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Brains on the Outside: A Business Ideas Podcast

Welcome to Brains on the Outside, a show about ridiculous business ideas! Every Monday, Alex and Andrew are joined by guests (and sometimes you!) to help them pitch fun, fantastical and wholesome businesses to make their ordinary lives more extraordinary!

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How can you prevent slugs from eating your prize cabbages?
Slugs.The worst of all the garden creatures.Slimy. Slithery. Leaving gross trails all over the place. Ugh.This week Corinne has written to us to ask whether we could start up a business to deal with these pests.And honestly our business proposals couldn't be more politically different.Thanks Corinne.If you have a problem you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.comKeep your Brains on the Outside xoxo
32:14 8/28/23
Metal Detecting 2.0
Metal detecting is such a mixed bag. Finding cool stuff is undoubtedly amazing but having to dig things up all the time is not only a drag it's also inaccessible.Listener Kat has messaged us this week to ask whether we could dream up a business that brings metal detecting to more of the population while also making the boring bits well... less boring.Thanks so much Kat!If you have a problem you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.comKeep your Brains on the Outside xoxo
29:40 8/14/23
The Future of Two Factor Authentication
Two factor authentication? More like EW factor authentication. Nobody likes all the hoops you have to jump through in order to log into your bank, your email, your social network of choice or the Warhammer website these days and this week our listener and long time friend of the show, Elliott, has asked us to solve this problem once and for all.  Thanks so much Elliott!If you have a problem you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.comKeep your Brains on the Outside xoxo
38:21 7/31/23
How to Stop Jet Lag
Andrew done goofed today and accidentally recorded the whole episode without turning his nice mic on. He is very sorry about this - please forgive him Aside from just having to live through it, jet lag is something that no one has a solution to. Setting your watch as you get on the plane or rubbing your feet on the carpet, just don't work. Andrew's new app to send a herald in your place and Alex's plane replacement aim to fix that.Thank you to our mystery listener for sending in such a high-altitude problem. If you have a problem (not related to the flow of time) you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.comKeep your Brains on the Outside (and don't forget top use your nice mic)! xoxo
39:27 7/24/23
How to Stop Cats Fighting
Is your cat getting attacked by the other mean cats in your neighbourhood? How are you stopping it? Andrew and Alex have two innovative businesses that will definitely solve this, and make you a lot of money in the process.Thank you Ashmita for sending in such a violent problem. If you have a problem (not related to cats) you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.comKeep your Brains on the Outside! xoxo
40:14 7/17/23
How to Find Your Glasses
Losing your glasses robs you of the thing you really need to find your glasses - your ability to see. So far, even after thousands of years of glasses development, there is no solution to this problem. Can Andrew and Alex pitch a business that will change that?Thank you Jasmine for sending in such a optometristy problem. If you have a problem (not related to glasses) you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.comKeep your Brains on the Outside! xoxo
40:51 7/10/23
How to Cure Hayfever
Hayfever sucks. It's nothing like nightfever or that fever that you can only cure with more cowbell. It just stinks. You feel terrible but you're not actually ill and you don't have an actual fever and nobody really feels that sorry for you. It's the worst.After an email from a very sniffly listener, Alex and Andrew decided to tackle this problem head on. Have a listen and see whether shrink wrapping yourself or moving to Arrakis or one of the many, many other innovative ideas our creative duo kick out Is your favourite.Thank you Sam for sending in such a sneeze-inducing problem. If you have a problem (not related to hayfever) you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.comKeep your Brains on the Outside! xoxo
37:31 6/26/23
How to Sell a House
Selling your house is a stressful, expensive, and long process. Lets make it quicker. Alex and Andrew pitch two revolutionary, next-generation, Estate Agents that will sell your house faster and for more money (well, Alex's idea definitely won't).Thank you James for sending in such a homely problem. If you have a problem (not related to houses) you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.comKeep your Brains on the Outside! xoxo
41:20 6/19/23
Late Night Ice Rink Usage
So much of our infrastructure is wasted most of the day. Once it gets to 5pm offices, opticians, chocolatiers, EVERYWHERE, closes. Even the humble ice rink closes. But isn't this a waste of potential? A failure of imagination? Surely, there is a way of making money in an ice rink at 2am?Thank you to Gary for sending in such a wet problem. If you have a problem (not related to ice) you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com Keep your Brains on the Outside! xoxo
26:41 6/12/23
No More NSFW Graffiti!
