Have you ever seen a gorgeous room in a magazine and wondered how you could translate that same look into a truly personalized space in your own home, but you lacked the time, interior design expertise or budget to pull it off? nousDECOR.com helps solve that all-too-familiar dilemma, serving up the tools, community and professional expertise in a single destination to transform a dream design into reality.
Unlike other home decor sites, nousDECOR. com provides much more than beautiful images and links to products, but also all the resources you need to decorate a space, from intelligent search tools and a “Same Look Different Price” recommendation engine, to a moodboard builder and access to thousands of moodboards curated by design professionals and enthusiasts. In addition, nousDECOR.com offers a host of exclusive expert content from celebrity designer Mark Cutler, as well as an engaged community of users and professional designers to seek
out for advice, inspiration and collaboration. Finally, with its mobile app, nousDECOR.com offers a unique comparison shopping feature – the ability to snap or upload a picture of a furniture or decor item and then run a search across 8 million items in the nousDECOR.com library from hundreds of retailers and other decor sources online for items offering a similar look at different price points.
Launched in 2014, nousDECOR.com is the brainchild of CEO Heather Gillette, one of Youtube’s earliest executives who established and led several content and copyright teams from 2005 to 2010 as the company skyrocketed from a few thousand to millions of users around the world. The idea for nousDECOR.com came from Heather’s greatest passion outside of the office – building and enhancing interior spaces, from stables and tree houses to her own home – and the frustration she experienced in trying to source a matching chandelier for an antique fixture she was given as a gift.
Heather scoured countless websites, looking for a similar chandelier to fit the space and look of her rustic home. She quickly realized that searching for such unique items was an arduous task. By the time she finally discovered similar chandeliers within her price range on eBay Germany, she recognized that hunting for singular pieces such as hers must be an issue many en- countered.
Heather believed there should be a place online where furnishings from anywhere —not just mainstream retailers—were easily searchable by specifics such as size, color, price and category. A place that would not only help her find special pieces, but provide a community that could help her, or anyone else, solve decor dilemmas such as these. That’s when she decided to build nousDECOR. com.
According to Gillette, “nous” is the french word for ‘we’ – so nousDECOR loosely translates to ‘we decorate.’ Community is our namesake, and a critical part of what nousDECOR has to offer.” By the way, today, that gorgeous French gilded chandelier hangs in her home right beside an old western saddle, a reflection of eclectic high and low styling that contributed to the philosophy of nousDECOR.
Why park your car in the garage, when you can drive it straight into your living room? French automobile manufacturer Groupe Renault, has seen the car of the future, and it’s place is not in the garage, but as the centerpiece to your house. The new Renault Symbioz is the sleek, self driving, Jetson esque vehicle that is raising the bar for the future of the auto universe. The company took inspiration from architecture and home interiors when designing the car. The demo vehicle debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto show, alongside a futuristic house that is designed to house, maneuver and power the vehicle.
The Symbioz is a fully autonomous machine, with the option to switch between manual and self driving mode at the push of a button. The Symbioz is a sleek, shiny work of art on wheels, outfitted with a wood, marble and porcelain interior, designed to seamlessly blend with the interior of the concept house the car belongs to. The seats have a 180 degree range of movement, to allow for an entirely new self driving experience. One version of the car allows for the driver to choose from a number of seating modes while the car is in self driving mode. The driver may recline in zero gravity position, or move closer to the passenger side. Another model features small touchscreens in the seat belts, where passengers can adjust temperature and entertainment functions. A fully glass sunroof creates the illusion of a larger space, and means every route is the scenic route.
The Symbioz’s self driving technology is a Level 4 autonomy, which means the car handles all aspects of driving, from changing lanes, to merging, stopping and turning. If for any reason the car is unable to handle the situation it is in, the car will navigate to a safe stopping place on the side of the road.
In this car, Renault paints a picture of a future in which car and house coexist to create a model for sustainable living. The car draws power from the house, and the house, in a power crisis, can use the car as an external generator. Though the Symbioz and it’s matching house are merely a beautiful dream now, Renault has unveiled a demo car, which they plan to put into production by 2023.
