Happy holidays from the BarterSugar team to you. May we get some well deserved rest. #holidays #nyc #startup

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#aws #startup #holiday event. Busiest we've seen. Catch us on the back patio. :) #nyc

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Improve Posture and Relieve Back Pain via @XpandConscious #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur #inspiration

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It's undeniable our work-posture nowadays resembles that of early humans - we're all hunching over our devices instead of consuming information from them in an ergonomic manner. 

Worry not, this article here shows you a quick exercise you can do every day that will improve your posture and relieve back pain caused by your C-shaped posture over a computer. 

Our favorite part:

You can hold this pose for anywhere from 10 seconds to one minute depending on your ability.  It’s recommended to repeat this pose five to ten times per session.  As with any yoga pose, the focus should be on where you currently are, not where you think you should be, meaning that you should start off gradually and work up to increased hold times and repetitions.

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When your coworkers don't want to break the dead silence in the room, but needs a meeting. #startuplife #bartersugar

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2 Musts For Avoiding Founder Burnout via @forbes #startup #entrepreneur #lifehack #inspiration

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You really have to be passionate about what you're doing to make a startup work, because in the early days it's just one or two people that encompass every department - the advertising, public relations, marketing, software development, graphic design, and everything in between while reminding yourself to eat and sleep at somewhat regular hours. 

That was before BarterSugar.  And that was before we found this article that shows two things to do to avoid burning out. 

Our favorite part:

You don’t want to give some things up. This is really common; you’re great at some things, and you derive satisfaction from doing them.  Continuing to do tasks that are in your comfort zone, rather than delegating them to others, can even feel like a security blanket – a kind of stress reducer.  Unfortunately, it’s a short-term palliative that has long-term negative consequences. 

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How To Know If You're Overconfident or Under-confident via @fastcompany #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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We could all use a dose of humility...or...did I mean confidence.  A surprising number of us can't assess whether we're over confident, lacking self-confidence or somehow struck that magical balance. 

This article answers how to tell if you're a Justin Bieber (over confident) or a Steve Carell (we've heard he's very humble and down-to-earth). 

Our favorite part:

TAKE RISKS 

I’m not gonna be perfect, but I’m gonna try stuff.
That’s the mantra that Tom Kelley, author of Creative Confidence, suggests to harness the courage to act on your ideas—artistic or otherwise.
A similar mantra to live by, from The Confidence Code: "When in doubt, act." The authors note: "Nothing builds confidence like taking action, especially when the action involves risk and failure."

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3 hour drive from #NYC to #Massachusetts to be part of startup scene for a night #startuplife #inspiration #startup

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We Actually Aren't Multitasking When We Think We Are via @npr #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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You know those ironic photoshopped-images you've seen shared on every social media site you can think of - the ones with two rows of three images accompanied by text in each image box that goes something like "What my friends think I'm doing.  What my mom thinks I'm doing.  What I'm actually doing..."

You get our drift. 

Well, this article about multitasking, or what we think is multitasking, is like one of those ironic images.

Our favorite part:

"For example, if we're performing a task where we want to watch TV and ignore voices that are coming from, say, our children nearby," Weissman said, "our frontal region brain may configure the brain to prioritize visual information and dampen down auditory information."
[...]

"These are the things that make us the most human," Weissman said. "We are not like jellyfish — it's not like when you poke us, we always do the same thing."

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How to Tell Your Company's Story in 10 Seconds via @StoryLabDC #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season ensures one thing, that you'll be asked repeatedly, "What do you do?" or "So what does your startup do?"  You'll feel like you're attending SXSW over and over again, except instead of swag you'll be indulging in vats of holiday drinks and piles of ginger bread cookies.  

So how do you answer this question in a holiday-party appropriate way?  Look no further than this brief article giving you the 10 second blueprint for telling your company's story quickly. 

Our favorite part:

[...] logline for Star Wars looks like this:
“When he finds a secret message, a spirited farm boy, with the help of a mystical knight, joins rebel forces to save a princess and the galaxy from imperial forces and their planet-destroying starship.”

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends.

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Enabling Innovation - BarterSugar via @circulatenews #startup #entrepreneur #lifehack #workhack

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Article today about BarterSugar from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circulate News BarterSugar!  Our mission is to ensure every startup and new business has access to the resources needed to grow and thrive, and our sugar cube selves are beaming with the support from the social impact community.  

Our favorite part:


A prosperous global economy requires conditions where innovation is encouraged and has the potential to thrive. The current marketplace is an extremely challenging one and startups fail for avariety of reasons. BarterSugar doesn’t provide solutions for all of those problems, but it does offer another potential competitive edge in that innovative landscape.

