instance, when we give away a T-shirt or laptop, we have to go through hundreds of comments, contact the person, and do a lot of manual processing. A new Y Combinator startup called ContestMachine that just launched makes giving stuff away as easy as putting a widget on your blog.

You create a contest widget by entering all the details of the giveaway: prizes, deadlines, rules. Winners can be randomly chosen by ContestMachine or judged by the blogger. It automates the process of creating giveaways, and opens up contests to any blogger or small business who has a Website. The service is free to try out for up to two contests a month, and then charges $9 a month or $90 a year for more contests.

Of course Mr. Idle loves contestmachine and he would like to invest in this venture too!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

KillerStartups.com Find Of The Day: LetsEat.at


As just seen at killerstartups.com, Mr. Idle would invest in LetsEat.at:

Have you finally realized your lifelong dream of opening up a restaurant? Are you having trouble spreading the word on its existence? If you are, then you should take a closer look at Letseat.at. Through this site, you’ll be able to create a website for your restaurant, bar, or café. The process is much like creating a blog. All you need to do is choose a theme, add all relevant information about your restaurant, and share it with the rest of us. For instance, you might put up your restaurant’s menu, allowing possible patrons to know how much they will spend and what food they can expect from your diner. One very interesting feature is the fact that you can create printable coupons through the site. This will let you advertise your site online, and get more and more people to know about it by accessing your site for savings. If you still haven’t created a site for your restaurant, go do it now at Letseat.at.

Friday, September 5, 2008

KillerStartups.com Find Of The Day: iPhoneTwitters.com


Wouldn’t it be cool if you could see where people are sending Twitter messages from? That’s exactly what you can do with Iphonetwitters.com. This site lets you see where people who are using their iPhone to send messages to Twitter are sending them from. This adds a whole new level of interaction to the somewhat boring concept of Twitter. For instance, if someone is having drinks with friends, they’ll be able to put it up on Twitter and you’ll be able to see where they are exactly. You can then join them and have fun. This mashup is brand new, but as more and more people buy iPhones and hear of this site, it’ll be interesting to see how many are using Apple’s phone to Twit. For now, it’s just a novelty service that will keep you entertained. You should try to find some of your friends to check if they’re Twitter posts are true or if they are lying about where they are.
source: killerstartups.com

Friday, July 4, 2008

Ping.fm / Ping this! - Help

only a test from ping.fmFrom: http://ping.fm/K21rc

Monday, May 19, 2008

CouchTycoon.net auf trendexplorer.de entdeckt


Soeben hat Mr. Idle CouchTycoon.net am trendexplorer entdeckt. Mr. Idle hat sich schon seit geraumer Zeit darüber gewundert, warum über trendexplorer.de immer wieder eingehende Links kommen. Nachdem sich Mr. Idle vor einiger Zeit bei trendexplorer.de angemeldet hatte, hat er nun einen Testaccount bekommen und festgestellt, dass CouchTycoon.net schon seit einiger Zeit als "neuer Trend" gelistet ist.
Zwar noch mit alten Screenshots, dennoch ganz net.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

VCWEAR Is No Longer Alone! CouchTycoon Opens The Casual Couch Clothes Shop.


We finally did it! Since the much hyped vcwear is online and we get quite good traffic from CrunchBase CouchTycoons ask us to offer a "CouchTycoon Investor Collection".
So we did. CouchTycoon investors can now show their right touch. But not only CouchTycoon investors can. Advisors can too! Blogger with good advice on CouchTycoon.net are entitled to benefit. Write a review and improve our website this way.
Visit our shop now!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Yes! CouchTycoon is now listed on TechCrunch´s CrunchBase


Mr. Idle, virtual president of CouchTycoon, and the team on behalf of Mr. Idle, BlueHorseshoe (co-founder) and Couchinator (co-founder) couldn´t believe it, when we saw the first referrers from our entry at CrunchBase!

Now CouchTycoon is an "official start-up". Thanks CrunchBase-team!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

New Startup At CouchTycoon: "addnr.com" Seeks Venture Capital

The new CouchTycoon venture "addnr.com" is seeking money!
addnr. is (as they say) the first application that allows people to save off-line items to their bookmars. Just call a phone number and the item will be saved to your bookmarks at addnr.com. This phone call is FREE because [Edna] won´t answer the call. Try it!



If you like [Edna], help her and invest!

Buy a share of addnr.com - probably the next google acquisition!?

