Whether you’re a tech startup entrepreneur or high-flying enterprise CEO, staying on top of small details and affairs can be challenging while steering the ship. Fortunately, a myriad of apps—both free and inexpensive —can help in this regard.
From recording/dictation tools to fresh takes on calendar tools, the following are the top 15 apps for boosting your tech startup productivity on-the-go—be on the subway, in the car, or during meetings and work events.
Pushbullet can be best described as an app that connects all a user’s devices, making them feel like one. Features include text message responding, file sending, custom notifications, and more. The platform also includes an API for building custom services on top of the Pushbullet infrastructure.
Shyft is a to-do list tool that helps users achieve a more optimal work/life balance—the app keeps two task lists: one for work/professional, the other for personal. The offering is full of helpful, interactive reminders and notifications for keeping users on schedule.
For easier note taking and transcription-related tasks, Just Press Record is arguably the best tool for the job. Exclusively for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, the solution features multi-language support and syncing to iCloud, among others.
Boomerang is an app for staying on top of Gmail inboxes—the solution allows users to schedule emails for future delivery and receive email reminders. The company has been featured in The Guardian, Inc., The Next Web, and the New York Times, to name a few.
Notion’s AI-powered email intelligence platform enables users to quickly make sense out of their inbox. Using algorithms that analyze email history, the solution learns which messages are important and highlights them for the user. Another powerful feature is an Alexa skill that allows users to listen to and organize emails through Amazon’s smart speaker system.
Accompany acts like a mobile chief-of-staff for busy, on-the-go professionals, bringing together calendaring and content management features in one tool. The app assembles detailed people and company profiles for reference use before meetings and events.
WorkFlowy is simply a notebook for lists that helps users become more creative and productive. Unicorn tech startup Slack was started using the tool for managing the early team’s product development processes.
Todoist is a leading to-do list and task management solution that allows users to manage tasks and projects from anywhere, on any device. The app also features unlimited task sharing and real-time project/goal collaboration.
Nebo by MyScript is a versatile note-taking app designed for the iPad and Apple Pencil. The solution automatically converts handwritten notes into text and offers features such as advanced formatting, underlining, bullets, diagrams, math notations, and more.
Busy entrepreneurs no longer need dedicate significant chunks of precious time to catching up on their favorite podcasts. Overcast speeds up podcasts by shortening silences between voices, saving up to 5 minutes off an average 30-minute podcast.
Like Overcast, Blinkist allows users to consumer their favorite media programs—in this case, non-fiction ebooks and audiobooks—in a shorter amount of time. The app summarizes popular titles to be read or listened to in 15 minutes or less.
Genius Scan is a personal document scanner for Android/iOS devices—users can use it to take quick snapshots of receipts for high-quality, PDF-based expense archives. The app also features Dropbox and Google Drive integrations (available for a fee).
FocusList is a daily planner and focus app based on a specific productivity technique combining focus lists and sessions. The app—available for the Mac desktop, iPhone, and Apple Watch—features a streamlined to-do list and unique timer mash-up.
Any.do helps overwhelmed professionals get back in line with a myriad of tools: to-do list, reminders, notes, listing sharing, task assignments, voice entries, and more. The app is the winner of the Apple Touch Awards and Google Play Editor’s Choice award.
Newton is an email productivity platform that offers a host of features for supercharging email. For example, the solution aggregates all email clients into one interface, offers various email tracking abilities, and allows for email delivery scheduling, to name a few.
In short, don’t let trivial yet critical tasks suck up your time and energy—these 15 apps were designed to help busy executives bring order to entrepreneurial chaos. Best of all, most are either free or available for a nominal fee, so staying productive while on-the-go won’t break the bank, either.