Product Reviews

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.

Business Book Summaries – What Motivated Me to Create ReadSmartly!

I saw a problem that someone needed to solve. I run Founders Space, and I interact with entrepreneurs everyday. They want to keep up with all the latest business ideas, but they have no time to read books. That’s what motivated me to create ReadSmartly.

Most books are 250+ pages because that’s what publishers want. But most of the ideas in these great books can be distilled down to a page or two. Instead of asking someone to read 250 pages, I thought it would be smart if there was a service that summarized one book every week, so it would only take you 5 minutes to read it.

Review: SensorTower Helps Your Apps Get Ranked

Every so often, we like to review new software and services that are particularly useful.  One that we discovered recently is SensorTower, a keyword based app ranking tracker.

As you may know, we have a number of apps in the App Store and on Google Play, and we were manually checking each app’s rankings. This is a real pain. Also, it’s difficult to find good keywords that perform well. That’s why when we discovered SensorTower, we were thrilled. It has saved us a ton of time.

Review: Twist & Shout with TwistedWave Audio Editor

It’s been a year to the day since we reivewed TwistedWave, and I’m happy to say that they just came out with a brand new version of their audio editor that is better than ever.

New Features include…

  • The sample rate conversions are done with SoX one of the best available implementations available.
  • Normalizing to a target RMS, LUFS or true peak value, in addition to the peak value.
  • Support for the retina display.

Lead Gen Galore with Quality Content

Lyne Noella

Lyne Noella

by Lyne Noella, Director of Sales and Marketing at Speechpad

If your business — or job — depends on lead generation, you know that quality content is crucial for getting the attention of prospects, the media, partners, talent, and even existing customers via search engine optimization. The challenge is to shed an avalanche of discoverable content over the Internet to get the attention of Google, Yahoo and other search engines. What you may not realize is that you could be sitting on a goldmine. If you are creating videos, webinars, podcasts or recorded communications of any kind, you can create discoverable, organic content with the help of a transcription service for posting and discovery on your Internet sites.

Startup Tools: Sparkol VideoScribe Makes Creating Whiteboard-Style Videos a Visual Delight!

Almost every startup needs a great video, but creating a sexy video can get expensive. That’s why I was so excited when I found out about Sparkol.

Sparkol VideoScribe is pretty amazing. It’s so brain-dead simple to use that I could figure it out on the fly. I didn’t have to study a manual or struggle with complex menus.

VideoScribe adopts the whiteboard-style animation that’s so popular these days, allowing users (like me) to create slick looking business videos in minutes, not hours or days. Look at what I created in just 30 minutes…

Startup Tools: Visual Website Optimizer is Like a Second Pair of Eyes

This month, as part of our Startup Tools series, we’re covering Visual Website Optimizer.

Visual Website Optimizer makes it easy to A/B test your site. Why should you care about A/B testing? A/B testing (sometimes called split testing) is comparing two versions of a web page to see which one performs best. You can compare two web pages by showing the two variants (let’s call them A and B) to visitors at the same time. Then you can measure what the visitors do on the site with heat maps and conversion goals.

Startup Spotlight: GoAnimate Makes Creating Your Next Video a Breeze

Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman

by Steve Hoffman, Cofounder of Founders Space

This week’s Startup Spotlight is shining on GoAnimate.

There was a time when it required a professional team and thousands of dollars to create a video for your startup. Those days are gone thanks to GoAnimate. Within minutes, not days or weeks, you can create your own animations and get them live on your site, as well as YouTube and every major social network.

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Top 10 Best Free iPhone & iPad Apps

Here’s a list of our top 10 favorite free iPhone and iPad apps.  These are the apps we use over and over again.  I even included a game, which is a personal favorite, as well as other handy apps that are best of breed.

1.  Skype (save money on your phone bill)

2.  Dropbox (share files easily)

3.  Spell Gems (my favorite game)

4.  Jackpot Words (my 2nd favorite game)

5.  Adobe Photoshop Express (edit photos on your phone)

Top 10 Best Business Games

For all you budding entrepreneurs out there, we’ve listed our top ten favorite business games ever created.  Of course, we’re biased, but then again, we live and breath finance, and these financial simulations are sure to delight and entertain you for hours. See if you’ve got what it takes to be the next Steve Jobs!

1.  Gazillionaire

2.  Zapitalism

3.  Profitania

4.  Railroad Tycoon

5.  Capitalism

6.  Airline Tycoon

7.  Air Bucks

Top 10 Best Games on Kindle Fire by Amazon

If you’re a frugal founder, you’ve probably bought an Amazon Kindle Fire over the much pricier iPad 3. The Kindle clearly doesn’t have the horsepower of the iPad 3, but it does have some great games. Below we’ve chosen our top 10 favorite games on Amazon’s Kindle Fire that we are playing right now!

1.  Jackpot Words

2. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation

3. Angry Birds Space

4. Zoo Club

5. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline

Top 10 Best iPhone & iPad Games

Everyone needs a break now and then, so I’m going to list my top 10 best games (a.k.a. time killers) that I’m playing right now. These wonderful iOS games will be sure to keep you entertained for countless hours.  I’m sure that you’ll recognize at least a few of these:

1.  Spell Gems

2.  Jackpot Words

3. Yumby Smash

4. Shooting Showdown

5. Jurassic Park Builder

6. Offroad Legends Warmup

7. Stickman Games: Summer Edition

Geek Gear: XShot (perfect stocking stuffer)

Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman

by Steven Hoffman, Publisher of Founders Space

Nothing is better for Xmas than an XShot — it makes the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who wants to take photos over the holidays!

Check out the video below.   This product is brilliant. And they have an iPhone case that works like a I charm with both the XShot and any tripod you may own.  I know because I own them both!

Need a Cool Case for your new iPhone 5?

by Steven Hoffman, Cofounder of Founders Space

Like most founders out there, I pre-ordered my iPhone 5, and I love it.  The one problem was that I was terrified of dropping it before I had a new case.

Fortunately, I just got two cases in the mail from Cygnett, and they’re pretty darn cool.

Two Slick & Sturdy iPhone 5 Cases

Okay, so you’ve got your iPhone 5 and you’re looking for cases, like every startup founder is right now. We just tried out two cases from STM, and they are really nice.

The first is the STM Opera for the iPhone 5. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a simple, lightweight case that affords pretty good protection.

Tile pattern inspired by the Sydney Opera House.

Top 10 Best Action & Arcade Games on iPhone & iPad

Here are our top 10 favorite action arcade games on smart phones and tablets, including iPhone and iPad. All of these games are real time killers! You’ll get endless hours of enjoyment, and the good thing is that a few of them are free.

1.  Beetle Bounce

2.  Zombieville

3.  Red Nova

4.  Chopper 2

5.  Infinity Field

6.  Blue Defense: Second Wave

7.  Super Mega Worm

8.  League of Evil

Top 10 Best Android Apps for Phones & Tablets

Here are our top 10 favorite apps for both Android phones and tablets. These are apps we use all the time. Most of these apps are free, and they’re all wonderful. We’re constantly amazed at the creativity out there.

1. Evernote (organize your life)

2. BBC News (keep informed)

3.  Jackpot Words (my favorite game)

4. Instagram (photos) or KakaoStory (new & cool)

5. Seesmic (Twitter) or Facebook (social network)

6. Google Sky Map (map the stars)