Butternut Squash Season!

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Butternut Squash is a personal fall favorite.  Versatile, filling and chock full of vitamins and minerals (think beta carotene, potassium and fiber), this staple can be made into soups, savory dishes, sweet desserts and, of course, roasted as is!  A plethora of wonderful recipes are a mouse-click away (check out www.foodnetwork.com and www.cookinglight.com) but a personal favorite involves the combination of this autumn staple with everyone’s favorite superfood quinoa!  The following is a Rachel Rettman original, simple, easy recipe bound to please even the most finicky eater:

  • 1.5 cups white quinoa (remember to use a 1:1 quinoa to water ratio to truly cook the quinoa properly)
  • 1.5 cups cooked butternut squash (cube into 1/2 inch pieces, toss with salt and olive oil and bake at 400 degrees for 15 min)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sauteed white onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery or jicama (crunch factor)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • *optional – add a 1/2 cup of chopped apple of choice
  • leave plain, or use salt/pepper, a tsp of honey, 1-2 tbsp olive oil and your choice of lemon juice/vinegar and some mustard (1/2 to a whole lemon, 2-4 tbsp vinegar, 2 tbsp mustard depending on preference) to make a light dressing


Cook the quinoa, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.  Saute onions with a dash of olive oil, also seasoning to taste.  Combine cooked quinoa, cooked squash, onions and mix.  Add cranberries, celery/jicama and optional apple and mix, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.  Add light dressing or skip it, then sprinkle walnuts on top and enjoy! Want things a little sweeter???  Add candied walnuts for a savory/sweet explosion of taste (For fewer carbs, stick to plain nuts and omit apple and cranberry).

Serve this alongside a protein and another veggie (think spinach or kale salad) or all by itself for a wonderful seasonal dinner!


Online review of working out with Rachel Rettman

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Check out this online review of a session provided by Rachel Rettman for another fitness inustry professional


The best reviews come from those with lots of experience in the given area; in this case, getting a rave review from another fitness instructor is top notch!  To be able to help someone who knows what she is doing to get out of her comfort zone, try something new, and then receive great feedback is invaluable.  While we all love positive client feedback, and that NEVER gets old or tiresome, raves from other like-minded professionals lend an aspect of additional credibility.

Thanks for the wonderful feedback, Judy Kuan.

Check out both Rachel Rettman and Judy Kuan on Wello.com!

Veggies are Like Legos…

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I have come to think of veggies like I do Legos…they are interchangeable parts that can be mixed and matched to form new things.  The ingredients are the same, but the pairings and combinations change, bringing ever-important variety to the table, literally.

Recently Rachel Rettman – Fitness. Nutrition. Lifestyle. has been prepping food in a wonderful Kosher kitchen (read more about Kosher here), which adheres to specific levels of cleanliness and food preparation guidelines.  All this to say that the food and what it is prepared in is extremely clean and well kept.  Helping others to stay healthy by bringing lots of prepared, chopped, cleaned, and portioned items such as chicken, eggs, veggies, grains, salads, etc. into their lives makes THE different between staying on a clean eating plan and ordering that pepperoni pizza at the end of a long day.

Contact us NOW for meal preparation services; whether done in our kitchen or yours (this is another option), you will be ecstatic to have all the ingredients on hand to build your very own Lego-style lunches and dinners – endless combinations of health at your fingertips!


Values in Action – Live your Goals!

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When considering any life change, whether it be buying a couch or taking on an entirely new eating plan, it is important to consider the reasons behind the decision.  Do you need a new couch because the old one looks bad, or because there are springs poking you in the behind?  Is the couch you are considering comfortable or does it just look good in a living room, and what do you plan to use it for?  Will it rarely be used or will the family spend lots of time on it talking, playing games, watching movies and otherwise relating to one another?  Purchasing furniture might seem simple, but understanding your values and the WHY behind choices can make a huge impact on the final decision.

The same holds for health-based changes, such as beginning a new eating plan.  Are you doing it because you want to lose weight, feel better when you wake up, play with your kids/grand kids more easily, or to attenuate the effects of an illness or looming potential disease?  Maybe a new mom is looking to get the pre-baby body back, or an elderly person is trying to prevent hip fractures; the point is, these kinds of motivators must be internalized and understood in order to not only choose the best path, but also to stick with that path in the long run.

