Kuyam, the New Personal Organizer/Assistant


Doesn’t that just say it all? We’re all super busy and service providers haven’t all figured out how to fit in this complicated landscape. In comes kuyam! (which means “a meeting place where we can come together” in chumash in case you were wondering =] )

Much more than just a platform where you can schedule hair appointments, workouts and doctors’ visits, kuyam also lets you sync your calendar with friends and family. I don’t need to go on and on about the value of knowing when people are going to be free when you schedule activities to do together or schedule an appointment for them, do I?

As if that wasn’t enough, kuyam also helps you discover local non-profit and for-profit companies!

And one last cool thing? Their visuals are just adorable!

Did I mention Jackie drew me a caricature in 2 min flat?

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Project Happy: today I saw a little girl on a scooter with her dad. It was so cute I couldn’t help but smile =]

What made you happy today?

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Your Neighborhood Is a Thrift Shop–HipSwap Helps You Make the Best Of It



Who knows what wonderful treasures are hidden away in your neighbors’ homes! Antique dresses, accessories… even furniture! HipSwap’s mobile app shows you everything your neighbors or, if you choose, people all over the US (there’s even an iPhone case for sale in France!) have put on sale, and takes care of the shipping for you.

It’s like ebay, except easier. There’s no bidding, you can sign in with Facebook, and they deliver your lovely goods (in LA as of now, but they’re rolling out major cities this year so keep an eye on that website!)

Did I mention I really like their logo? And those shirts are amazingly soft! =D

One last thing I love about these guys: they give back.

Shop Kyle Richard's closet for Charity

The New Way of Finding Work: Venturocket


I finally got my camera memory card back! I discovered several startups I’m very excited to tell you about, but let’s take this one at a time. First up: Venturocket.

Doesn’t their webpage look cool?!

First of all, these guys had a great, eye-catching display with an actual rocket (get launched into a new career anyone? Corny, I know, but I really wanted to type that!) Secondly, they came up with a very intelligent, practical way of helping recruiters and job-seekers connect.

Told you their display was cool ;D

These guys are no LinkedIn (not that they have anything against LinkedIn or any other tool–heck, they’d probably be interested in partnering!) Like a true startup, Venturocket innovates on several points:

  1. They get rid of résumé padding. All you see is the skills themselves, without all the nonsense to distract you.
  2. There’s no trivial features. No paying extra to put your résumé at the top of the list–which I honestly do not think does much good since recruiters aren’t going to keep you if you’re not what they need anyway. (Oh, and it just might make you seem a little desperate.)
  3. You only pay if you found what you needed. Job-seekers don’t pay to put a résumé up. Employers don’t pay to post a job. No one pays to look through profiles or ads. You only pay if you find someone. Have I mentioned this enough?
  4. Venturocket promotes honesty. Both the recruiter AND the job-seeker pay if there is a match (and they pay the same amount.) Would you pay to connect with an employer who wanted to meet you because of misleading information? On the flip side, I don’t think an employer would pay to meet someone who didn’t meet their criteria either, so I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say you’re getting an interview.
  5. The price is literally based on skills and demand. Candidates “bid” money on their skills (the amount goes up with the level of proficiency in each skill) and the employer only pays for the skills s/he is interested in.

I thought this seemed like a very intelligent, practical way of connecting people. But what do you think? Does it make sense to you? Would you use it?

Go on their website and try it out if you didn’t understand some of the things I mentioned (and make sure you come back to tell us about it!) Or you can always post questions here too =]

*** Read more startup interviews & news or stock up on job search & interview tips on my Job Search Toolbox! ***