Astro is the world’s only true “pure audio” portable speaker. While all other portable speakers digitally change the song to fit the speaker, the team behind Astro has changed the speaker to fit the song. Astro uses hardware instead of software to control volume distortion, so that you can enjoy your favorite music in its purest form. With Astro, there was no need to overcomplicate the design; it’s all about producing the best sounds you’ll ever hear with a beautiful, minimalist approach.
Astro only comes with an “On/Off” button because that’s all you’ll need. You control everything from volume to song selection through your devices anything that has Bluetooth is compatible with Astro! Android phones, iPhones, tablets or computers if it has Bluetooth, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the sound and the system.
- On/Off button
- Works with Android phones, iPhones, tablets, computers or any device with Bluetooth
- Listen to Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, YouTube, iHeartRadio and much more
- Up to 16 hours of play time on single battery charge, and it only takes 2.5 hours to fully charge
- Get up to 66 feet of wireless range
- Includes loop for carrying or hanging
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Astro is as simple as it looks. Each speaker comes with a charging and auxiliary cord because that’s all you’ll need!
You can either use the auxiliary cord to play your music or just push the button on top to turn it on and connect it with your devices’ Bluetooth. That’s all there is to it!
Shooz is the World’s First Modular-tech Travel Shoe, developed with an innovative patented design and the highest quality materials to create a customizable, zippable shoe that’s perfect for traveling. Choose the desired sole to go with the Shooz skin of choice and use the ergonomic, custom zipper to create shoes unique to your readers for any occasion. Skins take less space than a t-shirts and can be packed flat to fit in any bag making Shooz the perfect travel shoe.
Ideal also for the urban explorers, your readers head to work with a classic pair of wingtips, change into running shoes for an afternoon jog and then slip into a pair of moccasins for a casual night out. With Shooz, we’ve refined all of these shoes and turned them into one stylish, interchangeable design.
Edoardo lannuzzi, founder and designer of Shooz explains the concept “I’m a designer and I consult clients all over the world mainly for fashion products and branding. I travel very frequently and only with hand-luggage and I like to be always stylish and ready for business meetings but also for sport and leisure, which is why I created Shooz. I’ll wear a pair at my feet and bring my Shooz skins flat in my suitcase with each of them taking the space of a t-shirt, this way i can be ready for any occasion and yet travel light and compact.”
As far as development goes, no detail has gone unnoticed, each pair is made in Italy with top-of-the-line, quality materials including Italian leather, bio- cotton, an anti-shock sole and an Aquaguard waterproof zipper that protects the interior of the shoe from water and humidity.
Launched through a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter which raised $106k in November 2015, Shooz is now looking forward to the opening of its e-commerce platform at www.shoozmadeinitaly.com.
BOLT is what we call a Wearable. It is fashionable bracelet crafted in genuine leather with different finishes on its clasps such as 18K Gold, Silver or black Rhodium. Once open, BOLT turns into your Apple Lightning cable allowing its User to sync and/or charge any of your Apple mobile devices compatible with the Lightning port.
Now that we established what it is and what BOLT does, it is generally accepted that we created an innovative product;
But BOLT is innovative not because of the nature of the technology; the true origin of its innovation is based on the dissimulation of its technological nature into a fashionable accessory which does not convey or suggest that it is a technological product.
This may sound contradictory but the main reason why BOLT has been so commonly accepted by consumers regardless of their age, gender, culture etc. is because the BOLT bracelets do not create an identity fracture in their everyday lives. To the contrary, BOLT is successful because it fully integrates, if not complement One’s style & fashion sensitivity while offers a solution to a daily need – charging your iPhone!
To understand further why this simple notion is crucial, one need to understand the why behind the fashion industry success. Fashion has a direct impact on Cultures and People’s social representation of themselves. This is the reason why Brands are so successful – the most important has always been the embellishment of One’s confidence and representation in the eyes of Others.
