Productivity Hacks for Busy Entrepreneurs
By: Naftali Garber 07/13/2015
As an entrepreneur, you will have long, emotionally and physically draining days. There will be times of success, and there will be times of failure. It is during those times in which we have the ability to grow or shrivel, learn or be discouraged, and soar or plunder. When you are constantly busy and the stress begins to pile onto your shoulders, remember to breathe and remained focused on your goals. There is no shame in taking a nap or setting a schedule. To avoid the possible negative outcomes of being overly busy, here are a few productivity hacks for entrepreneurs:
1. Tutum 35
Tutum lets people easily manage and run lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers from any application. The same container that a developer builds and tests on a laptop can run at scale in Tutum. Our solution offers users the best capabilities and features of IaaS and PaaS, without the shortcomings or disadvantages of either one. We support the fastest growing open-source project and latest technology in containerization, Docker.
“Make sure you take care of your mind and body to be productive in business. I believe that a healthy regimen, like meditating every morning for 20 minutes is essential. Also, I believe that when & what you put in your body makes all the difference, I follow the Paleo Diet framework and believe in eating at specific times of the day.” - Bryan Lee, Head of Growth
2. Cloud 66 20
Cloud 66 is an application provisioning and management service. It allows you to build your own PaaS from scratch on any public or private cloud vendor or your own infrastructure. Cloud 66 looks at your infrastructure through the lens of your software, allowing your devs to be in control of infrastructure requirements.
“Love what you do, and make sure you accept customer feedback. If you have a high level of focus with your work, it will be easy to stay productive.” - Khash Sajadi, CEO
3. Service Titan 14
Based in Los Angeles, ServiceTitan is a mobile, cloud-based software platform that helps home service companies streamline operations, improve customer service, and grow their business. ServiceTitan’s end-to-end solution for the multi-billion dollar residential home service industry includes CRM, intelligent dispatch, comprehensive reporting, marketing management tools, mobile connectivity for field techs, and Quickbooks integration. ServiceTitan brings a fully operational modern SaaS infrastructure to an industry traditionally underserved by software.
ServiceTitan is the preferred software for hundreds of the world’s most successful plumbing, HVAC, and electrical companies in the U.S. and Canada, including Mr. Rooter®, Mr. Electric®, and Aire Serv®, as well as best practice organizations NexStar Network™, QSC®, Service Nation Alliance® and Service Roundtable®.
“You need to have a clear list of priorities of what moves the needle. Know what is important and must get done versus what is not important and can be delegated or ignored. The CEO ultimately needs to push this culture down through the entire company.” - Ara Mahdessian, CEO & Co-Founder
4. The Gone App 4
Buying online has never been easier. As sophisticated retailers have optimized each step of the purchasing process for consumers, it’s almost too convenient to buy new things. However, selling, disposing donating and up recycling all of those things remains a problem. Items are not going to the usual marketplaces (eBay, Craigslist), driving the self-storage industry occupation up to a 90% occupancy and $22Bn in revenue. Research shows that we are keeping, on average, more than $3,000 of unused items in our homes. With just a picture, Gone!, prices, lists and sells your items, at the right price, in the right marketplace. Gone! covers all of the pains of online selling, by providing a service layer on top of existing marketplaces and partners. It’s an algorithm-powered, concierge service, that sells your items, pick them up, packages them appropriately, and fulfills them. User’s have gotten checks for up to $1,300 on their neglected belongings through Gone!.
“Everything that makes us productive surrounds staying focused on tasks--we don’t rely on memory for our lists. We break projects down into manageable steps and use products like Asana and SortD to make sure we get them done on time.“ - Nico Bayerque, CEO and Co-Founder
5. Karma 3
Karma is a New York City-based startup empowering people with a seamless internet connection. Karma Go is pocket-sized WiFi that gives you the freedom to bring your internet connection, everywhere in the U.S. Karma is simple: own the device, own the data, and get online. With Karma, you pay as you go for data (which never expires) and can share your connection with the people around you. It's time to take back the internet and connect on your own terms.
“Give yourself a couple hours each morning without accessing your email and keep the phone away from the bedroom to sleep more peacefully. Also, make to-do lists without prioritization and deadlines, just keep things that need to get done right in front of your face.” - Steven van Wel, Co-Founder & CEO
6. Modern Guild 3
Modern Guild is helping bridge academics and career education by offering college and college-bound students 1-on-1, online career prep courses taught by industry professionals and trained career coaches. We help students illuminate their career paths, expand their career knowledge, and craft their value proposition, making them more attractive job candidates.
“Build an upfront plan for the week and identify the 1 or 2 major wins for the week. Make sure you are laser focused on those goals and not distracted by the daily tasks of your business.“ - Adrien Fraise, CEO & Co-Founder
7. panOpen 3
panOpen is an emerging edtech company that provides the tools and services colleges require to adopt Open Educational Resources (OER). We provide universal access to OER in a single platform designed to improve student learning outcomes and faculty teaching strategies. panOpen allows open source content to realize its promise as a truly disruptive force in the market for educational content.
While dramatically reducing the cost of educational materials to students, we focus on solving three critical challenges to the adoption of OER:
- Curation: School-specific libraries of OER titles for each institution, with materials approved collaboratively through peer review. This helps ensure that only high-quality content is brought to the institutional libraries.
- Learning Tools: Capability to remix, edit, and customize content so instructors can adapt materials to their curriculum and learning objectives. We pair this with cutting-edge learning tools for OER to enhance the experience of faculty and students everywhere.
- Sustainability: Establishing a revenue sharing model that ensures that all relevant stakeholders (copyright holders, authors, faculty and institutions) are financially compensated for the time and effort spent creating, curating, adopting, and customizing OER content.
“Motivation has to come from a passion for the mission of your company. After you find this motivation, stay productive by learning to delegate to your trusted team members--you cannot do everything yourself.“ - Brian Jacobs, CEO & Founder
8. Outreach 3
Outreach is a communication platform that empowers teams with intelligent marketing tools to engage customers and close more business. Outreach automates and personalizes communication to help sales and recruiting teams touch every prospect, lead, opportunity, and customer with the right content at the right time. By speeding up the communication workflow, Outreach adds velocity to the outbound process and helps teams get more efficient with their existing pipeline. From Outreach you can expect a significant increase in the breadth of your outbound communication and higher close rates.
“As soon as you start a new venture, get a CRM and manage your data. This is the biggest key to long term success and having an effective structure to delivering your product to potential partners.” - Andrew Kinzer, Chief Product Officer & Founder