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Entrepreneurs seem to be the masters of time-management, organization and all-around efficiency. If you wonder how they do it (no, all the credit can’t go to their co-founder(s) or assistant), look no further than their mobile device.
Startup founders and entrepreneurs must be savvy when it comes to their resources, and many have turned to their smartphones and tablets to help them get the job done. By using mobile apps, these business owners can organize their daily schedules, reduce their time spent in meetings and, ultimately, advance their business growth and generate more revenue.
As an entrepreneur, I’m always looking for new tools to keep me on task and reduce the learning curve whenever possible. Here’s a list of apps that will help any entrepreneur looking to add new tools to their digital toolbox.
Our smartphones have become a part of our daily must-haves, especially as single women on-the-go. Our phones hold the keys to some of our most important resources, from connecting us to our bank accounts instantly to tracking weight loss goals. According to Credit Sesame, no single woman should go without a few apps to help promote their personal health & lifestyle, safety, travel, organization and budgeting. Rounding up some of our personal favorites, here is a list of 10 important apps no woman should live without.
Nowadays, finding great music is easier than ever. Whether searching YouTube for video of Miley Cyrus riding naked on a wrecking ball or streaming music from your phone, there are countless ways to find the music you love, or discovering something new. With so many available streaming sites it can get a little confusing knowing the benefits of each and decide which one is music to your ears. Check out the following list of music sites, from the popular to the obscure.
How many times in a day do you pull out your mobile phone and think to yourself, “How did I get so many apps on this thing?”
You ought to use your mobile device for what it’s meant to do — make your life easier and keep you connected. But if you’re always putting new apps on your device, you’re actually diminishing its performance, wasting the reason why you have the device in the first place.
Way back in 2012, The New York Times offered up a few suggestions for cleaning up your app situation, among them, using folders and getting rid of things you don’t use. Here are a few suggestions for cleaning up and speeding up your Android device. And here are suggestions for both the Android and iPhone.
The common thread for all of these articles is to be judicious about what you’re putting on your phone. Even if it’s free, if you don’t need it, don’t download it.
What does it take to get a start and run a tech company? Tony Morris, the man behind Red LeeMor’s, Field Tabs Kickstarter campaign had a passionate response: “Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. …You really have to believe in what you want to do and it takes endless hours because there is just so much to do and you want to get it done in a timely fashion. You also can’t be focused on profit in the beginning at all, because what you want to do is, put your idea out, refine it, and drum up a following first and foremost.”
The hardest thing about starting a tech company, Morris says, is “unfortunately, most people talk themselves out of pursuing a good idea and it never even gets off the ground.”
Field Tabs is the latest mobile productivity app designed by Red LeeMor Mobile that aims to simplify project teamwork. “We are trying to provide people with the tools to bring their dreams to life. We want to empower people, that’s what we believe in,” Morris says. Features and benefits of the tool include real-time instant messaging to aid team communication, a way to easily insert a signature on to PDF documents that require them, and easy ways to send documents over the cloud.
If all of the Kickstarter funding is raised (the campaign ends on December 8), Red LeeMor has a tentative release date of Spring 2014 for the new app. In the interim they will be working on coding and allot a two- or three-month testing period where it will be sent to college students, chosen because they are “early adopters” of technology. Households that can use the app to keep DIY projects in order, and, of course, business people will also be included in the test.The general marketplace will pay $4.99 for the app. Field Tabs will be available for iPhone and iPad, with the Android app will follow the IOS release.
Kickstarter is serving a dual purpose. First, of course, to gain funding. But it’s also a promotional tool. “Crowdfunding is the new way for entrepreneurs to raise funds,” Morris says. “It also helps [companies] find the people and groups who are most interested in your type of project. So although it’s had its challenges we’ve also gotten a lot of positive feedback as well.”
