Virtually Decorate Your Home With the Hutch App

Virtually Decorate Your Home With the Hutch App

Are you looking for several types of furniture to upgrade a bedroom orb a part of your house? One problem with this scenario is that you may get several fine-looking pieces of furniture separately, and then you realize you’ve made a mistake. When you put them all together in the room, they don’t look like they belong together at all. That means lots of frustrating refunds and returns so that you can finally find the furniture pieces that work to offer a harmonious aesthetic.

But with Hutch, you can now find out just how well these pieces can go together. You can visit their site, and they have a simple process to help you out. You can indicate whether you’re buying the furniture for a bedroom, dining room, or living room. You can then indicate whether you prefer affordable, mid-range, or high-end furniture.

After that, it’s time for you to select the style you want so that the furniture pieces all go together. So you can pick Scandinavian, contemporary, glam, or California for your bedroom pieces. Once you’ve picked your style, the site will then curate the items that will fit your requirements.

The site will show you a picture of the bedroom, and then you can pick the furniture and decorative pieces you want. As you make your picks for the bed, the side tables, the cabinet, the mirror, and even the wall art, the accompanying picture will change to feature your picks. You can then see for yourself just how well they go together. Now you don’t have to imagine them side by side at all.

It’s an incredibly convenient service, and Hutch offers a wide range of products on their site. Now you have the one-stop shop for your furniture needs, and you can see for yourself if they look good together before you make your purchase. No more returning furniture pieces because they just don’t go well with the others. Let your inner interior designer have fun with the Hutch website, and you’ll get the design upgrade you actually want.

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New Girlboss Platform to Challenge LinkedIn

New Girlboss Platform to Challenge LinkedIn

LinkedIn is perhaps the most widely acknowledged social networking platform for professionals. It has trounced its many rivals, but now it has to face the coming of Sophia Amoruso’s new Girlboss professional social-networking platform. Called the Girlboss Collective, it’s set to launch in January of 2019.

Leading Up to Girlboss Collective

Girlboss founder Sophia Amoruso previously established the online retailer Nasty Gal, before founding Girlboss as a career site customized for millennial women. It has recently received an additional $3.5 million cash investment during the latest funding round. This was started by Initialized Capital, which is the venture capital group led by Alexis Ohanian (who co-founded Reddit).

Based on the latest funding round in 2017, Girlboss is now worth $13.1 million. The idea of a professional Girlboss social network was borne from a closed Facebook group called “Girlboss Gang,” which has more than 5,600 members.

Why Target LinkedIn?

It’s somewhat hard to understand how a new social platform can dare to challenge an established colossus in the industry such as LinkedIn. This is widely considered as the social platform for professionals. Nothing else comes close.

But according to Sophia Amoruso, LinkedIn isn’t as current as it ought to be anymore. Amoruso views LinkedIn as a platform for a bygone traditional era which no longer exists. Supposedly, LinkedIn focuses too much on where people previously worked and went to school, while it overlooks the importance of showing more about a person’s character.

Girlboss Collective Features

The plan is to launch the Girlboss Collective as a paid professional social-networking platform. This platform will be established as a networking hub to serve primarily women, though it is open to serve the professional networking needs of both men and women.

It’s especially geared towards women, however, who may have careers that may not be considered particularly traditional. These women may work as freelancers instead of as employees for a single company. They may also have significant gaps in their work history, or they may be working several part-time jobs at once.

It is still in its testing phase, and at this time it is only for US users. Getting on it is by invitation only, and so far more than 15,000 users are on the Girlboss Collective waiting list.

Once you become a Girlboss Collective member, you can view up to 50 hours of Girlboss Rallies. These are the networking events that Girlboss hold in LA and NYC with various panels and keynote speakers on a wide variety of relevant topics. Subjects that have been covered include how you can create a viable business out of your part-time jobs and you can navigate the Boys Club (which can be difficult if you’re a woman).

The next Girlboss Rally is on November in NYC. The speakers scheduled to appear to include Zola founder and CEO Shan-Lyn Ma and Marah Lidey who is the co-founder and co-CEO of Shine. Other speakers include Arianna Huffington and Jennifer Hyman, who co-founded Rent the Runway.

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Minimal Design Desk by Pasadena’s ArtCenter Alumni Henner Jahns

Minimal Design Desk by Pasadena's ArtCenter Alumni Henner Jahns

The NIK Desk seems like a simple, common-looking desk at first glance but upon closer inspection, you’ll find that it has an array of clever features. These features are well-integrated into the desk’s basic frame and designed to increase your work productivity, as well as become a conversation piece in your office. The desk has a sophisticated design yet it’s relatively easy to set up and use.  

Every NIK Desk has standard features that make it a truly versatile work desk for students, professionals, and executives. The all-around metal frame has a strong, stable and sturdy quality to it and, in fact, it’s designed to withstand external impact.

The connections between parts are metal-to-metal, which adds to its sturdiness. The adjustable glides also contribute to its stable – no wobbling – quality.

The dock shelf’s primary use is for holding and charging tablets and smartphones. You can also use it as small shelves and/or as bookends.

You have easy access to its cable tray, too, which contains peripherals like power supplies and USB ports. The cable tray also keeps the wires organized, and it’s also adjustable to your varying cable needs. You can also use the detachable in-feed channel to keep your cables to a minimum.  

There are two small hooks that can be used for hanging your bags, keys and other objects. These are hidden underneath the desk so you can keep these things in a more discreet and out-of-the-way area.

The edges are designed with ergonomic use in mind. You can work on the NIK desk with your arms resting on its rounded bull-nose for many hours yet you won’t feel tired so fast.  There are also no hard edges on the table.

The tempered glass privacy screen acts as a shield against prying eyes without cutting you off completely. It’s one of the reasons the NIK desk can be configured for use as interconnected cubicles, of sorts.

The NIK desk comes shipped in a flat box and it can be assembled in 5 minutes or less.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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Day of the Dead Playing Cards Made in LA by Local Artist Steve Minty

Day of the Dead Playing Cards Made in LA by Local Artist Steve Minty

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos in Spanish, is a widely celebrated holiday in Mexico and the United States. The holiday actually spans several days when family and friends gather to remember and pray for their deceased loved ones. Most people also visit the graves of their loved ones, and light candles and place flowers on them, as well as enjoy a picnic with their family.

In modern times, it’s celebrated from October 31 to November 2.

The Day of the Dead is the inspiration behind the Muertos Playing Cards. Steve Minty designed the deck of cards while the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) manufactured them.

Every card is designed with the theme of celebrating life and death in the tradition of Dia de Muertos. The history of the Day of the Dead tradition in particular and Mexican culture, in general, is reflected in the design, while the social classes present in the past are also depicted. The deck has a contemporary feel complemented by an elegant look with its gold-on-black design.

Each deck comes with 54 custom playing cards and two gaff cards. The characters and numbers are printed with gold ink on a black background, a combination that makes them pop out. The deck is packaged in a gold foil and embossed tuck box, too, for added luxury.  

Steve Minty drew inspiration for his designs from the message of the Day of the Dead. He was also influenced by Aztec art, the Mexico-American Wars, and the works of Jose Posada.

The cards are then creatively named to reflect characters although the usual card characters – spade, hearts, clubs, and diamonds – are still used. The card characters include El Padre, La Hermana, El Soldado, El Catrin, La Viuda, El Bandito, El Caudillo, La Bailarina, El Campesino, El Azteca, La Catrina, and El Caballero. The Joker cards have the Muertos insignia and the sugar skull (i.e., Calaveras).

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

john@lastartups.com