Full article here.


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How to Create A Meeting Agenda via @konveen #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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Meetings can be a time for bonding and updating each other, or a complete waste of a day that is chock-full of digressions and non-sequiturs. 

To keep things on track, we've found this brief article on how to set a business meeting agenda, so the business-horse doesn't stray too far off the path.

Our favorite part:

Every agenda should have an owner 
Every agenda should be owned by someone. Orphaned agendas will most likely have little buy in and are unlikely to yield productive results. If you own the agenda, you will fight to make it heard, discussed and an outcome reached because it becomes an extension or your career, personality and objectives.

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10 Reasons to Start A Business Instead of Getting a Job via @elitedaily #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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Is getting a full-time job after college worth it if it's a job that doesn't challenge you, and doesn't help you grow personally and professionally?

We think this article hits it on the nail by making the case why you should start a business instead of going for the 9-5 (or more like 9-7 now). 

Our favorite part:

You’ll work on your own schedule.

No one will tell you what time to come into work. You will be your own boss, so you will determine when you need to start work and when you can be done for the day.
You no longer have to work incredibly late, unless you decide to. While this is a blessing, it can also be a curse. However, you will reap the benefits of this curse later on.

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30 Rejections Led To Him Being China's Richest Man via @businessinsider #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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Did you ever get rejected from something you really wanted, only to look back months or years later and realize it was the best thing to ever happen to you?

Well, if the sting of your last rejection is not yet a dim memory, and you're somewhat apprehensive about the next one, here's an article highlighting a person who failed exams and was rejected from multiple jobs before he went on to become the richest person in China.

Our favorite part:


The brand did not turn a profit for the first three years, and Ma had to get creative. One of the company's main challenges was that it had no way to do payments, and no banks would work with him. 
Ma decided to start his own payment program[...]


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What to Consider Before Starting a Business via @YFSMagazine #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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At this stage in the game, if you're a regular of our posts then chances are you've already taken a dive into the wonderful, roller coaster world of running-a-company-land.  In case you're still on the fence, here's an article from a seasoned founder on what to consider when deciding to start a business.

Our favorite part:


Since you cannot possibly know everything about an industry and your market, record all of the assumptions you are making about your business. What products will you sell? At what price? How large is your market? How many will you sell each year? How much will it cost you to purchase and/or manufacture the product? How many employees will youeventually need? How much will you pay them, and so on?

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Gotham view from BK Bridge park #startupswalktogether @selazee @kat_harp_rod #ilovenyc #nyc

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Take Frequent Breaks During Work via @BNDarticles #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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Greater job satisfaction and less burnout are among the benefits reported by taking the recommendations found in the study covered in this article about a good work strategy

Our favorite part:
While employees may prefer to save up their break time and take one long respite, taking frequent short breaks is more beneficial, the research showed. The study's authors said regular short breaks were associated with higher energy, concentration and motivation.
"Unlike your cellphone, which popular wisdom tells us should be depleted to zero percent before you charge it fully to 100 percent, people instead need to charge more frequently throughout the day," Hunter said.

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10 Practices for Falling Asleeping Faster via @huffingtonpost #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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A good night's rest is important for tackling the daily challenges of your startup.  Too many of us ignore this reality in favor of trying to squeeze more in a day, but we all know eventually biology and the law of diminishing returns kicks in.   This article outlines 10 practices to help induce sleep faster

Our favorite part:


The ideal snooze temperature is about 65 degrees, according to the National Sleep Foundation. That's because the cooler you are, the sleepier you become. No wonder your body is designed to experience a natural temperature dip at nighttime, says Medalie. If the room is too hot or you’re wrapped in too many blankets, your body temperature will rise, and that can make you restless.

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Curious about what ninja tools we use for marketing, support and everything else? See now via @stacklist #startup #entrepreneur #inspiration

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Want to know what tools we use for marketing, live chat, customer support and much more?  Check out our stack in this show-all article here.


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Legend has it #Halloween is when spirits roam. Have a frightfully fun holiday weekend. #happyhalloween #scary #caspertheghostanyone

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How Bill Gates Became a Leader via @entrepreneur #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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We've all read and yawned at the success stories where the founder launches a product and within three months raised millions.  The actual irritating part of these stories is how much is left out: the grit, the network and connections the founders had to pull, the partnerships and deals that had to be made, the amount of money spent on advertising...you get the point. 

Well, here's a quick and fairly decent article about how Gates ascended to the leader he is revered for today.

Our favorite part:

Gates knew success doesn't happen overnight but is, and always will be, the culmination of a lot of hard work. Fueled by his passion, he spent years working from his garage, developing coding and programming, and learning how to create a solution with global reach. This took seemingly endless hours.

