Category Archives: Startups

As the world is increasingly dependent on digital technologies, more creative ideas for online start-ups are coming to the table. This is evident in Startups 100 Top 5, which sees five web-based companies taking top spots.

Trouva
Neos
Cudoni
Perlego
Tempo

1. Trouva

Helping over 900 independent boutiques around the world compete with eCommerce giants, Trouva fills the gap between the high street and people’s living rooms. In reality, Trouva has been a lifeline for its partners in the Covid-19 pandemic, enabling 70% of them to continue trading. This dedication, along with its super-strong finances, won it the top spot in the Startups 100.

2. Neos

Snatching the second position overall on the first-ever Startups 100 application is no mean feat, which demonstrates that having a distinctive and disruptive product will make a difference. Neos allows consumers to buy their smart home gadgets and integrates smart home insurance with leading insurance firms. This combined product offering saw customer acquisitions surpassing 150,000 in less than a year – amazing stuff.

3. Cudoni

Buying and selling luxury products is very different from the regular eBay the listing, which is why Cudoni has seen a lot of early-stage growth.  It offers ‘total comfort’ by taking care of everything, from photography to fulfillment. And its figures speak for themselves – working on the commission, Cudoni expects to sell more than 100,000 luxury goods to 100 countries in 2020.  No wonder celebrities like  Millie Mackintosh trust it.

4. Perlego

College, university, even online courses – these are costly activities that are much more costly when you take into account the reading material you need to complete the course.  Perlego saw a gap that had to be filled. Offering subscription-based access to a large digital library of academic books, the start-up has seen a 116% monthly rise in new subscribers and has just raised $9 million in funding.  Certainly a worthy 4th place winner.

5. Tempo

We should all agree that recruiting is hard work.  It’s taking time, money, and a lot of patience. Luckily, Tempo exists to up the pace. Claiming to shorten the ‘time to recruit’ to only four days and to reduce  costs by 65%, the machine learning pairs applicants and companies based on ‘rich-format CVs.’  With the likes of Monzo, Bulb, and ASOS on board with their smart recruiting strategy, Tempo’s third Startups 100 entry sees it cruise to 5th place.

If you’re thinking of starting a business or improving an existing one, you’re going to need the right tools for the job.

So, in this post, we look at 10 types of app that can make your workflow more efficient and lead to an increase in business growth._

1. A productivity suite

Before you can do anything exciting in your business, you’re going to need some apps that can take care of the boring (but very important) things: a reliable email account, file storage, and productivity tools.

The industry-leading productivity suites which provide all the above are Office 365 and G Suite (formerly Google Apps).

However, it can be quite hard to choose between them — there a lot of pros and cons to weigh up. As such you might like to read our Office 365 vs G Suite comparison review. This explains the core differences between the two productivity suites, as well as outlining what alternatives are available.

2. A website or online store

It goes without saying that you’ll need a website for your business. But with many website building platforms available, it’s important to make the right decision regarding which one to go for.

Portfolio sites/brochure sites

If you’re not intending to sell services or goods online — i.e., your website is more of a portfolio or ‘brochure’ site with business ultimately taking place offline — then Squarespace is often a good bet for startups because it’s easy to set up a site with it, the templates are attractive, and you get support included with your plan.

WordPress is another great option for portfolios or brochure sites — and one that will give you more control over the aesthetics and the functionality of your site — but there is a bit more of a learning curve involved.

Online stores

If you’re selling products and services online, more thought is required. Although it’s tempting to just embed a Paypal button on a web page to handle online transactions, there are many more sophisticated options available to you that will serve you better.

Ultimately, if you’re serious about e-commerce, you’re going to need a platform you can use to build a fully functional store: one that can adequately cater for things like product variants, shipping, tax rates, and abandoned carts. Big hitters in this area include Bigcommerce and Shopify.

If you’ve already got a website, and want to turn it into an online store, you might find that Ecwid is a good solution for you (it’s a ‘widget’ that’s designed to add e-commerce functionality to any existing site). 

Tip: when it comes to the aesthetics of your website or online store, you might find that simple web-based design tools like Crello offer a cost-effective way to create graphics or animations for it.

3. An email marketing tool

A large mailing list is VITAL to the growth and long-term success of a business.

Not only can email marketing provide a fantastic return on investment, it’s a great way to share content widely (something which can build great brand awareness and even improve SEO).

Many new business owners think that a mailing list is simply a bunch of email addresses stored in an Excel spreadsheet that gets emailed via The outlook from time to time.

Taking this approach is a big mistake. Dedicated email marketing tools allow you to capture email addresses via your website, host a large mailing list online, create newsletters, automate communications, and track results easily.

There are many great apps available — but based on value for money and reliability (respectively), our favorites are probably Getresponse and Aweber.

4. CRM

CRM stands for ‘customer relationship management’, and these days the acronym is usually used to refer to cloud-based software that allows you to keep track of and manage the business relationships between your organization and your leads and clients.