You may hear that brands connect culturally and emotionally with their target demographic; it is because as brands, we do not sell only a product who offers only physical properties, brands sell a lifestyle and therefore a social status.
And People customize their social representation and how they portray themselves in our community by purchasing specific products landing them different social attributes. The most successful brands and products are the ones that were able to create an aspiring lifestyle while creating a product that has either a quality of craftsmanship difficult to replicate and/or an added value to its User.
CHARLES DARIUS™ or BOLT does not have any largely admitted brand equity in the consumer market for the simple reason that we are new in the market scene and have not yet had the opportunity to communicate in mass who we are and what we stand for; so we are not polarizing.
This is the premise of why BOLT is innovative, it was able to offer a solution to a need we all have (iPhone users to not say everyone who has a mobile phone) while being able to compliment it’s Wearer/User social everyday attributes; in other words, BOLT is fashion accessory before being a technological tool, you can wear BOLT without compromising yourself and your style. In another hand if you were to wear Google Glasses, well that’s another story!
DietSensor is the easiest and most accurate nutrient and calorie counter on the market, thanks to its automatic food logging capabilities with connected sensors. It embeds all classical functions of state of the art manual diet tracking apps, and adds two revolutionary options, in order to offer an outstanding customer experience to its users: a micro connected scale and a molecular sensor that fits in the palm of its hand. With these sensors, food logging becomes a lot more simple and accurate than manual entries from lookup tables. The user just drops the food on its plate, press a button to illuminate (scan) it and the food is automatically logged into its meal, with the accurate weight and nutritional values that do not come from a standard list. Moreover, each time the user scans, he gets an advice customized to his profile or past actions. He immediately knows what he needs to add or cut back to balance his meal. All our advices are built by doctors or nutritionists and driven by evidence-based medicine.
We fully understand the problem of food counting because our own daughter got diagnosed with a type 1 diabetes 2 years ago. She had to start counting carbs at every meal with manual tools to dose insulin. We quickly realized that hundreds of millions of people struggle daily to answer this critical question: how much carbs or fat or protein do I have in my plate? We found this situation unworthy of the 21st century: they deserve a tool that automatically shows this information on their smartphone with no effort. With my wife, we decided to create the next generation of food tracking tools, and when we discovered that Consumer Physics, an Israeli company was about to release “the first handheld spectrometer able to analyse the chemical composition of objects around us”, we dropped our careers and partnered with them to creat DietSensor, “the first automated nutrition coach”. By simplifying nutrients (carbs, fat and protein) and calorie counting in food and beverage, DietSensor’s mission is to empower and inspire people to eat and live healthier and to help them achieve their goals, especially for people with food-related chronicle disease. And today we are honored that DietSensor received the Best of Innovation Award for apps and softwares worldwide at CES 2016 on the criteria of innovation, outstanding design, and usefulness, in regards to its profound potential impact on the consumer market.
Knocki is a small wireless device that instantly transforms ordinary surfaces (walls, tables, doors, furniture, countertops, & more) into powerful yet easy to access remotes for your favorite devices and software.
RAINE: What is the secret sauce behind your creative process?
KNOCKI: We believe that when you get talented people together and give everyone a sense of ownership in the direction of the company, you achieve a culture that springs forth continued innovation and success. RAINE: What is belief that you live by that propels your brand.
KNCOKI: Our company is guided by two principles. “Simple is better” and “Delight our customers”. By infusing these values into every facet of our efforts, we ensure we maintain what people love about Knocki throughout the user experience.
RAINE: Do you have any inside tips that can guide entrepreneurs to financing their business?
KNOCKI: Funding isn’t just about a great idea or a great team; investors are looking for a return. If you’re providing a vitamin, make sure you give the user something completely unlike what they can find elsewhere. There are many vitamins to choose from. If you’re providing a pill, make sure it’s easy to swallow. This means accessible price, usability, messaging of value, etc. Finally, make sure the pain that it remedies is real. Don’t invent a solution for a problem that doesn’t really exist.
