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10 Start-Up Companies Worth Investing In

10 Start-Up Companies Worth Investing In

It seems like everyone from high school kids to retirees is starting a company in their spare time. Finding the hottest startup is akin to finding a needle in a haystack, so we’ve assembled a list of 10 start-up companies that you may not have heard about.

Combining innovation and a genuine interest in making the world a better place, these 10 brands are on the verge of making a major breakthrough, and will soon become household names.

1. UpDog: Video Review App

UpDog is the first app where you don’t just see the food in the review, but you see the venue, people and atmosphere too. It’s rumored that this reinvention of the review app is going to take a huge chunk out of the market share that Yelp currently occupies, and is predicted to be positioned for an early acquisition.

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2. Hopper: Saves You Money on Travel

Hopper is a way to consolidate those travel blogs and travel-themed Pinterest boards. There’s no need to sift through travel sites to find the best deal with Hopper in your browser, as this site provides data-driven research to help travelers make better decisions about where to go, when to fly and when to buy.

Founded in 2007 and backed by BrightsparkAtlas Venture and OMERS Ventures, Hopper is sure to gain the market share of the other travel websites.

3. GenoVive: Healthy Eating Designed for You

GenoVive works as both a personal nutritionist and a fitness trainer. Using a person’s DNA, health specialists create a personalized meal plan and exercise regimen to help customers begin a healthier lifestyle and reach their goal weight.

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4. ThinkUp: Social Media Information App

ThinkUp gathers your social media activity and relays important information to you in a fun and conversational way. It allows for a greater knowledge of your web presence, making it an asset for online personalities and businesses utilizing social media.

5. Plated: Food Delivery Program

Plated delivers everything you need to make a healthy gourmet meal right to your front door, including the recipe and pre-portioned fresh ingredients. The company advocates good eating with the convenience of not having to go to the grocery store.

Plated currently delivers to 80% of the continental United States and continues to expand.

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6. Packback Books: eBooks for Rent

Packback Books gives college students the opportunity to rent eBooks on an as-needed basis, for no more than $5 a day. This eliminates the issue of purchasing textbooks that cost hundreds of dollars and then rarely using them in class, as well as the need for rental services such as Chegg.

Packback Books is currently in its beta stage.

7. Samba: Video Reaction App

Samba is an app that records the recipient’s reaction to a sent video, and then returns the reaction to the sender. This combines the appeal of communication via digital outlets and face-to-face communication, and is a faster alternative to FaceTime or Skype.

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It is set to go live in the Apple Store soon.

8. Groundwork: Workshop Interview Program

Groundwork is reinventing the job interview process by providing workshop environments for job seekers and companies seeking employees. This grants all parties involved the opportunity to work together and showcase their strengths in a working environment.

9. Pillpack: Medication Simplified

PillPack has streamlined and simplified the modern pharmacy experience. PillPack boasts the variety of a full-service pharmacy and the convenience of a doorstep delivery service. Furthermore, handles refills and daily dosages, as medication is pre-sorted into daily packs. This is a business that will revolutionize the drug industry and change the lives of those who are always on-the-go and those who just can’t remember to take their afternoon pill.

10. Jazinga: Simplifying Small Business Communications

Jazinga is the startup designed for startups. This technology-based startup is focused on simplifying and slimming down small business communications. Jazinga has the power to transform how businesses operate and communicate.

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Last Updated on September 23, 2020

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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