Typically, a CRM app will allow you to capture, organize, and analyze leads track communication with leads and clients allocate tasks to your team.
manage your ‘sales pipeline’ (i.e., identify leads and track how the process of converting them to a client is going) 
manage customer inquiries via a support ticketing system

Now, as with email marketing, many new business owners rely on Excel to handle all this sort of stuff – which, as with mailing list management is a bad move when there are so many more sophisticated options available to you.

Hubspot offers a very functional free version of its CRM tool — this is a good introduction to the world of customer relationship management.

Other cost-effective options involve Capsule or Nimble.

Which product is right for you will really depend on nature and the complexity of your business, but either way, finding the right CRM the tool will usually be vital to ensuring that it grows successfully.

5. Growth hacking tools

Once you’ve got your website live and your email marketing app sorted, the next thing you’ll need to do is grow the number of people visiting your site and join your mailing list.

Now, there is a multitude of tools to help you do this. For example, you’ll find apps that let you run A/B tests on your site pages to find out which is most likely to convert a visitor to a subscriber; tools that let you create video recordings of your visitors’ behavior on your site and analyze it; and ‘welcome mats’ which encourage mailing list subscription before any other action is taken on your site.

You’ll find an exhaustive list of growth-hacking apps over on the Kissmetrics site, but for me, there are two particular aspects of growth hacking to zoom in on and prioritize when starting a new business: social sharing, and lead generation. You basically want to make it as easy as possible for somebody to share your content or subscribe to receive more of it.

Tools like Sumo can really help you here, providing everything from sharing buttons to live chat to data capture ‘welcome mats.’

Other similar services worth investigating include Addthis and Sharethis.

6. Cloud-based accounting

Cloud-based accounting apps are increasingly popular and worthy of serious consideration over traditional spreadsheet usage.

A cloud-based accounting solution is connected to your bank account, meaning that all your transactions are imported into your accounting software in real-time (i.e., no more copying and pasting transactions from your online bank account into a spreadsheet).

Not only that but these apps you to raise branded invoices and produce detailed reports at the click of a button. They can give you access to an in-depth analysis of your company finances, and make preparing a tax return significantly easier.

Because of these advantages, if you use a bookkeeper, it often makes sense to hire one that works ‘in the cloud’.

Industry-leading cloud-based accounting apps include Xero and Quickbooks.

7. Keyword research tools

It’s all very well having a business and a website to go with it — but if you’re not ranking highly in search results, it’s not going to be a success.

One of the best ways to improve the performance of your website is to make sure that you are publishing content that people are actually searching for. To do this, you’ll need to perform keyword research.

Tools like Ahrefs and SEMrush are essential for this kind of work.

8. Notebooks and to-do lists

Notebooks

An oft-overlooked aspect of running a business is the amount of note-taking it involves.

From capturing brainwaves to taking minutes to jot down a phone number of a potentially useful contact, you will find yourself taking a host of notes in your business life.

So, it makes sense to take them in the best possible way – and in my view, that’s digital, using a dedicated note-keeping app.

There are a plethora of note-keeping apps out there to choose from – but Evernote’s got to be one of the best.

It allows you to place text, images, files, and research all in one digital workspace which you can then share with friends, colleagues, and family. You can access Evernote across all your devices, meaning your notes are always with you.

If you use a productivity suite like G Suite or Office 365 however, you may find that their ‘Keep’ and ‘OneNote’ products meet your needs perfectly well.

To-do lists

To-lists have been part of running a business since the year dot. They’re a surprisingly vital part of running and growing a business: without them, nothing gets done.

As with much else in the business world, they’ve now moved online. And again, there are loads of options available.

Todoist is a simple but effective app for managing, as the name suggests, your to-do list. It works across devices and is available as Chrome extension too, meaning your uncompleted tasks are always following you around (perhaps I’m not selling this as well as I should). Nifty features include being able to turn emails into tasks and categorize tasks by project.

Wunderlist is another good option.

9. GDPR compliance tools

With the introduction of GDPR — data protection laws designed to safeguard the privacy rights of EU citizens — business owners now have to meet strict requirements with regard to how they capture data and use cookies.

Adhering to GDPR laws on data capture is reasonably straightforward, but it’s quite hard to adhere to the cookie laws. Your website needs to display a cookie banner which not only informs your visitors that cookies are being used but also allows them to give prior consent to them being run.

This is quite a challenge from a technical point of view, but there’s a new tool called Cookiepro which we’ve discovered and which we recommend to our clients as a way of ensuring compliance (particularly where hosted website building products like Squarespace, Shopify and Bigcommerce is concerned).

You can choose to set up Cookiepro yourself (which will require a bit of time and effort) or alternatively pay a one-off fee to get assistance. 

10. A social media manager

Most businesses end up struggling to manage several social media profiles at once. It can be tricky to keep on top of them all or analyze what’s working and what’s not across all your channels.