Whether we know it consciously or not, our underlying values drive our ability to make and stick with both (seemingly) less important decisions like purchasing a couch, and more important decisions around making fundamental healthy living improvements.  If we spend some time thinking about the drivers behind why we want what we want, the chance for long-term sustainable change and incorporation of new lifestyle habits becomes second nature.

The next time you have a sizable decision to make (we are not talking about broccoli vs. asparagus), take the time to align your personal WHY with the choices you have in front of you.  Pick the option that best represents your belief system, then sit back (on the couch) and reap the benefits of such a thoughtful investment!

Subsidies vs. Penalties…Which do you Prefer?

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When you hear the words “subsidy” and “penalty” which one are you more likely to respond to?  Do you like the idea of getting some positive assistance, or does the idea of getting docked or penalized resonate with you?  When discussing how to encourage participation in and adherence to wellness programming, subsidies and penalties are two sides of the same coin; you can either reward someone for doing the right thing (subsidy), or punish them for a lack of participation leading to poor health (penalty).  It boils down to motivation, and what motivates each individual.  In the case of workplace wellness, it also depends on what kind of a culture the employer wishes to foster.

If a company wants to promote health and wellness as positive, beneficial work-life elements, subsidizing healthy people makes sense.  If everyone starts at the same baseline, and people are rewarded for exercising, eating well, maintaining / monitoring health conditions, and stress reduction activities, those people can feel good about their accomplishments and see tangible reward for healthy living; on the other hand, people who do nothing get nothing.  Doing the reverse, punishing people for a lack of health, would seemingly create bitterness and resentment around the idea of health.

At the end of the day, companies need to align their benefits practices with overall company culture; we live in a world where fewer people fully separate from work at the end of each day as more people are working in flexible environments that inevitably create mix work and personal time together. Values-driven wellness goes beyond the office and helps employees to incorporate health into every aspect of life.


Wellness at Work – Let’s Take a New Approach

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Workplace wellness is a hot topic… and a burgeoning $6 billion dollar a year industry.  Unfortunately, a recent study by RAND, commissioned by the Obama Administration, concludes that wellness programming does NOT produce statistically significant benefits to employees, while costing employers, on average, $521 per employee per year.  How is this possible? How can health-promotion NOT lead to positive, measurable results?  The answer is simple – Both employers and program providers are focusing on the WRONG topics and interventions.

Typical programs are focused on short-term goals, like getting a health screening or going to the doctor; more involved programs might include smoking cessation counseling.  But trying to get blood pressure monitored without other lifestyle intervention, or getting someone to stop smoking without properly addressing the myriad behavioral issues surrounding smoking on a larger level is pointless.  Small changes may be observed, but as the RAND report shows people almost always return to their original status quo.

Programs needs to focus first and foremost on long-term health habits – creating and sustaining healthy behavior that becomes part and parcel to each person’s daily life.  Moreover, these programs need to be individualized to mesh with company culture, complete with adaptations that reflect individual employees as well as larger company value systems.  Successful programs will address the whole person, in and out of the office, and encourage camaraderie and peer support while fostering a positive environment of health.

Thus, the top 3 most important considerations for a corporate wellness program are the following:

  1. Aligning wellness programming with company culture, creating a visionary values-driven unique approach to health.
  2. Addressing the whole person, in and out of work, and providing individualized support to achieve this goal recognizing that people will have unique priorities and stressors, requiring different intervention techniques to be successful.
  3. Deliver thorough but slow and steady change – no one likes a shock to the system,so programming should reflect the pace at which buy-in is both observed and fostered.

Biometric screenings and other sophisticated-sounding but realistically underwhelming tools are a thing of the past; from here on out wellness providers must stay focused on meaningful, values-driven programming if they are to prevent, or even reverse, the upward trend of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other (primarily) lifestyle-related illnesses.

Calories Are Not All Created Equal..Learn to Lose Weight Fast!

