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App roundup: Women entrepreneurs share their tools for success

Michelle Romanow

We ask our network of experts what they’re using on their phones to stay on top of cultural trends and be productive. From a recipe guide with cooking techniques to a digital grammar coach, here are a few recommendations from this issue’s panel of esteemed experts.

Caroline Maguire

Fashion Director, ShopBop and EastDane

Fashion weeks are the busiest (and most exciting) time of the year for any editor, buyer, or fashion director. You’re constantly running between shows, appointments with brands, and catching up with international friends who are in town. Back in the day, I used to tote around a bag of invites for show access with a physical calendar of all appointments for the day! Thankfully, that’s now all within one app – GPS Radar by Launchmetrics. You’re able to RSVP for shows, keep track of your fashion week schedule, and have a seamless check-in once at the venue. It’s the perfect way to stay organized and on time so you don’t miss a beat.”
Vicky Milner

Vicky Milner

President, Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards

“I am always on the go and I spend many hours a week in my car travelling from meeting to meeting. I love listening to the podcast, Fashion Talks, hosted by Donna Bishop, who is also a regular contributor to CBC radio. Donna's approach is all about exploring the many ways that fashion helps to shape the world around us — this is not a trend report.  Her interviews feature spotlights on designers and industry leaders as they share their stories and career advice; to exploring how fashion has helped disrupt retail models and impacted global issues from sustainability to intellectual property protection. Fashion Talks provides valuable insight and a wonderful, honest perspective on the power of fashion as a massive worldwide industry and as a significant cultural force. Even if you do not work in fashion you will find yourself hooked.”  
Michelle Romanow

Michele Romanow

Co-founder and President, Clearbanc

I'm crushing audiobooks right now. I was always frustrated with all of the dead time I had in ubers and airports and Audible has made that time far more productive. I find that if I'm listening at regular speed my mind will drift off, so I generally listen at two to two-and-a-half times the speed. This means most books are four hours of time, and I've been able to acquire so many new ideas that I bring to Clearbanc and my portfolio of companies. In a world where content is being produced faster than ever before, I think books still have an incredible standard of which ideas we should share. Recent reads included Ray Dailo: Principles, Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built [by Duncan Clark], and Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup [by John Carreyrou].”

Diala Canelo

Diala Canelo

Cookbook author and editor, Diala’s Kitchen

“My favourite food app has always been NYT cooking. I’m always trying new recipes at home and in a world where there are so many available online, not every recipe is going to be good. The ones I find on NYT cooking are not only creative and utterly delicious, but have been tested countless times. The results are consistently flawless. The app also has videos on different techniques, from how to make the perfect pizza dough to making yogurt at home. It’s definitely my most used resource for new recipes that keep up with the times and always have a globally inspired feel.”

Lindsay Lorusso

Lindsay Lorusso

Co-founder, NUDNIK

“As a mompreneur with a startup and two little boys, I'm often responding to emails, sending bios, putting together pitch decks, crafting social posts, blog posts, and various other written work on the fly throughout the day. There is a stigma that doing this type of work from your smartphone increases the risk of spelling and grammar errors. To combat common mistakes, Grammarly inserts itself right into your keypad and acts like a nonjudgmental, proofreading fairy that corrects silently and discreetly while you type away! Ideal for those who, like me, do a lot of this work while in transit or in between school drop-offs and pickups, but don't want that to be something that's obvious to whoever is reading it. Plus it's free! (Proofread by Grammarly)”