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Top 20 Start-Ups To Watch That May Change Your Life

Top 20 Start-Ups To Watch That May Change Your Life
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The hottest start-ups of 2014 incorporate convenience and customization with video and content… making our lives more convenient. See for yourself:

1. Glamsquad

Ebeauty? Glamsquad is an in-home beauty service that sends the hair stylist and makeup artist straight to the client. Sounds great…except that it is currently only located in NYC. The Big Apple has never looked so pretty.

2. Woot

An American Internet retailer with the slogan,  “One Day, One Deal,” consists largely of electronics. While Woot has several business spin off sites, its focus on electronics on its flagship site is understandable, given founder Matt Rutledge was a former electronics wholesaler.

3. Inside

Stay up-to-date with real time journalism. Inside.com hopes to provide readers customized, current journalism to satiate each unique viewers content hunger.

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4. Whisper.sh

A hybrid of Twitter and Mashup, this mobile app lets you send anonymous messages to millions and allows for replies…shh.

5. ThriveOn

A site for your mind, ThriveOn.com provides mental health options based on your assessment to questions. Can it replace the annual physical? Not quite. Can it give customized health assessment without having to go to a hospital? Check.

6. Elepath

Looking to improve your nighttime story telling or listicle skills? This app allows users various fun options, including narrating pictures, recording sounds and creating lists.

7. Imgur

Another photo sharing site? Not quite. Imgur has a gallery filled with in real time viral photos. Seems a few steps ahead of Google Image.

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8.  Shapeways

Three dimensional printing is getting even more quaint. Shapeways allows users the chance to not only create images, but to also buy and sell the products from 3D printing. Can’t wait for 4D…

9.  Thumb.it

Ever wonder what those people passing you on the street really thought about your looks and outfit? Thumb.it allows you to wonder no more! Get instant thumbs up or down after submitting your photo.

10. Bufferapp.com

Keep this app open all day and Buffer will recommend posts to you while also helping you to share favorite websites on your various social media. One less click for you to do.

11. Shots.me

Need a new place to take your selfies? Shots.met allows users to post their pictures for networking. Kim might just have a new favorite start-up.

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12. Skillbridge.co

Are you a freelancer? Skillbridge was created for you. Post, find, and deliver short-term finance, strategy, and marketing projects…linking the independent contractor to those in need.

13. Exaleague

It’s social media for start-up companies; Exaleague helps grow start-up business with various marketing options and keeps you current on your competitors. I wonder if Mark Zuckerberg would have used it.

14. NarrativeScience

This site makes the confusing world of Big Data navigable and easy to use. Basically, NarrativeScience transforms figures and numbers into paragraphs, making trends more understandable to mathematically disinclined.

15. Poet

Poet (Point of Experience Technology) is an interactive site aiming to inform its users about products prior to sale. This is done through learning about the product of their choice through their an interactive, digital site.

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16. Sociota.net

Always wanted to be the life of the party but needed an assistant? Sociota not only manages your social media, but monitors it to keep you at the top of your game.

17. Mywebroom

Your room is now virtual. Create your room, organize it, surf and bookmark websites, and add friends. It’s like your life is finally becoming more SIMS-like.

18. Prezi

An online presentation tool? We’ve evolved from chalkboards to overhead projectors to presenting from anywhere – including your browser, desktop and iPhone. You’ll be feeling as cool as the POTUS with this one.

19. Shadow

Count sheep? Go to sleep! Shadow allows you to record your dreams on your mobile phone, so that you might never forget them again. Their crowdfunding campaign was a success; who knows; Whisper might just have given you the incentive to catch your Zzzs more often, see here.

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20. Brāv

Ask.com and Skype – with a referee; Brāv trains anyone, called Brāv Ones, to aid in other’s conflicts on the site’s face-to-face platforms. And since disputing parties hash out differences online, look for people finding solutions to personal or professional problems while in the comfort of their pajamas. Look out for their segment and fun video which aired on FOX September 7th.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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