What Are Your Favorite Apps?
The proliferation of fun and helpful apps have supercharged our smartphones. But with literally hundreds of thousands on the market, how do you choose the best ones? Our Board of Directors reveal their favorites.
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No one knows this better than busy, on-the-go entrepreneurs. But with literally hundreds of thousands of apps on the market, from Twitter tools to bathroom locators, how do you find the best ones? Forget Apple's recommendations. We pried the members of our Board of Directors away from their smartphones just long enough to get their list of favorites. You'll be hitting your respective app store in no time.
Founder and CEO, Nfinity
"My favorite app to play is Angry Birds, because I just can't get all those darned pigs! My favorite app on the road is iDisk so I can bring all my files with me and work from the iPad. While I am on the road, my Bose headphones are a MUST and the Ambiance app on iPhone does a great job of blocking out even the most annoying crying baby, or if you use it in the hotel room makes for a very relaxing night sleep. And finally, Amazon Kindle -- so I am only two clicks away from some fantastic new book I just read about in Sky magazine."
Founder, The Relentless Foundation and New York Entrepreneur Week
"UberTwitter. The app has an impressive user interface and takes care of all my tweet wants and needs."
Co-Founder and Chief Brand Architect, Method
"Right now, I'm digging Pulse and Flipbook for the iPad, which makes reading blogs as pleasurable as a magazine. There is so much great material online, yet it lacks the aesthetic finesse as published content and both of these apps solve this issue."
Founder and CEO, The Go Daddy Group
"AroundMe. That app is priceless when it comes to finding any place readily."
"City Maps 2Go is my new favorite. You can download maps of every major city in the world and then when you're there (even if your phone doesn't get reception) you still have GPS capabilities to find your way. It's critical, especially when you're in random city, running to a meeting or just drunk on the streets of London."
Founder, CakeLove and Love Café
"AP. For the concise headlines. I'm a news junkie."
Founder and CEO, Greenleaf Book Group
"Can't pick just one. For business, I love the Voice Memos app -- saves me from writing stuff down and much safer while driving. For parenting, Talking Carl is one of the silliest (and most pointless) apps, but hilarious for my kids."
Elizabeth Busch, Anne Frey-Mott, and Beckie Jankiewicz
Co-Founders, The Event Studio
Elizabeth: "My favorite app is old-school: Excel! Still can't beat it."
Anne: "I love Pandora!"
Beckie: "My favorite apps are Shazam and Urbanspoon."
Director, Texas Venture Labs at the University of Texas
"I wish I could say something witty here, like a wine-management system or an IQ improver, but my most useful app is Outlook. Being able to respond to e-mail and manage a schedule anywhere in the world in real time in my mind is a technological marvel. This, and the fact that I can use it on my Intel PC and my Apple iPhone seamlessly speaks volumes as to how far the technology world has come."
Chairwoman, Astia NYC Advisory Board
"I just find this one hysterical: Sit or Squat. (Thank you, Charmin.) Yes, there is an app for finding the closest public bathroom. It even says whether it's occupied. (Thankfully photo uploads are not a feature.) Although there may be a Starbucks on every corner in New York City, not all of them have, um, facilities. So when nature calls..."
Jodie and Danielle Snyder
Danielle: "I'm obsessed with Instagram for photos, Instinctiv and Pandora for music, Kik for messaging, Tumblr and TripIt. And I use TweetDeck for Twitter."
Investor and Author of Rule #1 and Payback Time
"My favorite app is my own TownToolbox. It was built to my specs for me and my students to find wonderful businesses that are on sale. It automates the 4Ms of a great business: Meaning, Moat, Management and Margin of Safety. It calculates a reasonable market value. It finds businesses where the value is different than the price. It calculates a 'Town Score,' my own private way of scoring a business quality. It calculates predictability and consistency of its growth. It does a bunch of stuff that used to require a lot of skill and work. And isn't that the purpose of a great app -- to reduce labor and increase quality?"
Lecturer, The Wharton School
"GPS for sure!"
Columnist and Author, The Small Business Bible
"Either Angry Birds, The New York Times, or Words Free. All are great for wasting time at airports, in line, etc."