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5 Worthy Kickstarter Projects: The Imaginary Marching Band, Sexy Bike Lock & More

Kickstarter is an incredible community. Post a project, and receive funding from generous backers—if, of course, the project is worthy. And backing projects does not demand complete selflessness. Different pledge levels result in different levels of reciprocation—from a simple thank you to receipt of the actual proposed product upon production. Below, 5 entrepreneurial ventures that might spark your own creativity, or tempt you to pledge.

The Secret to Stock Trading: Instant Messaging Swarms

Traders are in a frenzy of instant messaging all day long. The best ones, at least. A recent study says the best traders are the ones that IM the most and the least successful traders were the ones that IM the least. So, it seems like if you can find a way to jump on the bandwagon, you can beat the odds, too. But, what's their secret? Are they passing around insider information?

News: The Art of (Cute Chicks) Making Guns Sounds

Okay, so they're not that impressive. Perhaps the title of this post should have been "Potentially Amazing Idea for a Blog"...cuz Girls Making Gun Sounds is potentially a pretty damn good idea. But they need to up the talent. Maybe they should enlist this guy to give these chicks a lesson or two on the art of the motor mouth. Nevertheless, here they are—a couple of cute chicks making gun sounds (the rest of their videos were just too shameful to show... c'mon ladies).

Brilliant Business Idea: Sell Cookies Like a Crack Dealer

Sometimes entrepreneurial inspiration comes from the oddest of places— such as, say, down-and-out crack dealer delivery methods. Inspired by HBO's The Wire, Kathleen and Clem of Fat Cookies are attracting a crowd with an atypical model for vending baked goods: oven fresh cookies are lowered via string in exchange for one hoisted dollar (1. pull a string, 2. attach a dollar, 3. get a cookie).

Practice Makes Perfect: A Quick Tip for Making Money

Entrepreneur Jason Fried is co-founder of 37signals, a successful Chicago-based software and design firm that has doubled its sales every year for the past decade. Although Fried has a degree in finance, making money isn't a skill he picked up in the classroom or a book. Practice makes perfect, and Fried's experience has taught him that excelling at making money is separate from the product or services provided. Understanding the buyer and experimenting with price models are two of Fried's ke...

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