More Hints and Baller Inspiration

Someone e-mailed our help account today with a simple complaint. It’s kind of a pain to write in the price and store for each receipt that you upload to Shoeboxed. Yeah, we get that. But you know what’s great? With new technology that we’ve developed, that small annoyance will soon be a thing of the past.

Shoeboxed is about to become more automated than it ever has been. We’re one step closer to eliminating lost receipts. Woo.

In other news, if you think our login page for Shoeboxed could use some spice, then you too will soon be dazzled and amazed. Not just one. Both. Dazzled AND amazed.

So we’re working really hard to bring these awesome new things (and more!) very, very soon. I found some inspiration in The New York Times today in an article about PayPal founder Max Levchin. “I enjoy sitting on nice beaches and hanging out with my girlfriend and playing with my dog, but that’s three hours a day,” Mr. Levchin said. “What about the remaining 18 hours I’m awake?”

That’s incredibly baller.

What Are You Shopping?

Being a college student, it’s hard for me to know what’s “in” outside of the campus. How do I know that those sweet pink striped dress shirts I bought in New York City over the summer are still the go-to Friday night apparel? I guess I wouldn’t find out until a trend-setter on campus, who spends his entire day staying informed of fashion trends, called me out about it at a local club for being a total loser.

I guess I could read about fashion trends, book, and movie reviews, and music ratings online to stay informed about the popular stuff out there. But, each blog entry or comment would only give me one person’s opinion on the topic and would require me to spend countless hours online checking out different websites to get a better picture of how each individual opinion’s creates a general trend.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a better way?

Starting-up Green

Shoeboxed is going green! If you aren’t convinced yet, check out my video. Being environmentally-conscious is a high priority for the entire team. We’ve made a lot of changes to our work environment and our lifestyles as we embark on our long mission to be a sustainable start-up company. Here are some of the latest green developments in the Shoequarters:

1. Recycling—Flyers adorn the walls of every room reminding everyone to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, and aluminum products. Some team members made special containers to help separate out recyclables from the trash.

2. Energy efficiency—As an Internet start-up company, we use computers all day and all night. There are certain guidelines we all follow to cut down on our computers’ energy use. Here are some of those tips:
a. Turn off or set computers to a lower power setting anytime we do not use them.
b. Do not use screen savers, but rather use screen/monitor shutdown options.
c. Turn on printers and scanners only when they need to be used.
d. Use only products with ENERGY STAR labels.
3. Utensils—We use silverware and dishes that we clean after each use to avoid resorting to plastic utensils and paper plates.

4. Water use—Water use in the Shoequarters is limited; however, all team members make efforts to avoid keeping the water running when washing dishes or washing their hands.

5. Electricity—It is a rule in the office to turn off lights in rooms that are no longer in use.

6. Commuting—Some of us live within walking distance of the office and others live on the nearby Duke campus. Walking, biking, and carpooling are the ways we encourage team members to come to the Shoequarters every day.

Shoeboxed is moving in the right direction. The changes we are making in the Shoequarters and in our personal lives are significant. We are proud to display our environmentally-conscious efforts and hope to inspire others to follow our lead.