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For taking her bartering empire to the big time: Not long ago, Emily Bitze was broke and living off ramen noodles. Now, the bartering community she created in order to eat has become a bona fide business. Bunz Trading Zone, a community in which people post items they no longer want and trade them for items they do, took off internationally in 2017 thanks to a newly designed app and web platform. Now hipsters as far away as Austin, Texas, are hoping to trade house plants ISO (that’s Bunz-speak for “in search of”) cool art and beer. —S.B.