Startups To Watch In 2014 – Sense of Skin

In our series on the Best Startup Business 2014, we’re sharing details of great new ventures to keep an eye on this year and beyond.

Startups To Watch In 2014

Today we’re looking at a startup that is helping people who are suffering from an everyday problem.

If you want to see more great startups, click here: Best Startup BusinessesStartups To Watch In 2014 Sense of Skin 200

Sense of Skin

When we looked into the painful world of skin irritants, here’s what we found just for the UK (these numbers are for the UK but they apply elsewhere around the world):

  • 68% of the UK population suffer from sensitive skin.
  • On average, women expose their skin to on average 168 unique chemicals every day.
  • 44% of the total UK population experience skin reactions.

The number that took us by surprise was: £400 million. That’s the value of all the beauty and skin products that are thrown away in the UK by people because the product irritated their skin.

If you’ve been following our series on great new companies to watch, you’ll know that the key to a business’s success is having a clear solution to a common problem. Sense of Skin has achieved this by helping people choose skin and beauty products that won’t drive them crazy with skin irritations.

Solving skin irritation in a market as massive as the global beauty products industry makes this business worth following.

How Does It Work?

Imagine you use skin or beauty products and suffer from skin reactions or allergies. Sense of Skin begins by building a profile of your skin. As it learns about your triggers, it creates a detailed profile that will help you prevent reactions. When you’re next in a shop, you can use your personalised mobile phone app to scan the barcode on skin products and check if it will be ok to use on your skin.Very simple.

To make all this happen, Sense of Skin have built a proprietary platform which incorporates:

  • A unique profile-creating algorithm.
  • An extensive personal care product database (21,000 chemicals and 12,000 products).
  • A comprehensive skin trigger database (featuring hundreds of skin irritation triggers).
  • Personalised, independent, scientific guidance provided to each customer via mobile.

According to Research and Markets, “The global skin care products industry revenue is forecast to reach an estimated $102.3 billion in 2018 with good growth over the next five years. Rising living standards and increased spending power are anticipated to drive demand for newer skin care products.”

We see Sense of Skin as being well positioned in the ever-expanding skin care products industry and wish them all the best!

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Moving Abroad With Children – Best & Worst Schools [Video & Infographic]

When looking at moving abroad with children, one of the biggest concerns (after finding somewhere to live) is where in the world are the best and worst schools.

In our recent blog post called Moving Abroad – 100+ Helpful Resources, Guides and Websites, we listed a number of online resources and sites that could parents plan for their big move. Best Schools PISA Programme

Some of the sites mentioned included:

  • Moving Abroad With Children – Good information to help you move with children.
  • Expat Child – Excellent site for families who have moved abroad with children.
  • Travel With Your Kids – TravelWithYourKids is written by parents, for parents. Useful articles and resources to help you with the move.
  • While Abroad – Parenting While Abroad was setup to be a clearinghouse where expats and travellers can share information about how to effectively parent while living oversees.
  • Khan Academy – Free online education courses for children anywhere in the world.

Moving Abroad With Children – Best & Worst Schools [Video]

Today, we’re sharing some handy infographics which are based on major research conduct by the OECD in its PISA programme:

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. To date, students representing more than 70 economies have participated in the assessment. Around 510,000 students in 65 economies took part in PISA 2012 representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally.

Moving Abroad With Children – Best & Worst Schools [Infographic]

Thanks to the team at Buzzfeed, you can now see the results of the PISA results in nice easy infographic form.

Let’s take a look . . .

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Moving Abroad With Children – Best & Worst Schools [2nd Infographic]

Now let’s look at the leaderboard of best/worst, happiest/unhappiest schools.

Moving Abroad With Children Schools Leaderboard

Don’t forget to take a look at Moving Abroad – 100+ Helpful Resources, Guides and Websites - it will be a big help for your big move.

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Life As A Digital Nomad [A Customer’s Story]

Since publishing our recent fun article entitled The Rise of the Digital Nomad [How To Have An International Lifestyle], we’ve been in contact with a number of our customers who are living the dream and loving life as a digital nomad. Life As A Digital Nomad

Today we’re handing over the reins to one such customer, the irrepressible, Roo Foster.