This is where an all-in-one social media management tool like Hootsuite is invaluable. You can use tools like Hootsuite to manage all your social media accounts in one place; schedule messages across your profiles; measure your social media campaign performance and assign tasks to your team messages to ensure that all messages
generated by your social media activity get answered.

All this improves your social media comms or frees up time to do other important stuff!

Alternatives to Hootsuite include Sendible and Buffer. 

Slack

Slack is an incredible tool for both groups and one on one
communication. Slack allows you to break up your conversations in
“channels” making relevant information easy to find. To add to the
convenience, Slack comes with an easy to use a mobile app and integrates
with many other tools such as Restyaboard, Trello, JIRA, and Twitter.

Skype for Business

Skype for Business is available as part of Microsoft’s Office 365
package, which comes with the full Office suite (Word, Excel,
Powerpoint, etc.). Skype for Business features all of the stuff you’d
expect from a product with Skype in the name: instant messaging, audio
calls, and video chat. But it also has features businesses need to
keep safe and compliant, like local hosting and permission control.

As part of the Office suite, it also deeply integrates with your
calendar and contacts from Outlook, as well as documents from Word and
Excel. Are you an existing Microsoft customer? You probably already
have this! If not, it’ll set you back $8.25/user/month.

Lifesize

Lifesize allows startups to have video, web, and audio conferences
along with the option to record and share meetings. It also makes it
easy to integrate video from almost any platform available, giving
your startup the look and feel of a top-tier business without the
top-tier cost.

Join.me

Join.me is one of the best options when it comes to connecting and
collaborating with your team. This tool gives startups the ability to
share audio, video, whiteboard, live chat, and enable users to share
control over their screen. The rich range of annotation and remote
access features also makes this tool great for sales demos.

Join.me can be used for free, but to lift the participant cap to 5 and
host unlimited meetings, you’ll have to buy a plan starting at
$9/user/month.

Zoom

Zoom — ranked the #1 meeting tool by Gartner in 2018 — is a fast and
reliable video conferencing software that works great for internal and
client meetings alike.

It features screen-sharing, annotation, and cloud-hosted meeting
recordings that you can automatically upload and share. A great use
case to keep your team in the loop is to use a fixed room for
recurring team meetings and integrate it with Slack to automatically
Share the recording with participants afterward.

Zoom’s pricing starts at $14.99/host/month — and just one host can
have up to 100 participants. 

The world of work has undergone a significant change in the last few months. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, companies around the globe had to move to remote operations — some for the very first time.

Although change has not been without its challenges, it has also been a positive development in many ways. Remote work has long been a popular advantage among employees, who are generally happier and more productive when they are allowed to do telecommunications. And once people start working from home, they don’t want to go back: 99 percent of remote employees said they want to work remotely for the rest of their careers at least some time. It’s no wonder why: Remote work can provide employees with a better work/life balance, provide a sense of 

autonomy, and save a lot of stress (especially when you consider how frustrating the morning journey is for some people).

Yet, as with most things worth having in life, remote work arrangements aren’t easy. They require time to roll out effectively and effort to maintain themselves over the long term. Managers need training on how best to support remote employees, and companies need to provide remote workers with the tools and resources they need to do their jobs off-site.

If you don’t have the right technology in place, remote work can easily become an aggravating and isolating experience for employees. So what tools do businesses need to support remote work and effectively manage remote performance? Below are five types of tech tools that are essential to every remote work initiative:

1. Task Management Software

Whether they’re working remotely or on-site, employees can only stay productive if they know what they are doing, what is expected of them, and when their tasks are due. Keeping track of all that information can be difficult, especially for remote employees and their managers. That’s where project and task management software comes in.

Tools like Restyaboard allow employees and their managers to set priorities, assign tasks, and establish deadlines. Perhaps most importantly, they also foster accountability by allowing all involved parties to track progress toward tasks together. Ultimately, task management solutions facilitate effective communication and crystal-clear expectations, two vital drivers of success in a remote work environment.

2. Time-Tracking Software

This is an admittedly controversial topic, and many managers believe tracking employees’ time is more harmful than helpful. They argue that the time spent on work isn’t as important as the work that is achieved, and therefore companies should monitor goal progression and task completion instead of hours at a desk. Some leaders also worry that mandating time-tracking software indicates a lack of trust in employees, which can ultimately result in decreased productivity and morale.

However, for organizations just getting started with remote work for the first time, time-tracking software can help to smooth the transition by assuring managers that work is being done. Certain tools, like Restyaboard, even take periodic screenshots of employees’ screens, so managers can see what they’re actually up to.

3. Performance Management Software

Performance management needs to be carefully planned when employees are working remotely. Managers need to make a special effort to maintain regular communication, deliver feedback, and check-in with employees to ensure they are getting all the support they need.

