Bright Ideas

In 2003, only months after a Super Bowl victory, Casey Crawford gave up a lucrative NFL career and decided to cash in on a booming real estate business.

Go to college for four years, take out tens of thousands in student loans and hope that someone will hire you so you can pay off your debt. It may not be the American dream, but it has become the American standard. Flatiron School is hoping to change that. Students at the New York City-based …

When Renee Sandler read there were only 12 female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies back in 2007, she said, “something snapped.” Her daughters, aged 9 and 10 at the time, could enter a workforce and become limited by their gender. She decided it was time to begin teaching them, through business, what might be in …

Two Israeli doctors have come up with a wearable solution that promotes knee and hip alignment to reduce joint pain and it’s backed by former pro athletes.

In a landscape full of start-ups, one company is making its mark by capitalizing on other start-ups. The strategy is paying off, Managed by Q’s client list has doubled in the past four months to 200. Knowing that there’s typically no such thing as a set of extra hands when you work for a small …

You know that bruised apple you pushed aside at the grocery store? It’s probably in a dumpster or a landfill somewhere, along with the 40 percent of America’s food that is thrown away. Food Cowboy is a start-up looking to redirect the fate of rejected food, not only to end hunger in America but to …

If you’re a woman looking for a female cabbie, there’s an app for that. SheTaxis is a recently launched New York taxi start-up that connects female passengers with female drivers.

A young biomedical engineer is hoping to reduce avoidable hospital-acquired infections with a lighting technology that kills bacteria.

The founders of Maker’s Row aim make it easier and cheaper for would-be entrepreneurs to find domestic manufacturers.

Meet the entrepreneur who is using 3D printing to prevent those pesky earbuds from falling out.

A former Marine is making drones for aerial photography and selling them for various applications from farming to film making.

“All work and no play” may be your mantra, but one San Francisco woman has turned playtime into a profession. Sophie Maletsky can turn a garage into a cave using newspaper and toilet paper tubes, or an old refrigerator box into a rocket ship. Her installations aren’t part of a grand movie set; she is …

Martin Refsal woke up one morning feeling “deathly ill.” His neck was swollen. He has a primary care physician, but decided to phone a company called Sherpaa. Within one hour he had a prescription called in at a pharmacy down the block and a referral to see a specialist later that same afternoon. The best …

Holly Bartman, a Michigan mom saving playtime from TVs and iPads one superhero cape at a time. The CEO of SuperFly Kids, a company that makes custom-made superhero accessories, never thought she would own a business. The Livonia, Michigan-based retail website she started, which took in $2.3 million dollars last year, grew out of a …

Aubrie Pagano was faced with a common dilemma. She was invited as her boyfriend’s plus one to his brother’s wedding and she couldn’t find an outfit that measured up. She was meeting her beau’s 40 closest relatives and she really wanted to look great. Pagano scoured her favorite online retailers and she traveled to all …