Friday, April 4, 2008

streamr.de auf ebay - Gebot bestätigt. Sie sind Höchstbietender!

eBayeBay hat diese Mitteilung an mr.idle gesendet.
Ihr Vor- und Nachname in dieser Mitteilung sind ein Hinweis darauf, dass die Nachricht tatsächlich von eBay stammt. Mehr zum Thema.
Gebot bestätigt. Sie sind Höchstbietender!

Hallo mr.idle,
herzlichen Glückwunsch, Sie sind Höchstbietender für das folgende Angebot:
Streamr.de - Online Radio Player und Image Hosting
Streamr.de - Online Radio Player und Image Hosting
Aktueller Preis:
EUR 51,00
Ihr Maximalgebot:EUR 100,00
Artikel aufrufen | Mein eBay aufrufen
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Monday, March 3, 2008

AllPeers Service Shutting Down Today

Mr. Idle just took notice about this article on the official AllPeers Blog as well as on techcrunch.com:
Peer Pressure » AllPeers Service Shutting Down Today:
"AllPeers Service Shutting Down Today
Monday March 03rd 2008, 4:25 pm
Filed under:AllPeers, Firefox
Posted By: Matt and Cedric

It is with deep regret that we inform our users, friends and fans that we will be shutting down the AllPeers service today. We are tremendously proud of the product that our team has built, and we remain convinced of the potential of adding social features like file sharing to the web browser. However, we have not achieved the kind of growth in our user base that our investors were expecting, and as a result we are not able to continue operating the service."

As enthusiastic user Mr. Idle wants to keep AllPeers alive! If you are interested to invest too, just vote here:
http://couchtycoon.net/allpeers-vote

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Simkl.org

Simkl Blog » About: "For those who don’t know about us - until April 2007 our team has been developing a web portal A.UA which has an audience of One Million users every month (currently 983`359 people for the last 30 days to be precise). And we decided that it was time to expand and show the world our new ideas. So now for the last 6 month we were developing a brand new website and web services for our global audience. We believe that Internet has just started to become what it should be - simple, well designed, contain information about everything, accessible on any computer and any device and be a personal helper in everyday life and business. That is how a new simkl.com website was born, cause Simkl - is always simple!"

1000MIKES.com - Radio 2.0


1000MIKES: a German start-up in "closed alpha" as they say..."Live-Berichte hören oder selber machen.

Unsere User berichten live von Sportereignissen, von politischen und privaten Events, sie interviewen, kommentieren und unterhalten.

Von jedem Telefon aus live ins Internet."

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

bookya.de - Bücher kaufen und verkaufen


Bücher kaufen und verkaufen - Direkt an deiner Uni! - Bookya: "Bei Bookya können Studierende lokal, direkt an der Uni, Bücher untereinander kaufen verkaufen sowie neue Bücher portofrei bestellen."

Game Board | CouchTycoon

here a screenshot of our old style;) just if you miss it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

go4funding.com - a killerstartups-find


Mr. Idle´s latest find is "go4funding" as they are advertising on killerstartups.com. And so he thought this could be another competitor of CouchTycoon. But after a short view on their website he´s repacified!

Go4Funding.com is a platform to bring entrepreneurs, business owners and investors (angel investors and venture capitalists) closer together. The site is strictly intended for existing business owners and entrepreneurs to post their capital needs. Investors can browse through various investment opportunities as well.


just one more ad-financed bullsh..

Monday, February 18, 2008

YouNoodle.com - competitor or friend of couchtycoon?


On Techcrunch.com Mr. Idle just took notice of younoodle.com! He doesn´t know if this could become a serious competitor of his CouchTycoon.net so far, but he also likes it ;)

younoodle in their own words:

"YouNoodle helps people and groups that are interested in startups and innovation do what they do better. We provide business competition, event, networking and mailing list functionality for real-world groups that support startup communities. For investors, we're building technology to help inform their decisions."

CouchTycoon launches version 0.2!

Today Mr. Idle is glad to be able to open CouchTycoon to more beta-testers!
After six weeks of hard work, now CouchTycoon 0.2 is ready to be used. Mr. Idle allows a few more beta-testers now to check the site. Now CouchTycoons are able to submit their own ventures and to promote them in a completely new design.

Please let him know what you are missing and what you like!
Good luck with your micro investments on the "CouchTycoon P2P Venture Market"!

Who Bought Rupture.com?


"Who Bought Rupture?"


...Michael Arrington from Techcrunch was asking. Well Mr. Idle can just announce, that it wasn´t him, who acquired rupture.com