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9 Habits of Successful People via @entrepreneur #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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There are bad habits, like not washing your dishes and leaving it up to your partner or roommate to pick up the slack.  Then there are really good habits, which is the subject of this article we found relating to successful founders.   

Our favorite part:


Joel Brown interviewed a number of high achievers for Entrepreneur and found that “Ninety-five percent of the successful achievers I have interviewed practice writing down their goals, plans, or visions for success on a regular basis.” Successful people do this the night before, or first thing in the morning so that they are prepared to tackle the challenges that await them.''

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BarterSugar happy to be here other tech founders and investors at Grand Central 2X #nyc #startup #startuplife

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Fall Asleep Faster Infographic via @huffpost #sleep #productive #startup #bartersugar #trade


Business owners rarely get enough sleep consistently.  There's always a to-do list the length of a tree from the Jurassic ages, and an inbox that seems to double in number each night.

Fitting in at least seven hours of sleep a night is important, which is why we were energized to find this great article and neat infographic showing how to naturally make yourself ready for a good night's sleep.

Our favorites:

1) Day: Don't have caffeine after 5pm
2) Night: Read a book
3) To Fall Asleep Faster: Practice deep breathing

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7 Hobbies Proven To Make You More Clever via @entrepreneur #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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It's no secret our brain begins the slow decline around the age of twenty-five.  However, there's nothing to fear, because we've found 7 proven ways to keep your mind sharp and attentive despite the inevitable process of age.

Our favorite part:


Forget solving puzzles to improve your memory and learn a foreign language instead. Research has shown that people who are bilingual are better at solving puzzles than people who speak only one language. Successfully learning new languages enables your brain to better perform any mentally demanding tasks. This includes the typical executive skills such as planning and problem-solving.

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Celebrating the launch of our redesign enjoying La Traviata @operaphila #onthemall @frommwhere #bartersugar

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A great quote on how to overcome misunderstandings #entrepreneur #startups #lifehack

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5 Ideas to Conquer Entrepreneur Anxiety via @entrepreneur #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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Anxiety will rule you at some point.  For most of us, it will only be a moment or a few hours in one day - catalyzed by some volcanic event like missing a milestone by much or some public embarrassment (you hit send on that email too quickly, right).  

It's important to know the steps to take to distance yourself from your emotions, especially as it's a temporary and solvable problem, and rid yourself of the anxious thoughts.  This article outlines a few solid steps to do just that.

Our favorite part:


Do something totally unrelated to your business. . . something that’s fun.

When things get hard and anxiety starts to rise, we tend to want to workharder and longer. But sometimes, the best thing to do is to take a step back and do something totally unrelated and then come back. For me, I like to do Crossfit, work on an improv comedy skit or and play in an adult kickball league. Instead of drilling harder, take a step back and do something that’s fun and enjoyable so you can come back later with a fresh perspective.


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How to Refill Drained Motivation via @lifehacker #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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There have been many articles written on how to optimize your productivity.  Related to productivity is motivation.  How do you get yourself to do something your brain simply refuses to take part in?

This article highlights some interested psychology studies about motivation, and how to convince yourself (or that lazy friend you have) to do something subjectively disdainful. 

Our favorite part:


When leading a busy life, it can be very easy to skip breakfast and/or have a late lunch, then find ourselves in a position where it's difficult to get much done because we're lacking the necessary glucose to help us think properly. Even after you finally eat, you can end up with a headache from neglecting to do so for much of the day, which doesn't really motivate you to do much other than lie down.

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The Afternoon Slump And How to Work Around It via @HarvardBiz #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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No matter how many recently emptied coffee cups you peer into, it's not going to cure the natural afternoon slump we all fall into each day.   As this article points out, instead of resisting, we should plan around these dips and rises in energy. 

Our favorite part:

Any kind of physical movement will temporarily boost your alertness and energy levels. “Do just ten minutes, and the energy and focus will be much stronger afterwards,” says Tate. You might take a brisk walk around the block, walk up and down the stairs, do some jumping jacks or push-ups, or even just stretch at your desk. The key is simply to move, which gets oxygen flowing and helps your body and mind overcome fatigue.

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The Science of Colors in Marketing via @buffer #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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There are many gems in this post about the Science of Color, so we recommend to dive right in.  

Also, putting on our seer hat, we believe the advice on how color preferences change depending on gender will be outdated, so don't take put too much stock into their advice for the long term (oh times are a'changin...)