Tracking the performance of a large virtual team can be a difficult task, especially if you are meeting with your employees on a weekly or monthly basis to discuss performance, as most forward-thinking companies are doing today. To keep on top of performance, progress, and productivity, companies should consider investing in cloud-based performance management software. Such software facilitates remote check-ins, helps track objectives and key results, and monitors individual employee development while also tracking team goals.

Remember, while remote work can offer many benefits, some employees may find it isolating at times. Your performance management system should be designed to support employees of all kinds through the building of relationships and the encouragement of continuous communication.

4. Team Communication Tools

The reality is that communication is very different when your employees work off-site. They can’t bond near the water cooler. They can’t simply turn around to ask their colleagues a question or pop by their manager’s office to discuss an issue they may be having.

Most remote teams rely on team communication tools such as Slack to facilitate in-the-moment discussions between colleagues and managers. Many contemporary team communication tools allow for the creation of various channels dedicated to different topics, including informal channels where employees with common interests can socialize virtually with one another. What’s more, with team communication tools, you can spare yourself a lot of unnecessary emails.

While platforms like Slack are great for quick connections, they cannot fully replace face-to-face communication, which fosters relationships and maintains levels of engagement in ways that chat platforms simply cannot. That’s why your team communication tools should also include videoconferencing software like Skype, Google Hangouts, or Zoom. These can be especially effective venues for team meetings or one-on-one performance conversations.

5. Cloud Storage and File-Sharing Services

Because your remote team members will be distributed around various locations, you will need a central cloud-based storage solution where employees can easily save and share important files. Google Drive has become a popular solution for this purpose; its functionality that allows multiple employees to work on one document simultaneously makes it an especially powerful collaboration tool.

File-sharing services can prevent a lot of the confusion that arises when many different versions of the same file are flying around. With everything saved and securely stored on the cloud, you can also be sure no important information will be compromised by tech problems on the employee’s end.

Technology has quickly become the best friend of small business owners. Whether it is accounting software or business plan software, technology has scaled up the playing field, making it possible for small businesses to compete with the big guys. Businesses of all sizes now have enabled the same technology that helps to increase productivity and sales. Here are 10 tech tools you’ll need to start a business.

Online business plan services

The key to launching any successful business is having a solid plan in place to follow. One option many entrepreneurs turn to for assistance is online business plan services. The services provide many tools and templates needed to transform a good idea into a profitable venture. Some of the tools include financial calculators and chart generators to help crunch numbers and illustrate the business’ vision in a quantifiable manner. They also feature performance graphs and goal achievement monitors that let entrepreneurs track their progress and make necessary changes to the business as issues arise.

Web hosting

Not many businesses thrive in today’s online world without a presence on the Internet. To get a website up and running, a Web hosting service is needed. The services store the files that make up a website on a data server, which then uploads them directly to the Web. That provides an Internet connection and a way for consumers to access the site through a domain name of their choosing. The services offer many options, including website builders that entrepreneurs can use to design the site, one-click installation of supported apps, email functionality, and an unlimited number of email addresses that include the site’s domain name.

Shopping cart software

Having a website is only half the equation for businesses that want to use the Internet to sell their products and services. To accept payments via a website, the site must have shopping cart software. The software is designed to offer credit card processing, as well as check, PayPal, or other methods of processing payments. The software also provides shoppers tools for calculating the costs of shipping and taxes. In addition to letting customers purchase items online, the software provides business options for keeping track of inventory and generating reports automatically.

Credit card processing

In today’s world, cash is no longer king. Shoppers have traded it for debit and credit cards and they expect to use them everywhere. Credit card processing services allow businesses to accept all forms of payment, such as major credit cards, debit cards, electronic checks, and traditional checks, anywhere, and anytime. The services also use encryption technology to ensure each shopper’s personal information is protected, and offer protection against credit card fraud for the business itself.

POS system

For retailers and restaurants, gone are the days of traditional cash registers. Businesses now rely on point-of-sale systems for their checkout needs. For retail businesses, POS systems offer packages that include terminals, monitors, barcode scanners, cash drawers, card readers, keyboards, receipt printers, and retail software. For restaurants, POS systems usually include touch-screen monitors, terminals, receipt printers, cash drawers, card readers, and restaurant software. In addition to retail outlets and restaurants, some POS systems offer dedicated services for other types of businesses, such as salons and grocery stores. Beyond being able to collect payments, POS systems can track sales and inventory and simplify the accounting process.

Time Tracking and Management Software

To succeed, business owners need to maximize productivity around the office. Time tracking and management software monitor what is being accomplished so business owners can better manage the time and productivity of their employees. The software monitors and records employee hours, including work hours, vacation time, sick leave, overtime, and projects. Also, the software can track individual projects, as well as expenses, invoices, and customers.

Recommended software: Restyaboard

Online data storage

With business owners relying on computers more than ever, it is important to make sure the information stored on them is protected. Online storage services provide computer users with a place to store their files online, should something happen to the computer, including accidental erasures, hard drive failures, and theft. Since the data is being stored online in the cloud, online data storage services also give business owners the convenience of being able to access their files from anywhere with an Internet connection. Online storage services also provide a place to store large files to free up space on a computer’s hard drive.