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A calorie is a calorie is a…fat blasting machine! When you eat the right kinds of calories, and more importantly in the right combinations, you can turn your food into a tool for thermogenic weight loss.  This means that your own body, through efficiency and digestion, is able to burn more calories and fat than if you ate the same amount of less healthy or less productive kinds of calories.  Here are 3 things you can do today to turn your body into a fat burning machine:

  1. Eat equal parts protein and carbohydrates – when carbs and protein are in balance, it stabilizes blood sugar which prevents fat accumulation.
  2. Eat small, balanced meals 6 times a day – Eating small meals every 2-3 hours keeps your body on its toes and in a state of digestion…this lights up the internal calorie-torching furnace that exists within all of us.  This also helps stabilize blood sugar, as mentioned before, which promotes a sense of satiety and keeps the body regulated as far as knowing that the next meal is right around the bend.
  3. Healthy fats, in moderation, are our friends – Healthy fats, such as nuts, olive oil, oily fish and avocado are a boon to health; fat aids in nutrient absorption and also promotes a feeling of fullness.  Make sure not to go crazy with the trail mix, though; each handful can easily have 200 calories and it adds up fast!  A 1/2 ounce portion of your choice of nuts makes a great snack.

Start small…Pick one of these items and do it for a week or two…then do the next, then finally the third.  Making small, steady change leads to a lifetime of good habits!

Check back for tips on how to put these principles to work while on the go, or at the office!


Workplace Happiness…it IS a Big Deal!

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In the U.S. people spend the majority of their lives at work; therefore, it makes sense to find ways to make that time enjoyable and fulfilling.  While one’s job might not always be the stuff of childhood dreams or ultimate passion, there are some things employers can do to align careers with personal goals and desires.

Check out this Huffington Post article on the topic of workplace improvements; it is full of interesting research and makes 3 important points to remember with respect to work-site health and wellness:

  1. Work-life balance is essential: We all need time to attend to personal matters and responsibilities beyond the office. Employers are smart to assist employees with the likes financial planning assistance, child care and flexible hours.
  2. Health and Safety are priorities: Workplace health and wellness programming, including fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle/stress management can mean the difference between expensive, sick employees and proactive, healthy and dedicated workers.  Investing in such programming is also a way to attract top talent!
  3. Employees need Recognition: Everyone wants to be acknowledged for a job well done, and such accolades can go a long way towards improving morale and loyalty.  People who feel good are more productive and efficient, and feeling valued also improves self esteem, which improves health.  A positive feedback loop is created!

In this day and age there are so many ways in which employers can give back to their staff…health and wellness services are one of the BEST ways to let employees know that their overall well being is of utmost importance to the company.

Improve your bottom line, figuratively AND literally, financially and physically, with health and fitness!


Collaborative Consumption – A workout trend!

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Check out the following article on Collaborative Consumption, written by Jeremiah Owyang; not only did I do all of the research on all 200 companies, but also I am a member of a couple of the collaborative consumption sites!  Taskrabbit, an online task network, offers skilled and unskilled labor on demand; Wello offers online personal training!  In fact, I will be teaching a Wello session this afternoon!

Keep an eye out for online Pilates/fitness classes from Rachel Rettman – Fitness. Nutrition. Lifestyle.  The fun is just beginning!



The Master List of the Collaborative Economy: Rent and Trade Everything

Posted on February 24th, 2013 in: Collaborative Economy, Industry Index

A Research Focus: Collaborative Economy
My next Open Research report  (see body of work) will be on the Rise of the Collaboration Economy.  If you’d like to be interviewed for this upcoming report, please fill out this submission form.   In my career as an analyst, I often list out all the players in a category, announce a formal research effort, then publish a series of analysis, this is part of my continuing methodology.  I’ll also be presenting my findings as a speaker at LeWeb, whose theme “Digital Hippies” is directly themed on this trend.  Thanks to friend Loic Lemeur for triggering this idea.


[Collaborative Economy Defined:  A digital system that manages the coordination of buyers and sellers who offer and exchange used products and remnant services]

The Three Categories of Collaborative Economy Markets
Within this market, there are multiple use cases, right now, we see the following three categories:

Market Type Description Examples
First Collaborative Market Manufactures and business owners that are now offering products for rent or barter BMW and Toyota have made motions to offer cars from their lot for rent –beyond selling them.
Second Collaborative Market Often denoted as the “Used or Second Hand” market a consumer may offer to rent or lease of used products or remnant services. Lyft allows for any consumer to act like a taxi, and pick up members of the service.  Craigslist and eBay (disclosure: client) empowers the selling of used products, worldwide
Third Collaborative Market Barter, gifting, or non-currancy exchanges of used products or remnant services. Toyswap allows parents to exchange toys with other parents, rather than purchase products that their kids will outgrow. Giftflow encourages users to ask for what they need, then to help others in the future, paying it forward

