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7 Startup Must Haves

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Here are 7 startup must haves. Each startup has their own perks from nap pods to game rooms. They are fun and provide a great environment for your team to collaborate or cool down after a long day. However, there’s also the must-haves for startups, the things you need in order to “Crush it” as a startup. Here’s a list of must haves that every startup must carry in order to call themselves a “startup”.

Large White Board

The first startup must haves is a large white board. White boards are an absolute staple in the office. While you and technology are joined at the hip, there is little that compares to gathering your team in front of a whiteboard to hash out ideas. Whiteboard serves as a creative outlet and also essential for many team bonding exercises. I mean…what’s a better way to keep tallies on who’s dominating in a team exercise than a white board?

Excellent Web Design

Reputation is everything, and your website represents what you do and how well you can do it. Design communicates your business to your audience, so you cannot afford to have anything less than amazing. This is one of those worthwhile investments that you won’t truly appreciate until the time comes. Do yourself a favor and hire a good web design team to build your website. Don’t rely on cheap templates or website builders just to save on cost. Your reputation matter and a quality website is on the very top of startup must haves.

Notebooks

As old school as notebooks are, they are an excellent way to jot down ideas. You can take it everywhere you go, and it does not require batteries. A notebook filled with notes are like your startup’s “Yearbook”. Years later you will look back at all your old notebooks, read the notes, the silliness, and laugh at yourself.

Stickers

Stickers on the wall, stickers on your laptop, stickers on your mug, stickers on you bookbag..stickers everywhere! After all, stickers are just a fun and goofy way for you to show off to the world how young, hip, and adventurous you are. Don’t forget those inspirational quotes MUST HAVES. Can’t come to the office feeling uninspired can you?

Cloud Server

Organization is important, especially as your company grows. You want projects in one place and the ability to share files. Having a cloud server eliminates the possibility of duplicate versions of work and you will lose less data if everything is in one place.

Cross-Training

With a good team, you can accomplish many things. With a GREAT team, you can take over the world. Startup culture consists of people wearing many hats or “jacks of all trades.” Cross-training will be a way to educate internally and position individuals as leaders.

Coffee

Your team needs fuel, and more often than not, that fuel is coffee. It can range from basic coffee machines to three-in-one combination coffee brewers, but the objective is the same. A good cup of coffee can make an entire workday better and increase productivity.

Jie writes about influencers and startups in various industries. She is a designer turned techie, and when she is not writing, you can find her in her workshop working on her next big project.

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0 – 100 With Peter Hwang CEO of Bite App Inc.

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0 – 100 With Peter Hwang CEO of Bite App Inc. Exclusive interviewed Peter Hwang, current CEO of Bite App Inc., a startup company based in Philadelphia that’s changing the way you discover your next meal.

“Bite is a mobile app that makes deciding what to eat easy by mitigating the time and energy required to evaluate a restaurant dish. It also provides a platform for users to share useful, concise reviews that help improve others’ dining experiences.”

 

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Adventure Assist Travel Journal Is A Must Have For Trips

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A twist to the classic notebook, Adventure Assist is a modern travel journal perfect for the before and afters of your trip. Mapping out your trip and keeping memories the old school way. Jot down the most important details of the trip as you are planning so you are ready once the time comes. Create a list of things to remember or missions to complete. Be ready for the accomplished feeling you get when you physically cross these things off your list. Keep quotes of silly things that happened along the way. Relive doodles of the funny dog you saw or the breathtaking view from the end of your hike.

The notebook was created by two adventure seekers, Jake Pritchard and April Onebane. Both studied abroad and have a passion for traveling with a purpose. Their mission is to “ better connect travelers to their destinations by inspiring authentic and purposeful travel experiences through streamlining planning and organization.” With that mission in mind, the Adventure Assist notebook was created. A heavy duty notebook with strong covers and thick sheets made to withstand the suitcases, backpacks and adventures it will be a part of.

Broken down into seven section, the notebook helps travelers organize and keep track of the basic necessities when traveling. The sections starts with “packing” and moves onto “to-do”, “transportation”, “accommodations”, “calendar”, “contacts” and “journal” with journal being the largest section. Each section is divided as an easily identifiable tab to quickly navigate to the section.

 

Packing

The first tab in Adventure Assist, Packing, tells you to “list adventure gear, regional specific clothing, travel documents and entertainment essentials for your journey.” With four pages to list what you are packing, you definitely won’t miss a thing or over pack. A couple of things we would recommend: S-hooks, ziplock bags, mini-tripod.

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To-Do

Next, To-Do, is 10 pages, each page broken down into two sections. Each section is broken down into boxes: destination, attractions, activities, food and drinks. What are some things you want to do, see and eat at the destination? You will have an endless list of things you want to do on your next adventure but writing down the top 10 will help you keep track of the most important. Keep a smaller list for a higher chance of accomplishment while pulling from your bigger list when you run out. Nothing digital will ever replace the satisfying feeling of physically crossing something off of your Do-To list.