Our favorite part on why hyperlinks are blue:


“Tim Berners-Lee, the main inventor of the web, is believed to be the man who first made hyperlinks blue. Mosaic, a very early web browser, displayed webpages with a (ugly) gray background and black text. The darkest color available at the time that was not the same as the black text was that blue color. Therefore, to make links stand apart from plain text, but still be readable, the color blue was selected.”

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Willpower and How to Avoid the Law of Least Effort via @entrepreneur #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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Similar to brain storage, we have limited willpower. Willpower is in many ways our energy as startup founders and partners. Without it, the thousands of random stressful issues that arise would bury us like an avalanche.   Luckily, there are ways to persevere, and you can read more about it here

Our favorite part:
“We don’t say it’s unlimited. At some point you do need to replenish,” says Carol Dweck, a Stanford University psychology professor and a leading motivation researcher. But willpower, she says, “is a much larger resource than previously thought. You can get tired, but it doesn’t mean you’re out of gas.”

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Expert Tips on Travel Packing via @cnn #travel #flight #learn #tip #lifehack #bartersugar #trade #swap


Almost everyone loves exploring new locations and experience new culture.  If you've traveled in the last year, then you know many airlines have changed some of their policies.

The weight of luggage, companion tickets, and many other elements of travel have changed.   So what is the state of the travel art now?  Check out this article from travel experts on how to be a pro packer for any flight.

Our favorite part:


Most airlines allow passengers on board with one carry-on plus one personal item provided it fits under the seat.
Take advantage of the opportunity to stow that extra outfit that didn't fit in the carry-on. It can double as a spare change of clothes in the event that forced gate check leads to a lost bag.
Keep the item light to avoid piercing shoulder pain when running to a gate to catch a flight or flagging a fast-moving tuk tuk.

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Why dine out when you have friends that are stellar cooks! #sunday #instafood #inspiration

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Acting to Keep Anxiety At Bay? Worked For Emma Stone via @melissadahl #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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Some levels of anxiety come with the territory of starting and maintaining your own business. Urgent issues materialize seemingly out of thin air, and in a bind only you and a tiny group of people need to make important decisions.  

So what happens when anxiety really becomes overwhelming?  Check out this article briefly speaking about how acting affected actress Emma Stone (The Help), and how maybe joining amateur acting and improv groups could help you too. 

Our favorite part:


Emma Stone gives off the kind of cool-girl confidence that makes it seem like she's never spent a minute of her life worrying about anything. This, as it turns out, is pretty much the opposite of the truth.

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How Leap Seconds Can Cause Your Computer Systems to Crash via @digg #startups #tip #entrepreneur

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Automation is everywhere, and that's a good thing.  Instead of manually logging countless hours doing repetitive and menial tasks, now automation can fill in those roles and leave more time for brain storming and strategy.   

Yet, most automations are based on time, and what happens if there is an unanticipated extra second in the day that throws off your entire system.  Well, that's what happened with corporate giants like Yelp.  You can read more about how leap seconds here

Our favorite part:


The growing movement against leap seconds would abolish them and return to unaltered UTC time. This wouldn’t pose the same problems for nautical navigation as it did 30 years ago since most sailors now use GPS, not the night sky, to find their way at sea. It would, however, cause the official time to drift further and further from the setting sun.

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Inspired by the #usopen2015 to hit the courts. Happy #laborday. Check out our new site coming soon. 🎾 #holiday #bartersugar #nepa

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#sunday #inspiration. Happy #laborday weekend. Look for our new site coming soon. 🍯

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9 #morning #hacks to get your day started right #trade #swap #bartersugar #startup #productive #tip #lifehack



Sometimes, that first splash of cold water in your face is all it takes to wake you up and have you ready for the day.

Sometimes, there isn't enough coffee in the pot to wake you up.

For morning and non-morning people alike, here are 9 morning hacks to start your day off right.

Our favorite part:


Let those smiles begin
When you take that first look in the mirror at yourself, smile. Reduce your stress first thing with a splash of smile-producing, feel-good endorphins. Then keep smiling, even if you have to fake it the first couple of tries.

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How to Gain Mental Strength via @jaltucher #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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Are you the person people call or text when they're in trouble?  Do you find people asking for your opinion on unrelated things from fashion to dating - even if you are far from being an expert on the topic?  You are probably a recognized mentally strong person, if you said yes to either of these.  Fear not if you aren't, this article shows some of the characteristics of mentally strong individuals.

Our favorite parts:

All 150 people I have interviewed gave answers instantly. I have no doubt if I ask them again next week they will all have different answers. I have never met a mentally strong person who wasn't a voracious reader. 
and

When I was interviewing the rapper Coolio he told me he wrote lyrics down every day for 17 years before he had his first hit. A year after his first hit he had the best selling song on the entire planet. 


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