Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode, how Brad’s always interrupting people, switching costs, and (email) junkie habits. They also request that you kindly go and get their e-book! Get it here.
Top 5 Alternatives to Email To Keep Your Business Growing
Jill and Brad discuss ways to work around drowning-by-email. From getting down to business on a whiteboard to IdeaPaint to Trello to daily huddles, there are ways to work around continually filling up your inbox so that you can get more done rather than continue your professional career as an e-mail reader.
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Tool of the Week:
- SkyMotion introduces accuracy and reliability to weather forecasting based on your exact location. The app tells you when precipitation will start, its intensity, and when it will end. By the minute.
- Options Away is the world’s only online travel agency that allows consumers to hold their flights for days or even weeks while they finalize their travel plans. They provide a revolutionary approach to travel planning – customers can pay a small fee up front and buy some peace-of-mind knowing that if the price of the flight increases, they will never have to pay more than the locked-in fare.
- Global Petals is a tech-enabled import company that specializes in the import of high-end floral. They sell the Dom Perignon of roses to super high-end wedding floral designers who have $5K-$100K+ budgets. They also reduce the variability of these imports with their custom digital and physical infrastructure between the US and South America.
Resources mentioned in the podcast:
- Maker’s Schedule & Manager’s Schedule – by Microsoft founder Paul Graham
- Google+ Hangout – a social networking platform for discovering and sharing digital content with friends, family and coworkers.
- The Founding Kit – it’s what every entrepreneur needs to launch a business. Use these toolkits for your small business so that you can focus on doing what you do best and letting The Founding Kit do the rest.
- Steve Blank – Customer development blog that Aksh brought up during his interview
- Breville juicer – Jill loves her juicer and uses it every day.
- House of Cards – an incredible Netflix series. Highly recommend it!
- IdeaPaint – it’s a single-coat, roller-applied whiteboard paint that transforms almost anything into a high-performance dry-erase surface.
- Trello – it’s a site that helps you to keep track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details.
- Basecamp & Highrise – helpful project management tools by the good folks at 37Signals.
- Dropbox – it’s a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
- NewHire – Brad uses this recruiting software to help screen job applicants.
- School of Weathermen™ – a great band name concocted by Brad & Jill.
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