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Technology Will Save Us!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th September 2012
There can be no denying that we’re all living in a society pretty much obsessed by gadgets. Smartphones, tablets, eReaders, whatever - technology these days plays a bigger part in our lives than ever before. However, for many of us, the actual “working” of the technology remains a mystery. If something breaks, we’re pretty much lost. Compare that to days gone by when the ab...
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More tips from the pop up shop trade...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th September 2012
In week one, we considered the ‘philosophy of the pop up shop’. In week two, we asked some pop up shop traders that had been based at the Popup Britain shop to give us their view point and a flavour of their thoughts of the pop up shop experience. But like any good bunch of ‘sellers’ they were quite happy to chat! Krisi Smith from Bluebird Tea Co replied with a full bl...
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Unusual Inventions - The Invisible Bicycle helmet

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th September 2012
We do love the extraordinary here at Startacus. So when we first heard of the Invisable Bicycle Helmet we have to admit we were rather blown away. So the Invisable Bicycle Helment then? Yep, we know this one is hard to believe and if we’re being honest, it was only until the last 20 seconds of their promo video that I truly believed that this wasn’t a very early April Fool’...
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Taking inspiration from Byte Night

by: ~ 18th September 2012
Inspiring others is a key aspiration for Startacus. And whether it was by chance or fate, we are glad that we stumbled across Action for Children’s “Byte Night” promotion stand at a recent event. So we thought we would let you all know about it too - perhaps you can share a tweet or two about the event - in fact perhaps you could spare a night of your own time to raise money, or...
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It’s Upcycling (Furniture + Artists = Refound)

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th September 2012
People doing their own ‘thang’ is key to Startacus. So when we were told about Refound, bringing old furniture and artists together to create one off unique pieces of ‘artwork’ furniture, highlighting local artists and providing a platform for them to sell their work (oh and a pop up shop too), we couldn’t help but find out more. Talk about the Startacus spirit... thi...
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Startup Kitchen

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th September 2012
At Startacus we love to highlight and feature innovative and creative initiatives that are happening all over the world that inspire us and we hope will inspire some of you too. One such project is the Startup Kitchen programme which started earlier this year in Washington DC. The project is enabling a startup food entrepreneur to partner with a local restaurant and to temporarily operate their fo...
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Art About Us

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th September 2012
Regeneration seems to be a bit of a buzz word at the moment. Whether it’s used nationally by government when speaking about strategic plans or by private consultants brought in to assess and review the economic needs of individual towns and cities. It’s often the case though that the people that really matter i.e. the people living and working in these towns and cities are never c...
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Unusual Inventions - The Sweet smell of the Microwave

by: ~ 10th September 2012
Pardon the poetic title - but you couldn’t write this invention. This is the story of the chocolate bar, the scientists pocket, the popcorn and the egg. Confused? *Okay, before we go on, I need to clarify. The Microwave is not and cannot be invented. Microwaves are natural forms of electromagnetic radiation, and don’t ask me more, I don’t know. However the product that we know as...
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How to be Happy...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th September 2012
There comes a time in everyone's life when, no matter what you're doing, you feel a bit sad, demotivated and just a bit blue because it's September and it's raining outside and winter is just around the corner. Your work may be fine, family life fine but you just don’t feel too happy. When you're feeling this way, there are a few key things that you can do that can somehow make it all seem b...
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Startacus - Unusual Inventions - the Windup Radio

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2012
Unusual only perhaps because when I studied at University, I used to frequent the same Sunday morning cafe that that the inventor Trevor Baylis ate at. Not that I ever spoke to the chap, but we would occasionally be eating our post hang-over fry, when Mr Windup Radio inventor also took a well earned break. Little did I know at the time, that I would be one day sat here writing about inventors who ...
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The Amazings

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2012
At Startacus the whole concept of sharing skills and knowledge is something that we are pretty passionate about and we love nothing more than hearing about people and places who are just the same. So, when we first heard about The Amazings, we knew that we’d just have to let you guys know about it too... The Amazings is an online platform where people who have retired, or are about to retir...
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Unusual Inventions - The Twitter #hashtag...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th August 2012
The hashtag is a way of signposting a topic, person or theme, so that other interested parties can find your 140 character tweet. In a world of millions of tweets per day, the hashtag works, as it helps you find the stuff you care about (or at least have a wee nosey at) But where did the #hashtag come from? So for you inquisitive types the answer is Chris Messina. Chris Messina is a User Designe...
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