FileThis a service that goes out and grabs documents from your various online accounts and stores them in one place. For example, it can automatically retrieve your online statements, bills and other documents from companies like American Express, Chase, Amazon, and many more, saving you time from logging into the sites individually or hunting down email receipts. Choose whether you want to store these securely at FileThis, send them to your PC or to another preferred cloud storage provider such as Evernote, Box, Dropbox or Google Drive.
This is a great idea, especially for bookkeeping purposes for small businesses.
Cost: Free (up to six connections); premium versions for $2 or $5/month.
Do you have an incredible idea for a new product or service? A “game changer?” Really? How do you know anyone will actually buy that?
Quick MVP will put your idea to the test. It let’s you to create a quick landing page, with no coding involved. The landing page comes with built-in tracking and goal setting to help validate your idea with potential customers.
But it’s more than just a landing page; it also integrates directly with Google AdWords. This allows you to start testing ads with keywords related to your concept. In other words, you can drive traffic to your landing page and use it to gauge interest.
You do not even need a Google AdWords account—you can use QuickMVP’s “house” account behind the scenes.
Cost: $30/month (with an initial 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied); in addition, you pay whatever your budget allows for the Google AdWords spend
Have you ever run across a WordPress-based website and wished you could find out what theme it was using?
WhatTheme does this. Just type in the site’s address, and if there’s information about the site’s theme, it will appear on screen. If not, sign up for an email alert if WhatTheme can find it.
Plain old physical whiteboards are OK…but the information captured on them during a meetings is fleeting. Even if you take a picture of the board, it’s not terribly useful later.
What if you could create a collaborative online whiteboard instead? That’s the premise of Murally. It’s a cloud-based, interactive board. Murally allows people to create and share “murals” that can include virtual sticky notes, images, YouTube videos, documents and links. With the free version, up to 50 people can collaborate on two murals.
Cost: Free/$29/$149/month (discounts available for students and teachers)
Who likes sending in warranty cards with new purchases? I never do! But I always think it would be nice to know about critical product updates or recalls, without feeling like I have to “give up” my personal information to get it.
Bawte (pronounced “bought”) solves this dilemma. It’s a way to take a personal inventory of your stuff and get important notifications. And you can do this for items you already own, not just new purchases.
Some of the neat features of Bawte, available as an app for iPhone and Android, include:
- Find instructions for your TV and other devices
- Get links to videos on how to install or clean items
- Get push notifications for recalls, specific to products you own
- If you do know your warranty date, you can register it and be notified before it expires
- Store digital receipts of your purchases
Bawte also offers free support to help find answers about products or point you to the right resources.
These days, you’re crazy not to be tracking the stats on how people engage with your company online. Increasingly, this is happening on multiple devices, with data that could impact many systems, from your CRM to your ecommerce platform, email marketing system, etc.
Getting all those systems to “talk” to each other in real-time used to be a tedious, technical process. Segment.io changes the game, with a platform that sends stats to over 100 sites and counting, allowing you to track anything, from purchases and views to clicks and upgrades.
Segment.io gobbles up data from websites or mobile apps, translates it as needed, and then passes that on to other analytics tools. It replaces complicated integrations with a single, simple one. In the process, it saves development time, reduces bugs, preserves data integrity and let’s you easily try out new analytics tools just by “flipping a switch.”
Want to keep up with all the latest tech news but feel overwhelmed at the volume? Summalist summarizes 30 of the best technology and startup newsletters in one curated, weekly email. Examples include articles sifted from Makeshift, Buffer and Quibb.
Sometimes, writing a great email is hard…and you need a little inspiration.
When you find yourself stumped for what to say, turn to Really Good Emails. This resource, courtesy of the fine folks at Mailchimp, features many of the best emails in over 15 categories. Topics range from onboarding/welcome emails, to newsletter, promotions and more.
Ever needed to write a letter of recommendation for someone and found yourself stumped on what to say?
Reference Letter is a great place to start. It’s a helpful template for creating recommendations for job applications, university applications and other general uses.
I think most meetings are poorly documented. One reason is that everyone takes their own notes—if they bother to take notes at all. Rarely does the group pool their notes, and most importantly agree on what the next steps, action items and responsibilities are.
Minutes.io is a tool that makes meetings more productive. Just designate a “minute taker,” and use Minutes’ simple interface to capture the discussion. It’s tablet-friendly and can be used offline in case your meeting room lacks Internet access.
As you type, you can choose from four basic types of notes: Todos, Info, Ideas and Decisions. With each entry, you can optionally assign an “owner” and a due date. After the meeting, simply enter attendees’ email addresses to send each a copy.
Cost: Free; there is no initial signup necessary, but make sure you set up an account the first time you use it so you can access your minutes later.