There are hundreds of getting-things-done (GTD) and organizer apps in the App Store. The problem is finding the right one for you. Everyone manages their time differently. Some work better with very minimalist actions. Others prefer having all the bells and whistles. What about those who sit right in the middle?
24me Smart Personal Assistant is the “Baby Bear” of GTD apps. It is fairly simplistic and easy to use, but has just the right amount of bells and whistles to increase productivity without taking much time to get organized…
Leading private investors help iAngels pick the potential start-ups for investment.
A new Israeli company is seeking to create innovation in the crowdfunding venture capital sector by offering a model for investing small amounts in start-ups while still relying on experts. iAngels enables ordinary people to invest small amounts as part of a larger group, to create a better common value on the investment. iAngles picks the potential start-ups for investment, subject to recommendations from leading private investors it works with and who have pledged their own investments.
Question and answer app Askem has raised $1.3 million, six months after its launch. Private investor Tal Barnoach, who previously invested in the company’s seed round, led the round, and was joined by Microsoft Ventures.
Askem, which has over 360,000 users, 92% of whom are in the US, says, “Microsoft’s investment will undoubtedly continue to bolster the popular visual question & answers app as it recently opened new headquarters in New York and now releases a new innovative and unique feature: Embedded questions.”
It’s only natural to seek validation from your friends, whether it’s about your new glasses, what movie to see or which car to purchase.
Asking your friends on social media is convenient. However, this often elicits vague answers which aren’t helpful.
Itai Herman, CEO, and Zeev Rubinstein, CTO, Yoni Hemi, VP of Product and Tomer Zakai, Head of Design, founded Askem to come up with a solution. Unlike other decision making apps like Jelly, Seesaw and Polar, Askem goes after the toughest issue with social decision making—getting actionable answers from the wall of noise. The app is fun, addictive and has a huge potential to scale.
After a successful first year that has seen hundreds of thousands of users download and use their personal assistant application on iOS, 24me has released the second version of their ‘personal assistant’ app for iOS devices. New to the app is a predictive calendar function allowing users to see the day ahead and to have tasks, to-dos, and relevant information highlighted for them.
The Pitch: Askem aims to simplify your decision-making process.
Why It’s Taking Off: Askem lets you share your questions online and create up to five different text responses to choose from, so you can cut through the digital noise and get the answers you need instantly.
TNW recently met with three companies from Microsoft’s Azure-focused accelerator in Israel in San Francisco. For an inside look at the program, we went there last year and took pictures. Innovation is not partial to Silicon Valley, and Israel is a rising star in the technology world.
Before we get to the companies themselves, a few notes on the accelerator are in order. Started in 2012, a total of 100 companies applied for entrance; 11 were accepted. That class wrapped in September. For the second round, 300 companies applied; 13 were accepted.
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