Webinar services

With many businesses dealing with clients across the country and around the globe, those in each location must stay connected. One way to do so is through webinar services, which allow businesses to conduct presentations over the Internet. The services provide businesses with the necessary tools to present online sales presentations, web seminars, and product demonstrations to their clients, regardless of where they are located. Besides, the services can be used for businesses to conduct training sessions and for those companies with multiple locations that need to keep all of their employees connected.

Online project management software

With so much to accomplish, many business owners need a little help staying on track. Online project management software provides a way to efficiently organize and manage complex projects from start to finish. The software allows project managers to manage and allocate resources, including team members, external resources, generic resources, documents, and physical assets. Also, it provides tools for teams to communicate and ways for clients to view reports and status updates. Overall, the services increase efficiency by centralizing requests, resource availability, issue tracking, communication, document management, and scheduling.

Recommended software: Restyaboard

Anti-virus software

Since nearly all businesses require some sort of network connection, owners must protect it. One of the first lines of defense is anti-virus software.  It guards computers and networks against dangerous viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, and other malware. Without this protection, business owners could soon find themselves with an infected computer, which could lead to stolen information, down networks, and lost productivity.

It is not as straightforward to be a creator as you think it might be. And also it’s an exciting experience but it’s also really draining. With all of this, you have to be ready for anything and anything you ‘re going to and might be coming your way. You should not only be armed with the passion for your product, but also with all the latest startup tools that’ll help you make your journey overall.

It is critical that you are armed with a passion for your product and the latest tools for making your trip a success. In addition, the number of startup resources is limitless, available online. Pick the right ones it can seem like hard work to do from them. Indeed the right methods are those that help the new products on the market, save time, reduce costs, and guard against privacy and legal issues.

1. WhiteSource

It is common for startups to focus on software engineering teams completely open source as the basis on which to build their products. But that’s all. Since they are using the open-source code for their work, it is important that the company does not risk or compromise compliance issues on its part safety. This is a mission in itself and this is where the tool WhiteSource comes in handy.

This is one of the best startup tools to handle the questions on protection and compliance. It proposes the components of an open-source that would fit your online search requirements. What’s more, it will also give you warnings if any program bugs are detected, protection risks, and issues with the policies. Basically it is a very flexible device that fits with every language in the programming.

2. Eqvista

Being a founder, you are other than the startup tools mentioned above you’ll need to keep track of all your company shares. That’s it especially when you are about to invest and develop your enterprise. Eqvista is a great application for the management of table caps that allows businesses to monitor, manage, and make smart decisions linked to the company ‘s equity and shareholding. Currently, you should issuing shares electronically, remaining in compliance with equity legislation and manage all of the shares in your Eqvista company.

3. ContractZen

The first impression of it all is. And when an investor turns up you need to evaluate your startup before you invest in it rendered eligible for due diligence. This means you can have your full documentation in place. Typically these records do include tax records, business Strategy Decks for Financial Statements, documents covering intellectual property, and construction plans. And if you think it’s easy to keep those documents in paper form.

You are incorrect then. The best way to store all these documents is by the setup up a virtual data room (VDR) based on the cloud. ContractZen is one element of the right tools for this project. This is really easy to set up where you can do it only with a few taps. The user interface for this is interactive, and user friendly.

4. ClickMeeting

This is another tool you should have for a startup. It’s a good thing. Webinar platform designed to help you build important partnerships needless to leave your office. You need to start by developing branded invitations to display or show your sales online app. And then take all the leads from your mailing list to this request to send the invitations directly.

When one of the members accepts the invitation, you will have a Digital meeting them face-to-face to give them a live demo of your stuff. Stuff. ClickMeet additional features to help you incorporate whiteboard technology to display and view information sharing something reflected on your machine. This is a great app sitting in your office that will help you get a lot done.

5. Calendly

How tiring is it to schedule a meeting with a client? Doesn’t it make you a ton of emails before you both have decided on the time for the meeting? With Calendly, the hassle of spending hours on deciding a meeting time is taken away. It takes care of all the processes. And once you have scheduled a meeting, all you need to do is share the link with the person allowing them to select the time that they are comfortable with for the meeting. In fact, it is a great time-saving application that you can use.

6.SentiOne

It’s not easy being a startup. You have to give the time to understand everything about your market and industry so that you can control it effectively your brand, and your target audience bind. In the internet today industrial landscape. So as there are a number of different channels so, in today’s world, digital worlds can take a lot of your time to be able to track all these issues. That is where SentiOne is useful. Named one of the brightest startup resources, it is a forum for social listening. It let you tap directly inside what the universe thinks about you and your industry any of the important websites or social media networks.

This method would basically also search all the forums, blogs, and news online websites. Also, it will help you track your brand and the feeling of excitement and word-of-mouth marketing. In a word, you are may touch the hearts of your audiences with ease for this framework you understand what they want.

