These crazy startup ideas actually worked!

Startups are companies that are moulded from fundamentally small ideas that develop into something grand or else fail. Not all good ideas can stand the test of time, yet there are numerous unusual ones that make it to the top. The companies listed below are the ones who made it big despite their offbeat ideologies.


Artificial tree sculptures are what NatureMaker is famous for. Their trees are handcrafted of steel and are magnificent pieces of art. They look so real that they’ll easily fool you. Their consumers are mostly commercial establishments, zoos, museums, hotels, casinos and theme parks. Their product price ranges from $25,000 (US) to more than $500,000 (US), depending on the kind of tree the buyer demands, varying from Oak and Maple to Banyan trees. Artificial trees are used in wildlife exhibits and if you’re lucky enough you’ll get to see them soon. Prepare to be fooled!

Narrative Clip

This Swedish startup is claiming that they can transform your life and make you relive it.

This product has a tiny camera that can be clipped to shirt fronts and it takes two photos per minute as long as it is placed properly. This spy camera that is worth $279 has earned about half a million on a Kickstarter campaign. They are in the process of creating their own legacy. A tiny camera might sound useless to you but there are a lot of people who’d disagree. In the world of technology, Narrative Clip is surely a success story to look out for!


Zipline is the world’s sole drone delivery system at a national scale which was initiated to send medical emergency drug paraphernalia to those in need, no matter where they are.

Autonomous drones are used to deliver blood, vaccines and medicine to remote areas all over Africa to all those in need. The drones can fly at 80MpH and can deliver up to 100 miles away. This wonderful initiative has saved many lives!


The basic idea behind this was to give your dog to a stranger for a bit or borrow some stranger’s dog.

Even though it may sound a bit odd, for a dog enthusiast, it’s much of a treat. You can get a sitter for your dog and not worry a bit, for a while. Your dog will have a happy outing.

Rikke Rosenlund, was the founder and CEO of this community which has more than 400,000 members now. Millions of people and dogs have had a pleasant experience through this platform and it is definitely a success story. It has raised about $2.32 million and is in the road to gain even more financial support in the years to come with its increasing popularity.

The Dress Bank

Not everyone can afford expensive branded pieces of clothing, even though they really wish they could. This is where The Dress Bank comes in.

The co-founder of the company, Deepa Kalro, aims to provide the people who don’t want to invest in an expensive piece of clothing, a chance to rent and own the branded outfit of their choice, for a day. The outfit needs to be returned without stains or tear and that’s all. This can be anyone’s go-to platform for an event or a wedding.


The list is never ending and can go on and on. These startups have made it big from when they were mere ideas. The execution of these ideas in a proper manner is what made them what they are today. An idea can truly change the world, and these startups are the real-life examples of it. From drones delivering medicines to tree steel art, it is all possible and it is all happening. This only makes us wonder, what next?

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