The Craziest Startups Ever

7 min readMar 30


What’s up, my dear startupers? As a vetted entrepreneur, I always generate mind-blowing ideas that can fuel investors’ interest, and I’m pretty sure you’ve thought of launching your own disrupting projects, too. Wait, are you saying you’re afraid of being misunderstood or making a completely useless product? No-no, don’t rush to discard your ideas: they could stand all chances of becoming the next unicorn!

No jokes intended, just read about these crazy startups — some of them have actually succeeded! Previously, our articles concerned web 3.0, blockchain, and Play-to-Earn projects, but this compilation is dedicated to ventures from completely different industries, just to prove you that everyone can make money on what they love.

Founded by Charles M. Chafer and R. Chan Tysor as long ago as in 1994, Celestis is a Houston-based memorial service that allows customers to bury cremated human remains in space. Clients can always track their loved ones in space to celebrate and remember them.

Though its concept sounds like a science fiction story, in reality, Celestis has been helping its clients to honor their deceased family members for almost twenty years!

Relatives can send a capsule with the ash to the Earth orbit, the Moon, or right in deep space — isn’t that a great after-life experience? The company guarantees full safety of the DNA, so if some of my old relatives or friends say they want to see aliens, I know how it could possibly be organized.

‘Who would buy snow when it’s free and abundant,’ — you’d ask. I don’t know what motivates people who order it, but, apparently, the ‘Ship Snow, Yo’ startup gained traction all around the USA! The company specializes in sending all types of snow, including a whole kit for making a snowman. They can deliver anywhere in the States and have different snow volumes you may purchase. As you may expect, Christmas deliveries always run out of stock early. Hm, I guess this is a great solution for warm states where people barely see a snowflake in December. San Crypto residents would also say ‘Shut up and take my money’ if we had launched such a service.

Duoo Underwear is made with male health in mind. Startup founders were bothered by the research that suggests cell phones may raise cancer risk or diminish sperm count. The Australian underwear brand protects guys from electromagnetic radiation. These underpants are made of a patented “SilverShell” material, which the manufacturer claims mimics the characteristics of a Faraday cage and aids in the reduction of electromagnetic radiation. Sounds like an interesting purchase, I’d also put a tin foil hat as a gift.

Intended to become the “Uber for Everything”, On-demand BAY is the turn-key platform that offers customizable iOS and Android apps as well as in-app purchases for any on-demand service. Want to launch an on-demand business with mobile features similar to Uber? You can deliver anything from strippers to pot — at least, this is how the app’s salesperson stated that.

This start-up aimed to uberize anything from maid service, food delivery, and laundry to on-demand hugs and electronics repair. However, it seems like the founders haven’t succeeded — the app does not exist anymore.

This dog parking start-up was initially established in Brooklyn in 2016, and founders planned to install 100 dog houses in New York and Manhattan. But things kicked off, and now DogSpot (former Dog Parker) is running thousands of dog-friendly spots in different States!

Instead of attaching their dog’s leash to a pole, owners may leave their pets in a camera-monitored, climate-controlled small house with DogSpot, an on-demand unit placed outside shops and workplaces. With a $25 yearly membership and 20 cents per minute, DogSpot members may leave their dogs without worrying about leaving them on the street alone and exposed to strangers and their pets.

When Josh Opperman’s three-month engagement ended, he tried to return his $10,000 ring to the shop but was offered only $3,500 instead. But he managed to turn his heartbreaking feelings into a prosperous business. I Do Now I Don’t is a fine jewelry Craigslist for people who no longer need their rings. They will obtain a far higher price than if they tried to return the stuff to the retailer where they got it.

I always say marriage is a useless venture. So much cash for saying loud promises that people never live up to…Nah, I’d stay bachelor till the end of my life :)

Before Kevin O’Leary invested in them, Potato Parcel, as shown on Season 8 of Shark Tank, had nothing. Now they bring in roughly $25,000 each month. The concept is simple: you mail a full potato to a recipient with a special note scrawled in marker on top of it. It’s a novelty item, but it’s become quite popular as a playful present that shouldn’t be taken too seriously for important events like birthdays or anniversaries. I think Meta L’s face will look cool on such a potato — the best gift for a veggie!

The year before it launched, Strange Donuts executed an outstanding guerrilla marketing campaign. Even before it had cooked a single dough ring, the business’ social media channels were incredibly active. It was able to generate a great deal of buzz and expectation this way. Indeed, the idea of serving distinctively flavored donuts in unconventional settings succeeded in Seattle.

Today, they deliver donuts and freshly-brewed coffee to spots in Maplewood, Kirkwood, Creve Coeur, Edwardsville and surrounding areas in Missouri and Illinois. The founders have also created non-profit charitable service that delivers breakfasts and donuts, which highlights their “Be strange, be nice” philosophy.

Not likely that anyone from Silicon Valley would invest in this idea, but it succeeded despite all the skepticism! Nobody has created footwear with as much innovation as Scentra, whose sturdy and cozy shoes really emit a perfume. The pleasant scent of these shoes can really mask unpleasant foot odors. Buyers may enjoy a range of distinct fashions and have the best-smelling feet on the neighborhood at the same time.

The creators of this “punk” brewery, James Watt and Martin Dickie, had a straightforward goal when they started it: they wanted to inspire others to share their enthusiasm for craft beer. They also sought to provide an alternative to the industrially produced beers that dominated the market in 2007, the year they were founded.

This purpose has guided the company from the beginning, when the founders started brewing in one of their mother’s garages, to the present, when Brewdog is a global brewery and pub chain with a market value of $2 billion (£1.53 billion). What’s so special about their beer? Well, have you seen ale with 55% alcohol, packed in a stuffed animal? Someone buys it. Evidently, Brewdog is a winning combination of brewery, art and taxidermy. By the way, these guys can surely launchl a successful NFT collection that brings them tons of cash if they peg tokens to limited-collection beer bottles.

I hope these startup stories have inspired you — as you can see, even the most unbelievable startups can succeed if founders offer something truly valuable. My dream team totally agrees: we have a few great startup options generated with Erik’s Idea machine and will probably launch them to earn the biggest money in San Crypto and even outperform the!