Product Reviews

Breath Better with Curve O2

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I travel to China all the time, and my biggest concern is the air quality. Beijing is awful. The problem is that most masks don’t seal well, so you wind up sucking in a lot of pollution even if you have a good filter.

Curve is a startup out of Waterloo, and I met the founder. I tried his Curve Mask by O2 Canada, and it’s worlds better than anything else I’ve used. I’m never going back to 3M.

ScreenFlow 7

screenflow 7ScreenFlow is simply the best screen recording software for Mac. It’s also a fantastic video editing suite. We’ve been using it for years, and it just keeps getting better and better.

The thing we love about ScreenFlow is that it’s so simple to use. It’s much easier and more intuitive than Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Version 7 just came out, and here are some of the amazing new features:

STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: OmniCharge, The World’s Smartest Power Bank

My friend Jason just raised $1.6M dollars on his Indiegogo campaign for his incredible OmniCharge Power Bank. You can check it out here.

Awair by Bitfinder

Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman

Awair from Bitfinder is a beautiful product. It came out of R/GA, a renowned New York design firm, for whom I worked long ago.

Awair is meant to test the air quality in your home or office. Unlike many IoT devices, this one looks hip — not geeky. And it’s beauty isn’t just skin deep. That’s why Bitfinder is being featured as our product of the month.

OnePlus 2 Offers More for Less: iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy Watch Out!

OnePlus

If you’re a startup founder, you should seriously consider the new OnePlus 2. We just received our OnePlus 2, and it’s a warhorse of a phone that offers most of what the latest iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy phones do at a fraction of the cost, which is a blessing for every penny pinching startup founder.

Review: CrazyTalk Animator 2 Pipeline is a Dream

If you’re making a video for your startup, you need to check out CrazyTalk Animator 2 Pipeline. It’s truly awesome! You don’t need to hire a professional animator to get professional quality animations. Anyone with some talent and a good artistic eye can create an animated video in a few hours.

Animator 2 Pipeline is available on both Windows and the Mac. We reviewed the Windows version a while back and loved it. The Mac version is equally as good, and for us, it’s a dream come true. We are Mac people, so having the Mac version made all the difference.

Review: ScreenFlow 5 is a Powerful Tool for Startups

Okay, so you’re a startup and you’re launching a new website or app. How do you communicate this to users, journalists and investors? ScreenFlow makes it easy by allowing you to create screencasts, including tutorial videos, training videos, how-to lessons, marketing videos, and product demos.

Geek Gear: FitDesk is a Geek’s Dream

FitDesk

Imagine answering email, tweeting, checking Facebook, and updating your website, all while bicycling! Sound crazy? Not really, I’m doing it right now as I write this article. And I’m losing weight with each sentence typed. The folks at FitDesk have come up with this cool bike that any geek, like me, would lust over.

Try a 16″ Folding Bike for a Change – Commuting to Work Has Never Been Easier

We love reviewing techno gadgets, and this time we’re focusing on the marvels of folding bikes.

As more startups sprout up, parking in the San Francisco Bay Area is becoming a nightmare and traffic is even worse. You can waste a lot of precious time in your car.

Geek Gear: Gamecom 780 with Dolby 7.1 by Plantronics

As part of our Geek Gear series, we’re happy to let you know about Gamecom 780. If you’re looking for a headset for both work and pleasure (a.k.a. games), it’s the perfect combo. We tested it out on everything from Skype to World of Warcraft, and this baby is a keeper.

The GameCom 780 has a retro look, a bit bulky, but it’s surprisingly light weight. The nice thing is that it’s not flimsy. We like the high quality construction — the materials are superb. It feels great to put those cups over your ears, like you’re heading off to another world.

Need the Perfect Earphones for that Next Flight?

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

by Naomi Kokubo, Cofounder of Founders Space

Founders are always travelling, and the worst part about travelling is flying.  I’ve been searching for the perfect earphones to take with me on trips.

I hate hearing the airplane rumble.  I can’t watch movies or listen to music or catch nap with that noise, unless I crank up the volume on my iPhone and that surely isn’t good for my eardrums.  Thus, I went searching for the ideal pair of travel earphones.

ExtremeMac Tango Air will Rock Your iPhone & iPad

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

by Naomi Kokubo, Cofounder of Founders Space

In our iPhone 5 upgrade frenzy, we wanted something to show off at parties, besides the iPhone itself. Low and behold, the XtremeMac™ Tango™ Air, a party making machine. It’s a jewel — beautifully designed and wonderfully powerful.