7. WalkMe

Do your website visitors find yours intuitive and easy to use? A website’s complexity will cause you to lose much company. In fact, when a visitor can not navigate through your website, you ‘re going to start losing all the future customers. But, how are you doing find out what, and take care of it? Okay, here comes WalkMe in the picture. WalkMe makes it all easy for first-time users of the webpage. This allows users to access the website without ever having to the trouble to give them intuitive visual elements browsing. This would in turn reduce the bounce rate and increase the fees for conversion.

8. Freshteam

When you open a startup, a time will come when you need to hire business workers. There are several startup tools available to do this virtual but Freshteam is one of the best that can support you. This taking the whole hiring process and condensing it into one dashboard. Through this, a single boss is able to take access and see everything one-place candidates. This tool will help you, too, to source and search the top talents to find the closest nearest nominee simply.

9. Restyaboard

Each day, there might be many things that distract people from their goal. To overcome this, it is important to organize all the tasks and work towards a goal. Restyaboard is one of the best startup tools for this. You can easily create tasks and share them with your team to keep their goals in mind. In fact, you can create notes for each and every tiny little thing like the code components, marketing plans, or anything that your team needs to build for your business to roll freely.

In fact, Restyaboard helps in managing a project very easily. You will be able to assign tasks to the right people and get updates about it. Restyaboard also allows you to create a CRM that is easy to use and that manages your contact information of all your leads. You can keep all the detailed notes of every interaction with your leads store in Restyaboard to access and analyze in the future when needed.

10. Falcon

How to create a brand and how to spread your name product?-Product? Marketing, right? Falcon is a perfect social media source a marketing framework that lets your team quickly develop their brand name and fast on the market. You can actually build posts quickly, schedule them, edit it, and quickly post it on every social media website. Other than this, you can conveniently store all of your content with Falcon and handle it too. More features include a single sign in to all the social media platforms, get direct notifications here and control them, monitor the metrics, and better understand the audience this program is with you.

Today ChatableApps releases the hearing aid app on iOS, with a larger android update likely to follow. Backed by Mark Cuban, and based on the work of Dr. Andy Simpson, an auditory neural signal processing researcher, the app removes background noise in near-real – time so that one-to-one conversations can be heard better.

And, unlike other business strategies, its developers insist it works with any modern, standard smartphone and earbuds. Originally “preclinical” Chatable Device trials say to show it matches or the efficiency of certain new hearing aids, also exceeds that of eighty-six per cent of participants report the ‘universal ChatableApps hearing assistance “for communication was stronger than their current hearing aid.

When I covered the latest financing round for the startup, ChatableApps co-founder Brendan O’Driscoll explained to me the technology of the business and approach is “wholly special” since noise filtering is not used or other techniques used in DSP. “It is really a deep neural net of learning separation approach to speech and noise that does not apply filters to initial audio but listens and re-prints instead a brand outsider audio stream in near-real time that is just a vocal imitation initial audio modules,’ he said.

Or, put simply, in contrast to traditional background noise approaches removal-trying to label and remove unwanted sounds- AI of ChatableApps, called “VOXimity,” recognizes the voice that we like hear, and create a new (more or less) identical voice book similar to the original but without any other history Sounds …… sounds. The technique is called synthesis of end to end neural speech.

Meanwhile Giles Tongue, CEO of ChatableApps, tells me the team was racing to release the app as soon as possible after it has been realized it could help bridge the gap for people who can’t access a hearing clini during the coronavirus crisis, or because of the inability to liprea face masks prevail.

We agreed to launch the pre-clinical trials after positive immediately because of the urgent call from the audiologists to help people struggling with coronavirus,’ he notes. “With others incapable of doing so lipread because of face masks or incapacity to attend a hearing center in an our technology is a lifeline to support people in an emergency communicate.

The software will also help control distancing from society. “You should blend in telephone next to the talker, put in your Bluetooth buds, walk ten feet apart, and even someone with full clarity can hear, tongue adds.

The team has also revisited the company since we last covered it pricing model ChatableApps. The startup formerly planned to offer a only paid subscription version, but now has a free version, although somewhat level, tight.

Do you want to manage your remote team effectively? Here are some tips and tools to manage a remote team effectively during this COVID-19 pandemic.

With the COVID-19 pandemic more and more businesses are switching to the remote model of work. Medics advocate social isolation and quarantine because it prevents the spread of the virus.

Companies that have never previously used remote teams continue to make faults in successfully handling their remote teams. On the other hand, not much has changed in the routine of freelancers and companies that used remote work from the start.

Services for software development, web design, and IT services have traditionally been called remote-friendly. A change from the office job to remote work, however, also involves tension.

How do you set up effective management of your remote team? We suggest you learn from other people’s mistakes. Most of the tech firms at one point or the other made remote team management mistakes.

