Category: Product Reviews (Page 1 of 7)

Smart Nora Review

Smart Nora is a startup with an innovative product designed to stop people from snoring and waking up their partners.

I’ve been using my Smart Nora now for a couple weeks, and I have to say, it’s well designed and seems to work. I’ve felt more rested and haven’t heard any complaints from my partner. Read More...

Expandrive is a Network Drive for the Cloud

Expandrive is pretty amazing. It’s so simple but so powerful. It creates a virtual drive for Mac and Windows that connects to all major cloud storage providers.

You mount the drive on your desktop, and from there you can drag and drop files to any of your cloud providers. You can also browse and access all files with ease. Read More...

ScreenFlow 7

ScreenFlow 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: Read More...

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. Read More...

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


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.

First, let’s talk design. The design is excellent. The phone looks and feels like a quality product. It’s not a cheap ripoff. It’s the real thing. OnePlus knows how to design phones that look and feel great in your hand. The buttons are responsive, the materials are high quality, and it’s a real beauty to behold. Read More...

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.

CrazyTalk makes it drop-dead simple. You can literally drag and drop characters onto a background and then begin animating them with pre-made templates. I have to tell you, it’s not work… it’s fun! If you have a creative streak, like me, you’ll find animating with CrazyTalk a joy. They have so many cool little features that make your characters come alive. Just talk into a mic and it automatically lip syncs. You can also change the facial expression by simply moving your mouse about the screen. Read More...

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.

With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube.

The one thing that really sets ScreenFlow apart from the competition is its editor, which is similar to iMovie, only easier to use. The editor supports multiple audio and video tracks; clips can be split, trimmed and repositioned; and transitions can be added between clips. This allows you to perfect your screencast without ever leaving ScreenFlow. Read More...

Geek Gear: FitDesk is a Geek’s Dream


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.

I have to admit, I love this gadget.  I seldom have enough time to exercise.  Now I can exercise while I work.  Then after work, I can go out and eat enough pizza to make up for all that lost weight.  Only kidding!   I prefer sushi.   Cuisine aside, this product is really well made.  It’s produced by a startup in Antioch, Tennessee.   Even though they aren’t in Silicon Valley, it’s clear they had geeks like us in mind.  Every founder should own one of these — if only to reduce the stress of running a startup. Read More...

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