This Startup Gets College Kids Jobs as Dildo Merchants, Liquor Evangelists, Nail Polish Bloggers

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No job description is more soul-suckingly droll than a campus work study gig — anyone who’s ever been forced to give a campus tour for minimum wage can attest to that. Unfortunately, those are often the only jobs available to students with full-time course loads and no cars.

Enter Campus Job, an online market that connects college kids to unlikely employers for part time jobs during the school year. The service officially launched earlier this month and is seeing over 1,000 new signups each week. Read More

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Tweaking Scientists Invent FDA-Proof ‘Caffeine-Related Ingredient’

Peace out, coffee, there's a new sheriff in town.

In an effort to circumvent the pesky FDA, a company called ChromaDex is hard at work on a “caffeine-related ingredient” that will provide a buzz that’s spread over a longer period of time than the one you get from normal caffeine.

The FDA has been cracking down on all of the ridiculously caffeinated products on offer recently, Fast Co. Exist reports, and ChromaDex’s Purenergy would “offer the same energy boost as traditional caffeine in significantly lower quantities, circumventing any future FDA caffeine limits for products.” Read More


Red Bull Drops $20 K. on iPhone Air Guitar Pick in Failed Attempt to Make Largest Single Donation Ever


UPDATE: We thought Red Bull was claiming its donation was the largest ever; actually the project creators came up with that tagline. Co-founder Ronald Mannak: “We exchanged emails with Fred Benenson at Kickstarter to give him a heads up that Red Bull was about to what we assumed to be the biggest Kickstarter donation ever. Since Fred didn’t correct us, I (not Red Bull) decided it was safe to claim the biggest single donation ever. Kickstarter hasn’t reached out to us since we announced the Red Bull donation.” Kickstarter told Betabeat it has received larger lump sums before but didn’t cite specifics. Red Bull wanted to make the largest Kickstarter donation ever, but Mr. Benenson declined, saying the company isn’t “currently seeking partnerships,” according to the email exchange Mr. Mannak forwarded to Betabeat.


And yes, this is about an Apple accessory. Red Bull is putting $20,000 toward the Kickstarter campaign for the Air Guitar Move, a motion-sensitive guitar pick that turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a guitar. The pick comes with a “rhythm action game” and an app that allows for free play, allowing air musicians to instrumentlessly rock out while, weirdly, actually playing music. It’s like Guitar Hero meets Wii Tennis: Hold the iPhone in one hand like a guitar neck and the pick in the other (like a pick), strum the air and headbang accordingly. Congratulations! You’re a nerd.

Just kidding. If it were nerdy, why would it be sponsored by Red Bull, the energy drink that gives you wings, and when combined with vodka achieves the closest non-lethal approximation of 4loko?

Red Bull told the team behind the project that it wanted its $20,000 to be the largest single donation to Kickstarter of all time. Not so, says Kickstarter. “While the average pledge is $71 and the most common pledge is $25, several times a week individual backers will pledge $10,000. While the $20,000 recently pledged to the Air Guitar project was the largest pledge to that project, it was not the largest amount by any single backer since our launch,” Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler relayed via email. Read More