The XtremeMac features five active drivers and one passive radiator for ear-pounding sound quality in a relatively compact-sized box. I can’t express how much we love the box itself, with its piano gloss finish and satin plated buttons. Those are the touches that make this a true sibling to any Apple product.

Magic Members Makes it Easy to Add Memberships to Any WordPress Site

Magic Members is a fantastic solution for turning your WordPress blog into a full-fledged membership site.

We installed Magic Members in just 6 steps. If you’ve ever installed a WordPress plugin, you shouldn’t have any trouble with this.

After installation, you can get started customizing Magic Members. With a few clicks, you’re able to set different membership billing options, including an unlimited number of subscriptions. You can also specify whether to charge daily, weekly, monthly or annually. Magic Members gives you complete control over how your members pay for their subscriptions. For example, a ‘Standard’ membership may pay monthly, while a ‘Premium’ membership might pay annually.

Geek Gear: Lucky Bums Music Strap

Lucky Bums Music Strap

Lucky Bums Music Strap

As part of our Geek Gear series, we’re shining the spotlight on new gadgets and accouterments that any geeky founder would die for!

This week, we want to tell you about the Music Strap from Lucky Bums.  It’s wonderful.  When riding your bike to work, you aren’t allowed to have headphones on.  It’s actually illegal.  But you can use these speakers on your backpack.  Just plug them into your iPhone or iPod and away you go.   You can hear everything from  your favorite bands to audio books (only true geeks bike to audio books).

Every Startup Founders’ Sweet Dream: BackJoy’s Pillow & Chair

I’m always looking for ways to both sleep better and sit better. I’m not a good sleeper, and I slouch.

That’s why when I saw BackJoy at a recent startup event, I jumped on it. They’re a startup themselves, and they’ve got two pretty cool products.

First I’ll start with their SitSmart seat that you can use with any chair. It’s surprisingly comfortable. And it’s supposed to help improve your posture and lessen back strain. I’ve had back issues, so I’m always looking for innovative solutions. I found that SitSmart works best on hard chairs. If the chair is too soft, it doesn’t work quite as well.

WishList Member Transforms Your WordPress Blog into a Paying Membership Site

WishList Member is pretty amazing.  It transforms your WordPress blog into a full-blown membership site, allowing you to create free, trial and paid membership levels — or any combination of the three.

We were impressed from the start. WishList Member is a snap to install. Just download a typical WordPress plugin and follow the instructions on their site. Within minutes, you’ll be able to start customizing your memberships. You can create “Silver”, “Gold”, “Platinum”, or any other “levels” you want. Then you can charge more for higher levels of access – all within the same blog.

Running Out of Juice? Check out ibattz Removable Battery Cases

Everyone I know with an iPhone is constantly complaining about running out of juice. I’m no exception. I finally threw in the towel and decided to get a removable battery case, so I can extend the life of my phone.

I read a number of online reviews, and the ibattz Mojo REFUEL and REFUEL ARMOR Removable Battery Cases came highly recommend, so I thought I’d start with them. I’m happy to say that they lived up to my expectations. The design is solid, and the battery case is light and slim. Taking the case on and off is a breeze. ibattz also improved Mojo’s battery, replacing last year’s 1700mAh replaceable batteries with 2200mAh batteries.

Review: CrazyTalk Animator 2 Turns You into a Professional Overnight

If you’re making a video for your startup, you need to check out CrazyTalk Animator 2. It’s amazing. You don’t need to hire a professional animator to get professional quality animations. Anyone with some talent and a good artistic eye can create an animated video in a few hours.

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On The Job is an Excellent Way to Track Time & Expenses

On The Job by Stunt Software is an excellent way to track your time and expenses, as well as bill your clients by quickly creating professional invoices.

The interface is straightforward and easy to learn. There’s no need for help files. The dialogues and buttons are all clearly labelled. Even though the interface isn’t customizable, you can change things like date formats, deletion confirmation and timer animation.

Social Strategi

Social Strategi is a Visual Content Agency known for its signature Infographics. Their Mantra is ‘Social Nirvana’ through Visual Content.

They help Startups tackle Marketing challenges of Growth Hacking, Demand Generation and Customer acquisition through Visual Content like Visual Pitch Decks, Infographic Pitch Decks, Infographics, Explainer Videos, Demand Generation eBooks and Guides, Presentations, etc.

Website: http://www.socialstrategi.com/

NOTE: They are our strategic partner.