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Justin Stravarius

I am an Internet Junkie who loves technology and computers more than anything. In whatever little time I can squeeze between my movie and TV show marathons, I write. You can follow me at @stravarius for nerdy outbursts and rants.

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Like a lot of others, I love Google Calendar. It’s well maintained and constantly updated with useful features. While it has the right set of features with almost no bloat, some of us might find it to be a bit underwhelming. Lack of social sharing features is clearly one downside to Google Calendar.

After the break, we have rounded up a list of calendar and scheduling apps that go above and beyond the conventional usage. There’s so many ways you can schedule your time and collaborate with your team. With the diversity of web apps available today, there’s a calendar app for almost any type of scheduling you can think of. Read on to see the 15 most unique calendar apps we’ve rounded up.

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Managing money can be as difficult as earning it. Proverbs like “A dollar save is a dollar earned” are awfully nice to read and quote but can be tough to put into practice. Starting to track the money you spend is one of the simplest first steps one can take. Once you see how much is going where, you will automatically scramble to cut down wasteful expenses.

Since our generation is known for its acute ADD, noting down every expense on a notebook or an iPhone app won’t last more than a couple of days. In the aftermath of the personal finance revolution spearheaded by Mint, there are a ton of online apps to help you pinch personal & business pennies and after the jump we’ve a compiled a few for your financial well being.

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Customer feedback and market research are among the critical factors that determine the success of a brand. If you care for your customers or are a true believer in a democratic process before rolling out a new product/feature, polls and surveys are the right tools. Online surveys are by far the fastest and cheapest modes to collect information and feedback from users. If you’re looking for a more powerful way of analyzing your customers you could even try a SaaS solution like UserVoice, which pulls together all customer support issues and customer feedback in one nifty user engagement dashboard.

We’ve put together a list of online survey and polling apps for you to get a better understanding of your customer’s mindset. Do read on.

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Billing by the hour for services rendered is fast becoming the norm. It’s just not freelancers who use time trackers to bill their client on an hourly basis. After the financial downturn, companies large and small are forced by clients to opt for hourly billing instead of monthly retainers or a lump sum project fee.

When businesses start using a certain type of app, a handful of features and a gorgeous user interface won’t just cut it. Advanced functionalities, integration with third party apps and a sensible workflow to get things done quickly become the norm. When I came across Time Panel, I noticed that it doesn’t have as eye-catching an interface as its competitors.

So, let’s see if Time Panel scores in the other key areas to make up for it.

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Running a business is a delicate balancing act. Not only are the customers and their happiness is important, so is the happiness of your employees. You don’t want to overwork them and bring their morale and quality of work down. An unhappy employee is a surefire way to mess up your brand’s image.

On the other hand, times are tough and you have ensure that you use all your resources – human and otherwise – are put to use optimally for better return on investment. Even squeezing out 10 or 20% more out of your resources ensures better margins for your business.

Naturally, you’ll need a system to track and allocate resources in a prudent manner. ResourceGuru is here to your rescue!
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Life in a city can get boring after a couple of years. Malls, cinemas, restaurants, beaches – the experience of visiting those places gets predictable real quick. The new outlets that open up at regular intervals usually won’t veer far away when it comes to being a fresh concept either.

For me, local events ended up adding variety to the mix. One day it’s a stand up comedy and next day it’s a Twitter unconference (definitely no Operas and musicals though!). There seems to be a lot of them happening all over the place, but as usual, with plenty comes the problem of discovery.

Calester is hard at work to help you and your friends find events around you that could be so much fun. Does the app tackle the problem of event discovery effortlessly? Let’s go check it out!

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You cannot go wrong by embracing the cloud for your business or personal use. Web apps save a ton of money on infrastructure and maintenance charges by charging a relatively miniscule, recurring monthly fee. Depending on how tech savvy you are, you can save a ton money by self hosting apps in your own servers. That way, you get to escape the recurring subscription charges.

However, not all SaaS apps charge a flat monthly subscription fee. In certain verticals, these apps take a cut of the revenue generated. Event organization and ticket sales vertical squarely falls into that category. Easily 5% of the proceeds has to be shared with the ticketing platform provider. That definitely isn’t loose change.

Ohanah targets event organizers who don’t want to part with a percentage of their revenue. That’s awesome. But, is that the only silver lining of Ohanah? Let’s find out!
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Creating a structured database of content revolving around a particular topic solves only one half of the problem. Presenting it in a way that is clear, concise and attention grabbing is equally critical. Otherwise, all the hard work that went into research will become meaningless — or unnoticed, at best.

One shouldn’t spend the same amount of time presenting the content as they did with their research. There needs to be a better way other than using a good old web page. That’s where Silk comes in, as a place to help you turn your data into presentations. A Silk site lets you add structure to your information and gives you many ways to filter and visualize your content in quite an impressive way.
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Project Management apps ceased to be a brand-new thing years ago. There’s dozens of them vying for your attention, with flashy interfaces (or extremely minimalist interfaces, as tastes change) and Google Adsense targeting you when you’re searching for a new app. But there’s only one sure way to know if an app will actually do the job it’s designed for, and that’s to take it for a test drive. After all, no amount of eye candy can make an unusable app more usable.

In my quest for the best project management app, I came across Planscope. Its gorgeous interface caught my eye, but is beauty only skin deep?

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Usually, I stumble upon a cool app, play with it for a few days and then write the review. In this case, it’s a bit different. I have been following Brightpod right from the start (which I guess is little over a year ago) for two main reasons.

First, it’s from the team of DeskAway, a fairly successful project management app that has been around for a long time now. Personally, I consider it to be a real project management solution in a sea of stripped down task management apps. So, I was looking forward to see how they execute their new venture in the Web 2.0 era.

And second, the app targets a niche – marketers – which is a strange thing for a SaaS app. Usually, the goal is to shoot for the stars and go about fighting a ton of competitors, and end up grabbing a negligible piece of the pie. However, Brightpod from many angles appears to cannibalize the potential customer pool of their flagship product. So, it makes for an interesting case study if you are a cloud business enthusiast like me.

Alright, the story time is over and now we are off to the fun part – taking Brightpod for a spin!
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