Here are four of the most common remote team management errors you make may address in weeks time:

1. Give up Time Tracking

This sounds counter-productive but so many companies found it useless to track time. For some kind of tracking software, most companies that shift to remote team management fall. The trackers go as far as making screenshots of the computer screen, or recording mouse movement.

Thing is, the more advanced a controlling system is, the more incentive to hack it and work around it. Excessive control is always stressful and combined with the stress of switching to remote work, this builds up discontent in your team. Ultimately, productivity suffers.

Instead: switch to outcome-oriented work. Measure your team’s work in tasks and not in hours. If you bill your customers by the hour then you need to take advantage of the self-reported time or average time required to complete similar tasks.

2. Set up clear communication rules & do not demand anything over them

Tracking is frustrating with the staff you need to be on the same page. Practice shows you need strict rules of communication that work with everyone on your team, with no exceptions.

The rules can apply to a medium of communication and response times. For instance, set rules that employees need to respond to Skype / Zoom calls or call back within 20 minutes of a missed call to warn their supervisors if they leave the computer due to a family emergency.

The moral here is to play by your own rules. If you set up a rule that your employees need to respond to telegram messages within 30 minutes, do not call their phone for 15 minutes after a message has been sent.

3. Be Understanding

If you are shifting to a remote work model because of the worldwide pandemic, you need to understand that this change is stressful for both the team and the management. In fact, no one at your company initially subscribed to remote work, and not everyone may love it.

Working at home often presents challenges, especially with concentration. At first, your team will need to learn proper time management – most will be slightly disoriented.

Same goes for the managers – they will need to get used to the fact that not everyone replies immediately,

Pandemic times are hard on every family, and employers need to be understanding. A workday at home is often accompanied by chores, children, and other distractions, and the lack of understanding from the manager contributes to more stress and even less productivity.

Read 5 TOOLS TO COORDINATE THE REMOTE TEAM

4. Use The Right Tools

The switch to remote work is your opportunity to upgrade your Project Management toolset. It takes time to re-evaluate the project management program but it’s still worth it. Ensure you are testing the market and seeking one that fits your needs.

Even if you spent weeks relocating the remote engineering team to the latest one tool – it’ll pay off with faster, more efficient processes managing Time.

Its tools must be intuitive, scalable, and not overwhelming Terms and Conditions.

Also, make sure different teams use the tools that fit their levels – while developers may stay with Jira, marketers, and copywriters are all set with Trello & Asana and the management may need TeamGantt or GanttPro.

You can use Restyaboard, one of the best tools to effectively manage your remote team. You can easily plan, collaborate, organize, and successfully deliver projects of all sizes on time using this tool.

Here are eight of the best collaboration platforms to help communicate effectively with your teams, and even your business partners for your Startups.

With today ‘s rise in e-commerce, investors can create their own startups a lot easier. There are various markets to study and to try to invest in. If you’ve decided to start your own company, you ‘re going to work with various teams to make your business successful.

For this purpose, communication is essential to your company. Some tools will help you to effectively interact and collaborate with teams and even with your business partners.

Restyaboard

Restyaboard is a project management tool for both small and large businesses that can make your projects move faster. This tool gives you a safe space for users to collaborate. It can be used for scheduling, monitoring, and for discussing the projects at hand. It’s an organized way of working on a project with various people. While you can communicate through social media platforms and schedule using calendars, it would be a lot easier to keep track of everything when you can do all of these tasks using one tool.

From team chatting, proofing files and designs, time tracking, task management, note-taking, etc. — Restyaboard helps throughout every phase of work. It also has multiple task views — list view, board view, calendar view, Gantt chart view (timeline view), so you can manage work using the one that suits your needs the best.

Additionally, Restyaboard is a simple tool, and it’s very easy to use. You won’t have to provide months of training to your employees for them to learn and master the interface of this tool. It is an open-source version if you are interested in trying this platform for your business.

BlueJeans

It can be a bit overwhelming to talk to a business partner, especially with the manufacturers. In doing so we can give you a few tips, here. Aside from the difficulty of choosing the correct one, you also have to set up a meeting where you can answer all of your concerns, and maybe reach a compromise that will help both sides. Fortunately, today’s technology helps us to organize conference meetings without physically meeting each other with people from all over the world.

BlueJeans is an example of a tool that businesses can use when they decide to hold video meetings with someone else. This program allows users to take part in the meeting through a cell phone, a web browser or even a desktop application. Besides this, it’s filled with methods of collaboration that business owners would enjoy.

Cisco WebEx

Addition to working with your business partners and workers, you also do have to provide the staff with training sessions. Doing so would allow you to make sure their skills improve. There will also be times you’d like to carry out sales demonstrations.

Cisco WebEx allows you to do that, and much more. It helps you to make presentations, send HD video conferences and even share files. Doing this makes the meeting more comfortable for you and your friends, and working together.

