Work Smarter with Apps to Increase your Productivity

BestVendor Raises "M For Work App Recommendation Platform | TechCrunch

BestVendor Raises $3M For Work App Recommendation Platform | TechCrunch.

“BestVendor, which aims to create an online resource where business professionals can exchange recommendations for work-related software and services, has raised $3 million in Series A funding.”

BestVendor helps employees learn keep track of startups and emerging technologies in order to help them be more productive. It is a great resource for learning about how others are taking advantage of innovative productivity tools.

Here are there most liked apps lists.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

The 3 most popular apps suggested on the site are:

BestVendor Raises "M For Work App Recommendation Platform | TechCrunch

DropboxI am surprised that I still meet people who do not use Dropbox on a regular basis. I started using Dropbox in business school to work on group projects because it allows multiple people to easily collaborate on projects in real-time from different locations. I still use it to share large files with colleagues. Dropbox account users start with 2 GB of free space and you can earn more free space by referring your friend. According to Businessweek, Dropbox reached 100 million users in November of 2012.

BestVendor Raises "M For Work App Recommendation Platform | TechCrunch

Gmail: If you are not familiar with Gmail then you likely won’t be reading this blog!

BestVendor Raises "M For Work App Recommendation Platform | TechCrunch

EvernoteEvernote is a productivity app that allows you to take notes and view them on any of your devices. I was a slow adopter to Evernote and now I use it habitually. I take notes during meetings in Evernote on my laptop and tag them for easy reference. I can also save files and webpages and view them later on my iPhone and iPad. I do not remember what life was like with out it – oh yeah, and it’s free for up to 40MB of date per month.

One productivity app that is not in the top 10 most suggested apps on BestVendor is Google Drive. It is similar to Dropbox but provides 5 GB of data for free.

What apps do you use to increase your productivity?


Easy and Affordable Menu Management | Locu

Easy menu management | Locu

Easy and Affordable Menu Management | Locu.

“Locu’s founders met at MIT in 2010, where they worked on a project together that was supervised by a group of top researchers and lecturers, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. One of his central ideas is to have one unique address for every object in the world. Take Jen, who runs a great Italian restaurant called La Morra. Instead of having to upload a menu to her own website, mobile site, Facebook or one of hundreds of menu review and recommendations sites, she should be able to maintain her menu in a single place. Anytime a change occurs, an update is made across the web. Even better, if someone “likes” a dish or tells his or her friends about it, Jen should be able to track all this in one place. The idea for Locu was born.”

On Dec. 10th I posted an article from Forbes about how restaurants are using technology to provide better customer service. Locu, is a Boston-based local business data provider helping restaurants (and other small businesses) use technology to reduce complexity and manage their businesses more efficiently, and improve customer experience.

Locu has built a sizable collection of restaurant menu data, and allows restaurant owners to take ownership of their Locu profiles to update price lists, specials, menus, and services. All updates made on the Locu profile will be made automatically on websites, mobile sites, mobile apps, Facebook pages, and in local search directories. Locu also provides low cost tools for restaurant to use to help them publish dynamic menus and price lists to their sites.

On Nov. 15th, as reported by TechCrunch here, Locu announced a notable partnership with OpenTable. According to the agreement, OpenTable’s menu data will now be powered by Locu, and restaurant owners will also be able to edit those menus in real time.

By allowing restaurants to efficiently update menus and prices across various platforms, Locu will help ensure much needed consistency of menus across sites. If you have ever gone to a restaurant after looking at the menu on Yelp, and found out that what you wanted was unavailable, you will also understand that this service will greatly improve customer experience.

Articles about Locu:

  1. Locu Seeks to Unlock the Power of the Mobile Web for Local Businesses
  2. Locu Launches to Merchants: Now Local Businesses Can Update Once To Publish Prices to Web, Mobile & Facebook

More Information:

BioLite CampStove review | Digital Trends

BioLite camp stove review | Digital Trends.

The BioLite CampStove works by using thermoelectric technology. A thermoelectric generator converts the heat from the fire into electricity, allowing users to power most things that connect via USB while boiling water or cooking a meal. This would have been a lifesaver in areas hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Click above to see product review on Digital Trends.