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Transportation and Accomodations

Where are you staying each night? When time do you have to get there, get out and who do contact if you have a question. Necessary, if not the most important, information of every trip. Now that you know where you are staying, how are you getting there? Getting around in big cities is easy if the language is one you speak and the technology available is similar back home. The difficult but somewhat exciting times when you are visiting somewhere completely different than what you are used to, transportation will not be so easy. You may need to catch a ferry, jitney…donkey?! Keep track of what time departure and arrival is and any additional notes like how many stops until your destination.

Calendar and Contacts

The calendar section provides blank monthly calendar views for you to see your month at a glance. There is a column for notes where you could draw a map key, like emojis, and add the keys to your calendar. Contacts – great for noting who the people from each destination to call in case of emergencies. We have so many contacts in our phones we don’t remember. When a panic situation happens, you have the information you need. In a more likely situation, you lose your phone or it runs out of battery. Now you have the contact information and can borrow someone’s phone.

Journal

This is where you log your memories and experiences. The reason you are traveling in the first place. Write, draw, sketch, whatever you want in this section. Anything that will bring back the best memories from your journey when you discover this notebook on your shelf when you are 80. Instax or Polaroid would be perfect for this section. The two envelopes on each end of the notebook are great for storing tickets, airport stamp tickets, napkins with doodles on them or anything else relatively flat.

We will have our digital photos, videos, social media accounts to look back at. But the feeling from something handwritten or hand drawn is much more powerful and memory provoking than anything digital. Adventure Assist is personal and once you start writing, you won’t want to stop.

 

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Defining Street Style with Wise Guy USA

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Defining Street Style with Wise Guy USA. The mission is to create a revolution amongst the streetwear scene. Founder, Terohn Hyatt, officially launched Wise Guy USA on April 2014, and has been working towards a community with no social or racial divides through apparel, photography, videography, and music. From the city that never sleeps to the beaches of Miami to the streets of Toronto, Wise Guy has been infiltrating the minds of millennials to create a lifestyle that is all-inclusive. Wise Guy USA began as apparel, and has grown to be about culture and creating a community where artists can come together to achieve success.
Terohn’s love for street fashion started when he was very young, and his creative abilities were noticed by a friend in high school, who pushed him to pursue his brand. Since then, he taught himself all the skills needed to be an entrepreneur, including photography, apparel design, and videography. He created Wise Guy USA and has produced sold out pieces since conception.  The
Wise Team are a representation of the brand, filled to the brim with remarkable skill. Their never ending commitment and perseverance is an indication of their work ethic and has been the fuel to their success.

The apparel produced by Wise Guy is exclusive to a specific amount of pieces, where once sold out, will no longer be available. Windbreakers have been a popular item, which has sold out three days into its launch. The style is fun, yet mature, where art has been a huge influence in the direction of each piece. The Wise Guy brand is expanding, infiltrating everything under the sun, from YouTube to music, there are no bounds. What they create will provide inspiration to the dreamers and entrepreneurs looking for a community. Fashion is a competitive industry, and Wise Guy is here to change that, unifying creatives instead of playing survival of the fittest.

Wise Guy is worn by free flowing individuals, those who are not afraid to express their opinions through creative outlets. Inspired by 90’s cartoons, the apparel is a bit nostalgic, speaking to millennials across the country. The lifestyle has a sense of rebellion, for those who are trying to set themselves apart from the masses. The brand has expanded into a community within their own, calling themselves “The Wise Nation.” These are the people who are at the shows, the collection of creatives, the fans who follow them on social media. Giving them a lifestyle is what the apparel is for, helping them feel like unity is a touchable thing.

Social media has also been an outlet for Wise Guy, reaching the urban streetwear market. It is no surprise that 90% of his customers are from Instagram. It has opened up opportunities they are increasingly grateful for, from connecting with fans to setting up shows in various cities. Recently, Wise Guy went on a summer tour called In Between the Lines. They traveled through Atlanta, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York, and many other cities. Each destination had its own vibe and rhythm, which helped enhance the culture behind Wise Guy USA. The lines produced is a representation of the people that they have met along the way, cultivating an urban feel with a hint of rebellion.

While some people dream, Terohn and his team are out there with their brand that never sleeps. No matter which city they end up next, Wise Guy USA will be sure to impress. The brand is about community and joining hands with other designers, musicians, photographers, and creatives to shake up the industry that is known for being ice cold to competition. These millennials are changing the fashion scene, not only through apparel, but also through individuals that share the same vision. There seems to be no stopping Wise Guy, with new products launching this coming November, there is much more to be excited for.

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