The success of Red LeeMor’s first app, Field Scribe, launched in 2012, has set the tone for the company’s expectations for Field Tabs. Three years ago, when the company was founded by three brothers Philip, Christopher and Tony Morris and longtime friend Kevin Lee, it was Christopher, who, through his work as an architect, identified a need in the industry for these sorts of apps. Field Scribe was developed to target architects and contractors who need help keeping track of their various development projects.
“It’s done extremely well,” Tony Morris told MN Business. “Field Scribe is not only a success here in the U.S. but abroad as well, from England to Saudi Arabia.” Although Christopher brought his idea to his brothers and their friend in 2008 it took a while to develop the app to its current level of simplicity and efficiency.
It wasn’t just Christopher’s background in architecture that was a resource for the company. Philip Morris’ background in engineering, video production, and software development was important. Tony Morris’ has a PR, marketing and sales background. And Kevin Lee started in IT, design and programming. Although all four partners work in different locations, with two being in California and two in Texas, they make it a point to meet electronically twice a week and to meet face-to-face at least twice a year.
Up next from Red LeeMor is an app titled, Amber Lense, that will help people stay in touch with family members, friends, and co-workers in the unfortunate event of a disaster or emergency situation.
During the past five years, I’ve tried my fair share of organization methods in an effort to find something that could act as both a calendar and a to-do list. My ideal tool would be a hybrid of prioritization that told me not only what needed to be done, but could also illustrate my commitments and provide me with an overview of my schedule so I could plan accordingly.
I’ve tried it all — from old school, ring-bound academic planners with color-coded assignments and meetings, to Post-it memos, to scrawling reminders on the bathroom mirror. Everything works for a while, but when you’re constantly updating your life on the go, a mobile solution eventually has to come into play. Google Calendar and iCal never seemed to suffice. Apps such as Out of Milk function better as shopping lists than reminders.
Finally, I discovered the planner that worked best for my desire to remember who I was meeting for dinner as I checked who I needed to call back and what I needed to buy before heading to the airport. The color-blocked, fill-in-the-date diary is great for my personal reminders when I’m home (or out carrying a large enough bag), but when dealing with operations for a small team, it’s no good.
Enter Asana. It’s an all-purpose, hyper-productivity task managing platform with thoughtful functionality. A quick rundown of why it works for me:
Workspaces for every need
The app automatically creates segmented workspaces for personal projects and any company associated with your email address. Manual workspaces are another option, and team members can join by invitation.
Projects and tasks galore
Create projects for any and everything that needs to be done and assign team members tasks within that project. Include details in the description field and even create subtasks. The entire team can alter the workspace, so if the social media manager needs a file before he starts a new Instagram campaign, he can follow the editor’s task and be notified when it’s completed.
No snooze buttons
Due dates and comments make it easy to monitor progress on all assignments. Asana sends alerts notifying assignees of overdue tasks to the associated inbox and primary email account. And though due dates can be changed, a little birdie will leave a system message telling the slacker’s business to anyone curious enough to check.
Real-time updates everywhere
No more sending dozens of emails to remind everyone what’s planned, that mostly just flood already crowded inboxes. Web and mobile apps give on-the-go access to my team — a perfect solution for a start-up crew scattered across the city.
Since my team began using Asana, we’ve seen a noticeable decrease in “Are you done, yet?” group messages and we don’t have to set aside time at meetings or send follow-up emails of chores for the week. As soon as someone brings it up, we add it to the appropriate project and assign it to the responsible party.
I have to say, it works a lot better than a Post-it.
Things are in hyperdrive over at Snapchat. It has been reported that the self-destructing messaging app is aggressively recruiting sales people from Stanford as well as USC for the impending debut of a monetization plan, reports TechCrunch. All this while it is raising $100 million and has a valuation as high as $1 billion according to some. “We’ve also heard the company may be in talks with its $13.5 million Series A round leader Benchmark Capital about joining the Series B. We’ve also heard that this round has already closed, but can’t confirm that yet,” reports TechCrunch. So salaries could be decent? The company is looking hire additional sales talent.