RAINE: How can someone be the best leader they can be?
KNOCKI: Be the person you want your team to be. They will follow your lead. However, if you expect others to do that which you are unwilling to do, your team will flounder.
RAINE: What is your vision for identifying the best team?
KNOCKI: Proven results and a track record of accomplishments are more important than anything. Many people can talk the talk, but far fewer can walk the walk.
RAINE: How do you define your unique selling advantage?
KNOCKI: It’s simple, actually. “Tap into your connected world through the surfaces around you”
RAINE: Describe the difference between Entrepreneur vs 9-5?
KNOCKI: Your passion is your outcome – your biggest dreams are your boss. You directly own your success or failure – it’s difficult and scary, but also exhilarating and liberating.
RAINE: 3 Things that help you find balance?
KNOCKI: Exercise, my wife, and my kids. The first helps me unwind, the second two remind me what really matters.
RAINE: Words of wisdom?
KNOCKI: Failure is merely the refusal to learn, adapt, or get up after falling. In short, failure is not an outcome, but a choice.
Line Dock is the first product of an exciting upcoming series developed by Alphaline Inc. Our ambition is to bring technology and design on equal terms in a unique format
Following this ambition, Line Dock is the first laptop power bank allowing to charge a USB-C laptop completely and as fast as a regular wall charger. On top of offering +15hours of autonomy, Line Dock also brings altogether the most needed laptop gears such as storage, active cooling and a variety of ports to upgrade laptops in every possible way. The idea was to create a powerful device at the crossroad of convenience, design and portability. What’s more in just 9mm.
RAINE: What are the things that spark your creative process?
LINE DOCK: Our creative process is constant motion and travelling is what gets our creative juices flowing. When you travel, you get to experience new ways of living, habits and different perspectives. A same product can be perceived and used very differently across countries and travelling helps us a lot when it comes to looking for new inspiration.
RAINE: Share a mantra that is important for your brand.
LINE DOCK: Technology and design are on equal terms.
RAINE: What are the best ways to finance your dreams?
LINE DOCK: I guess there is no secret sauce when it comes to financing your next big dream. However, crowd funding has become a very popular way to get things started when you have a product you’re ready to launch on the market and it’s fantastic. It helps you not only get the first interaction with the real world but it’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the audience, understand what your customers want and where your value proposition lies. It’s also a great way to assess whether there is a market potential for your product, which in turn makes it easier when it comes to raise capital to finance your dream. Business plans and market studies aren’t convincing enough nowadays. You have to show traction and tangible results.
RAINE: When leading a team, what are some lessons learn that you can pass on?
LINE DOCK: The biggest lesson learned is I think resilience and the fact that nothing never happens as predicted. There is a quote from Torquil Campbell which captures it pretty well : “I think you have to make concessions in life. One of the most frustrating things about getting older is (you realize) the reason you have a plan is so you can see everything it isn’t. The plan never works. Something happens and you adjust to it and you adapt to it and you accept it and you keep going, but that’s not the plan.”
RAINE: Is their a philosophy or culture you believe in when seeking talent to surround yourself with?
LINE DOCK: Don’t walk, run the extra mile.
RAINE: How would you describe your brand’s unique selling point?
LINE DOCK: Smart integration. We offer the very first laptop power bank in a sleek design & format. We have a premium product in a world of plastic bricks.
RAINE: How does the creative entrepreneur lifestyle vary from your traditional corporate 9 -5?
LINE DOCK: I guess what differs from a 9-5 lifestyle is that it is simply the opposite times 10. As an entrepreneur, you can be the company CEO, the receptionist, the marketing and accounting team, HR and payroll, all at the same time.
RAINE: Is there a method you use to help you balance both work and life?
LINE DOCK: I wish we had. We haven’t found a work/life balance just yet.
RAINE: What words of wisdom could you share with other creative entrepreneurs?
LINE DOCK: Do it.