Managing successful paid web apps and client design work while still releasing free apps and resources regularly would be tough to handle for any company. ZURB’s one company in the world of web apps that has always excited us with their dedication to quality and the sheer number of apps they’ve released.
We’ve written about ZURB’s apps many times over the years, and today we’re excited to have an interview with the ZURB team. They share insight into how they get ideas for apps, why they release so many free tools, and some of their team’s favorite apps. Enjoy!
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If you’re a freelancer, writing up quotes and proposals for your potential clients can end up being quite a bit of work. Today, we’ve got an interview with the team from Quote Roller, who’ve made it their job to make confusing quotes and proposals a thing of the past. They’ve come to the US, done client work, and are now using their experience to make client work easier for others.
In addition to an exclusive interview with the Quote Roller team, we’ve also got 3 Quote Roller Basic subscriptions to giveaway to our readers! Keep reading to find out more about the team, and how you can get your hands on a free Quote Roller account.
We live in interesting times in the world of technology. Google’s working on self-driving cars and potentially space elevators, Apple recently bought out a mapping company, and Amazon, the internet’s bookstore, recently launched its own custom tablet computer. So, it shouldn’t be too suprising that most successful software companies feel the need to quickly expand into new markets and stay ahead of the computing curve.
Marketcircle is a company loved by Mac users for their award winning applications, Billings and Daylite. They’ve had great success with Mac and, more lately, iOS apps, but for the most part wouldn’t be thought of as a web app company. However, they’ve also created a hybrid Mac and cloud app, Billings Pro, and built up their own custom infrastructure to host their own Marketcircle Cloud service.
Marketcircle’s CEO, AJ, was kind enough to sit down for a chat with us and talk about their thoughts about the cloud, how their company got started, and what they’ve learned from running a cloud service. It was a very interesting talk, with a number of bits of info you might find surprising about a company you already knew about!
Creating a journal web app just because you want an awesome one sounds like a great idea. Now how about taking that journal app, adding more features than most people could think of for a journal, designing beautiful themes so you can write however you’d like, and coding a whole ecosystem of apps so users could journal anywhere? Oh, and trying to turn the whole thing into a business?
That’s exactly what the Penzu team has been doing for the past few years. We’d originally reviewed Penzu early last year, and since then its continued to gain popularity. Our widely popular Penzu Pro giveaway last week was proof that tons of our readers love Penzu and find it an exciting way to keep a journal. The Penzu team has been kind enough to give us a few minutes of their time and answer some of our questions about their app and the future of Penzu. After the break, you’ll get an inside look at the team behind one of the most popular journal web apps today.
Laying out diagrams and charts should be easy. But for the most part, it’s not. I had to use Visio for a painful few weeks during a class, and was constantly frustrated by it. I was pleasantly surprised to find how much nicer LucidChart is even though it is a web app. It’s a diagraming app that works great, with more native features than many native apps.
That’s the best thing about LucidChart: it’s a web app that actually works better than its competing native apps. It’s an unusual phenomena, so keep reading to hear more from the LucidChart team about how they did it, as well as the newest feature they’ve just added to LucidChart.
Google+ may have gotten all of the publicity this past month, but for most of us, Twitter has continued to be the social network we check most. That’s good news for the Twitter team, which just raised another mammoth amount of funding, but it’s also good for the hundreds of other teams working on products that rely on the Twitter ecosystem.
Today we’ve got an exclusive interview with the guys behind Buffer, a popular tool to schedule your Tweets for the time they’ll be most effective. Keep reading to hear their thoughts on web app development, the Twitter ecosystem, and their new HQ-in-progress in San Francisco.
This week we featured a new cooking site, Gojee, that takes a unique approach to helping you find great meals to make. You can find the foods that you can cook with the ingredients you already have. The only problem is, the pictures look so good you’ll wish you could just hit print and get your meal immediately.
We’ve gotten to do an interview with the Gojee team as well. They’re an interesting team that wants to make sure the world can eat better, easier. After the break, you’ll hear about their favorite hot drink, why they love cooking, and the tornado that attacks their workplace daily.
I’m excited to present an interview today with Maciej Ceglowski, the developer behind Pinboard.in. Pinboard is an increasingly popular bookmarking service, taking up where Delicious left off. It’s a for-pay app with a unique pricing structure, as well as a subscription link archival service.
I first reviewed Pinboard last December after it seemed that Delicious was being shut down. Since then, it’s become one of the web apps I rely on the most, and we’ve included it in a number of recent roundups. I store all of my new bookmarks in it, but then it also automatically imports my Instapaper and Twitter favorites, and saves an archive of all my Tweets. It’s this seemless integration that has made Pinboard an irreplaceable part of my workflow.
After the break, Marciej shares with us some of his development tools, thoughts on design, and some unique Pinboard features.
Sometimes it seems that it’s easier to create an awesome product than it is to efficiently support your customers. Your customers issues can range from simple issues to major problems that your whole team will need to resolve. If you simply rely on a forum or a default inbox, it’s easy to overlook issues and fail to get back with your customers.
Recently, Zach wrote up a detailed review of one of the newer support tools online that’s designed to solve this problem: Help Scout. Help Scout is a support web app that’s built entirely around email, making it incredibly easy to manage your tickets from your favorite email app or their beautifully designed web app.
Today, we’re excited to share an with you our exclusive interview with the Help Scout team. They’ve shared with us their passion for support and email, their favorite apps, and the things that motivate their team. After the break, we have a dozen questions with their thoughtful answers about their company and the market in general.