Market Rises: Media Attention, Over $2billion in Funding
There’s been remarkable media attention on this topic as vendors like AirBnB, Lyft, Uber, and TaskRabbit have gained the attention of the media.  Even battles against this category have emerged in San Francisco, as well as in Amsterdam on unofficial places of rent.  We don’t foresee this space to go down, as cursory analysis indicates that there’s been a whopping $2billion in venture funding into this category, out of a sample of 200 startups.  A spin out from the consumer social networking category,  this movement will have significant runway before true winners are decided.

Disruptions to CPG, Retail, Service Industry Government
Also, there are extensive disruptions to companies who create products or services.   If this trend continues at the speed of current trajectory, it can force retail and product based companies to acquire startups in this space, or offer products in their own stores for lease or barter.  Furthermore, governments are displaced if the barter economy rises, and tax revenues are diminished as people share products –with no money exchanged.  Lastly, we’re seeing new forms of untraditional currency emerging, including peer to peer BitCoin which is not backed by any federal reserve note, nor precious metal –it’s backed by processing power.

How You Can Get Involved with this Research

  1. Submit a startup in the comments below
  2. Request to be interviewed for this upcoming Open Research report in this web form.
  3. Share this post with others.

List of 200 Companies in the Collaborative Economy
Using the spirit of this space, I contacted a TaskRabbit (thanks Rachel) to conduct significant research, over 22.5 hours to aggregate a list of startups in this space, from a variety of sources.   This database will be the primary source of a sample which I’ll use to parse out trends and data types for this upcoming report.