Google Hangouts Meet

Google Hangouts Meet is one of the most common resources used by startups for their collaborations today. Operating easily plus, people with Android smartphones can access it without any trouble. You can make voice and video calls, send chat messages, generate group chats and use this platform to send multimedia messages.

It can be used for your meetings and conferences, too. The standard version is free, but you’d have to pay for it if you’re going to get the business edition that will allow you to interact with up to 25 participants all out once. Another great thing about this platform is that your old conversations would be recorded.

Office 365 

If you have a kit for Office 365, you will have access to both Skype and Yammer. Skype is one of the best sites for video chatting that anyone can get this evening. It also has a version of the business which offers more features. It allows you to hold a group meeting at the same time, with up to 250 people. The old version of Skype may not be the best choice, but there are a lot of new features in the latest version that will allow you to interact better with your team.

Yammer, on the other hand, is designed for businesses having to share essential and internal information. Using this platform is also enjoyable, as it looks just like Facebook. Using this kind of forum, you may encourage cohesion in your organisation.

TeamViewer 13  

TeamViewer 13 has been one of the main tools to have when starting up a startup. This software is particularly useful when you have several members of your team who are working at home remotely. This tool has a conference feature that helps you to hold meetings and a screen sharing feature that you can use to show how to do it to people.

This app works like magic and its advanced features can also shock you. Using this program you can also run a computer screen of another user. TeamViewer is a nice tool that you can use to work together and even solve another team member’s problem when you need to.

Asana

Asana ensures you are still on schedule and alerts the staff of their deadlines. This platform also features a smartphone app that can be installed by your staff so they can access your workspace anytime, anywhere.

It is important to keep track of your tasks, so you don’t end up losing them. If you have a lot of team members and there are a lot of ongoing tasks, some of them will easily be ignored. Asana should help you avoid issues, as it has a template that streamlines the business’ workflow. Besides this, it can also speed your job.

Slack  

Last but definitely not least is Slack. Slack is a perfect networking device for your squad. You will split the chat groups and block other people in the company from watching the discussions in other team chatrooms. Through this platform, you can submit files and even integrate them with other platforms, such as MailChimp, Google Drive and Zendesk.

It’s also a very flexible device because, if you’re an Android or an iPhone user, you can still access it from your smartphone.

This blog is about the few tools for remote teams to coordinate and handle as a manager.

Working from home can be difficult for many teams, particularly when you’ve relied heavily on each other’s face-time. As rising numbers of teams adapt to working from home. Here are a few tools for remote teams which can help you handle as a manager:

1. PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Don’t let you hold back the initial setup time. If you work with many stakeholders within the organization, it can be very time-consuming to organize all your tasks and promotions via Slack, Email, and Phone Calls. Establishing a program for project management would help you coordinate the workload of your team and boost transparency as well. Especially if some members within your organization are finding it hard to get into a routine. It can also help with a more straightforward process of approval and feedback on ongoing projects, without going back and forth with emails.

Recommended Project Management Tool

Restyaboard: https://restya.com/board

2. A CHAT & VIDEO CONFERENCING TOOL

Now, you might think that Zoom is the ultimate option, but for talk and video calls, our personal preference is Google Hangouts or Slack. Slack is perfect if the team needs to stay linked but if team members keep it open all day, it can also impact productivity. Seek to impose a no-slack hour each morning and once each evening. Not everyone would feel excessively linked in this way. The introverts inside your team, in particular, can feel tired of all the contact going in their direction. We recommend that you schedule a maximum of 2hours of video calls a day.

Read Free Tools To Handle Your ”Work From Home” Day Easier

3. SPARK

You’re now inundated with texts, and you feel like you need to get back to people right now. Here’s Fire, the email app that makes life so much easier for you. Build templates for emails that you regularly send. Spark also lets you snooze emails to remind you, at your convenience, of getting back to the user.  For eg, if you have many comms requests to send to clients but work on the comms plan at 11 am on Thursday, Spark will let you snooze the emails until Thursday at 11 am. And when you need them, they are right in front of you. Achieve the smart way inbox Zero. In addition, you can delegate tasks from your email into Restyaboard to your team members.

Get Spark: https://sparkmailapp.com/

4. SERENE

If you’re the sort of person who has all four addresses, Slack, SproutSocial, Linkedin, and much more open all day. Odds are the productivity is lost. So using a Serene-like device to avoid all distractions. Allowing yourself to work 30 minutes on a particular task would also make your output turbocharged.

Serene: https://sereneapp.com/

5. TIME TRACKING TOOLS

Time-tracking is for many a point of contention. Especially if you find like the days turn into each other. Time monitoring can be of tremendous benefit to productivity. Using time tracking to ensure that you work just 7 hours a day, log tasks and link time with tasks/projects. If they fill out the timesheets, you can also give your team a 4 hour Friday. It will also help you understand the course of your time. For example, if you spend 14 hours a week at video meetings, you’ll know that and you can take steps to improve it.

Recommended Time Tracking Tool

Restyaboard: https://restya.com/board