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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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There are way too many project managements apps in the market. In fact, project management web apps are one of the proud inventions of the Web 2.0 era. These apps come in all shapes and sizes, with most of them having almost identical featuresets. I often wonder if they all use the same code and use just a custom CSS!

That’s why it isn’t surprising to see that developers these days are coming up with innovative names for their apps dropping the word “project” from the description. Gantt charts are part and parcel of managing projects. These charts offer a bird’s eye view of how well the project is planned and how exactly the tasks are coming along.

Most modern day project management apps give this mission critical feature a miss. But not TeamGantt. TeamGantt is the fresh new easy way to use gantt chart software online. Is it simple enough to use?

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Resfly: One-Click Job Publishing

Hunting for a job is a tough task. There are way too many job boards to keep track of and nowadays, there are job listings in popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Then comes the resumes and interviews. While not as tough, employers face a tough time with the recruitment process just like the job seekers.

From getting the job listed in every one of the popular job boards to screening resumes and interviewing candidates, the process gets complex every step of the way. Even a fairly simple task like posting to the web’s most popular job boards with a single click will end up saving a lot of time.

Resfly gets your jobs in front of millions of candidates quickly, easily, and securely. Let’s go take a look.

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It only takes a second to say planning leads to success. In reality, that’s easier said than done. The first step is understanding the importance of planning and adopting a plan that suits you. Most of the time a task management app will help you get started. The secret lies in sticking to your tasks and staying the course.

While task managements apps assist in micro managing your life, a digital calendar is the right tool for all the macro stuff. UPlanMe is a smart calendar that provides you with personalized event suggestions, specials, activities and incentives based on your specific interests in sports, music, restaurants, nightlife, shopping and television. Interested yet?

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If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, the first thing you should do is to figure out how best you can use the Internet to run your business. Running an online business can be significantly profitable and economically scalable. It comes with far less capital costs and risks.

Take the case of an ecommerce site vs a brick and mortar business. You could scale the business any which way you want when it’s online. No rental, no advance, very little inventory, a huge geographical area to cover among other perks ensure lesser heartburn. To top it, if you figure out a way to sell digital goods online, the return on investment to risk ratio is way too low and you probably are settled in life for good.

Sellfy is a platform for selling digital products such as design templates, graphics, e-books, photos, music, video and everything else digital. If you have an idea to run your own digital marketplace, you should not miss out what transpires after the fold.

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Until I discovered Tweetbot for iPad, I was at my wits end not being able catch up with my Twitter feed completely. I’m following about 50 people, which is far less a number when compared to the rest of the Twitter universe. Yet, I couldn’t find a perfect app that could archive all the tweets and show even the tweets that showed when I didn’t refresh my feed by opening the app. Conversation management sucks a lot too.

That’s only about Twitter. Facebook is a lost cause altogether. I never know where I left off and from where to catch up. While everyone is hating email to the core, I wouldn’t mind if I could manage all my social conversations on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, comment threads, and everywhere else from one dead-simple inbox, just like email. That’s when I found FanMix.

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Break Into the Venture Capital World with Enloop

Running a business takes money. In most cases, you need quite a lot of it, and at times the revenues won’t be enough to keep the business afloat. Sure, you can dip into your savings or get a loan, but the ideal solution would be to bring in investors to spread the risk and unlock the value. Besides, investors can turn into mentors, offering valuable insights about running your business.

A rough sketch on a paper napkin is fine when you are trying to raise money from friends and family. To pitch to a professional investor, you will need a comprehensive business plan that doesn’t leave any detail out about the business. Enloop auto writes business plans for you. It might be a sign of the times that there’s an app fully dedicated to helping you raise funding for a startup, but if you find yourself wanting to get your great idea funded, it might be the very tool you need. Let’s put their claim to the test, and see if it’s the app that can help your startup break into the venture capital world.

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I like email better than any other means of communication. It’s simple, quick and cheap. Unlike a telephone call or a face to face meeting, you can handle emails at your own convenience too. If you take spam and email overload out of the equation, I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way about email too.

Email marketing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways reach out to your audience. At the very least you get to track the clicks, which is one sure analytics you can root for. There are so many email marketing solutions out there in the market, most of them with a generous free usage tier. Emma is one among the lot which focuses on style and simplicity.

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Even with a small, tightly knit group, it might often be overwhelming to catch up will all the tweets and updates across popular social networks lke Twitter, Facebook, Google+ etc. A lot of information go missing through the cracks and even if you are paying attention, it is hard to retain everything of use.

Three things that could benefit immensely from a tinge of social magic are search, discovery and ecommerce. A wave of startups have started working on this problem and a solution to this chaotic mess is on the way.With Wajam you can find what your friends share, when you need it. After the break let us learn how exactly to do that.

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However hard one tries, it is almost impossible to live without interacting with other human beings. Today, our online selves are more social than our real world versions. And this could not be a healthy trend. Mingling with the crowd often has its benefits. Uniiverse is an app that tries to unlock the potential of crowd sourcing.

Uniiverse is the world’s local platform for collaborative living. The web app allows you to find unique experiences and activities: learn a new language, join a sushi class, go scuba diving or something that’s far more exciting. Meet new people or reconnect with your friends. Could this app help us become adventurous in our day to day activities?

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Meet the Developer: Ilan Abehassera of Producteev

Being in the business of developing apps is not a walk in the park. Thanks to excellent open source frameworks and mushrooming tech incubators, though, it doesn’t take much for a developer to turn an entrepreneur. And if you look at the task management domain, there probably is a new app releasing every other week.

I’ve always wanted to pick the brains of a team developing a task management app and thankfully, I got the opportunity to interact with Ilan Abehassera of Producteev. I reviewed Producteev way back in 2010 and since then, they have come a long way, establishing themselves as a company that keeps innovating.

After the break, you’ll get a sneak peek at the working of one of the pioneers of the task management domain and what keeps them going. Have fun!

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