  • Personal Services
    • Rent a Friend Rent a friend for family events, social, business, workout, companionship
    • Hire A Boston Wingwoman Your WingWoman will put YOU in the spotlight (help you meet women in a social scene).
    • Airtime The platform for great video conversation
  • Miscellaneous Services
    • Nanny in the Clouds Changing the way young families fly by connecting them with an in-flight nanny
    • Wello Bye Bye Gym, Hello Convenience
    • GetMaid Instant booking, effortless payments, and exceptional home cleaning at your door within two hours.
  • Car sharing
    • Uber Everyone’s Private Driver
    • Zipcar Wheels when you want them
    • Sidecar Connects people with space in their car to those who need a ride
    • Lyft Your Friend with a Car
    • GoGet Get going fast. Never look back.
    • WhizzCar Wheels on Demand (Singapore)
    • Autoshare Keys to Wonderful (Toronto)
    • Stattauto CarSharing – Munich Germany
    • CarSharing CarSharing Austria (operated by Zipcar)
    • Zazcar Car Share Brazil
    • City Car Club Book, jump in, drive away…
    • Cambiocar CarSharing
    • Autolibre Car Share – very small cars, maybe electric with battery packs and stations around France to recharge. No English translation
  • Car sharing (from big automobile manufactures)
    • BMW Drive NOW Premium Car Sharing by BMW i, Mini, and Sixt
    • Volkswagen Quicar Car Share by VW (Hanover)
    • Peugeot Mu Mobiliy Services Rentals
    • Daimler Car2Go Sponteneity on Wheels
  • Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing
  • Bike sharing
  • Ride sharing
    • Zimride Grab a Seat. Save money and meet people heading your way.
    • Nuride Get rewards for greener trips
    • Liftshare Travel Together UK
    • Jayride Travel A to B with Jayride – UK/Ireland, AUS, NZ
    • GoCarShare Life’s a journey…share it
    • Carpooling Join the leading Global carpooling network!
    • Caronetas Smart Rides – Brazil
    • DuckSeat Ridesharing for Events
    • Avego Welcome to Avego, your ride sharing network
    • Amovens Find ridesharing partners
    • Tickengo Click to get a ride
  • Solar Power
  • Toy Rental
  • Textbook Rental
  • Art Rental
    • Art.sy Learn about and collect the worlds greatest art
    • Artsicle What’s Your Art Style?
    • TurningArt Art that speaks for you
  • Fashion Renta
    • Bag Borrow or Steal Heart-Stopping Style http://www.bagborroworsteal.com/
    • Fashionhire Why Buy When You Can Hire http://www.fashionhire.co.uk/
    • Shopittome Your favorite brands. Yours sizes. 40-70% off. http://www.shopittome.com/
    • Love Me and Leave Me Rent or buy designer fashion http://www.lovemeandleaveme.com/
    • Rent The Runway Like Netflix, but with fantastic dresses and accessories http://www.renttherunway.com/
    • The Outnet The most fashionable fashion outlet http://www.theoutnet.com/
  • Movies
    • Netflix Watch TV shows and movies anytime, anywhere www.netflix.com
    • Quickflix Smart Movies http://www.quickflix.com.au/
    • LoveFilm Out of thie world films http://www.lovefilm.com/
  • General Online Rental
    • Getable Equipment rental from your mobile phone http://construction.getable.com/
    • AnyHire Your hire and rental marketplace http://anyhire.com/
    • Toolspinner Find tools in your area http://www.toolspinner.com/
    • Snapgoods Want it. Get it. Give it back. http://snapgoods.com/
  • Peer-to-Peer Rental
    • Zilok Zilok – Rent anything, On-line! Rentals from Businesses and Individuals. http://us.zilok.com/
    • Neighborgoods Save money and resources by sharing stuff with your friends http://neighborgoods.net/
    • Rentoid The place to rent anything http://www.rentoid.com/
    • Ecomodo The marketplace of good returns www.ecomodo.com
    • HireThings Hire in what you need, hire out what you have http://www.hirethings.co.nz/
    • Rentalic Rent anything anywhere (site under construction for another month) http://rentalic.com/
    • RentStuff A RentalCompare Company http://www.rentstuff.com/
    • Open Shed Why buy when you can share? http://www.openshed.com.au/
  • Neighborhood Rental/Share/Market
    • Share Some Sugar Why buy when you can borrow? http://www.sharesomesugar.com/
    • Neigh*borrow Things people need to use but don’t need to own http://beta.neighborrow.com/
    • The Sharehood Meet your neighbors, share with them… http://thesharehood.org/
    • Frents Collect and share http://www.frents.com/
    • Friends With Things Connect with your neighbors. Borrow things from them or share things with them. Share skills, expertise, local knowledge and more. It’s free. http://friendswiththings.com.au/
    • Hey Neighbor! Create your neighbor network! http://heyneighbor.com/pages/home
    • Toolzdo Connect with neighbors. Life gets easier. http://www.toolzdo.com/
    • Streetbank Sharing in your neighborhood http://www.streetbank.com/splash
    • Garage Sale Trail Find sales via your phone http://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/
  • Unique Eperiences
    • Gidsy Find Unique things to do https://gidsy.com/
    • Vayable Book an experience when you travel http://www.vayable.com/
    • Sidetour Challenge the Ordinary www.sidetour.com
  • Peer-to-Peer Travel
    • Airbnb Find a Place to Stay https://www.airbnb.com/
    • Globetrooper Globetrooper helps you find travel partners http://globetrooper.com/
    • Zozi Explore the Zozi Lifestyle… zozi.com
    • Roomorama Quality accomodations for the discerning traveler https://roomorama.com/
    • One Fine Stay Live like a local http://www.onefinestay.com/
    • Bed and Fed …Be our guest! http://www.bedandfed.co.uk/
    • 9Flats The alternative to hotels http://www.9flats.com/
  • Errand/Task Networks (general and professional)
    • RedBeacon Trusted Pros for a Better Home http://www.redbeacon.com/
    • Expert Bids Submit your bids. Get proposals and reviews. Save time and money. http://www.ExpertBids.com/
    • Crowdflower “The World’s Largest Workforce – large, data-heavy projects broken into small tasks, distributed to < 1.5 million on-demand global contributors” http://crowdflower.com/
    • Taskrabbit Outsource Errands or Tasks at the Touch of a Button http://taskrabbit.com
    • Zaarly Life is short. Do what you love. https://zaarly.com/
    • Airrun It’s everyone’s personal assistant. http://airrun.com/
    • Mytaskangel An online marketplace where people connect to get everyday tasks done in their local communities http://mytaskangel.co.uk/
    • Gigwalk Gigwalk connects businesses with the best people to get work done anywhere http://gigwalk.com/
    • Airtasker Find people to help you around the home and office. https://www.airtasker.com/
  • Social Food Networks
    • Gobble Personalized Dinners Delivered https://www.gobble.com/
    • Grubwithus Never eat alone on Grubwithus https://www.grubwithus.com/listings