The valuation may be high according to come observers, but the app is rapidly growing in popularity. Snapchat has attracted young people (high school and college age) in particular. In fact, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends report found that Snapchat has surpassed Instagram in volume of photos shared. But as the app is now being used by other age groups, the use has spiked. Users now send 150 million images per day.
Snapchat users can privately send photo after photo while continuing to carry on multiple conversations with friends. “These photos (and videos) delete themselves less than 10-seconds after being viewed, encouraging users to create and send more ‘Snaps’” explains TechCrunch.
Due to the usage boost, Stanford-schooled co-founders of the Los Angeles-based startup have been recruiting at their alma mater, and the University Of Southern California, reports TechCrunch. Right now the staff is just 12, but the company is moving to a larger office soon.
But before the company does a huge sales push, they might have to deal with an issue. It was discovered that expired photos can actually be recovered. According to Digital Trends, an investigation by Decipher Forensics found that metadata from your expired Snapchats is still on your Android. You’ll need certain tools to pull these pictures back. Conveniently, Decipher Forensics has those tools — for a price. “As a digital forensics firm, we offer for anyone wanting to retrieve their Snapchats for an affordable price of $300-$600. Parents and law enforcement can mail us phones, and we will extract the Snapchat data, and send the phone and data back in a readable format,” researcher Richard Hickman told Digital Trends.
And given the young age of some Snapchat users, it’s disturbing that there are pages where nude Snapchats are being posted. Parents and young people: Be careful out there. The worldwide Web is like the Wild West sometimes.
Springtime is here and with it comes flowers, sunshine… and technology? While you might not automatically associate technology with the outdoors, there are several ways that tech innovations, gadgets, and websites can help us make the most of spring. Read on for 10 ways you can enhance this season with tech!
As we slowly crawl toward spring, you can turn to technology to help you get in shape, get organized, clean the house, and more. Half of all African-American cell phone owners have downloaded a mobile phone app, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, and as far back as November 2011, mobile app usage surpassed mobile browser usage. So here are nine apps and websites that can help you do a bit of self-improvement this spring.
Research In Motion today unveiled its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system and BlackBerry Z10 device , a launch that the company hopes will bring the company back to the forefront of the smartphone market.
With promoted tweets (the image above came from one) and a big event, the company has also announced that it will be known as BlackBerry forever more (RIP RIM) and Alicia Keys will serve as global creative director for the company. The new name comes with new tickers on the NASDAQ (BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (BB).
The BlackBerry Z10 will run the new operating system, which, ABC News says, will be available in the US in March starting at $199 with a contract (available at AT&T and other carriers). The price will be $599 It does away with the now-iconic BlackBerry keyboard. ABC says, “It’s not a beautiful or elegant phone, but it’s well-made and comfortable to hold.”
There’s also a Blackberry Q10 model that hangs on to the QWERTY keyboard. It will be available around the world starting in April, according to The Chicago Tribune.
“BlackBerry 10 devices are absolutely the best typing experience in the industry. Period,” Mashable quotes Thorsten Heins, CEO of Mashable.
Like bestselling Android and iPhones before it, the key to this phone are the apps. The company just recently announced that it has changed the name of its app store to BlackBerry World, which the company has said will emphasize music and video content.
The article goes on to say that the phone requires some guidance to figure out how to use it (not good) and doesn’t take pictures quite as well as the competition (also not good). Mashable also goes into some detail about all the features and benefits. And you can get more detail about that from the press release announcing the new phone.
Also not positive, Forbes reports that shares of the company dropped on news that people will have to wait for the phone to be available. (The phone will be available sooner in the UK, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.)
“In the case of BlackBerry, the early commenters have mostly good things to say about the software and the phones, but there also remains widespread skepticism that the phones are revolutionary enough to stop the erosion of the company’s user base, let alone lure current users of Apple and Samsung phones,” writes Forbes’ Eric Savitz.
So folks… will you be converted by this new BlackBerry?