The world has had enough of crude graffiti, surely we are better than just covering everything with spray-paint drawn willys? Andrew and Alex are here to help, as they both pitch their own ideas for businesses to make vandalism more unique and less NSFW. Listen and decide for yourself whose idea was better!Thank you to Hannah who sent in such a crude problem. If you have a problem (not related to graffiti) you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com Keep your Brains on the Outside! xoxo
33:52 6/5/23
How to Google a Smell
Why can we not Shazam smells? There's Google image search, why not a Google smell search? Alex and Andrew pitch two businesses that will aim to make it possible to really understand what you are smelling. There are wine sommeliers, why aren't there smell smelliers? Thank you to Elliott who sent in such a wonderful and smell-focused problem. If you have a problem (not related to smelling) you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com Keep your Brains on the Outside! xoxo
30:14 5/29/23
Be a Part of Your Child’s Life, Forever
When kids are little, parents get to witness so many of their achievements. However, as they grow up, the distance grows. Job interviews, driving tests, exams - parents can’t be in the room as this happens. Or can they? This is very special episode! It is the first episode in our NEW NEW format! We're actually gonna stick with this one for a good long time. We promise.From this moment on we're going to be looking extra hard for listener problems to solve and then we're both going to pitch a business, product or service that will help. Thank you to our listener Julie who sent in this heart warming question. We hope our incredibly invasive solutions help. If you have a problem you want us to solve with an innovative business then please drop us a line at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com Keep your Brains on the Outside! xoxo
30:54 5/22/23
Consultancy. But for your life.
Is your significant other pissed with you? Do you not know why? Have you recently bought (or not bought) a zoo? Well, our new consultancy service is here to help. With experts trained at Deloitte, McKinsey and IDEO we'll help you to make better life decisions, to understand why everyone is annoyed with you, and to reconnect with your dad over a shared love of timber. If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends! Keep your brains on the outside xo
25:22 5/15/23
New Ideas for Old Podcasts
After 64 episodes, Andrew and Alex are broken. Help them, dear listeners, understand what Brains on the Outside should be. Prepare for 20 minutes of, effectively, podcast therapy, as they go through their ideas for podcasts to launch if this one fails. If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
19:18 5/8/23
Strangers on a Train (for cleaning your drains)
Your problems may seem insurmountable to you but to somebody else they might be easy-peasy! Our new app lets someone attempt to solve your problem for you, as long as you try to solve theirs. It's Strangers on a Train, but for cleaning your drains or doing your taxes. It's the next step of that neighbourhood group chat where people give away their old stuff, but now they are trying to give away their problems. If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
23:29 5/1/23
The Official Spam Concept Store
Alex discusses his perfect shopping experience: a trip to a Spam concept store. If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
22:23 4/24/23
Grow Your Own Everything
Living in the city, it's hard to grow your own food. Allotments are expensive, and gardens are rare. We have a solution! Let us come to your house with 5 tonnes of topsoil and we can transform any of your rooms into a garden. If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
24:36 4/17/23
The Restaurant for Take-Aways
What if there was a restaurant you could order takeaway food too? A "Deliveroom", if you will? Why don't Ikea open after hours, using their showroom bedrooms as hotels, and their kitchens and dining rooms as places to eat out? Prepare for a hungry and food-related Brains on the Outside this week, as we plan the future of food. If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
23:34 4/10/23
The Shop where you can Steal
Alex proposes the future of shopping - a shop you are allowed to steal from. Andrew desperately wants to pull the lever on the train that causes it to do an emergency stop, and is willing to start a business to do it.If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
27:01 4/3/23
A New Pair of Shoes (a Shoe-stravaganza)
Some shoes light up, some have wheels in them, and some make you taller. Aside from that, shoes are fairly dull - where's the innovation? What's new? Luckily for Adidas and Nike, Alex has hundreds of ideas on how to improve the shoe - ones to make you shorter, a shoe that makes you sound different, a shoe to brand the ground you walk on!If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