    • Eatwithme Food. Photos. Writing. http://www.eatwithme.com/
    • Wok+Wine Wok+Wine is the world’s most effective serendipity machine http://woknwine.com/
  • Storage Networks
    • Storpod Your storage search begins here http://storpod.com/
    • Spaceout Your one-stop place for space http://www.spaceout.com.au/
    • Sharemystorage Find a place to store http://www.sharemystorage.com/
  • Parking Spots
    • Parkatmyhouse Smarter Parking https://www.parkatmyhouse.com/
    • Parkcirca Take your parking space with you http://www.parkcirca.com/
    • Park on my Drive Find a parking space http://parkonmydrive.com
  • Shared Studios/Workshops/Workspaces
    • 3rd Space Studios 3rd Space Studios benefit from large spaces and studio members with a range of disciplines http://www.nottinghamvisualarts.net/directory/3rd-space
    • Techshop Build your dreams here http://www.techshop.ws
    • Newworkcity Working for yourself doesn’t have to mean working by yourself. http://nwc.co/
    • Studiomates STUDIOMATES is a collaborative workspace of designers, illustrators, bloggers, writers, and developers. http://studiomates.com/
    • Bees Office Work alongside amazing people! http://www.beesoffice.com/
    • Coloft LAs startup hub http://www.coloft.com/
    • Desksnearme Need a space to work? http://desksnear.me/
    • Deskwanted Find your ideal working community https://www.deskwanted.com/
    • Opendesks OpenDesks helps you find, share, and manage places to meet and work http://www.opendesks.com/
    • Desksurfing Coworking spaces around the world http://www.desksurfing.net/
  • Social Lending
    • Zopa Get a loan today http://uk.zopa.com/
    • Prosper We connect people who want to borrow money with people who want to invest money http://www.prosper.com/
    • Lending Club Investors earn better returns, borrowers pay lower rates http://www.lendingclub.com/home.action
    • Enterprise Den The marketplace for success http://www.enterpriseden.com/
    • Qifang P2P Lending for Chinese Student Loans qifang.cn
  • Social Currencies
    • Ven It’s time for a new kind of money http://vencurrency.com/
    • The Liquidity Network Developing a complementary currency for Ireland http://theliquiditynetwork.org/
    • Timebanks Building equality and caring community economies through inclusive exchange of time and talent http://timebanks.org/
    • Letsystems Local exchange trading system http://www.gmlets.u-net.com/
  • Taxi Sharing
    • Taxi2 Share. Get there. http://www.taxi.to/
    • Taxistop More with less… http://www.taxistop.be/4index.html
    • Weeels More riding, less driving, no parking http://weeels.com/
  • Bartering
    • Ourgoods A barter network for the creative community https://ourgoods.org/
    • Itex Connect. Trade. Save. http://www.itex.com/
    • Bartercard The card that works for you http://www.bartercard.com.au/
    • Tourboarding How to stay and play in China for Free http://tourboarding.com/
  • Crowdfunding
    • Kickstarter Fund and follow creativitiy www.kickstarter.com
    • Startsomegood Igniting Ideas, Investment, and Impact http://startsomegood.com/
    • Pozible Crowdfunding creative projects and ideas http://www.pozible.com/
    • Crowdcube Raising business finance through online investments http://www.crowdcube.com/
    • Catarse The first crowdfunding platform from Brazil http://catarse.me/en
    • Doge Dart Registry New rules for buying your car http://www.dodgedartregistry.com/
  • Gardens
    • Urbangardenshare Urban Garden Share pairs together eager gardeners with eager gardens http://www.urbangardenshare.org/
    • Landshare Connecting growers to people with land to share http://www.landshare.net
    • Yardshare Front yard, side yard, & backyard landscaping ideas & garden design pictures shared by homeowners and landscape contractors. http://www.yardshare.com/
    • Servicevines Cherry pick the best landscapers from your back yard servicevines.com
  • Skill Sharing
    • Brooklyn Skill Share Community-based, community-led, & community-building learning events organized and taught by Brooklyn residents http://brooklynskillshare.org/
    • Skillshare Learn differently http://www.skillshare.com/
    • Tradeschool Helps people find a trade school http://www.tradeschool.com
    • Weteachme Be interesting https://weteachme.com/
    • Floqq What do you want to learn? http://www.floqq.com/
    • Optini Social Discovery platforms optini.com
  • Big Marketplaces
    • Craigslist Online bulletin board http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites/
    • Gumtree UK’s #1 Classifieds site http://www.gumtree.com/
  • Free/Gift Exchanges
    • Freecycle Changing the world one gift at a time http://www.freecycle.org/
    • Giftflow Give what you can. Ask for what you need. Pay it forward. http://giftflow.org/
    • Ziilch Where good stuff goes free http://ziilch.com/
    • Exchango Welcome to the freeconomy! http://exchango.com/
    • Freally An online community that help you save money and environment. http://www.freally.com/
  • Used Electronics
    • Gazelle Sell you phone, iPad or Mac http://www.gazelle.com/
    • Ebay Instant Sale Cash in your electronics http://instantsale.ebay.com/
    • Apple Recycling Program Reuse and recycling program http://www.apple.com/recycling/
  • Swap Sites for Books/Media
    • Paperbackswap Your source for swapping and buying books online! http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php
    • Bookmooch Give books away. Get books you want. http://bookmooch.com/
    • Swap/Netcycler Swap, buy and sell kids’ items http://valet.swap.com/
    • Swapsity Canada’s #1 Swapping Community http://www.swapsity.ca/landing
    • Swap Sites Baby Goods/Toys
    • Toyswap Swap, Buy, and Sell New and Gently Used Toys www.toyswap.com
    • Thredup Just Like a Consignment Shop – But All Online! www.thredup.com
    • Kinderado (formerly Tauschteddy) Second hand children’s clother for parents. From parents. http://www.kinderado.de/
  • Clothing Swaps
    • The Clothing Exchange Imagine a giant clothing store where everything is free… http://www.clothingexchange.com.au/
    • 99 Dresses Gain access to an infinite closet http://99dresses.com/
    • Poshmark A fun and simple way to buy and sell fashion http://poshmark.com/
    • Dig N’Swap Swap, fashionably! http://dignswap.com/
  • Pets
    • Rover Find your perfect dog sitter rover.com
    • Dogvacay Board your dog in a real home http://dogvacay.com/
  • Education/Language
    • EduFire A social learning community http://edufire.com/
    • Udemy Udemy helps students make moves www.udemy.com
    • Myngle Language lessons that come to you http://www.myngle.com/
    • Glovico A social network where people from developing countries can offer their services as language teachers http://www.glovico.org/
    • Livemocha Creating a world without barriers http://livemocha.com/