Here’s Roo to tell you her story of life as a digital nomad . . .

I’ve been a long term traveller for about 3 years now, and in those 3 years I’ve done a whole myriad of different types of jobs all over the world – from working as a summer camp counsellor, to video editor, to freelance writer, to ski transfer rep, to Media Director at the previous summer camp.

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Startups To Watch In 2014 – Camara

As you may have seen in our earlier post entitled Best Startup Business 2014, we are looking at businesses that could vie for the title of Best Startup Business 2014.

Startups To Watch In 2014

In this series we are taking a look at some well-known success stories as well as brand new businesses that are still testing their offering. Our focus today falls on the international charity organisation Camara, which was started in Dublin, Ireland.


The meaning of the West African word Camara, “one who teaches with experience,” goes a little way to explaining what this startup is all about. Using modern technology, Camara educates and delivers education facilities to those in need, with the end goal being for these communities to break the poverty cycle they find themselves in, thanks to the better education received.Startups To Watch In 2014 - Camara

Camara delivers these benefits in a few ways . . .

Firstly, by recycling unwanted high-quality computers.

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The Rise of the Digital Nomad [How To Have An International Lifestyle]

‘Digital Nomad’ is a term we use a lot here at CurrencyFair. It refers to those lucky people who manage to weave work around an internationally mobile lifestyle. Digital Nomads

For some people, the first inkling that there was even such a thing as a digital lifestyle came when the Best Job In The World campaign shot to prominence. The competition was an amazing campaign and it rightfully garnered the attention of mobile-minded people around the world.

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A Clever Way For Business Owners To Cut Costs

International money transfers have traditionally always been dealt with by the banks and brokers. Up until recently this was pretty much the only way they could be done and that is why banks could get away with offering shoddy rates and charging unnecessary fees on top. Many businesses still continue to use this method of payment and just accept the losses they make on every transfer.

A Clever Way For Business Owners To Cut Costs

However, since the development of the internet, better ways to transfer money have developed.

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Two-factor Authentication

At CurrencyFair, innovation is one of our core values, and we are always iterating our product to ensure we are providing the best level of service for our customers in every area. Over the last year we have redesigned our site, rebuilt our application and added numerous product enhancements throughout. One of the areas we are changing right now, is the way our users authenticate themselves on

Currently, there are a number of authentication mechanisms to protect accounts:

  • Password
  • Security questions / PIN

Our next security update, rolling out on March 31st, will include the migration away from security questions and PIN controls to Two-Factor Authentication. This update will greatly increase the security of accounts and make it easier for our users to use (remembering your PIN will no longer be a problem!).

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Moving Abroad? How To Say Hello In 21 Languages

At CurrencyFair, we have wonderful customers from all over the world. Sending Money Abroad - Free Guide

So, naturally enough, when we discovered a handy infographic explaining how to say hello across the world, we just had to share it (see below).

We hope we get to practice the greetings with you somewhere before too long!

How To Say Hello In 21 Languages

Here’s the handy guide to saying hello around the world.

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The Peer-To-Peer Marketplace Revolution: 50+ Companies That Are Changing The World

Peer-to-peer marketplaces are really booming right now. It’s not just us talking about the peer-to-peer revolution – news sites like Forbes, Mashable, and others are also loving this new way of doing things.

Before we look at the list of over 50 peer-to-peer marketplaces that are changing the world, what do we mean when we use the phrase: peer-to-peer marketplace? The Peer-To-Peer Marketplace Revolution

Typically, an online peer-to-peer marketplace brings people and/or businesses together online to deal with each other directly without having to go through a slow, expensive middle man.

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Australian Fun Facts – Video & Infographic Shrink Entire Population Of Australia Down To One Street

Aussies or people moving to Australia will enjoy this fun video and infographic which shrink the entire population of Australia down to one street.

You’ll quickly learn everything you need to know about how things have changed Down Under.

Planning a move to Australia? Check out this quick checklist for moving to Australia.

The video and infographic are based on recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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