27:09 3/27/23
The Main Character
Are you worried you are about to embarrass yourself? Don’t worry, our new app can send someone to be a distraction!Thank you Henry for sending in an idea - if you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
18:05 3/20/23
The Wine Flight Hat
Andrew had so many great ideas planned for this episode - instead, he pitches the wine flight hat, a classy and portable way of consuming a selection of wine. Increasing the classiness of the episode, we also pitch a reusable strawpedo straw, allowing even the environmentally conscious to get drunk fast. Our listener Rich sends us an idea to make sure a watched pot will always boil.If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
25:21 3/13/23
Live from The Station House 22/2/2023
This is our first-ever live show! In front of an audience of real humans, Andrew pitches an advent calendar for every holiday, and Alex pitches Cameo for shopping - an app to make Steve Buscemi go shopping for him. Thank you to everyone who came along, and to everyone who pitched their own business idea! Thank you to Rich, for doing the sound engineering on this episode. Finally, thank you to the Station House in Durham for letting us use their bar as a venue for all our ridiculous business ideas.If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
59:13 3/6/23
Astronaut for a day
Paw Patrol, Fireman Sam, and Postman Pat give kids a false and whimsical impression of what grown-up jobs are like. Andrew pitches the chance to try out any job before committing your life to it. We get sidetracked and ask: what if you could become 1/140th of a Doctor? Andrew ranks all the crimes and decides that robbing a train on a horse is the coolest.If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
22:40 2/27/23
Yes In My Backyard
Plenty of people are NIMBYs ("not in my backyard!") but what about those of us who are more amenable? What about the YIMBYs? The "yes in my backyard!" people? Do you need to build a wind farm in someone's garden? Open a prison on someone's property? Dispose of weapon's grade nuclear waste? Alex's new app will find the exact place to put it! Plus, we have a live show on the 22nd of February at the Station House, Durham. Please come along!If you want to send in your business idea, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in! Give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
24:54 2/20/23
Unhealthy Meal Subscription Services
Welcome to our 1 year anniversary of Brains on the Outside! Over the last 365 days, we have released 52 previous episodes with over 100 ridiculous business ideas! If you've never listened to an episode, this is the perfect place to start! The first innovative pitch idea of year 2 is for a food subscription box for processed foods - half chemistry set, half Mindful Chef. Plus, we have a live show on the 22nd of February at the Station House, Durham. Please come along!If you want to send in your business idea, or a problem you need solving, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in!Give us a rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside x
28:07 2/13/23
Baby CEO School (feat. Ashmita Randhawa)
Alex's idea for a CEO training academy for babies meets some scepticism as our guest Ashmita asks some (pretty fair) questions.  If you want to send in your business idea, or a problem you need solving, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in with an idea!Give us a rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
32:38 2/6/23
The 30 Second Morning Routine
Morning routines are slow, but they could be fast. Really fast. Like, REALLY fast.If you want to send in your business idea, or a problem you need solving, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in with an idea!Give us a rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
20:29 1/30/23
Digging a Big Hole
Inside us all is the desire to dig a really really deep hole. Now, with Andrew's newest holiday destination, you can rent a shovel, a JCB, or a Bagger 288 and dig to your heart's content.If you want to send in your business idea, or a problem you need solving, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in with an idea!Give us a rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
22:05 1/23/23
The Magic 8.1 Ball
The rise of ChatGPT and AI has rendered the magic 8 ball obsolete. Alex has a pitch though: the Magic 8.1 ball, an AI-enabled decision maker.If you want to send in your business idea, or a problem you need solving, please email us at brainsontheoutside@gmail.com - we will send merch to everyone who writes in with an idea! Give us a rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts, follow us on Twitter @brainsoutside or on Instagram @brainsontheoutside, and please, please, please tell your friends!Keep your brains on the outside xo
21:35 1/16/23