Summary and Next Steps
This trend is just getting started. Expect many traditional business models to be disrupted as these startups and large companies adopt new methods for deploying and consuming goods and services. Don’t expect more than 20% of these startups to survive as categories will expand and collapse in the traditional innovation market. I’ll keep a continued focus on this market trend over the coming future, please leave a comment with your thoughts and submissions.

New Class Subscription Pricing

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The new year is almost here and it is time to get healthy!  Check out our new subscription pricing options!!


  • $45/mo for all Saturday mat classes (approx. $10/class)
  • SAVE $15 and pay $120 for advance 3 month purchase (approx. $9/class)


  • $100/mo for a permanent weekly class  –  you pick the day and time, then that’s always your class! (remember some months have 5 weeks so you pay $23/class through subscription)
  • SAVE $10 and pay $190 a month for TWO weekly classes (less than $22/class)
  • SAVE $15 and pay $285 for 3 months of one weekly class (less than $22/class)
  • SAVE $35 and pay $565 for 3 months of TWICE weekly classes (less than $22/class)

These are some SWEET DEALS, and we cannot wait to have you in class getting fit and strong!

Come check out new class formats, like reformer on the jump board, or mat classes in a rotating format (props or not props, that will be the weekly question)!!

Conserve your energy, because it is almost time to tackle those new years resolutions head on.  Have fun and see you soon!


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