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Startup Idea: Evernote for Spreadsheets

Evernote-Excel

Someone needs to make this or Evernote needs to integrate spreadsheets into their platform, because my current spreadsheet experience is pretty poor.

I currently have 13 Excel Spreadsheets open, 6 Google Doc Spreadsheets and 2 files open in CSV file editor.

Why is there no solution for me to manage this?

Here are the reasons I want this:

1) Navigation
Using Windows 7, Excel makes me click twice to change sheets, I cant split excel spreadsheets across monitors, and I am switching between excel / chrome / csv editor. Confusing and slow. With an Evernote esq app, I would have everything in one place, and could spawn off spreadsheets into new windows to do with what I needed.

2) Speed
Google Docs uses a TON of memory and I have no way to easily look up or add to spreadsheets.

3) Search
Using an Evernote style app, I should be able to insta-search any spreadsheet, or any bit of data in any spreadsheet. This would make finding data from and adding data to spreadsheets much faster and easier.

Is this something you think you would find useful?

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Business Technology

Start-Up Chile Application Video

Here is the video we did for Start-Up Chile.

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Business Technology

How to get Asana (and other web apps) onto your Taskbar

I was so happy when I found this I just had to share it. I LOVE this trick.

Basically, it allows you to add browser based web apps to your task bar when using chrome.

This is what it looks like:

chrome tips

 

Below is a YouTube video that shows you how to do it. Takes 2 seconds and is built into chrome.

This has already save me hours browsing through tabs and opening multiple chrome windows.

 

 

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How Much Money Does the Facebook Ecosystem Produce?

Facebook went down the other day for the first time I can remember.

Got me thinking about how much money is being lost every minute they are down.

I know individuals who spend upwards of $50,000 each day on Facebook advertising, which is actually nothing compared to the big brands.

If you take into consideration:

  • All the revenue being lost by Facebook themselves
  • The opportunity cost of a large portion of Facebook’s employees not being able to do their jobs properly
  • All the hundreds of thousands of advertisers who’s ads are not being displayed
  • Hundreds of thousands of brands who’s posts are not being read of their fanpage walls
  • All the apps that have gone down, including massive platforms such as Zynga
  • All the third party Fabook developers who cant work right now cause Facebook is down
  • Social media managers who cant do their jobs
  • Loss of data from 3rd party analytics companies
  • Probably many other things I cant think of.

Facebook is SO massive that anything it does has a massive ripple effect. I once read a while back that the Facebook ecosystem had created over 220,000 jobs, that number is probably much larger now.

Crazy to think about.

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Ingredients of a Successful Bootstrapped Startup?

I’ve been meeting lots of people and getting lots of feedback here in San Francisco.

Here are some of the consistent ingredients of successful startups I have collected from observation and feedback.

Note, these elements will probably not leave you with the next Facebok, but just know, for every Facebook, there are 1001 companies who tried to be Facebook and failed.

  • Solve a problem
  • A focused product of which the core feature set can be built relatively fast and cheap
  • Recurring payment model
  • The core feature set (MVP) should be good enough that you can actually charge people for it
  • There is the ability to grow out to different markets/features to increase your customer base and how much you charge (aka scale potential)

This is similar to what 37 Signals teaches. Basically this will remove the NEED for funding, but you can still take it if you want. It will allow you to grow based on revenues of your company, and the fact that it is recurring will create a more stable model.

Vitoto – has almost none of these ingredients. But then again, we want to be the next Facebook 😀

Quite the conundrum….

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Idea: Create Separate Instances of Browsers for Separate Web Apps

I always get lost in my browser tabs. I am a heavy heavy internet user and often find myself with 20-40 tabs open at a time in Chrome. Many of them running web apps that I like to keep open all the time:

  • Multiple gmail accounts
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Docs (Drive)
  • Asana
  • HasOffers
  • Cacoo

The annoying thing about tabs, compared to icons on the bottom of the screen (applies to mac and PCs – I use both) is they its very easy for them to change position.

For example when you open links from a web app, it opens a new tab and pushes all the other tabs over. Meaning your reaction to go back to the 3rd tab to check calendar, is no longer there caus its been pushed along.

What if there were a way to create browser tabs that broke off and could be pinned as an icon to the bottom of the screen. All they did was launch a new Chrome window, but that window was mapped to that icon in the task bar and made it easy to navigate between different chrome “instances” or “apps”.

I know it would make me more productive…

UPDATE: Turns out this feature is already built into chrome 😛 – Click here to see how to do it.

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Google Apps Removes Free Version Completely

I just got an email from Google stating that they are removing the free version of Google Apps completely. This is not going to effect existing accounts but new users will not be able to sign up for the free version. I am a heavy user of Google apps and use it on 20+ domains. This is a sad, sad day…

Hello from Google,Here’s some important news about Google Apps—but don’t worry, there’s no need for you to take any action. We just want you to know that we’re making a change to the packages we offer.

Starting today, we’re no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps (the version you’re currently using). Because you’re already a customer, this change has no impact on your service, and you can continue to use Google Apps for free.

Should you ever want to upgrade to Google Apps for Business, you’ll enjoy benefits such as 24/7 customer support, a 25 GB inbox, business controls, our 99.9% uptime guarantee, unlimited users and more for just $5 per user, per month.

You can learn more about this change in our Help Center or on the Enterprise Blog.

Thank you for using Google Apps.

Clay Bavor
Director, Google Apps

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Live Bidding for Drinks in a Bar

Imagine a bar that had a live bidding system for the price of drinks. The bar could purchase a whole bunch of discount alcohol and start the prices really low. Every time a customer makes a purchase, the price of that particular drink goes up for the next person.

The price could go down if that drink isn’t purchased for a certain period of time.

There wouldn’t really be any tangible benefit to this system, it’s more a gimmick for the bar to use to give people something to talk about.

Plus some days you might be lucky enough to grab a discounted beer.

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App Idea – Turn iPhone’s into Public Hot-spots

So you already know that you can turn your iPhone into a hotspot, but a PUBLIC one? that anyone can use?

Here is the idea.

Its an app that allows you to create a public hotspot that anyone can access with NO password. But for the user to access the hotspot, they need to watch a 10 second video advertisement.

Video ads pay anywhere form $30-80 CPM (cost per thousand impressions).

The app provider can organize rev share with its users, so that they get a percentage of the advertisement revenue (say 50/50).

This could be a great additional revenue stream for cab or bus drivers, or just a great way to offset your phone bill costs.

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Vitoto Editing Features Launched

We just released an update to Vitoto which includes the ability to edit your videos, its bad ass.

Check it out at Vitoto.com

Or on the iTunes App Store.

Vitoto Editing