Startups are more omnipresent then neon these days. The explosion of VC funds, incubators, accelerators and other labs of the like is not limited to the coasts, as indicated by the venture moving in across the hall from our Chicago office next month. And with that little one billion dollar Instagram sale, the fever to come up with another elegantly simple, breakthrough idea is spreading even further.
To gain popularity, a potential startup these days doesn’t even need to be real, as demonstrated by the recent Tacocopter hoax. And it can also involve novelty toilet paper. In this era the bar can be low, so let’s make it even lower by celebrating pitches from three startups that haven’t, and probably shouldn’t, see the light of day.