10 Lesser-known But Awesome Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Use


Tablets and smartphones are gradually becoming basic necessities for most entrepreneurs.  Your ability to stay on top of everything can greatly be enhanced with the right app on your mobile device. There are now millions of apps for your everyday routines, from managing your personal daily activities to working productively in or out of the office.

Most business professionals are now used to popular apps like Twitter, Dropbox, Evernote, Pocket, Yammer, Asana and HootSuite. We want to focus on useful but very little-known tools and apps you may not be using. This list might not be of much value to you if we focus on the usual suspects.

In no particular order, these are some of the most useful and less known awesome apps that will make you a better entrepreneur. In fact, this list isn’t just useful to entrepreneurs, but to anyone looking to be more productive and recover from information overload.

1. Quibb

Quibb lets you share what you’re reading for work. You can use  Quibb to post newsworthy articles, see what colleagues are reading, and discuss the day’s industry news.

Quibb wants to reinvent business news and build a modern version of The Wall Street Journal, personalized by industry and professional community. Quibb includes members from 9000 startups.

2. Brook

Brook is a social media tool that emails you daily with the top five tweets from the Twitter users you select.

Brook uses a proprietary algorithm to select the best content from each user you select each day. Brook has a web interface and a daily and weekly email digest.

3. TigerText

TigerText is like Snapchat for work. Just like Snapchat, the app lets you send text messages, pictures, or files that will automatically self-destruct.

Securely send your cloud storage files – Box, Dropbox and Google. TigerText messages are encrypted and will self-destruct after a preset period of time.

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4. Fleksy

Fleksy is a great app that allows you to type without looking at your smartphone screen.

Fleksy is an app that replaces your device’s on–screen keyboard. You can type on any touch screen. Built to simplify typing on every smart device from Android to iOS to your tablet and your phone - even your watch!

5. Sunrise

Sunrise allows you to sync with your calendar on the iPhone, along with your Google Calendars, and provides you a nice run-down of everything you have that day.

Behind its apparent simplicity, there’s a server component (like Mailbox), making it significantly smarter with data from Google Calendar, Facebook, LinkedIn and others.

6. Tempo AI

Temp AI is a personal assistant for your smartphone.The Tempo Smart Calendar intelligently enhances meetings and events throughout the day by connecting data sources like email to the mobile calendar.

It links calendar events to relevant emails and attachments for pending appointments, queues up directions to your next meeting location. The app learns your patterns and behaviors to constantly optimize your smart calendar experience over time.

7. Brewster

Brewster is your social address book. It’s a contact-organization app that pulls from your various social profiles. Build a complete collection of all your contacts by merging social profiles across services.

Access all contact info from mail, messages, phone, and contacts. You can quickly access contact information, employment, mutual connections across networks.

8. Here on Biz

Here on Biz bridges the gap between your virtual world and the real world.  The app alerts users when their LinkedIn contacts (and other people on LinkedIn running the app) are physically nearby.

The app’s algorithm knows: where you are, who you know (based on who you are connected to on LinkedIn), what industry you work in and job titles similar to yours.  It connects professionals based on those attributes.

9. Wibbitz

Wibbitz is a free innovative news-reader app for iPhone that creates a video summary of text articles from major news outlets. For 60-120 seconds, a robotic voice reads the article’s text aloud while showing related images and key phrases.

Each video summary shows relevant phrases with photos related to the articles. The user sees these photos and text as the robotic voice reads the article.

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10. focus@will

Focus@will is a music service that helps you focus and retain information when working, studying, writing and reading. Focus@will technology delivers various “Attention Amplifying” music channels scientifically designed to engage with your brain’s limbic system.

focus@will broadcasts music rigorously tested for its ability to quiet your busy brain in precisely the right ways. Focus@will claims it can make you more productive especially if you like to listen to music while you work.

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  1. Laura

    Hi Thomas!

    This is certainly a great list – however – I really miss some backup / cloud storage related apps. Backup is one of the most crucial things many people tend to forget or postpone in the heat of the moment. So, what do you think of SugarSync for backup? I didn’t want to mention Dropbox because this is the most obvious but has only limited backup capabilities.

    Thanks!

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