Friends of The Bull Share the Apps They Use to Stay Productive
We’re all about finding new ways to enhance our day-to-day lives. Whether a podcast or productivity tracker, in our ongoing series, we ask our rotating panel of experts which apps they’re using to up their game.
One of my favourite apps right now is Camcard. Running a not-for-profit cultural institution means that you’re reaching out to potential donors and sponsors for support and partnership on a regular basis. Your database is your most important resource. Camcard has made my life so much easier as I was constantly drowning among the mountains of business cards on my desk. It allows you to use your mobile device to take a photo of a business card - it then reads the data on the business card and enters it directly into your address book, as well as onto a spreadsheet, if you choose. It's super efficient and the margin for error is no more than if you had entered it yourself.
I really enjoy using the app Depop. It’s basically a mobile marketplace done through your smartphone pictures. I love it because I’m always finding really cool stuff at great prices. Not only is it super easy to use and fast, it encompasses a great network of creative people from around the world, which creates an almost curated list of users looking to buy and sell unique pieces. Even if you’re just casually cruising through the app or only looking to browse, you’re very likely to find something special to add to your collection.
I listen to a lot of podcasts, particularly those that provide a fresh perspective on topics and issues that I'm invested in, like the startup ecosystem. Lately, I've been tuning into Masters of Scale hosted by Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn. He interviews iconic founders and entrepreneurs about how they took their companies from zero to billion-dollar valuations while cutting through all the BS, and focusing on the reality of what it takes to build a relevant and successful business. You wouldn't believe how many people outside the tech community think that companies like Uber and Airbnb became successful overnight, and that's just not true. If you're in the process of scaling your startup, this podcast is a must.
I spend part of the year in LA (a city notorious for its crazy traffic congestion) and I often find myself stuck in my car for long periods of time. To make the most of my lengthy commutes I listen to a lot of podcasts. Most recently, I've been listening toHow I Built This hosted by Guy Raz from NPR. As an entrepreneur, I always find it incredibly interesting to learn about the evolution of some of the world's most highly successful businesses. Being granted access to this honest insight creates opportunities for reflection, and what I've come to realize is that nothing worthwhile comes easily. That's not to say that hard work and determination are necessarily undesirable things to aspire to, it’s just really what it takes in life to achieve anything truly innovative or impactful. If you're an aspiring entrepreneur or just looking to be inspired, give it a listen!
With the never-ending demands and an intense travel schedule that has me in different time zones on a weekly basis, it’s very hard to pause and take the time needed to think or even to get a good rest. Buddhify is a meditation app that helps you interject that time into your life without making it seem like an onerous commitment. It has different approaches and techniques based on how I’m feeling, where I am, and what I’m doing. Things like guided meditations for walking, stress and difficult emotions, and going to sleep or waking up appeal to me as they are objective-specific with a focus. It doesn’t sound very zen to approach it in that way but it’s how I’m wired. The short guides are instructive without being preachy or prescriptive.